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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union take on New England

Union preview, no turf for Zlatan, and more in today’s links.

MLS: New York City FC at Philadelphia Union Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union’s matchup vs. New England Revolution starts season-defining week
It's the first of three winnable contests in a week for a Union team whose odds of making the playoffs are growing.

Tactical Preview: How the U can grab three points
New England Revolution are not much of a secret even if you didn’t face them a mere two weeks ago. Brad Friedel’s side have a fairly coherent Plan A and the words “Run Harder” masquerading as a Plan B.

Seba Le Toux: I Hope Philly Will do Well caught up with legend Sebastien Le Toux, the US Open Cup's top-scorer in the Modern Era (16), for a chat about his favorite tournament, life after pro soccer and why he’s pulling for the Philadelphia Union in the 2018 final.

MLS News

Josef Martinez record goal seals Atlanta United win over rival Orlando City
Just when it looked like things wouldn’t go their way—magic happened.

LA Galaxy draw LAFC 1-1 in El Trafico III
El Trafico III ends in a stalemate.

Armchair Analyst: Your guide to Heineken Rivalry Week – Part II
Rivalry Week swings into its second part this weekend, here's a preview.

LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic I'll only play on turf in MLS playoffs
LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he won't take a risk by playing on artificial turf unless it is "life or death."

Rest of the World News

Bayern Munich win Bundesliga season opener despite goals ruled out by VAR
Robert Lewandowski scored a penalty at the second time of asking to lift Bayern Munich to a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim to open the Bundesliga season on Friday night.

Ernesto Valverde 'counting on' Ivan Rakitic amid reports of €90m PSG bid
Ernesto Valverde warned Barcelona against selling Ivan Rakitic in the final week of the transfer window amid reports of a €90 million PSG offer.

Mexico to hire Tigres' Tuca Ferretti as interim coach
Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti is set to take over the Mexican national team on an interim basis, sources have told ESPN.