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Union press conference, David Villa contract extension: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/4/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Richie Marquez goal vs. Portland named TruMark Financial Goal of the Month for April
Richie Marquez headed home a corner from Haris Medunjanin in the Union's match against Portland, which fans voted as April's Goal of the Month.

Union's Rosenberry admits that benching 'wasn't easy' to handle
Keegan Rosenberry played 41 straight games before losing his starting job to Ray Gaddis two weeks ago.

Takeaways from Jim Curtin's Press Conference
Here's some thought from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference.

MLS News

David Villa signs one year contract extension to remain with NYFC through 2018
He'll stick around another year to haunt the MLS.

Orlando City Goalkeeper Joe Bendik Named MLS Player of the Month for April 2017
Joe won four times with two shutouts in the month, leading his club to the top of the table.

LAFC has interest in Guillermo Barros Schelotto for manager role
Guillermo Barros Schelotto is a candidate for the vacant LAFC manager position.

Jefferson Savarino confirms RSL move to Venezuelan media

This rumor didn’t take long to start more fully germinating: Jefferson Savarino has confirmed that he’s set to join Real Salt Lake and that he’s in the middle of the visa process.

US Soccer News

2017 Meet the Underdogs: Junior Lone Star’s unlikely journey from West Africa to Philly to US Open Cup
The club was founded in 2001 by West African immigrants, most of them Liberians, who fled a series of brutal civil wars in their home country.

U.S. Soccer’s $100 million surplus raises the question: What will they do with it?
That's a lot of cash.

The Miseducation of Julian Green
A story of unfair expectations, a World Cup goal, and German mediocrity.

Rest of the World News

Gonzalo Higuain fires Juventus to victory at Monaco
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice from Dani Alves passes to put Juventus in control of their Champions League semifinal with Monaco ahead of next week's second leg in Turin.

Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 to close in on Europa League final spot
Bertrand Traore scored twice as Ajax ran out comprehensive 4-1 winners in a pulsating Europa League semifinal first-leg clash against Lyon at Amsterdam Arena.