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Elliott back in the spotlight, Austin to build potential stadium to poach the Crew, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union's surge toward MLS playoffs shows Jim Curtin's strengths as manager
The Union's 3-2 win at New England wasn't just a statement of the team's intent to mount a charge toward the playoffs. It was also a statement about the man leading that charge.

Jack Elliott's backheel goal for Union punctuates surprising return to prominence
When Jack Elliott took the field in Portland's hothouse atmosphere on Aug. 5, he hadn't played a second for the Union in two months. It sure didn't look that way, though.

MLS News

Magic from Wayne Rooney leads D.C. United to a win over Portland
Two goals from United’s star led the way in United’s second consecutive win.

Back on track: LAFC 2, Real Salt Lake 0
LAFC’s winless streak is no more, with a much-needed home win.

Austin City Council approves stadium bill, aiding push to move Columbus Crew to Texas
Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt got a major boost to his effort to move the Major League Soccer club to Texas when the Austin City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land.

Report: U.S. midfielder Will Vint leaves Man United over visa issues
The 16-year-old signed a contract with Man United's Under-18 squad just last month.

US Soccer News

Where in Europe will you find American players?
The continent has a lot of soccer, and everywhere you turn, there will be an American to watch.

Rest of the World News

Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid deliver statement of intent in Super Cup vs. Ronaldo-less Real Madrid
Diego Costa and Atletico Madrid both reversed history and fired a real warning shot in beating Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid in the Super Cup.

ESPN+ Becomes Exclusive Presenter of Emirates FA Cup in U.S. Through New Rights Agreement
79 matches per season to be streamed on ESPN+, including the Community Shield and FA Cup Final.