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Sacramento MLS bid woes, Gold Cup Final at Levi's Stadium: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/2/17

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Philadelphia Union News

The Philadelphia Union found a replacement for Vincent Nogueira
Even with Alejandro Bedoya, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Warren Creavalle plugging the gap, the Philadelphia Union midfield just didn't look the same after Vincent Nogueira's midseason departure last year.

Oguchi Onyewu will prove to be a smart signing for the Union – as long as one condition is met | PhillyVoice
There are two ways to look at the Oguchi Onyewu signing.

MLS News

Sacramento's MLS Bid Possibly Derailed By Last-Second Ownership Coup
Of the 12 cities that formally applied to be part of the next round of MLS expansion today, Sacramento has perhaps the strongest case. Or at least they did, until its team’s owner made a bid that possibly excluded the city’s highly successful team.

Jelle Van Damme inks contract extension with LA Galaxy
The big Belgian is now a DP.

Done at Last: Timbers Sign Sebastián Blanco
They say good things come to those who wait.

Benoit Cheyrou re-signs to bring veteran leadership back to Toronto FC
The Frenchman has been an invaluable presence on and off the field.

Kianz Froese Transferred to German side Fortuna Düsseldorf
Froese appeared in five matches for the Whitecaps last season, including one start.

US Soccer News

CONCACAF Awards 2017 Gold Cup Final to Levi’s® Stadium | San Jose Earthquakes
CONCACAF announced today that the final of the 2017 Gold Cup will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday, July 26.

Rest of the World News

Man United held at home by Hull as Man City thrash West Ham
Man United failed to take their chances in a 0-0 draw with Hull, but there were no such problems for Man City at West Ham.