Friday Roundup — Dec. 22, 2017

News, Roundup

News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in the soccer world.

Welcome to Friday’s News Roundup. Here’s what you may have missed and what is still to come in the soccer world.

Philadelphia Union

Union Resign Herbers, Ilsinho, and Fabinho

On Wednesday the Philadelphia Union announced the return of Brazilian defender Fabinho in addition to midfielders Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho. All three players resigned with the club and are set to return to Philadelphia for the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

Previously, the three players were either out of a contract or had their option declined following the conclusion of the 2017 MLS campaign.

Union Sign Jamaican International Cory Burke

Philadelphia Union announced on Thursday the signing of Bethlehem Steel Football Club and Jamaica forward Cory Burke. Burke is set to join the club after playing two seasons with Steel, the Union’s United Soccer League (USL) affiliate. Burke tallied nine goals last season, which was a team best. Burke has 13 caps with the Jamaican National Team.

Major League Soccer

MLS Awards Expansion to Nashville 

On Wednesday the league named the Music City as the 24th franchise in MLS. Nashville is the first of four available MLS expansion sides. In total, there were 12 cities that submitted formal bids in January to join the league.

Three Players Selected in Stage Two of Re-Entry Draft 

Three players were selected in the second stage of the 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft on Thursday.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron was selected and is set to sign for Atlantic Cup rival DC United.

Out West, the LA Galaxy selected Servando Carrasco, the seven-year MLS veteran while Los Angeles Football Club selected Scottish midfielder Callum Mallace from Seattle Sounders.

More on the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft and the full list of suggestions.

LA Galaxy Eyeing Perry Kitchen 

According to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle, the Galaxy are pursuing the signature of former DC United and current Randers FC (DK) midfielder Perry Kitchen. 


Matches to Keep An Eye On

Today, Dec. 22

Arsenal v Liverpool at 2:45PM EST

This fixture should and usually is a good one. It should be an even sweeter affair as fourth place Liverpool and fifth place Arsenal are currently separated by just one point in the table.

Saturday, Dec. 23

Real Madrid v Barcelona at 7:00AM EST

It’s El Clásico. Does anything more really need to be said?

Everton v Chelsea at 7:30AM EST

Both Everton and Chelsea are in good form as of late and are looking to make up on lost ground.

Juventus v AS Roma at 2:30PM EST

Juve has a match in hand on the Romans who currently sit three points back from la Vecchia Signora (the Old Lady).

Here is a full list of fixtures this weekend from around the world.

Thanks for giving Friday’s News Roundup a read. Check back on Monday for the latest happening in the soccer world. 


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