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Know your enemy, MLS All Star opponent confirmed and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union were expected to bring more than soccer to Chester. 10 years later, there’s a new redevelopment plan.
In a struggling city like Chester, the plan seemed almost too good to be true.

Know Your Enemy: Revs looking up at first place Union
In attack, New England is quite different than last season. Whereas they previously pressed relentlessly and broke forward at pace, now there is a concerted effort to find Designated Player Carles Gil.

Three Takeaways from Philadelphia Union’s win over FC Cincinnati
The Philadelphia Union reacted to Wednesday’s 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati with the mentality that there is plenty left to accomplish.

The Philadelphia Union are top of the East - credit Jim Curtin
We need to take a second to appreciate the job that Jim Curtin has done this year.

MLS News

MLS announces Atletico Madrid as opponent for 2019 MLS All-Star Game
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Spanish giants Club Atletico de Madrid will face the best in MLS in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game, set for Orlando City Stadium on Wednesday, July 31.

Report: Toronto FC in discussions to sign Omar Gonzalez
The 30-year-old is currently on loan with Atlas in Liga MX from Pachuca, where he signed in 2016.

Kenny Saief unsure if he will stay with FC Cincinnati past this summer
Kenny Saief left Europe to head to MLS this past winter because he was enticed by FC Cincinnati’s long-term vision, but whether he sticks around to experience it all is uncertain.

US Soccer News

Women’s World Cup roster: the 23 players who will represent the United States
Not a ton of surprises, but there are some big talking points in this USWNT World Cup roster.

Rest of the World News

Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi Hernandez officially announces retirement
The Spanish national team veteran, who plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, confirmed in an open letter on Thursday that this will be his last season and that he will continue his career as a coach.

Arsenal, Chelsea in strong positions in Europa League semis
The possibility of an all-English final in the Europa League grew likelier after Arsenal and Chelsea moved into strong positions in the semifinals on Thursday.