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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Who each Union player honored on the back of their jerseys

MLS considers ownership change, Champions and Europa League draws, and more in today’s links

New York City FC v Philadelphia Union - MLS Is Back Tournament Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

#SayTheirNames: Union players and who they honored
Before Philadelphia Union had kicked off their participation in the MLS is Back Tournament, the 23-players on the matchday roster came together to play not with their names on their kits but instead dedicate that space to those that were killed from police brutality.

MLS News

Crew roll in big win against FC Cincinnati
The four-goal win is the biggest since the regular season finale in 2015 when Jack McInerney and Aaron Schoenfield showed up on the scoresheet in the 5-0 win against D.C. United on Oct. 25.

Valot’s goal stands in Red Bulls win over Atlanta United
Florian Valot scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute as he got a brilliant ball from Kaku. After regaining possession from a turnover-prone Atlanta side, Kaku whipped it in hard towards space for Valot who then slotted it home past the right side of Brad Guzan.

MLS considering change to ownership rules, allow investment funds to own stake
The league is currently exploring the change, which is expected to be adopted, according to two people familiar with the plans. MLS would join the NHL and MLB as major U.S. leagues that allow private equity ownership.

Sporting KC Transfer Botond Barath to Hungary
Barath had not yet appeared in 2020 but he played significant minutes in 2019 logging 20 starts and 21 appearances for 1,749 minutes.

MNUFC Sign New Contract For Defender Romain Metanire
The lone Loon representative at the 2019 MLS All-Star game played 29 league games, across 2,430 minutes, only missing games while representing the Madagascar national team in a 2019 African Cup of Nations run. He finished 2019 with one goal and seven assists.

Tesho Akindele Signs Contract Extension with Orlando City
y. In his first year with Orlando, the Canadian scored a career-high 10 goals. That goal total was second to just Nani’s 12 among Orlando City players last season. It was the most goals Akindele had scored since netting seven in his rookie season of 2014.

Rest of the World News

UEFA Champions League quarterfinals: Bayern could face Barcelona; Real Madrid or Man City vs. Juventus or Lyon
Bayern are in a strong position to make the quarterfinals, having beaten Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, while Barca’s tie is much more finely balanced, following their 1-1 draw at Napoli.

UEL draw: Man United on course for Lukaku reunion with Inter in Europa League final
United and Inter, the two favourites for the competition, were in different halves of the draw. It means they cannot meet until the final, with United facing the possibility of an all-English affair against Wolves or a clash with Sevilla in the semifinals.