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Philadelphia Union preview, US players must stand for anthem: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/5/17

Opening day for the Union is finally here!

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Vancouver Whitecaps
The Union open up their season in Cascadia country against a side not looking to be left behind by their rivals in 2017.

Philadelphia Union Newest Sponsorship Deal to Pay Off at the Pumps
The Philadelphia Union has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with Sunoco that includes a way for soccer fans to save money on gasoline.

Philadelphia Union: Numbers behind the MLS Ambition Rankings
Go behind the numbers of the Philadelphia Union's place in Sports Illustrated's MLS Ambition Rankings.

MLS News

MLS Review: Dempsey scores on return but Sounders lose
Clint Dempsey scored on his MLS return as the Seattle Sounders were beaten, while the LA Galaxy also went down.

US Soccer News

US Soccer passes policy that national team players must stand for anthem
United States players must "stand respectfully" during the national anthems before national team games, U.S. Soccer announced on Saturday.

U.S. under-20s qualify for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
The Americans clinched a spot by defeating El Salvador on Friday.

Rest of the World News

Liverpool see off Arsenal; Manchester United held by Bournemouth
Arsene Wenger raised eyebrows when he left Alexis Sanchez on the bench, starting Danny Welbeck.

Lionel Messi magic helps Barcelona rout Celta; Real win without Ronaldo
Lionel Messi was in top form as he scored twice and set up two more goals to help Barcelona cruise to a 5-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Bayern Munich go seven points clear as Christian Pulisic nets for Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich moved seven points clear at the top while Borussia Dortmund beat Bayer Leverkusen 6-2.