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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin’s weekly press conference

Ilsinho gets five start FIFA skill rating, Fire one step closer to Soldier Field and more in today’s links

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 LAFC.

Ilsinho earns 5 stars in FIFA 20
Philadelphia Union’s own Ilsinho was picked as one of just 49 players have the prestige of being members of the exclusive club of 5 star skillers, meaning they have do every single move in the game. The honor is the Brazilian’s fifth-consecutive game that he has the five-star rating, dating back to FIFA 16.

Union’s Jim Curtin, LAFC’s Bob Bradley reunite and rekindle a nearly 20-year friendship
Bradley’s coaching tree is one of the biggest in modern American soccer history. In addition to Curtin, some of the famous names include Peter Nowak, Jesse Marsch, Chris Armas, and Eric Wynalda.

MLS News

What we learned on a wild Wednesday in MLS
We’re getting to that time of year where the Live Standings page is constantly up when games are on. Here’s what we learned.

Chicago Fire a step closer to playing at Soldier Field after Park District vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Park District voted at its monthly board meeting to continue negotiations and enter into a permit and operating agreement for the Fire’s use of the 61,500-seat stadium starting with its 2020 MLS season.

MLS fines Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese for criticizing officiating
Savarese criticized referee Alex Chilowicz during a halftime interview with Timbers sideline reporter Nat Borchers Saturday after two potential penalty kick calls went against Portland in the first half of the match.

U.S. Soccer News

2020 U.S. Open Cup First Qualifying Round Matchups Set
Eighty of 88 amateur sides approved to compete in local qualifying will see action at the first hurdle, scheduled for Sept. 21-22. The remaining eight teams have been issued byes to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 19-20.