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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union rise to LAFC challenge

McKenzie and Wagner stand out, MLS weekend review and more in today’s links

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Mark McKenzie shines in Union’s statement game against LAFC’s stars
Though the box score said he recorded just one tackle, one interception, three clearances and one block, the eye test said a lot more. He and Kai Wagner finished tied for the most completed passes of any Union defender on the night, with 38 each.

Jim Curtin’s Postgame Presser against LAFC
Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin provides his thoughts on the match against LAFC.

Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner adds to resume as “best left back in league”
After 90 minutes limiting Carlos Vela’s production, the 22-year-old added to a resume that grows by the week and continues to impress head coach Jim Curtin.

MLS News

What we learned from Saturday night’s MLS action
n the stretch run of the MLS regular season as the summer months gave way to fall, Saturday’s seven-match slate did not disappoint. Here’s what we learned.

Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 28 analysis
It has happened under the radar and north of the border and, for a team that won everything they played for in 2017 and almost won the one thing every MLS team wants most in 2018, somehow out of the spotlight and against expectations. The short version is this: reports of Toronto FC’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Chicago Fire takeover a game-changer for league expansion
With the Chicago native now in command for the Fire, if he chooses to do so, he has the capital to not only finance a new soccer-specific stadium located in Downtown Chicago but also lavishly spend on top talent via transfers.

Rest of the World News

How Norwich upset Man City to claim the Premier League season’s most shocking win
Nobody should write off Guardiola’s team on the back of one bad night, but the game raises questions about how good Man City’s defence is without the commanding Aymeric Laporte, who is out until February with a knee injury.