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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union start U.S. Open Cup journey

Philadelphia Union head to DC, US Women demolish Thailand and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union severely shorthanded as they kick off U.S. Open Cup at D.C. United
As the Union begin this year’s quest to win the U.S. Open Cup, they will kick off under some severe constraints.

Know Your Enemy: Rooney and a possibly suspect defense
One of the best European strikers of his generation, if Rooney plays you’ll know DC is taking a shot at the USOC this season.

Warren Creavalle to miss Gold Cup due to injury
Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin announced today that midfielder Warren Creavalle will miss Guyana’s 2019 Gold Cup run after breaking his foot in training. According to Curtin, he will miss the next two to four weeks due to the injury.

MLS News

MLS Power Rankings: Taking stock of MLS at the Gold Cup break
Union hold at number two in the power rankings.

Five teams who would benefit most from US Open Cup glory
Outside of the obvious direct impacts of winning a trophy now, an Open Cup triumph can mean even more to a franchise.

U.S. Soccer News

Alex Morgan scores 5 in USWNT’s 13-0 domination of Thailand to open World Cup
Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis each recorded a brace. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored.

Saint Louis FC Cupset highlights first night of Round 4 in the US Open Cup
Two first half goals gave second division Saint Louis FC (USL Championship) the cushion they needed to see off Division I club Chicago Fire (MLS) 2-1 on the campus of Lindenwood University outside of Saint Louis, Mo.

Reggie Cannon added to Gold Cup squad
Given his natural position at right back and that we aren’t even sure there is a glass at this point, much less that it’s half full, many are speculating that Tyler Adams will be removed and return to Germany for a summer off.

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019: Group B Preview
Costa Rica will be the clear favorites to win a relatively weak Group B.

Women’s World Cup News

Women’s World Cup Du Jour: What else happened while the USWNT trounced Thailand
We all know the standout result of the day happened over in Rennes, but that was to be expected. Meanwhile, the Netherlands looked set to fall two points behind Canada in Group E until Jill Roord’s winner in the second minute of stoppage time.