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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union beat Miami in a wild one

Union are advancing, Blake makes Team of the Week and more in today’s links

Devin L’Amoreaux and Matthew Stith

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union takes down Inter Miami FC 2-1, books place in MLS is Back Round of 16
The Union clinched the next round with a hard fought, yet resounding, victory over Inter Miami FC, which saw both teams locked into a match of see-saw dominance, with control of the match changing hands multiple times throughout the match.

MLS News

Orlando City vs. New York City FC: Final Score 3-1 as Mueller’s Early Brace Lifts Lions
The Lions took it to NYCFC in the first half hour and did just enough to stay in front to improve to 2-0 in the MLS is Back Tournament.

Off goals from Berić and Pineda, Chicago Fire beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 to open MLS is Back Tournament
New striker Robert Berić bagged the opener for Chicago in the 52nd minute, picking up the ball around the center circle, shaking off Seattle defender Xavier Arreaga, beating a second Seattle defender with a Cruyff turn near the 18 yard box, and slotting it home with his left foot past Stefan Frei.

Armchair Analyst: One takeaway from every team in the MLS is Back Tournament so far
We are just about done with Round 1 of the MLS is Back Tournament, with only the Whitecaps yet to take the field (and the Sounders having taken the field twice).

MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew get plenty of love in Round 1
Andrea Blake grabs the Goalkeeper position, and Mark McKenzie makes the bench in this week’s MLS Team of the Week.

Inside the MLS bubble, positive COVID tests bring tensions to the fore: ‘It rattles everyone a little bit’
Major League Soccer remains confident that there is no contagion inside the bubble and the league is using the same labs for testing that the NBA and NFL will use. MLS chief medical officer Dr. Margot Putukian has been on a weekly call with her counterparts in other North American leagues to discuss issues that have come to light so others can learn.

In Federico Higuain, Have D.C. United, Ben Olsen Found Their Ilsinho?
Whether Higuain has the mentality to thrive in a similar role consistently is a fair question, given that it’s never been asked of him. As previously stated, before Monday his previous 55 MLS goals came as a starter, and even last year in his age 34 season all but one of his 14 league appearances were starts.