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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union’s first ever home game

10 years of Union home games, U.S. Open Cup may have met its match this year and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

On This Date: Sebastien Le Toux’s Philadelphia Union beat DC United in their first-ever home match
Sebastien Le Toux scored his only career MLS hat trick and instantly became a Union cult hero. Jaime Moreno scored his last goal from the run of play in his legendary D.C. United career. Now-LAFC defender Dejan Jakovic received the first of his three red cards as a professional.

MLS News

Nijkamp focused on Locadia and FC Cincinnati coaching search during shutdown
FCC general manager Gerard Nijkamp addressed these topics on Wednesday during a video conference call with reporters from his home in the Netherlands.

U.S. Soccer News

The U.S. Open Cup May Have Met Its Match
This year’s Open Cup was supposed to kick off March 24-25 with matches featuring 38 of the 100 entrants. But leagues were already suspended by then, and on March 26, the fourth-tier NPSL announced the cancellation of its 2020 season. That decision removed 14 clubs from the Open Cup.

USWNT equal pay trial delayed until June due to coronavirus pandemic
A judge delayed the trial date until June 16 to accommodate stay-at-home orders and continued concern due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rest of the World News

International Champions Cup men’s tournament called off
The move robs big-name European clubs of the opportunity to promote themselves and their commercial partners in key international target markets this year. This, however, is likely to be a minor concern at present due to the implications of public health crisis.