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Ray Gaddis speaks about Black Players Coalition

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Philadelphia Union News

Raymon Gaddis on Black Players Coalition: “We’re advocating to break down barriers”
Since the Black Players Coalition of MLS was launched last week, Philadelphia Union defender and board member Raymon Gaddis says he’s received an overwhelmingly supportive reaction. Gaddis drove that point home Monday during a Zoom call with reporters, adding that the league’s statement of support only amplified the momentum

Union ranked as 2nd best MLS academy
Notably, the Union Academy is affiliated with YSC Academy, a school that is built to marry young players’ love of soccer with academic success. YSC Academy students train twice a day and work with their teachers to learn the self-discipline and time management necessary to balance their academic and athletic lives.

OTD 2016: Alberg nets Union’s second-ever hat trick
Four years ago in Chester, Philadelphia Union fans saw the second hat trick in club history as Roland Alberg found the back of the net three times as the Boys in Blue defeated the Chicago Fire, 4-3.

MLS News

10 breakout candidates for the MLS is Back Tournament
Every time MLS teams enter competition, there’s always a group of players who reach new levels of performance and grab headlines.

Armchair Analyst: Eastern Conference position battles ahead of MLS is Back Tournament
By some measures Elliott was one of the best defenders in the league last year, thanks largely to his strength in the air and his distribution. He really was excellent. But in the first two games of the season, he was on the bench. McKenzie started at left center back and Glesnes, a new arrival from Scandinavia, was at right center back

Atlanta United president: Coronavirus cases are to be expected
Eales was speaking to reporters in the wake of the two positive tests, which were administered last Wednesday. A team spokesperson confirmed that the players in question had tested negative two days earlier.