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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union battle San Jose in the midnight hour

Union/San Jose preview, MLS Power Rankings and Portland could be losing a big star

Philadelphia Union training in San Jose on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Photo by Dave Ralph

Philadelphia Union News

Preview: Midfield movement can unlock San Jose’s man-marking
The key man for the Union may be Jamiro Monteiro. The midfielder was below his best against Red Bulls but has the movement and skill to move into passing lanes and beat his man in space, and these two things open up the game against San Jose.

Can Andrew Wooten spark Philadelphia back to life?
Wooten has only played five league games since arriving in Philadelphia in mid-July, but with Sergio Santos out, he might get his shot.

In basketball-mad New York City, how do U.S. soccer hopefuls make their big break?
Mark McKenzie reveals how his Jamaican roots inspired him to take on a sport plagued by pay-to-play obstacles.

MLS News

Power Rankings: New York Red Bulls make big jump in homestretch
Union drop to four in this week’s power rankings.

Diego Valeri could leave Portland Timbers in 2020 as contract negotiations stall
According to The Athletic, Valeri, who is making $2.42 million this season, according to the MLS Players Association, had hoped to sign a new two-year designated player deal before the summer and has “grown increasingly frustrated with the Timbers over how the negotiations have played out.”

How MLS teams can qualify for the 2020 Concacaf Champions League
The Philadelphia Union and NYCFC have at worst clinched a Leagues Cup berth next year, since they are guaranteed to finish no worse than third and fourth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference.

Columbus Crew unveils new renderings for downtown stadium
The stadium design is starkly modern. The exterior is enclosed with angular wrapping that is perforated, allowing light to bleed through.

MLS lifts Iron Front ban amid fan protests over political signage policy
Fans had staged walkouts and refused to cheer at games, and MLS has decided to give into their demands.