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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Know Your Enemy

Union announce friendly against Mexican foe, League Cup to expand, and Juventus makes big signing

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Philadelphia Union News

Know Your Enemy: Sapong, Gaitan lead Fire into Philly
On March 30, Chicago Fire picked up their first win of 2019, a 1-0 victory over New York Red Bulls. Since then, former Union midfielder Veljko Paunovic’s side has collected all three points only four times, but they have scored 16 goals in those four wins.

Philadelphia Union To Host Liga MX Club Pumas UNAM In International Friendly At Talen Energy Stadium
Based in Mexico City, the side has won seven Liga MX titles, most recently the Clausura in 2011. They have also won the Copa MX once, and the Concacaf Champions League three times.

Union teams up with city to build 15 soccer mini-pitches and 2 new fields across Philly
Marking further proof of soccer’s growth in Philadelphia, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Union, and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer are committing $3.5 million to build 15 miniature soccer fields and two full-size fields across the city over the next five years.

MLS News

Misfiring Portland Timbers fight back to draw Orlando City SC 1-1
Missed chances and a single defensive slip-up will leave the Timbers with a bitter taste in their mouths despite a hard effort to come back from going down a goal in the first half.

Lucas Rodriguez, D.C. United thump FC Cincinnati 4-1
The win, just United’s second in nine games and their first in six road games, pushes D.C. within one point of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Leagues Cup expands to 16 teams in 2020 with new qualification format
The first annual Leagues Cup competition kicks off on July 23, but the tournament is already expanding.

Sources: NYRB reject Prem offers for U.S.’s Long
Sources confirmed a report from broadcaster Brian Dunseth that a Prem club had submitted multiple offers for the 26-year-old defender.

Rest of the World News

De Ligt joins Juventus in five-year €75m deal
He had attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Bayern Munich among others after helping Ajax reach the Champions League semifinal and Netherlands the UEFA Nations League final.

Sources: Arsenal beat Spurs to €30m Saliba
Since joining the Saint-Etienne academy in 2016, he has represented France in every age group and was part of the squad at the U20 European championships this summer.