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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union host Mexican giants Pumas

Santos happy for veteran help, MLS Week 27 preview and Mexico faces the USA

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Philadelphia Union News

Preview: Pumas will work on road form vs Union on Saturday
For the Union, this is a chance to tweak some tactics and figure out which players are ready to be key pieces down the stretch as they chase the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Sergio Santos benefiting from veteran presence in Philadelphia Union locker room
Center back Aurélien Collin and left back Fabinho are two of the Portuguese-speaking players who have helped ease the transition for Santos, who played in Chile before moving to MLS.

MLS News

Five big questions for MLS Week 27’s five games
MLS Week 27 has some serious playoff implications, despite the truncated slate, and we’ve got five games and thus five questions to answer to get you ready for Saturday’s action.

Sources: Major League Soccer and Sacramento agree to deal framework for expansion franchise
Sacramento representatives and soccer officials have agreed to the framework of a deal that would bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to Sacramento in 2022, and are now sewing up final details, sources told The Sacramento Bee.

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

U.S. Soccer News

USA 0-3 Mexico: If Sisyphus was about a soccer team...
Mexico was well organized, they anticipated what the US would do in the game, and knew what to do when they gained possession. The Americans were uninspired, did not make the right adjustments, and were outmatched by an El Tri side that seemed to even take its foot off the gas with 30 minutes left in the game

Christian Pulisic and four others to re-join club teams after Mexico friendly
Christian Pulisic, Zack Steffen, John Brooks, Alfredo Morales, and Sean Johnson are set to miss the Uruguay game. The report notes that the players may not be replaced, but Gregg Berhalter will have plenty of options for the tilt against the South Americans.

Rest of the World News

Netherlands beat Germany in thrilling 4-2 finish
A late goal from substitute Donyell Malen handed Netherlands a massive 4-2 win over Germany in their Group C 2020 Euro qualifier in Hamburg on Friday.