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Union Homegrowns, MLS Power Rankings and the US U20s beat France

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Philadelphia Union News

Striker combo offers new route to goal on the road
Throughout much of the match, the Union struggled to break through the home side’s midfield. The one reliable outlet was Kacper Przybylko.

The current state of Philadelphia Union’s homegrown players
Which academy players will be the next to sign for the first team? For the current homegrowns there are basically two categories, the starters and then reserves/Steel players.

Union’s Andre Blake set to lead Jamaica against USMNT and into Concacaf Gold Cup
Andre Blake is spending this week just a few hours south of Philadelphia, but it feels like another world.

MLS News

Power Rankings: Philadelphia Union climb higher than ever
The Union move to even greater heights in the Power Rankings after a four-point week, including a gutsy road win, the first for an away team at Allianz Field.

Rumor: Luis Suarez to join Inter Miami after Barcelona?
With David Beckham running the ship and promises of multiple Designated Players for their inaugural MLS season in 2020, Inter Miami continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest stars.

Four players who can step up in MLS this week amid international absences
Before the entire league takes a quick break for the Gold Cup this summer, there are six MLS games (and the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup) to come. But for those dozen clubs, many players have already left for international duty.

U.S. Soccer News

USA reaches U-20 World Cup quarterfinals: What the upset over France means
The U.S. found itself down 2-1 in the second half after taking a 1-0 lead, but Sebastian Soto’s second goal drew level before Justin Rennicks came up with a goal on a lose ball in the box for the win.

Rest of the World News

Real Madrid announce signing of Jovic
Real Madrid have completed the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic on a six-year contract until 2025, subject to passing a medical.

Sturridge, Moreno leave Liverpool; Shaqiri stays
Sturridge joined the club from Chelsea in January 2013 and scored 105 goals in 306 appearances in all competitions, while Moreno arrived from Sevilla in 2014, playing 141 games and finding the back of the net on three occasions.