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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union have bad start to 2020 season

Union lose to Dallas, Josef Martinez has a torn ACL and Serie A to postpone select games

MLS: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Pressing Points: Union at FC Dallas
Philadelphia Union fell on the road in their 2020 season opener at FC Dallas by a 2-0 scoreline Saturday evening.

Happy birthday, Carlos! LAFC 1, Inter Miami 0
The Union’s next game sees them traveling to Los Angeles to face LAFC, let’s see how they did in their last game.

MLS News

Josef Martinez suffers torn ACL against Nashville
Martinez appeared to have initially suffered his injury in the 63rd minute when he and a Nashville defender banged into each other. Martinez came off the pitch and then returned, but then went down again in the 67th minute after defending a set piece and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

Valot’s two assists gives Red Bulls Three Points
The main culprit who showed why he is still a big part of this club after missing a season and a half due to two ACL surgeries was French attacking midfielder Florian Valot. He showed why he was such a big part of the plans for Chris Armas.

Zelarayan’s brilliance earns Crew season-opening win
Zelarayan created several chances and generated a goal out of a bit of magic. His scoreline was two shots, a key pass and dynamic passing across the field. He was active in the press, making two tackles and closing down consistently.

Substitute Jordan Morris grabs late winner for Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire FC
Morris struck twice after coming into the game in the second half to help the Sounders win their season opener.

Rest of the World News

Real Madrid beat Barcelona, top La Liga in second Clasico of the season
Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior scored the opener in the 71st minute with a strike that deflected off Gerard Pique, flummoxing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who had made some jaw-dropping saves, and substitute Mariano added the second in added time.

Man City edge past Aston Villa to win third Carabao Cup in a row
City became the first side to win the competition three seasons in a row since Liverpool claimed four straight titles from 1981 to 1984.

Serie A: Matches in regions affected by coronavirus suspended until March 8
Amid a global health crisis, Italian soccer teams and Serie A’s governing body are squabbling with each other about when to play games with Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta saying the season even runs the risk of being unable to finish.