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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin keeps eye on Austria and Cory Burke

Curtin’s weekly press conference, NWSL announces return plan, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin speaks about the club’s first week of training
Hear Coach Curtin’s thoughts on the Union’s first week back at training.

Jim Curtin’s eyes are on Cory Burke in the other Bundesliga
The scheduled return of the Austrian Bundesliga on June 2 means a potential return to action for on-loan Union forward Cory Burke as St. Polten try to avoid relegation.

MLS News

Why are European stars like Henry & Stam choosing MLS to revive their coaching careers?
A tour around MLS in 2020 includes Dutch legends Stam and Frank de Boer, well-respected South Americans like Matias Almeyda and Diego Alonso and former MLS stars such as Thierry Henry and Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Sources: MLS plans shorter time frame for return-to-play tournament in Orlando
With cities around the country loosening stay-at-home restrictions, MLS is now thinking of having teams remain in their home markets until around June 21, at which point the teams would decamp for Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando (ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Co.) and stay there for a little more than a month.

Armchair Analyst: What makes a great MLS playoff team?
Every great playoff team, whether a single-season run or a sustained period of success, has been led by their best players. The guys who are paid the most and whose names shine brightest on the marquee have to be the guys who are delivering on the biggest stage, or you’re not going to win anything.

U.S. Soccer News

NWSL announces plan to start season on June 27, will be first U.S. team sport to return to play
The NWSL season, which never officially began due to the COVID-19 shutdown, will take the form of a 25-game tournament for the Challenge Cup, the NWSL’s yearly championship. All nine NWSL teams will play four games to determine seeding, then the top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinal knockout round.

Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Adams, McKennie, and more
Tyler Adams went the distance for RB Leipzig on Wednesday in a 2-2 home draw with Hertha Berlin. It was Adams’ first 90-minute performance since Feb. 9th, impressing in a right wingback role for Julian Nagelsmann’s side.