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Cristiano Ronaldo with another Champions League hat trick, Carlos Vela to MLS?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/4/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Trusty named No. 5 best defender under 20 by Major League Soccer
Future stalwart of the Philadelphia Union backline Auston Trusty was named the No. 5 best defender under 20 years old by Major League Soccer.

Blake second in Union history with 10 clean sheets
In the Union's match against LA this past Saturday, Andre Blake kept the Galaxy off the board, earning the clean sheet. With the shutout, Blake moved into second in Union history with his 10th clean sheet.

Philadelphia Union can count on Derrick Jones after sterling sub appearance
The Philadelphia Union found themselves in unfamiliar territory after their 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy, but for the team that extended their winless streak to 16 games it’s a silver lining.

The Philadelphia Union roster is beleaguered with regression and imbalance
Remember how the Philadelphia Union did so well in the 2016 draft?

MLS News

MLS in talks with Real Sociedad over Mexico forward Carlos Vela
Major League Soccer has resumed its pursuit of Real Sociedad and Mexico international forward Carlos Vela.

Inside Opta: No Andrea Pirlo, no problem as Yangel Herrera steps in for NYCFC
Goal takes an analytical look back at the weekend in MLS, including Yangel Herrera's performance for New York City FC in place of Andrea Pirlo.

US Soccer News

Fabian Johnson returns to training for BMG
Today, some good news from Germany emerged as Fabian Johnson returned to training for Borussia Monchengladbach.

Rest of the World News

Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick carries Real Madrid in semifinal first leg
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick in his second straight Champions League game as Real Madrid swept aside city rivals Atletico 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their semifinal on Tuesday night.