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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union must replace Wagner in Montreal

Bendik’s relationship with the fans, MLS trasnfers heating up, and the USMNT finalize their fall schedule

MLS: Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Wagner’s absence may have Union back scrambling again
The starting spot will be occupied by either Fabinho, RJ Allen or Matt Real. Fabinho got the nod against Real Salt Lake two weeks ago with Wagner unable to go with a quad issue. The defense collectively failed the test proctored by RSL in a 4-0 loss.

Recently-acquired Joe Bendik embraces special relationship with Philadelphia Union fans
The banter between Bendik and the Union fans began in 2013, when he let in a game-winning free-kick to Kleberson in second-half stoppage time as a member of Toronto FC.

MLS News

Armchair Analyst: Four quick thoughts about the Leagues Cup
The soccer was mostly good and fun, and those Liga MX teams didn’t come north for friendlies.

LAFC to sign Uruguayan attacker Brian Rodriguez
The transfer fee? Said to be $11.5 million, a whopping number that would nearly double the reported fee LAFC paid for Horta last year. It would be just a tier below the top transfer fees paid all time in MLS, too.

Pablo Aranguiz’s exit from FC Dallas looking more likely
With Aranguiz potenitally leaving, that would open up two things for FC Dallas in the form of a Designated Player slot and an international roster spot.

Montreal Impact acquire Lassi Lappalainen on loan from Bologna FC
Lappalainen’s loan is guaranteed for the remainder of the 2019 MLS season and involves targeted allocation money. The Impact have an option to extend the loan until June 20, 2020 and another option to extend the deal until Dec. 31, 2020.

US Soccer News

USMNT to play Uruguay in September
The USMNT has played every single team from CONMEBOL several times since the last time they faced La Celeste. That match was May 12, 2002, a 2-1 victory for the Americans at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.