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Union new tactics working, Portland makes big bid for Chilean international and Wednesday’s Champions League action

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Philadelphia Union News

Union high scoring preseason shows new tactics are working
The Union have played four preseason scrimmages so far, and scored 10 goals.

Derek Jones poised for key role in 2019
Homegrown midfielder Derrick Jones has been waiting in the wings behind Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin in central midfield, but now with more central players being used, the 21-year-old is poised to take the next step in his game.

Meet the 4-4-2 Diamond: A deep tactical analysis of the Union’s new formation
Philly Soccer Page writer Steven Whisler took a look at the Union’s new formation.

Union Partners with Roxborough United SC
The team announced a collaborative arrangement with the local youth club.

MLS News

Massive Mailbag from
Question’s from around the league are answered by’s Matthew Doyle.

Portland Timber’s put in offer for Eduardo Vargas
Univision Deportes is reporting that the Timbers have made an offer of $10m to Mexican side Tigres for Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas.

Matias Almeyda wants to see Mexican and American teams in the Copa Libertadores
The Argentine won the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League with former club Chivas, but believes the Copa Libertadores should be for all the American continent.

Tata Martino: No problem calling up MLS or Liga MX-based players
Mexico manager expressed a willingness to call in players playing in North America, which now includes Philadelphia Union midfielder Marco Fabián.

Meet the college coach who’s been helping shape Atlanta United since the ‘90s
West Chester native Jeff Larentowicz and several others on and off the field for Atlanta United have ties to Clemson coach Mike Noonan.

Rest of the World News

Champions League Review: Spurs and Real Madrid claim victory in first leg
Here’s what happened on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League, in case you missed it.