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US draws Panama in the Gold Cup opener, Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Two gambles paying off for Union back line
Poorly timed injuries forced the Philadelphia Union deep into their depth chart early. After taking a chance on both a new and old face, its paying off.

MLS News

Fire linked with attacking midfielder Juan Quintero
Chicago leading race for Colombian international

Nemanja Nikolic makes himself at home in Chicago
Nemanja Nikolic expected that coming to America meant he'd have an adjustment period.

Young Galaxy suffers growing pains in first half of MLS season
First half of the season followed the Galaxy's plan to get younger, build the roster with graduates of their system and cut payroll. They didn't count on all the injuries and some other problems.

US Soccer News

USMNT Player Ratings: Dom Dwyer, Brad Guzan shine in underwhelming Gold Cup opener
Dom Dwyer and Brad Guzan stood out as the USMNT opened the Gold Cup with an otherwise forgettable performance against Panama.

Dax McCarty has his sights set on World Cup team in second U.S. go round
After being afforded a second chance with the U.S. national team by Bruce Arena, Dax McCarty says he's taking nothing for granted as he eyes a spot in the 23-man squad that will go to Russia for the World Cup next summer.

CONCACAF Gold Cup not likely to move out of United States any time soon
The regional governing body's president hopes to see the Gold Cup move around some day. But that day might not come for a while.

Rest of the World News

2017 Tour Aguilas match recap: Club America 4, Puebla 0
A commanding performance by America sees Puebla downed at Talen Energy Stadium

Manchester United agree £75m deal for Everton's Romelu Lukaku
Manchester United have announced they have agreed a deal with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku, and are set to pay £75 million for the Belgium striker.

Man United's Wayne Rooney has medical at Everton
Wayne Rooney has undergone a medical ahead of his proposed return to Everton from Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC.