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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin’s weekly Presser

Santos injured, Gold Cup group draw and rule changes and UEFA Champions League results

MLS: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin’s midweek Press Conference
Hear coach’s thoughts from his weekly presser.

Derrick Jones’ absence from Union lineup due to injured ankle, as well as depth chart
It’s barely news anymore that Derrick Jones, the first graduate of the Union’s youth academy to make it to MLS, isn’t playing much.

Santos suffers another injury setback
After scoring a stoppage time winner in Kansas City on a rehab assignment with Bethlehem Steel, Philadelphia Union striker Sergio Santos has suffered another injury setback, this time to his knee.

MLS News

Sacramento City Council approves MLS stadium plan
On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council voted 7-0 to approve a $33 million incentive package to help a local investment group build streets and infrastructure around a privately funded $252 million soccer stadium in a downtown railyard, as detailed by the Sacramento Bee.

US Soccer News

CONCACAF Gold Cup groups draw
he USMNT will begin Group D play against Panama on June 18th in St. Paul, Minnesota. They then travel to Cleveland on June 22nd to face Trinidad and Tobago.

CONCACAF Gold Cup changes rules
The governing body has taken a step forward by removing quirky regulations that made its top competition stand out.

2019 US Open Cup First Round pairings
The First Round will commence May 7-8 and consist of six Division III (USL League One) pro clubs and 32 Open Division teams (USL League Two, National Premier Soccer League [NPSL], local qualifiers) in head-to-head, single-elimination competition.

Rest of the World News

VAR helps Barcelona in narrow win over Manchester United
Barcelona overcame a tame Manchester United to take the upper hand in their Champions League quarterfinal after Luke Shaw’s own goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Ajax adds substance to style against Juventus
Ajax dominated the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Juventus. They deserved to win but yet, their streetwise and vastly experienced Italian opponents fly back home with a draw and an away goal from their only shot on target.