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Brotherly Game Daily Links: MLS Playoffs Round 1 Preview

Three players to watch for the Union, Madrid and Barcelona move El Clásico

MLS: New York City FC at Philadelphia Union James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union Players to Watch on Sunday senior writer Matthew Doyle turned his attention to the Boys in Blue and the three players he is keeping his eyes on in the contest at Talen Energy Stadium.

MLS News

Five big questions for the opening weekend of the MLS Cup Playoffs
Four games Saturday. Two games Sunday. Go out Friday night so you don’t feel guilty about staying in to watch soccer over the weekend. Better yet, find a bar showing the games (or demand they put them on) and spread the playoff gospel far and wide.

MLS playoff predictions: Expert picks for every Round One matchup
For all 12 teams involved this weekend, with Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC and top seed in the East NYCFC lying in wait, just three wins separate them from the glory of hoisting the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on November 10.

Rest of the World News

Barcelona, Real Madrid want El Clasico moved to Dec. 18 amid Catalonia protests
Barcelona and Real Madrid have proposed that the Clasico between the two sides scheduled for Oct. 26 be played on Dec. 18 after it was postponed due to the growing social unrest in Catalonia.