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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Oravec and Martinez showing why they deserve starting spots

Leagues Cup format announced, why the Union can win the Supporters’ Shield and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union’s Matej Oravec, Jose Martinez making cases to start Week 1
Based off Wednesday’s performances, Oravec seems to have a better handle on the defensive qualities the position requires, while Martinez’s on-ball ability needs to be cleaner to protect the back four.

Philadelphia Union to host Liga MX team for Leagues Cup match on July 21 or 22
A draw will determine the match-ups in the Round of 16 and quarterfinal. The date of the draw has not been announced but will take place after the end of the Liga MX season in May.

MLS News

Olimpia vs. Sounders, recap: Two away-goals and a point
What started out looking like a statement performance for the Seattle Sounders instead turned into one that was a bit more muddled.

Heber hat trick powers New York City FC past San Carlos in CCL opener
Heber struck for a hat trick to help lift New York City FC to a 5-3 win over AD San Carlos in both team’s inaugural Concacaf Champions League match Thursday night at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

2020 Leagues Cup teams, dates announced
Major League Soccer announced the clubs and dates for the 2020 Leagues Cup. Starting July 21, eight MLS clubs will take on eight Liga MX clubs to lift the second Leagues Cup in history.

Armchair Analyst: Why every team can win the Supporters’ Shield in 2020
A big leap forward from Brenden Aaronson and a full year of good health (and good finishing) from Sergio Santos and Kacper Przybylko. So far so good in the preseason.

FC Dallas continues to work on new contract with Reggie Cannon
Hunt also stated that he hopes to sign Cannon to a “big deal”, which likely could see him earn more than what his fellow Homegrown teammates are making on their new contracts. Heck, it may make him one of the top earners on the club for all we know.

Siem de Jong joins FC Cincinnati from Ajax ahead of MLS season
It is yet to be decided whether De Jong, 31, will join on as a designated player or if he will be added using allocation money. The club will make a final decision before the start of the season.

Miguel Ibarra officially signs with Sounders
Ibarra, 29, had spent the last three seasons with Minnesota United in MLS and had previously played four seasons with the Loons during their NASL days. In October 2014, Ibarra became the first lower-division player since 2005 to earn a United States national team call-up and won three caps, including one start.

Chicago Fire acquire Serbian midfielder Luka Stojanović
Stojanović is FK Čukarički’s top scorer this season, with 12 goals across all competitions, including two goals and one assist in Europa League Qualifying. Serbian news outlet Sportski zurnal, which broke the news, reports the Fire are paying a $500,000 transfer fee.

Rest of the World News

Europa League wrap: Hagi inspires stunning Rangers recovery
Ianis Hagi delighted both his watching father Gheorghe and the Ibrox faithful as his double sent Rangers to a breathless 3-2 Europa League comeback victory over Braga.