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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union face LAFC

Weekend preview, Chicago has a new owner and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

1v1s in midfield, eyes on Vela key to beating Bradley’s side
Defeating LAFC requires winning 1v1 battles in midfield — both in attack and defense — and a whole lot of defensive running. The Union can’t leave Kai Wagner 1v1 with Vela, and that’s no knock on Wagner; Vela is just that good right now.

Message received: LAFC hear Kacper Przybylko’s comments loud and clear
LAFC’s players, who have been training in Chester all week, received the message loud and clear, but have been California cool talking about it.

LAFC Injury Analysis: Carlos Vela officially removed from injury report
The only question that remains is the extent to which Vela will participate due to his overall match fitness. The LAFC performance staff has demonstrated its tendency to be fairly conservative in their return-to-sport protocol, so there is a chance that his minutes will be managed accordingly.

MLS News

The biggest games left this year and two big questions for Week 28
There are six match windows left – this weekend, midweek, weekend, midweek, weekend, Decision Day presented by AT&T – and so we’ll pick six games, one from each slate of games.

Andrew Hauptman Sells Stake In Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Joe Mansueto is the new majority owner and chairman, while Hauptman has left the club entirely.

Inter Miami gets up to five players in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft. Here’s how it works
Inter Miami and Nashville SC, the other expansion team, will alternate picks. Each current MLS team can protect up to 12 players from the eligible players list.

Rest of the World News

Liverpool should thrash Newcastle, right? Not so fast. Your Premier League weekend preview
Newcastle United have a case for being the strangest team in the Premier League. They’re a pretty uninspiring bunch, for the most part, but have nonetheless pulled off two of the most impressive results of 2019, being the last team to beat Manchester City and, of course, claiming an unlikely victory against Tottenham a few weeks ago .