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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union travel to DC for their next game

Curtin’s Press Conference, MLS Power Rankings, and Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

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Philadelphia Union News

Opponent Scout: Going for another DCU sweep
Philly goes for the regular season sweep once more against DC, after defeating them 4-1 at home on August 29.

Takeaways: DC and who’ll be available
Ahead of Philadelphia Union’s upcoming match against D.C. United on Wednesday night, Head Coach Jim Curtin addressed the media about the tough battle ahead. Here are a few of the key takeaways from the presser.

Report: Philadelphia Union II leaving USL Championship
The news isn’t surprising given a host of reasons: financial losses because of Covid-19, league rules that require teams to have 12 players at a minimum signed to pro USL contracts, stadium requirements and more.

MLS News

MLS Power Rankings: Toronto FC seize top spot, LAFC surge back into top 10
The Union hold steady at number three this week in the MLS Power Rankings.

TSG Hoffenheim forward Franko Kovačević joins FC Cincinnati on loan
The 21-year-old forward has made 47 professional appearances across the Bundesliga and Croatian First Football League, including 23 starts. Over the span of four professional seasons, Kovačević has scored seven goals and added one assist.

Rest of the World News

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus, leaves Portugal squad
Portugal confirmed in a statement that Ronaldo is in isolation and not showing symptoms. He was later seen monitoring the team’s training session from a terrace of the bedroom in which he is staying in Portugal’s City of Football headquarters.