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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Sugarman says Union have resources for pieces they need

U.S. Open Cup change, Charlotte pledges millions to potential MLS team and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union owner Jay Sugarman says he has resources to ‘fill the pieces we think we need’
Philadelphia Union owner Jay Sugarman has come under fire on countless occasions in the club’s history for not spending enough money to keep up with the rising costs of player acquisition across Major League Soccer.

Philadelphia Union to begin U.S. Open Cup campaign May 19 or 20
The Union will be entering into the Round of 32. Eleven MLS teams will be entering a round earlier with the third round April 21-23.

MLS News

In letter to Don Garber, Charlotte mayor pledges $110 million to support MLS team
The city of Charlotte is willing to open its checkbook to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to the Queen City.

FC Cincinnati acquire Homegrown defender Zico Bailey in trade with LA Galaxy
The Orange and Blue acquired the defender’s Homegrown rights from the LA Galaxy in exchange for FC Cincinnati’s natural 2020 fourth-round MLS SuperDraft selection (No. 81 overall).

Crew re-sign Jordan Hamilton, sign Matt Lampson
Lampson, a Columbus native, was a Crew Academy product who played for the Black & Gold from 2012-15. He made 16 appearances for the Crew in his four seasons, starting 14 times and recording five shutouts.

Daniel Steres, LA Galaxy agree to terms
Despite LA’s reputation for shipping goals in recent memory, Steres was a bright spot when paired with Polenta in the middle of the back line, logging 30 starts and three goals in 2019. It is expected (for now) that Steres will pair with Costa Rica international Giancarlo Gonzalez next season.

U.S. Soccer News

U.S. Open Cup unveils new format for 2020 tournament
Every round of the 2020 U.S. Open Cup can be viewed on ESPN+, the network’s paid streaming service, and the date of the final is not set yet.

FOX Sports has gone from soccer destination to bit-part player in less than a decade
As this decade comes to a close, it’s clear that FOX Sports is losing its grip on being a major soccer broadcaster in the United States.

Rest of the World News

Europa League draw: Arsenal, Man United learn possible opponents
Both Premier League clubs will be seeded in the draw after winning their Europa League groups, which is also the case for Celtic and Sevilla. The best four Champions League third-placed teams will also be seeded, which means Ajax, Benfica, Inter Milan and Salzburg cannot draw a UEL group winner.