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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union enter crucial home stand

Playoff outlooks, MLS charter flights and Philly breaks the USWNT Friendly attendance record

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Philadelphia Union News

Hope and expectations for a crucial three-game home stand
The Union are in second place in the East. This fact would be cause for celebration in almost any of the club’s previous nine seasons, but, after spending much of the season at the top of the table, fans are nonplussed, especially after the lackluster loss at Chicago Saturday that dropped the team from first to second.

MLS News

Sporting KC find late winner to beat Minnesota United, stay alive in playoff race
After earning the full three points on the night, Sporting KC moves up to ninth place in the West with 34 points, just three points out of a playoff spot. With just three home games and four road games left in the season, every home point is a must for the remainder of the season.

Montreal Impact go into survival mode with Cabrera-for-Garde move
It’s a decisive move by Montreal. Remi Garde had proven capable of winning in Major League Soccer. Over a 38-game span from June 23, 2018 to June 26, 2019, Garde’s Impact compiled 1.68 points per game; over a 34-game season, that would be good enough for top five in MLS.

MLS Playoffs: Breaking down the Eastern Conference outlook in 2019
With less than two months left in the season slate, let’s take a look at the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs prospects among the Eastern Conference teams.

Atlanta United’s Guzan on the importance of charter flights
Charter flights for every games are something that the MLS Players Association is pushing for in its ongoing negotiations with the league in its the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

U.S. Soccer News

Philadelphia makes USWNT attendance record for Friendly
The previous USWNT record for a stand-alone friendly was set during the first match of the 2015 Victory Tour after that year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup triumph when 44,028 fans came out to Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, to watch the team defeat Costa Rica 8-0 on Aug. 16.