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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Ilsinho is The Man

Union members earn weekly awards, U.S. Open and Gold Cup Group A preview and the U.S. Women kick off their World Cup defense

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Philadelphia Union News

Strategy, tactics, confidence behind Curtin’s latest Coach of the Week win
Curtin’s ability to tweak his system mid-game to take the lead and then remain on the front foot for the final 18 minutes (plus five of Steaz stoppage time) showed a coach willing to fearlessly stick to his principles.

Ordinary for Ilsinho is extraordinary for mortals
There was only one option for MLS Player of the Week after the Brazilian’s exploits. Rarely does a substitute change a game so drastically and so quickly.

Ilsinho, Trusty named to MLS Team of the Week
Behind strong performances against New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty and midfielder Ilsinho have been named to the MLS Team of the Week.

MLS News

MLS Team of the Week: Week 15
All told, eight teams were represented this week, with the Philadelphia Union, Colorado Rapids and NYCFC among the leaders in representatives.

Crowning each team’s best player through first half of 2019
It’s just about the halfway point of the season and only 12 teams played over the weekend, so it’s a good chance to do something different.

U.S. Soccer News

USWNT finally kicks off World Cup title defense with Thailand match
The wait is finally over. After four years, the United States’ women’s national team will begin its World Cup title defense.

Houston begin title defense and rivalries aplenty: Tues. US Open Cup primer
While MLS is taking a break for the next two weeks, the U.S. Open Cup means that the American teams in MLS will continue to play on.

Women’s World Cup News

For USWNT opponent Thailand, just reaching Women’s World Cup is a win
Thailand can dream. It just might not do any good against the U.S. national team.

Canada squeaks by, Japan underwhelms, Argentina gets historic point
Day 4 of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France featured a two-game slate with two potential contenders opening their campaigns against slightly inferior opponents.

Rest of the World News

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019: Group A Preview
The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off with two North American and two Caribbean teams in Group A.