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Union vs. Dynamo pre-match info, Manchester City and Arsenal recaps: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/17/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Union's Chris Pontius overcame injury to help out in a big win over D.C. United
The midfielder hurt his foot on Tuesday, then had the game's first assist on Saturday.

Takeaways from Jim Curtin's press conference
Some thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Reasons to Watch: Union vs. Houston Dynamo
Wednesday marks the first match of a double game week for the Union, and both will take place at Talen Energy Stadium.

Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union Preview: Houston still looking for elusive road win
Here's out friends at Dynamo Theory with their preview of tonight's game.

MLS News

Think all artificial turf is the same? Think again! Just look around MLS
Seemingly small differences have major impacts on how the fake stuff plays.

Sacramento inches one step closer to joining Major League Soccer
Republic FC name, brand, crest and history are now part of Sacramento’s bid, but was there ever a doubt?

SBI Spotlight: After overcoming career-threatening injury, Garza thriving with Atlanta United
After overcoming a career-threatening injury, Greg Garza is making the most of his loan move to Atlanta United.

Major League Soccer concussion protocol called into question following incident in Portland Timbers-Atlanta United game
Questions about Major League Soccer's concussion protocol arose Sunday during a match between the Portland Timbers and Atlanta United.

Rest of the World News

Manchester City into third place after thrashing West Brom
Manchester City moved up to third in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win over West Brom on an emotional night at the Etihad Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez brace keeps alive Arsenal's top-four fight
Alexis Sanchez hit a brace as Arsenal secured victory over relegated Sunderland in front of a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Champions League qualification.