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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Fitness could give Union edge when season returns

Curtin on Union fitness, 25th anniversary of the first ever MLS game and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin: Fitness could give Philadelphia Union edge when 2020 MLS season returns
When MLS games return after the COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has a clear sense of what could give his team an edge.

With sports shut down, voice of Philadelphia Union fills void with his own brand of soccer fun
A U.S. history teacher at Pitman High School by day, Casey has scratched his itch for announcing by making a series of Union-influenced videos.

MLS News

A league is born: An oral history of the inaugural MLS match
Twenty years ago, two teams that had never before played a competitive match, the San Jose Clash and D.C. United, met in San Jose, Calif., for the inaugural match of a nascent league, Major League Soccer, that many in attendance weren’t sure would be around in two years, let alone two decades.

How DC United and the San Jose Clash got their names and original look
D.C. United represented the traditionalist end of the spectrum, which favored marketing to fans raised on European, Mexican, and South American brands of soccer. The Clash, on the other hand, represented one of the names created by Nike to appeal to young soccer fans.

MLS training amid coronavirus: Clubs send players balls, rollers and dumbbells to keep fit in quarantine
For athletes who are used to having their days scheduled for them, their training, games and recoveries mandated, the relative unstructured nature of their new lives is beyond unusual.

Rest of the World News

UEFA threaten leagues with European competition ban if they void season
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said that leagues that end early without permission due to the coronavirus pandemic could face a European competitions ban next season.

Tajikistan soccer season opens despite coronavirus, Istiklol wins Super Cup
Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Khujand.