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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union look to extinguish Fire

Union/Fire preview, Coutinho to Bayern and more in today’s links

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Preview: No Katai, but the Fire desperate for points
The Union will look to jump on Chicago early even though they are on the road. Forcing the home side to play from behind will be crucial to taking them away from their gameplan, which will likely be to patiently spread the Union wide and then attack with overloads on the flanks.

Five big questions heading into Week 24 of the MLS season
The LA Galaxy will be looking for a second straight win when they take on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, while Real Salt Lake’s post-Mike Petke era continues at home against league leaders LAFC. Those games, plus an old-school rivalry game between the New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution, feature in this weekend’s MLS action.

LAFC hasn’t lowered Rossi asking price
Italy-based journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that LAFC had reduced its asking price from $16.6 million to $13.3 million, with Serie A side Fiorentina bidding $9.4 million plus add-ons.

Rest of the World News

Athletic Club’s Aduriz downs Barcelona with golazo
Lionel Messi was sorely missed as a lacklustre Barcelona were downed by an Aritz Aduriz golazo in a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in their La Liga season opener at San Mames on Friday night.

Barca, Bayern have Coutinho 1-year loan deal
Rummenigge added that the defending Bundesliga champions will have an option to buy Coutinho after the loan period ends.