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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union face Atlanta in Eastern Conference Semfinals

Union/Atlanta preview, Bob Bradley wins Coach of the Year, and more in today’s links

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union take unbeaten record vs. Atlanta United this year into MLS playoffs showdown
The Union go into Thursday night’s MLS playoff conference semifinal at Atlanta United as clear underdogs. For a game like this, though, you take any advantage you can get, and this one isn’t nothing.

Know Your Enemy: Atlanta all about structure
Frank de Boer is all about structure. He wants seven players behind the ball defensively and protection in the center at all times. Nagbe’s two-way game has improved this season and de Boer can sit either Eric Remedi or Jeff Larentowicz next to the former US international.

MLS News

Pozuelo Panenka propels TFC to victory past NYCFC
Alejandro “Panenka” Pozuelo continued his dominance against NYCFC, scoring twice to send Toronto FC to the Eastern Conference Final.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake, recap: Back to the Western Conference championship
For the third time in four years under Brian Schmetzer’s guidance, the Seattle Sounders are going to the Western Conference finals. They punched their ticket with a convincing 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday in which the hosts ceded 62 percent of possession but out shot their opponents 20-7.

Inter Miami CF acquires Victor Ulloa from FC Cincinnati
Ulloa, 27, scored one goal in 26 appearances for FC Cincinnati in 2018.

LAFC head coach Bob Bradley voted 2019 MLS Coach of the Year
MLS announced on Wednesday that Los Angeles Football Club head coach Bob Bradley has been voted 2019 Sigi Schmid Head Coach of the Year in a landslide, after leading the club to a record-breaking season.

MLS TV ratings slump 19% during regular season; Playoffs take a nosedive
TV viewing numbers for the 2019 MLS regular season saw a dramatic decline compared to last year, so much so that the MLS TV ratings slumped 19% while the opening weekend of the MLS playoffs dropped 54%.

Rest of the World News

Champions League scores, takeaways: Lionel Messi makes history; Inter gets vital win; Liverpool rolls
After the first half of Matchday 3 of the Champions League brought us 30 goals on Tuesday, 24 more came on Wednesday as the matchday concluded.