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Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/15/18

Sapong signs an extension, Union look to exploit Columbus, and Champions League results

MLS: New York City FC at Philadelphia Union James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

CJ Sapong contract extended to 2019 with club option for 2020
The team’s leading goal scorer from 2017 isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Curtin: Bořek Dočkal 100% will play against Columbus
Newly acquired No. 10 expected to play Saturday but whether that’s in the starting XI or off the bench remains a question.

As Columbus Crew move rumors shake MLS, Don Garber says Union aren't threatened
In an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News at MLS headquarters, the commissioner offered a robust defense of the Union and owner Jay Sugarman.

Philadelphia Union looking to capitalize on Columbus Crew's style with high press
The Philadelphia Union's pressing system matches up well with Columbus's tendency to work out of the back, and they'll look to exploit that on Saturday.

MLS News

Giovani dos Santos to miss LA derby and Mexico friendlies with injury
LA Galaxy midfielder Giovani dos Santos will be out for between one and three weeks with a hamstring injury, the MLS club confirmed on Wednesday.

Rest of the World News

Chelsea go down fighting but can't stop Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Lionel Messi hit more milestones with two goals as Barcelona thumped Chelsea 3-0 (4-1 on aggregate) to show why they're the team to beat in Europe.

Bayern Munich cruise into Champions League quarterfinals over Besiktas
Bayern Munich coasted into the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Besiktas in Istanbul to complete an 8-1 aggregate win.

Without U.S. Soccer to Root for, Fox and Telemundo Double Down on Mexico
The Americans’ collapse elevates the Mexican national team for both networks and intensifies the competition for the 21 million bilingual viewers in the U.S.