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Fafa aims for greatness, MLS news, and more in today’s links

MLS: Orlando City SC at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin ready to play Olivier Mbaizo if Union need him vs. FC Dallas
"Olivier is a guy that has, from the moment he came in [during] the preseason with the group, showed that he's a MLS-quality player," Curtin said after Wednesday's practice.

Philadelphia Union's Fafa Picault aiming to be "great," earn USMNT recall
For the Philadelphia Union speedster, helping his team win is certainly the primary mission but boosting his own stock nationally and re-emerging on the US national team radar is also never far from his mind.

Takeaways from Head Coach Jim Curtin's Weekly Press Conference
Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon in his weekly press conference.

MLS News

Toronto FC has mountain to climb entering final Champions League match
Toronto FC will need to score two goals and win at Chivas' Estadio Akron to have any chance of claiming the CONCACAF Champions League next week.

Report: Stephane Mbia, Atlanta United fail to agree to terms in talks
After traveling from Spain to meet with Atlanta United club officials, Cameroonian midfielder Stephane Mbia will not be joining the club to fill a need in their defensive midfield, according to Twitter account AllezLesLions.

Vancouver Whitecaps keen on £1m summer move for Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre
Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre is a summer transfer target for MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps. The 21-year-old central defender extended his Fir Park contract last week.

US Soccer News

'Too Small to Succeed': The perils of owning a lower-division pro soccer team
The current status of lower-division American soccer, specifically Division II and Division III men’s professional soccer, means that owners don’t stick around.

Rest of the World News

Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism with win
With their under-scrutiny midfielder impressing, much-changed Man United got a confidence boost ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semifinal vs. Tottenham.