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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Fabian looking to step up in Union’s biggest moment

Bedoya wants to get Union first playoff win, why each team will win the MLS Cup, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Marco Fabián, the Union’s biggest player, aims to step up in the Union’s biggest game
Fabián is no stranger to soccer crucibles. He has played in two World Cups, a Copa América, World Cup qualifiers, a Club World Cup, the Concacaf Champions League, a German Cup final, a Bundesliga relegation playoff, South America’s famed Copa Libertadores, and a slew of Mexican league playoff games.

Alejandro Bedoya: “I want to get the club the first playoff win.”
Philadelphia’s captain hopes to be healthy for Sunday’s playoff clash with the New York Red Bulls and is eager to deliver the home fans a victory.

MLS News

Why your team will (or will not) win MLS Cup in 2019
The collective is greater than the individuals, which is a credit to Jim Curtin and all the players.

Vancouver Whitecaps begin offseason rebuild by cutting several players and re-signing Nerwinski, Ricketts and Reyna
The Whitecaps are also in discussions with the parent clubs of Michaell Chirinos, on loan from Honduran side Olimpia, and Érik Godoy, on loan from Argentinian side CA Colón.

Ike Opara named MLS Defender of the Year
n 2017 MNUFC gave up 70 goals then giving up 71 in 2018 while they only gave up 43 in 2019 a drastic improvement over the past two seasons.

Report: Ike Opara, Minnesota United agree to new contract
The Athletic’s Jeff Rueter reported that Opara and Minnesota United have agreed to a new long-term contract. Rueter added that Opara will be a TAM player.