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A big stretch for the Union starts Saturday, potential logo for Austin FC is released and no El Classico in America

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Philadelphia Union News

C.J. Sapong relishing new role on wing as Philadelphia Union continue playoff push
Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong is thriving in a new role on the wing in the middle of the club's most important stretch of the season.

Why the next four games will be exciting for the Union and their fans
Going into this weekend, FiveThirtyEight estimates the Union’s chances of making the playoffs at 74%, the highest that number has been all season.

Santi Moar continues to make case for Philadelphia Union first team contract
The Spaniard had a brace with his mom in the stands in a 2-0 win for Bethlehem Steel FC on Wednesday.

MLS News

Columbus Crew SC manage a tie at the Fire in a sluggish Thursday game
It was not a performance the Black & Gold will want to relive too many times.

Limited MLS minutes mean domestic forwards will look to Europe
Alphonso Davies' move to Bayern is notable but also brings into question whether enough young North American forwards are getting chances at home.

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Mikael Stahre remains steady despite historically bad season
With only one home win all season, and with hopes of making the MLS Cup playoffs long over, Earthquakes head coach Mikael Stahre remains steady admist a historically bad season in San Jose.

Austin group release Major League Soccer franchise badge logo colors name
The latest sign that the Columbus Crew are moving to Austin, Texas, was revealed as the proposed team name, colors and crest were released.

Ruiz, Meola and Schelotto: The Top 10 individual MLS seasons of all time
Josef Martinez is having one of the best seasons in MLS history. Here are the players who have had the best seasons in MLS history.

Rest of the World News

Real Madrid-Barcelona Clasico in New York 'not viable'
Javier Tebas has defended plans to stage a league game in the United States starting this season but insists the Clasico will not be the selected.

Ten-man Burnley fall to Olympiakos in Europa League playoff first leg
Burnley will need a rousing comeback next week after suffering a 3-1 away defeat to Olympiakos in the first leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday.