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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Half Empty or Half Full?

Power Rankings, Italian fans, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Reasons to Watch: Wooten home debut, Paws, Sapong return
CJ Sapong and Fabian Herbers are back in the house!

The Glass: Half Full or Half Empty?
Philadelphia sits in first place in the East on both points and points per game, a result that few predicted at the start of the season. But — after a miserable 4-0 loss in Salt Lake City and a rough sequence of results over the last three weeks — there are reasonable questions to ask about the direction of the team this season.

MLS News

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC can’t be knocked off perch at the top
The Union take a tumble to the seventh spot in this week’s MLS Power Rankings.

Explaining Atlanta, the unforeseen soccer hotbed of America
It may seem like waxing poetic, but it is no hyperbole to say what Atlanta United has built is pioneering. Match-day carries with it the feelings of a college football town packaged into a European street or South American favela.

Brek Shea out for season with torn ACL; Atlanta United reportedly acquire Mo Adams
Shea sustained a torn ACL in his knee, which Atlanta coach Frank de Boer confirmed in this morning’s training. The 29-year-old will miss the remainder of the MLS season.

Colorado Rapids Fans Set Up Campaign For Man In Italy: ‘This Is Beyond Soccer’
It’s likely De Rosa will come to Colorado in early September when the Rapids have two home games five days apart.