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MLS to implement VAR on August 5, CONCACAF investigating bite: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/21/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Montreal 2, Philadelphia 1: Union off-target in forgettable road performance
While the United States national team was slugging it out with El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Union were wrapping up a mostly feckless outing in Montreal with a late push for an equalizer.

Know Your Enemy: Columbus Crew SC
The Union will battle Columbus Crew SC for their first of two meetings in the 2017 MLS season on Saturday.

Union's Fafa Picault pleased to score again despite muted celebration
Fafa Picault may not have celebrated his goal, but make no mistake: he was pleased with it.

MLS News

MLS: Rampant Red Bulls put five past Earthquakes
New York Red Bulls humbled San Jose Earthquakes 5-1 as reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders overturned a three-goal deficit.

Major League Soccer to implement VAR starting on Aug. 5
The introduction of VAR follows more than three years of testing and training between MLS and the Professional Referees Organization.

Disappointing Designated Players: The 5 who need to justify their price
It's put-up-or-shut-up time for these high-paid MLS players.

US Gold Cup News

Beyond ‘nipple-gate’: CONCACAF looks into alleged bite during U.S.’s odd Gold Cup win
The U.S. Soccer Federation has shared with CONCACAF Gold Cup’s disciplinary committee a photo of bite marks on defender Omar Gonzalez’s shoulder.

Rest of the World News

Africa Cup of Nations expansion ratified by CAF
The Confederation of African Football have ratified a tournament expansion to 24 teams and will move the competition to June-July.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez agrees to join West Ham
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has agreed to return to the Premier League with West Ham, the club confirmed on Thursday.