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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union disappearing center back advantage

Nashville signs a new DP, USA takes on Mexico, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

What happened to the Union’s centerback advantage?
Trusty has lost his starting role, sometimes making the game day 18 and sometimes not dressing at all. McKenzie only recently earned his first starts of the season, after having to recover from an emergency appendectomy and regain fitness and form. And Ofeimu has committed costly mistake after costly mistake for Bethlehem, causing his coach to move away from his preseason optimism.

MLS News

MLS Playoffs: Breaking down the Eastern Conference outlook in 2019
With about a month left in the season slate, let’s take a look at the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs prospects among the Eastern Conference teams.

Sources: Nashville SC signs Costa Rica’s Leal
Leal’s salary will be above the threshold for a Young Designated Player, but it is unclear if Targeted Allocation Money will be used to buy down his hit to the salary budget.

MLS takes on Portland’s most passionate fans over protests. What’s this feud about?
On the surface, all appears normal. But the Timbers Army (TA), in conjunction with their Sounders counterparts, the Emerald City Supporters and Gorilla FC, have planned a protest over MLS’s in-stadium ban on political signage.

U.S. Soccer News

USA vs. Mexico, 2019 friendly: What to watch for
If you’re thinking it hasn’t been that long since the last time these two teams have played, you’re absolutely right. It was July 7th when the two teams last faced each other in the 2019 Gold Cup final, which was a 1-0 victory for El Tri.

How Holocaust survivors, immigrants and a soap opera star formed a soccer powerhouse
Maccabee Los Angeles materialized virtually overnight in 1971, more than two years before the professional North American Soccer League came to the city, then disappeared just as suddenly 11 years later.