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Sapong making history, big day in MLS moves, and the UEFA Super Cup: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

CJ Sapong continuing his historic season
CJ Sapong continues to show how important he is to the Union, scoring a brace in the team's 3-1 victory against FC Dallas Saturday.

MLS News

Report: LAFC to sign Mexican international Carlos Vela
Is the first Designated Player signing imminent?

Report: D.C. United close to signing Russell Canouse
D.C. United looks to have at least one defensive midfielder coming in.

OFFICIAL: Bobby Boswell traded to Atlanta United
The 2006 MLS Defender of the Year provides extra depth and experience behind Michael Parkhurst and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez.

Lamar Neagle returns to Sounders
Sounders acquire Federal Way product for the fourth time, sending a fourth-round SuperDraft pick to D.C. United.

Minnesota United to sign winger Jose Leitón
The dynamic player is a spry 24-years-old and looks to join before the trade deadline.

Discretionary spending: Why MLS has to break its own rules in order to grow
The gap between the spending clubs and frugal clubs could widen if increased TAM becomes optional.

Rest of the World News

Real Madrid hold off late Man United charge to win UEFA Super Cup
Three quick thoughts as Real Madrid win the European Super Cup with a 2-1 win over Manchester United at the Philip II Arena.