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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin’s Weekly Press Conference

Curtin speaks, Portland and Minnesota advance and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin Press Conference Takeaways: Europe, MLS status and Magical Minute 63
Ahead of his club’s quarterfinal matchup against Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke with members of the media for his weekly pregame press conference. Here are some of the top takeaways from Curtin’s 20 minute presser.

MLS News

Crew fall to Minnesota in penalties, eliminated from MLS is Back
It was Columbus Crew SC that was the latest team to bow out of the MLS is Back Tournament, falling to Minnesota United on penalties 5-3, after drawing 1-1 on Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida. The loss was the Black & Gold’s first of the season after a five-match unbeaten run and the wait for Caleb Porter’s first piece of silverware in central Ohio continues.

Portland Timbers through to MLS is Back Tournament quarterfinals despite keeper howler
The Portland Timbers grabbed a quarterfinal berth in the MLS is Back Tournament by recording a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks after battling to a 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati on Tuesday in their Round of 16 match near Orlando.

Sports can’t run perfectly amid pandemic, but soccer is doing a good job
The biggest problem with the bubble now, Kaye said, is boredom. Players can’t leave the hotel property other than for training sessions and games, and rarely leave their rooms since they have to wear masks and practice social distancing when they do.

Jürgen Damm: what slowed the career of one of the fastest players in the world
The Atlanta United player helped lead Tigres to the Copa Libertadores final but was portrayed as disloyal before moving north to the US.