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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Ilsinho the super sub

Pryzbylko thankful for another year in Philly, MLS Power Rankings and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Kacper Przybylko ‘thankful’ contract option picked up by Philadelphia Union
After rehabbing a long-term foot injury, the German-born Polish striker is the Union’s leading scorer with 13 goals.

Ilsinho insanity: Dazzling numbers drive home value of Philly’s supersub
This season his coach, Jim Curtin, has weaponized his 33-year-old veteran to maximum impact with a supersub role that’s delivered a steady stream of positive results for the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union.

Why the Philadelphia Union can win MLS Cup
Against good teams and good coaches, tactics (and game states) can change. The Union have the ability to effectively press or dictate patient build-up, push the game to chaotic transition or slow it down. Haris Medunjanin’s expert set-piece delivery coupled with Jack Elliott is also good for a handful of goals a season.

MLS News

Power Rankings: Have the Seattle Sounders turned the corner?
Union still climbing in the MLS Power Rankings, all the way up to three this week.

Inter Miami gets this rising Canadian talent in trade with Vancouver Whitecaps
Inter Miami announced its fourth player signing on Tuesday, 21-year-old Canadian midfielder David Norman Jr., who was traded by the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a conditional 2022 MLS SuperDraft pick.

Xavier Arreaga leads MLS call-ups for Ecuador games against Peru, Bolivia
Orlando City midfielder Sebastian Mendez and LAFC left back Diego Palacios are also coming into coach Hernan Dario Gomez’s side, which plays Peru at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 5 and at home against Bolivia on Sept. 10. Another inclusion is forward Romario Ibarra, who’s under contract with Minnesota United, though is currently on loan at Liga MX side Pachuca.

Rest of the World News

Eight countries in race to host 2023 Women’s WC
FIFA agreed to increase the number of participating teams for the 2023 event from 24 to 32 following this year’s edition in France, and it subsequently reopened the bidding process.

Sources: Prem giants want transfer extension
Senior figures at the Premier League’s biggest clubs want to see the summer transfer window in England stay open longer to align with the rest of the major leagues in Europe, sources have told ESPN FC.