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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union begin playoff journey against familiar foe

Union preview, Chicago signs a new defender and more in today’s links

MLS: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

MLS Playoff Preview: Union vs. Revolution
For the sixth time this MLS season, the Philadelphia Union will face the New England Revolution, but this time it will be a do-or-die situation for both teams, with a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals up for grabs.

Curtin: Andre Blake and Jamiro Monteiro available for selection against the Revs
Jamiro Monteiro passed Covid-19 testing protocols and isn’t subject to a quarantine period after returning from his national team because he took a charter flight. Olivier Mbaizo, however, is quarantining after an issue with his green card that forced him to fly back on a commercial airline, Curtin said.

Takeaways: Curtin has the Union ready to kick off postseason
With the Supporters Shield celebration behind them the Philadelphia Union will open their MLS Cup playoff run against the New England Revolution. Head coach Jim Curtin took to the media to discuss the opening playoff match.

Union owners Jay Sugarman and Richie Graham finally see the payoff after nearly a decade of investing in the future
Seven years after the Union opened their soccer high school in Wayne, its graduates helped the Union win their first trophy — and put the team on the global soccer stage.

MLS News

Top 5 moments from incredible 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs opening weekend
The first weekend of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs was a kaleidoscope of insanity. Each turn brought something completely unexpected, hard to understand, a little frightening and wholly captivating. Even if you’re not quite sure how what just happened actually happened, just be glad you were around to be a part of it.

Chicago Fire sign Ecuadorian right back Jhon Espinoza
The Fire have acquired 21-year-old defender Jhon Espinoza from SD Aucas in Ecuador. He’s under contract through the 2023 season, with club options for 2024 and 2025, and he becomes the 15th player on the Fire roster age 23 or younger.

Rest of the World News

UEFA Champions League Preview: PSG hosts RB Leipzig, Inter Milan faces Real Madrid, and more
Paris Saint-Germain finds itself in an unfamiliar position heading into Tuesday’s clash with RB Leipzig in France.