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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union focused on Michael Bradley

Union begins a road trip, under the radar MLS players, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

In search of road result, Philadelphia Union focus on quieting Toronto captain Michael Bradley
At the start of their three-game road trip, the Philadelphia Union are focused on shutting down Toronto FC's Michael Bradley, no matter which position he starts in.

Union face three road games in nine days: Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and Montreal Impact
The first of the three games will be Friday night at defending champion Toronto FC.

‘Living on your own in a foreign country isn’t easy it teaches you a lot about yourself’
Former Philadelphia Union draft pick, who passed on a trial with the team after being drafted in 2013, has wound up at St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland.

Philadelphia Union Academy News

Jeremy Rafanello part of United States U19 squad for Slovakia Cup
The Union U19 team’s leading scorer is the lone representative on the squad. Brenden Aaronson received a call-up but is out with an injury sustained in a recent Bethlehem Steel FC match.

2018 PDL Players to Watch
Reading United defender Lamine Conte, a Philadelphia Union Academy grad who also spent time with Junior Lone Star FC, made the list along with Reading teammates Aaron Molloy, Daniel Krutzen and Kamal Miller.

MLS News

8 MLS players who we aren't talking about enough right now
It's easy to rattle off a list of MLS' biggest stars, but a few lesser-known players are quietly having bright starts to 2018.

Stejskal: MLS team made big bid for Las Palmas forward Sergio Araujo's source couldn't confirm or deny that report, but said the Galaxy were not the club that made the $4 million offer.

Giovanni Savarese talks about his new job in Portland, attending the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, and what can be done about USMNT
A native of Venezuela, Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese came to the United States to play at Long Island University and started a 20-year pro career in 1994 with the Long Island Rough Riders of the United States Interregional Soccer League.

New York derby: Vieira and Marsch rivalry brings added spice to Hudson River Derby
The New York City FC and New York Red Bulls coaches have butted heads repeatedly over the past three years, and will renew their rivalry on Saturday.

Major League Soccer training facilities enter modern, holistic era
Los Angeles FC, New York City FC, Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC probably could have shared the same pair of oversized scissors typically used for ceremonial ribbon cuttings.

Rest of the World News

Arsenal must clear the rubble of Arsene Wenger's fallen empire
There would be no fairy-tale ending for Arsene Wenger. After their Europa League exit, Arsenal now begin to rebuild without their boss of 22 years.

Helmets in soccer could reduce concussion risk by up to 70%
A Virginia Tech analysis looked at the impact helmets can have in preventing concussions in soccer.