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Curtin shows growth, MLS weekend preview, and C’MON LIVERPOOL, it’s the Champions League final

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin’s growth and maturity featured in The Athletic
Sitting one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has enjoyed a lot of positives in 2019. But this is Philadelphia and you’ll still hear boos from the stands as Pablo Maurer writes in his latest story on The Athletic.

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Philadelphia’s Kai Wagner for simulation
The Disciplinary Committee has found Philadelphia Union defender Kai Wagner guilty of simulation/embellishment in the 38th minute of Philadelphia’s game against Colorado on May 29

MLS News

MLS Week 14 Weekend Preview: Steffen’s final Crew game, Timbers open renovated Providence Park
Within the span of a few hours on Saturday night, one set of Major League Soccer fans will say goodbye to one of the best players for their side in recent memory and another will get to celebrate the long-awaited re-opening of their renovated stadium.

Higuain to have ACL surgery, likely done for 2019
The injury occurred during the Crew’s latest game, a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rapids. Higuain went down in the penalty box after a rough tackle from a Colorado defender just before midfielder Pedro Santos scored in the 28th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

The MLS-Liga MX Leagues Cup is going to suck, and it could have been so much cooler
Unlike the Campeones Cup, the Leagues Cup is supposed to be an actual tournament consisting of seven total games. Another notable difference: at least for the inaugural tournament, which will kick off this July, the MLS teams didn’t even need to qualify.

Las Vegas’ MLS plan includes indoor stadium
Las Vegas’ bid to acquire an MLS expansion team is heating up, with the Baupost Group and its chief executive, Seth Klarman, emerging as one of the driving forces behind a deal that could result in the building of a 25,000-seat indoor stadium located in downtown.

U.S. Soccer News

U.S. draws France in U20 World Cup round of 16
The United States will play France on June 4 in the Under-20 World Cup round of 16 after Les Bleus beat Mali 3-2 on Friday to win Group E.

Rest of the World News

UEFA Champions League final ultimate preview: What you need to know before Tottenham vs. Liverpool
he only thing left to settle for the European club season before the summer is the Champions League, and much like the Europa League final, it’s an all-English affair in Madrid as Liverpool take on Tottenham.