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Curtin presser, MLS expansion news and Champions League results from Europe and North America

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Philadelphia Union News

Sergio Santos out at a month with hip injury
One of the Philadelphia Union’s top offseason signings won’t be making an impact on the field for a while.

Coach Curtin’s Midweek press conference
Hear what else Coach Curtin had to say this week.

MLS News

Atlanta United knocked out of CCL despite winning 1-0
Facing a near insurmountable deficit, Atlanta United came up short of the 4-0 scoreline needed to win their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal with Monterrey but played perhaps their most encouraging match of the Frank de Boer era in a 1-0 win.

Three times looking like MLS Cup contenders early in the season
This is far from what all teams will look and play like come October. Injuries happen, form changes — you know the drill. But it’s never a bad thing to start strong.

MLS says other cities have to wait behind St. Louis and Sacramento for expansion
Major League Soccer is increasingly focused on Sacramento, Calif., and St. Louis, Mo., as the home for its next expansion team.

Rest of the World News

Liverpool travels to Germany and beats Bayern Munich 3-1
Sadio Mane scored a goal in each half as Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in their Champions League round-of-16 second leg to book a spot in the quarterfinals.

Barcelona dominates Lyon 5-1 to advance to Quarterfinals
Lionel Messi scored two goals and provided two more as Barcelona reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style, thrashing Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 at home on Wednesday and advancing by the same scoreline on aggregate.

FIFA wants 24-team Club World Cup by 2021
FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021 featuring eight European participants, but plans for a worldwide Nations League are on hold, The Associated Press has learned.