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Philadelphia Union legend Ilsinho announces retirement

One of the most popular players in Union history has announced his retirement. Ilsinho on Wednesday brought an end to a 21-year professional career, and the club will honor the 36-year-old Saturday as part of the game against San Jose at Subaru Park. “After 21 incredible years, the time has...
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