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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Midweek Press Conference

Ernst and Jim speak, two USMNT members join MLS and more in today’s links

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

Philadelphia Union News

Takeaways from Curtin and Tanner’s press conference
With a difficult road match in Kansas City looming, Jim Curtin and Ernst Tanner addressed their hopes for the team going forward and the new member of the squad that they believe will push them toward their goals.

MLS News

Sporting KC drops first leg of CCL 2-1
Sporting Kansas City had started the same lineup in the first three matches of 2019, achieving wins in both legs of CCL play versus Toluca and a stoppage time loss at LAFC. For the trip to Panama to play Independiente manager Peter Vermes made eight substitions for their quarterfinal match in Panama.

Atlanta loses 3-0 to Monterrey in CCL
Atlanta United held strong for 80 minutes in the first leg against Monterrey in its Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal, but the Five Stripes ran out of gas and conceded twice in the last ten minutes in a 3-0 loss. Frank de Boer elected not to use a substitute until well after the result was sealed.

Galaxy signs USMNT player Joe Corona
Signed with TAM fands, Corona will likely earn a starting position in the middle of the park, though where he fits in exactly is unknown for now.

Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem close to transferring to MLS
Gedion Zelalem could be on his way out of Arsenal - with the midfielder potentially returning to the United States six years after moving to north London.

FC Cincinnati officially secures loan of Kenny Saief
After a starting his professional career in his adopted homeland, Saief made the move to Europe with Belgium’s KAA Gent in 2014. Strong performances, including eight appearances in the UEFA Champions League, earned him a move to powerhouse RSC Anderlecht in 2017.

Rest of the World News

Champions League review: Groundhog’s Day for PSG
PSG held a 2-0 advantage from its win at Old Trafford last month, and no club had ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals.

Mourinho ‘first option’ for Real Madrid’a next manager
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says there’s a very good chance that Jose Mourinho will return to the Bernabeu next season with a healthy transfer budget.