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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union reach deal with UniMas

Doubleheader at Talen, MLS to expand to 30 teams and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Behind the scenes of the first Union/Steel Doubleheader
The Union kick off the doubleheader at Talen Energy Stadium against the Montreal Impact at 1 p.m. ET, before the Steel face Indy Eleven at 4 p.m.

Union and UniMas announce deal to broadcast four games in Spanish
The Spanish-language broadcasts will be anchored by Andres Quinones and Marvin Rivera. Quinones is a highly experienced Univision sports anchor with experience in the Philadelphia, Atlanta and Raleigh markets. Meanwhile, Marvin Rivera began his career at the Colombian network RCN working on professional soccer broadcasts.

The Union and malaise
The Union came back from a rough start to put themselves in a fine position this early in the season. So why aren’t we excited?

MLS News

MLS announces plan to exist to 30 teams
The decision was made by owners at Board of Governors meetings held in Los Angeles. No official decision was made on future expansion markets, but the Commissioner’s office was authorized to advance discussions with Sacramento and St. Louis ownership groups regarding their bids.

MLS clubs to receive solidarity payments
Major League Soccer clubs will be compensated for the costs of developing players from its youth academies who opt to sign their first professional contract with foreign clubs after the league announced on Thursday it will begin complying with FIFA regulations relating to training compensation and solidarity payments.

Germantown Academy alum Daniel Lovitz visits Union in best year of his career so far
At 27, the Montreal Impact defender from Wyndmoor, Pa. has taken a new step in his career, playing in three of new USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter’s four games.

US Soccer News

US players object to exhibition in Cincinnati
The U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association said the June 9 match will be played on a temporary grass field on top of the venue’s artificial turf.

Rest of the World News

Chelsea plays Frankfurt, Arsenal meets Valencia in Europa League Semifinals
Chelsea scored three early goals before surviving a second-half scare to advance to the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday with a 4-3 home win over Slavia Prague, and Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 to make the last four for the second straight year.