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MLS Ticker: Nyarko, Sporting KC, MLS Combine and more

Patrick Nyarko

With the 2016 MLS Combine just days away, here’s some more news regarding the event as well as other tidbits from around Major League Soccer:

D.C. United is set to acquire Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko via trade after the Ghanian recently asked for a mov away from the club. Nyarko, who reportedly requested a move away from the Fire prior to the club’s regime change, is expected to be dealt in exchange for a combination of draft picks, allocation money or other considerations. (REPORT)

Brian Bliss has joined Sporting Kansas City, being named the club’s Director of Player Personnel. Prior to joining Sporting KC, Bliss served as the Chicago Fire’s technical director since 2013 and interim coach at the end of the 2015 season. (REPORT)

MLS announced the addition of six college players and five youth internationals to this week’s 2016 MLS Combine. The event begins Friday, Jan. 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (REPORT)

Emanuel Pogatetz signed with FC Union Berlin on Tuesday after his contract with the Columbus Crew expired in December. (REPORT)

New York City FC is supposedly set to compete in a four-team tournament at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in February. Danish outfit HB Koge, Icelandic side KR Reykjavik, and USL expansion team FC Cincinnati are the other three teams expected to participate in the competition. (REPORT)

FC Dallas signed 22-year-old defender Aaron Guillen as a Homegrown Player. Guillen finished his senior season at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015, and received Atlantic Sun Defender of the Year honors. (REPORT)

Providence Park is still at the forefront of renovation discussions by the Portland Timbers, who are looking to expand the stadium by 1,000 to 2,000 seats. (REPORT)

D.C. United’s MLS home opener against the Colorado Rapids was pushed back one day to March 20, and will be broadcasted on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (REPORT)

What do you think of Bliss’ move to Sporting KC? Which MLS Combine invitees are you excited to see perform? Disappointed to see Pogatetz sign with Union Berlin? How do you think NYCFC will fare in February’s preseason matches?

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