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Philadelphia Union, MLS, and Gold Cup news all in one place: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/18/17

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Philadelphia Union News

With a challenging, back-loaded schedule, Union need points right now
A recent data parsing at MLSSoccer.com concludes that the Philadelphia Union have the toughest remaining schedule in 2017.

Union ready to bring elite prospect Anthony Fontana to senior team
The 17-year-old from Newark, Del., who had a taste of senior-team action in Saturday's exhibition against Swansea City, will come to the big leagues in 2018.

MLS News

D.C. United waive Jose Ortiz
In a separate transaction, the team traded away a 2017 international spot for GAM.

Expansion, big spending, smart bosses: How the West lost its edge in MLS
Major League Soccer has long been ruled by the Western Conference, but there's a clear power shift in 2017.

A Cultural Eruption: Soccer in the Southeast
Atlanta United’s arrival has changed the landscape of soccer in America.

Houston Dynamo sign Argentine midfielder Tomas Martinez as designated player
The 22-year-old attacker joins Erick Torres and Alberth Elis as the club's three designated players.

Gold Cup News

U.S. is the clear Gold Cup favorite now, even if Bruce Arena doesn't want the label
With the arrival of veteran standouts to reinforce the roster, the USMNT has now become the obvious choice to win the CONCACAF tournament.

Canadian teenage sensation Alphonso Davies leads Gold Cup Best XI
The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage is done and dusted, so now it's time to highlight the players who distinguished themselves in their first three respective matches.

Bruce Arena: El Salvador present 'difficult' test for U.S. in Gold Cup quarterfinals
U.S. national team manager Bruce Arena says he doesn't think there are any favorites to win the 2017 Gold Cup right now.