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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union face rival Red Bulls

Kai Wagner thriving, France opens World Cup with a win and Real Madrid begins their rebuild

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Philadelphia Union News

What stat do Red Bulls share with the first place Union?
And beyond the similar defensive stats, this is what makes the 2019 matchup with the Red Bulls so intriguing: Over the past two seasons, Jim Curtin has been notably successful against his New York rival.

From German 3rd division to MLS: Kai Wagner thriving for Philadelphia Union
Six months ago, Philadelphia Union left back Kai Wagner was playing in the German third division for Würzburger Kickers and didn’t know who Union sporting director Ernst Tanner was.

MLS News

What’s on tap in a scaled-back but still interesting MLS Week 15 slate
As we’re in the midst of the international break, the MLS schedule is light this weekend as there are only four games on tap. Here’s what you can expect from them.

Late equalizer steals draw for Toronto FC
It was a fairly frustrating night at BMO Field on Friday for Toronto FC, but a heroic late equalizer from Jordan Hamilton saved a point at home as they drew Sporting Kansas City, 2-2.

Women’s World Cup News

2019 Women’s World Cup hosts kick off tournament with a bang
As expected, the opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France produced little drama. The tournament hosts pounded South Korea 4-0 on Friday in Paris, outshooting their opponent 21-4.

Rest of the World News

Hazard agrees ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid
Eden Hazard is set to complete his long-anticipated move to Real Madrid after the clubs announced a deal had finally been agreed on Friday evening.

Willian, not Vinicius Jr., replacing Neymar at Copa
The Chelsea forward will join the squad on Saturday before a friendly against Honduras in Porto Alegre.

Madrid to sign Lyon’s Mendy for €55m
Mendy, 23, has been identified by Zinedine Zidane as the team’s future left-back, with the Bernabeu outfit having sealed the deal ahead of other reported suitors including Juventus and Manchester United.