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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Garber wants Union to be bigger

Union lose 3-2 to Dallas, Champions Leagues review and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

MLS commissioner Don Garber wants big-city teams to be bigger deals, including in Philadelphia
Garber is good friends with Union majority owner Jay Sugarman, but that’s not the only reason he hopes the Union are successful.

Ilsinho-fueled second half comeback falls short in 3-2 preseason loss to FC Dallas
Ilsinho may have been the oldest player on the field in a preseason match against FC Dallas in Clearwater on Wednesday morning, but his second half performance showed the best substitute in 2019 has plenty left in the tank for 2020.

MLS News

Ranking the top 10 newcomers for the 2020 MLS season
Each and every year, it just gets harder to narrow down the field of top candidates for the Newcomer of the Year award. Clubs keep drawing better players from abroad, and many of them at a younger age. This offseason continued that trend, and the 2020 haul has compelled us to stack up the best incoming transfer

Chicago Fire sign winger Ignacio Aliseda
Aliseda has spent the past two seasons with the Defensa y Justicia, making 38 appearances across all competitions. In 2018, when Aliseda was just 18, he made 19 appearances for the club, and helped Defensa y Justicia finish second in the Superliga Argentina.

San Jose Earthquakes trade backup goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell for GAM
The transaction with the Crew nets San Jose $75,000 in General Allocation Money, which could rise to $100,000 if Tarbell meets certain performance incentives in Columbus. The move to secure more GAM comes as the MLS roster compliance date approaches next week.

Champions League News

Dream Champions League debut season continues for Italian side
Atalanta flexed its goal-scoring muscle in Wednesday’s Champions League rout. But for as much as the game in Italy was about Atalanta’s offense, it was also about Valencia missing golden opportunities that could have made the 4-1 final much closer.

Spurs dig Champions League hole with first-leg loss
Tottenham faces an uphill battle if it hopes to make another run in the Champions League after losing 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig in the round of 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Montreal Impact play Deportivo Saprissa to draw in Champions League
Montreal was confident with a 2-0 scoreline at the half but left Costa Rica with a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their 2020 Champions League bout.

Late Cordova strike gives Club America draw at Comunicaciones
A late strike from Sebastian Cordova gave Club America a 1-1 draw at Comunicaciones in the first leg of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday night at the Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala.