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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Observations from Montreal

MLS Power Rankings, and World Cup roster announcements in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Cory Burke and Ray Gaddis make cases for more playing time, plus other Union observations
Eleven observations on the state of the Union, from Saturday's win at Montreal to news from the academy.

Update on mascot search
The Union have received 2,000 entries for their “From Kids, to U” mascot search.

Bethlehem Steel News

Steel FC returns home to battle rivals Red Bulls II
Game kicks off today at 5 p.m. at Goodman Stadium.

Santi Moar graduates from college
The second-year midfielder graduated from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina last weekend when the team was down in South Carolina.

U.S. Open Cup

The Reading Way
U.S. Soccer profiles Reading United ahead of their second round Open Cup against Richmond Kickers at Alvernia University tonight.

MLS News

MLS Power Rankings: Toronto FC take a tumble in Week 11
Union rise to 18 this week.

MLS players named to 2018 FIFA World Cup squads
A number of MLS players will be heading to the World Cup this summer, here is all the players announced so far.

Marcel de Jong Signed to Extension
The Vancouver Whitecaps have extended left back Marcel de Jong through 2019, with an option for 2020.

World Cup News

Germany World Cup squad omits Mario Gotze as Joachim Low signs new contract
The German football federation have extended the contract of coach Joachim Low through 2022 and named their 27-player provisional World Cup squad.

Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere left out of England World Cup squad
Joe Hart had been expected to travel to Russia as third-choice keeper behind Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland, despite his disappointing season.

Sweden World Cup squad omits qualifying hero Jakob Johansson
Jakob Johansson, the scorer of the goal that qualified Sweden for the World Cup, will not be part of the country's 23-man squad heading to Russia.

Few surprises in Rohr's provisional Nigeria squad
There were few surprises in Gernot Rohr's provisional Nigeria squad for the upcoming World Cup, though some players cracked the nod against the odds