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1. Teenager Taylor Booth signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Bayern Munich, becoming the latest member of Real Salt Lake's academy to leave for free to Europe. Booth, who played for the USA at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, is only 17 and was only able to join the defending Bundesliga champions after securing an Italian passport. RSL academy top scorer Sebastian Soto signed with Germany's Hannover 96 last summer while Richie Ledezma, another RSL youth star, signed in January with Dutch champion PSV -- both moving after they turned 18. Booth is the third player with MLS ties Bayern has signed after Alphonso Davies (Vancouver) and Chris Richards (FC Dallas).

2. Scottish champion Celtic signed college stars Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez and immediately loaned them to USL Championship clubs. Gutman, who won the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy in his senior year at Indiana, will join Nashville SC. Gutman's Homegrown rights are held by the Chicago Fire. Perez, who played for the USA when it won the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship, has left N.C. State after two years but will stay in the Raleigh area and play for North Carolina FC. Both players signed three-and-a-half-year contracts with Celtic.

3. Another American signed by a Scottish club is midfielder Ian McGrath, who joins Queens of the South until the end of the second-tier Championship season. McGrath, 23, played for the Chicago Fire Juniors and starred at the University of Evansville and the NPSL's FC Buffalo and Inter Nashville FC. He signed with the Nashville SC for its first USL season but did not play a league game. Other Americans who moved to Scotland in January were internationals Tim Weah (Celtic) and Matt Polster (Rangers).
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