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Union news, Real Madrid downs Bayern: Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/19/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Union's Alberg shows glimpses of potential in return to starting lineup
We've heard the criticism of Roland Alberg: he doesn't run; he doesn't play defense; he's lazy; he came into camp overweight; he doesn't fit the system.

How the Sons of Ben have continued building a relationship with their city of Chester
At the end of February 2008, Don Garber officially announced that Major League Soccer would be expanding to Philadelphia in the 2010 season.

Union can't afford to lose fan base
The winless Philadelphia Union and coach Jim Curtin are getting booed, which at least means the fans still care.

Know Your Enemy: Montreal Impact
Get all the facts on Montreal ahead of Saturday's game.

MLS News

Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening delay causes Atlanta United schedule shake-up
The team will play one extra match at Bobby Dodd and won’t play in the new stadium until September.

Handicapping MLS Expansion: April 2017 Edition
A monthly look at MLS expansion has Phoenix rising and St. Louis falling among the contenders, though it's clear any decisions will wait until fall.

LA Galaxy sign forward Jack McInerney
The 24-year-old attacker has 43 goals in the league.

US Soccer News

2026 World Cup: North American bid backed by Oceania
The United States, Canada and Mexico bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup is supported by the 11-nation Oceania soccer confederation.

Believe Bruce Arena when he says the U.S. can compete for the 2026 World Cup
He has not guaranteed anything. He's just setting a standard, and as history shows, Arena's 2026 goal isn't out of the U.S.' reach.

Rest of the World News

Real Madrid ability to ride good fortune and win sets them apart amid football elite
Real Madrid ultimately topped Bayern thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in a match that provided a plethora of chances.

Jamie Vardy says Leicester can be 'proud' as they bow out of Champions League
Jamie Vardy said he and his Leicester teammates gave everything in their unsuccessful bid to prolong the club's Champions League campaign on Tuesday.