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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union face Sporting Kansas City in Quarterfinals

Wagner and McKenzie make MLS Team of the Week, Union lucky with rest and more in today’s links

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Opponent Scout: Sporting Kansas City
The Philadelphia Union will take on Sporting Kansas City in the Quarterfinals of the MLS is Back Tournament on Thursday at 8:00 PM on ESPN. Just like last time out for both these squads it’s win and you’re into the semifinals while the other leaves the Orlando bubble.

Strong defensive efforts earn McKenzie and Wagner MLS Team of the Week Honors
Wagner and McKenzie played key roles in the club’s second shutout of the Orlando based tournament that held New England to only five shots on target. Wagner led the way with nine possessions gained in the defensive third of the pitch with both defenders had two interceptions and a blocked shot.

Union-Sporting Kansas City will have Juventus, Celtic and others watching top MLS prospects
The Union’s Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson and Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio have drawn serious interest from some big European teams.

The Union have gotten lucky with rest days in MLS tournament schedule
The Union haven’t just been good in going undefeated so far at Major League Soccer’s summer tournament. They’ve also been quite lucky, especially when it comes to their schedule of games.

MLS News

MLS is Back Tournament Quarterfinal predictions
Sixteen has melted down to eight at the MLS is Back Tournament, so the next logical step is weighing each quarterfinal matchup to figure out which teams will reach the semifinals

Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of the MLS is Back Quarterfinals
Into the quarters! That means each of these eight teams is potentially just 270 minutes — and maybe a PK shootout or two — away from a major trophy, a Concacaf Champions League berth and a big old pot ‘o cash.

Report: Erick “Cubo” Torres weighing contract offer from Atlanta United
Torres, a Mexican international with seven senior caps and experience in MLS earlier in his career, mixes opinion. The forward’s record of production in MLS is solid with 36 goals in 93 career appearances, many of which came while playing for the dismal and now defunct Chivas USA.