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MLS Power Rankings, Gold Cup draw: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/8/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Derrick Jones makes MLS Team of the Week bench
You weren’t imaging things - Jones’s debut was that good.

Find out what's new at Talen Energy Stadium for Union home games
Saturday brings about a new season for Talen Energy Stadium, when the Union host Toronto FC for the first home game of 2017.

Smallwood: Union make a point of playing smart in opening game
This is soccer's version of the conundrum of not intentionally fouling when you have a three-point lead in the final seconds of a basketball game.

MLS News

MLS Power Rankings, Week 1: Timbers make huge jump after trouncing MNUFC
Union drop to 16 in this week's MLS Power Rankings.

Report: Two German clubs tracking FC Dallas' Walker Zimmerman
Metro New York reported on Tuesday that Zimmerman is on the radar of VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96, two second-division clubs currently vying for promotion to the Bundesliga.

No country for old men: MLS teams swap aged stars for younger wingers
Fueled by Targeted Allocation Money, a fair few teams in MLS are ignoring convention and trying something new; this is winger country, folks - enemy full-backs, beware.

2017 MLS anonymous player survey
What is the best thing about playing in the league? Is refereeing improving? Who most often crosses the line? ESPN FC's MLS Confidential poll is back!

US Soccer News

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup schedule announced
Here’s how the groups will shape up.

Rest of the World News

Champions League defeat hammers home the truth Arsenal should be better than this
On and off the pitch, these are turbulent times at Arsenal. The fans want glory, but it's difficult to see how Arsene Wenger can deliver this season.

Sergio Ramos helps ease Real Madrid past Napoli and into Champions League quarterfinals
Napoli offered a significant test to Real Madrid, but a Sergio Ramos goal helped Zinedine Zidane's side ease into the UCL quarterfinals.