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Chicago preview, MLS Power Rankings, and Serie A moves to ESPN

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Philadelphia Union News

TACTICAL PREVIEW: How the U can advance to the USOC Finals
The Union are 2-0-0 against the Fire this season, scoring seven and allowing four. In their last matchup in Chicago, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Accam traded goals in extra time as Philly escaped with a 4-3 win.

Medunjanin’s hunger for a trophy sets the tone for Union, their sights again set on elusive Open Cup hardware
The benefits of Wednesday’s game go beyond a Cup final berth, but a trophy would be franchise and season altering. “Everybody’s hungry,” says Medunjanin, who's never lifted a trophy with his club.

A Century of Chicago, Philadelphia Enmity
Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer (MLS) meet in the Semifinals on Wednesday in what is the latest installment of a U.S. Open Cup rivalry that goes back a full century.

MLS News

Stejskal: Juan Agudelo receiving interest from Spain, Turkey
Spanish La Liga side Real Valladolid, La Liga 2 club Deportivo La Coruña and several teams in the Turkish top flight are interested in signing New England Revolution attacker Juan Agudelo, according to sources.

MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta retain top spot but Timbers on their tail
Union down to 15 in the Power Rankings.

Columbus Crew reject bid for Wil Trapp from Blackburn Rovers
Columbus Crew have rejected a $1.25m bid from Blackburn Rovers for midfielder Wil Trapp.

REPORT: Sporting KC signs center back Andreu Fontas on free transfer from Celta Vigo out of La Liga
It looks like Peter Vermes has found some defensive reinforcements in the form of the 28 year old center back out of La Liga.

Report: Vytas sold to DC United
Vytas sold for $50k TAM.

Official: LAFC acquire Christian Ramirez in trade with Minnesota United
The black-and-gold forward corps gets even stronger.

Investment group led by Jason Levien takes ownership of D.C. United
D.C. United is officially under new ownership -- well sort of. United confirmed Tuesday that a new investment group spearheaded by Managing General Partner & CEO Jason Levien now controls the club.

Report: Whitecaps set to acquire Salvadoran defender Roberto Dominguez
A day before the MLS Secondary Transfer Window closes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have reportedly made a move to bolster their defense.

Rest of the World News

More than 340 Serie A TIM Matches Headed to ESPN+ In New Multi-Year U.S. Rights Agreement for Italian Football - ESPN MediaZone U.S.
Starting this month, ESPN+ will carry an average of nine matches live each week from August through May, while ESPN networks will televise a Serie A TIM Match of the Week — close to 40 matches per season.

Chelsea prepared to pay €80m for Kepa Arrizabalaga of Athletic Bilbao
Chelsea have informed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga that they are prepared to pay his €80 million buyout, sources tell ESPN FC.

Manchester United resist Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial bids and focus on centre-back
Manchester United are ready to resist bids for Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial and search for a centre-back before the transfer window closes.