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Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/23/18

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Borek Dockal is in Florida, MLS on ESPN schedule is released, and Sepp Blatter backs Morocco for the 2026 World Cup.

Czech Republic v Ukraine - UEFA European U21 Championships Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Curtin: Bořek Dočkal finalizing ‘a potential deal’ with Philadelphia Union
Czech Republic international is with the team in Florida.

Head Coach Brendan Burke Signs Extension to Remain With Steel FC
Burke, who previously had the option year of his original contract picked up for the 2018 season, agreed with the club on a multi-year extension beyond his current agreement.

MLS News

Kellyn Acosta undergoes successful sports hernia surgery
A six-to-eight week timeframe for recovery.

Tim Parker: Should he stay or should he go?
A few days ago, rumors began to surface that Vancouver Whitecaps starting centerback Tim Parker could be on his way to New York Red Bulls, with former Montreal Impact Felipe Martins and/or allocation money coming back to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

ESPN reporting NYCFC wants Rusnak is just baseless rumor
This sure looks like ESPN is just making stuff up.

ESPN’s 2018 Major League Soccer Regular Season Schedule
ESPN networks will televise 31 regular-season Major League Soccer matches in 2018, as well as the MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta on Aug. 1.

Targeted Allocation Money is great for MLS, but maybe not for domestic players
Increased funds are attracting more international talent, but some team officials are concerned about the effect on young domestic players.

Rest of the World News

Napoli crash out of Europa League as Arsenal and Dortmund escape
Napoli crashed out of the Europa League round of 32 while Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund overcame scares and Atletico Madrid and AC Milan easily won.

Banned ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid - Philly
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct.