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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union continue building to MLS is Back

Louisville City FC to open new stadium in front of fans, Leroy Sane moves to Bayern Munich and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union continue build up for MLS is Back Tournament
Even before the July 9 date was known to Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin, he had tasked his staff to develop a plan to properly ramp up the side before returning to competition.

MLS News

Top 5 MLS is Back Tournament MVP contenders
The glory, as always, goes to the goalscorers, the talismans, the guys who make magic in the 18-yard box and the SportsCenter Top 10. Everybody else can fight for the other seven or eight places in the Best XI.

2021 Africa Cup of Nations postponed — see which MLS players are affected
The AFCON, Africa’s most important international competition, has been rescheduled from January 2021 to January 2022, with the date of the final tournament and remaining qualifiers to be determined.

U.S. Soccer News

Washington DC launches bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches
With North America selected as the location of choice for the 2026 World Cup rather than one country in particular, D.C. officials announced Tuesday their intention to make Washington one of the 16 host cities for the 80-match tournament.

Steffen, Carter-Vickers, Miazga headline Americans Abroad set for summer moves
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, transfers may be limited with many clubs budgets affected. Loan spells for many players are set to expire on Tuesday, unless short-term agreements prior to the deadline.

Louisville City FC to open new stadium vs. Pittsburgh with fans on July 12, sources
The game will also be played in front of fans after Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear gave his approval for the venue to operate at up to 50 percent of its 15,304-seat capacity, though the actual attendance will likely be less than that.

Rest of the World News

Leroy Sane leaving Manchester City for Bayern Munich - sources
The agreement includes a 10% sell-on clause for City, according to the sources. Sane, who is expected to be in Germany for a medical on Wednesday, won’t be eligible to play for Bayern until next season but will not play for City again.