News Roundup

Friday Roundup — Jan. 5, 2018

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 Beautiful Game.

Philadelphia Union 

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Union, in conjunction with Major League Soccer, announced its schedule for the upcoming 2018 campaign.

In 2018, the Union will play 34 matches — 17 at Talen Energy Stadium and 17 on the road. The Union will open up their MLS campaign on Saturday, March 3, when Jim Curtin’s side welcomes the New England Revolution to Chester.

You can find the rest of the schedule here. 

US Soccer

Mexico Football Federation to “test waters” With Jonathan Gonzalez 

In Wednesday’s Roundup, we highlighted the conundrum over the international future of Jonathan Gonzalez, one of the most promising players currently in the US Soccer pipeline.

Interim head coach Dave Sarachan’s failure to call up dual national Gonzales, who had a breakout season with Mexican champions C.F. Monterrey, for November’s friendly against Portugal has opened the door for El Tri to potentially hijack the 18-year-old.

According to a recent report by ESPN’s Tom Marshall, head coach of the Mexican national team, Juan Carlos Osorio, is preparing to call up Gonzalez for his team’s Jan. 31 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Gonzalez has represented the United States since the U14 level, but the federation could potentially lose one of their budding stars.

Global 

Arsenal Confirm Signing of Greek Defender

On Thursday, Arsenal Football Club confirmed the signing of coveted Greek youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina for a fee that is reported to be in the region of £1.8 million.

Mavropanos has been likened by Greek journalists to current Arsenal center-back Shkodran Mustafi. Arsène Wenger has already confirmed that Mavropanos will be loaned out by the club for the remainder of the season.

Check out Pain in the Arse! column, which has more details of the Gunners’ new signing.

Paris Saint–Germain Want Conte

Per a source close to the Parisian club, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is being considered by PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi to replace current coach Unai Emery in the Summer, should the club fail to make anything less than a semi-final appearance.   

Thanks for giving Friday’s News Roundup a read. Check back on Monday morning for the latest News Roundup and happenings in the Beautiful Game.