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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union learns MLS is Back group stage draw

MLS is Back Group Stage draw, LA Liga returns and LAFC acquires a new player

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union to play NYCFC, Inter Miami and Nashville SC in group stage of MLS is Back Tournament
The Union were drawn into the six-team Group A in a live draw conducted by former Union forward Charlie Davies. They will play three of the six teams: NYCFC, Nashville SC and Inter Miami.

MLS News

MLS is Back Tournament draw results: Check out all the group stage matchups
Major League Soccer will return to the field on July 8 with a unique World Cup-style tournament featuring all 26 clubs competing at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida, and now we know the matchups after the tournament draw was held.

Sources: LAFC acquires Andy Najar via allocation order
The former D.C. United standout and academy product returns to MLS via LAFC’s use of the top spot in the MLS allocation order, sources have confirmed to SBI.

CJ Sapong blasts former Chicago Fire teammate Aleksandar Katai for racist behavior
Sapong joined The Cooligans to talk about Katai’s behavior while the two played together last year for the Fire.

U.S. Soccer News

Outside of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, the pandemic isn’t just a delay. It could be discontinuance
While California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that sporting events in Otto’s state could resume on June 1 without spectators, the NPSL — unofficially the fourth-tier league in the country, though it has not received a designation by U.S. Soccer — had already canceled its season as structured.

Rest of the World News

Sevilla beat Betis in La Liga’s return from coronavirus hiatus
Sevilla’s Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos produced a classy display to lead his side to a 2-0 home win over city rivals Real Betis on Thursday in the first La Liga game since the season was halted three months ago by the COVID-19 pandemic.