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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin’s Weekly Press Conference

McKenzie fighting for starting spot, Montreal makes coaching move and more in today’s links

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Philadelphia Union at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference
Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin addressed the local media for his weekly press conference ahead of Saturday night’s match against D.C. United.

Why Jack de Vries chose the Union over PSV Eindhoven and a college offer from Virginia
“At the end of the day, it came down to where I was going to be happy, and where I think I could excel the most,” de Vries said Wednesday.

Mark McKenzie focused on his play to earn spot in Philadelphia Union starting lineup
Mark McKenzie has faced plenty of obstacles to reclaim a spot in the Philadelphia Union starting XI, and through it all, he has focused on his own game.

MLS News

Controversy abounds as D.C. United falls 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls
Wayne Rooney received a first half red card, and though United got level on the scoreboard through Ola Kamara and numerically after Amro Tarek was sent off as well, the Red Bulls got a hotly disputed winner from Daniel Royer.

Breakthrough: LAFC 4, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Presumably with a lineup at full strength, LAFC will face the Galaxy with full confidence in the second edition of this year’s El Trafico on Sunday.

Montreal Impact fire Rémi Garde, name Wilmer Cabrera head coach
Garde amassed a 24-29-8 record with the Impact. The club is set to play Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship final in September, but is at risk of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

No need for hype -- these MLS rivalries are the real deal
Soccer media don’t create rivalries. The truth is we don’t need to. They’re already here. They’re the real deal, and they’re center stage all week.

U.S. Soccer News

Premier League viewership grew by 74% in last decade on US TV
It’s been just over ten years since Fox Soccer Channel agreed to sublicense two Premier League games a weekend to ESPN2, a decision that in hindsight quickly elevated the exposure of the English top-flight division across the United States.

Rest of the World News

UCL: Red Star draw at Young Boys; Olympiakos win
Red Star Belgrade’s Champions League qualifying odyssey continued on Wednesday when the former European champions drew 2-2 away to Young Boys after being pegged back by a late penalty in the first leg of the playoff round tie.