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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union wins first home game of 2020

Union win, MLS action review, and Messi wants out from Barcelona

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Philadelphia Union News

Eerily quiet encore produces another win for the Philadelphia Union over Red Bull
The Philadelphia Union marked their return to Subaru Park with a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, thanks to a first-half goal from Kacper Przybylko.

Rankings: Union remain at No. 3
Philadelphia Union finds itself still ranked No. 3 in the list and hasn’t lost a contest since the opening week of the season. Phase 1 kicked off without a goal but an important road point and shutout against the New England Revolution ahead of a rivalry showdown on Tuesday night.

Jim Curtin: Philadelphia Union center back Jack Elliott has the talent, quality to play in any league in the world
When it comes to center-back hype around the Philadelphia Union, usually it’s Mark McKenzie’s name on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

MLS News

D.C. United errors hand New England Revolution three points in 2-1 home defeat
First half mistakes doomed United, who are now winless in five games.

Chicago Fire defeat FC Cincinnati 3-0 in return to Soldier Field
The Chicago Fire had to wait 15 years to play a home match at Soldier Field. Luckily, they didn’t have to wait any longer than that to secure their first win at their new home digs

Whitecaps Drop 3rd Straight Contest Against Impact
Romell Quioto and Lassi Lappalainen scored first-half goals, and the Impact (3-2-1) won their first match since a 1-0 loss to Orlando City in the knockout round of the MLS is Back tournament on July 25.

Dynamo get Tab Ramos first club win in dominant performance over Kansas City
It was a dominant showing by the Houston Dynamo who helped get their head coach his first win for the club.

Power Rankings: Toronto FC claim top spot from LAFC as regular season resumes
Toronto FC are the only undefeated team left in the 2020 regular season, and they’re fresh off a two-game sweep of Vancouver by a combined 4-0 scoreline.

LAFC star Carlos Vela sidelined indefinitely with left knee injury
LAFC head coach Bob Bradley revealed on Tuesday that Vela has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee. Bradley added that the star winger’s timetable for recovery is unclear, and that Vela will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

Rest of the World News

Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave - sources
The club confirmed to ESPN Deportes’ Jordi Blanco on Tuesday that they were notified by Messi of his decision via burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties. The club responded to Messi via the same service saying they want him to stay and finish his career at the club.

Juventus boss Pirlo: Dybala stays, Higuain to leave club
Higuain has enjoyed three successful seasons in Turin, winning the league title in each campaign and scoring 66 goals.