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Brotherly Game Daily Links: The curtain draws up on the 2019 MLS season

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Philly/Toronto preview, MLS teams by tier and Nick Rimando set to retire

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union open the season against Toronto FC
For the Union, all eyes will be on Marco Fabián tomorrow, as the Mexican playmaker is expected to debut at the tip of the diamond midfield.

Curtin has real pressure on him as season kicks off
Jim Curtin has been the Union’s manager for 4 1/2 years. In his early seasons, he learned the ropes after being promoted from an assistant role.

MLS News

Early statement games headline opening week in MLS
Atlanta United’s visit to D.C. United and Sporting KC’s trip to Los Angeles FC should offer some contenders a chance to show they’re serious in 2019.

MLS squads by tier
What follows are not hard-and-fast power rankings, per se, but rather something a little more loose in terms of talent level, cohesion, chemistry and all the et ceteras that make teams tick (or not).

LA Galaxy buy out Giovani dos Santos
By shedding his $6 million price tag, LA are now roster compliant with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romain Alessandrini and brother Jonathan dos Santos as Designated Players ahead of Saturday’s opener vs. the Chicago Fire.

DC United signs Quincy Amarikwa
Amarikwa’s MLS career reaches back a decade, when he was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Nick Rimando set to retire after season concludes
Rimando has been in Major League Soccer for 20 seasons and has been Real Salt Lake’s number 1 since joining the club from DC United in 2007 in a deal that also brought Freddy Adu to Utah.