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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union travel to Twin Cities for midweek match with Loons

Union head to Minnesota, MLS Power Rankings and more in today’s links

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Minnesota United FC Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Know Your Enemy | Union take playoff push to Minnesota United
The Loons currently occupy the final playoff slot with a one-point lead over Vancouver however one point ahead would be fifth position. While Minnesota sports a 11-10-8 record, one common item spotted on their results is zero. 17 of their 29 matches have seen at least one side of the contest end scoreless with the Loons sporting a 8-7-2 record in such contests.

Union aim for second place in the Eastern Conference as they face Minnesota United
A win Wednesday night would set up the biggest game of the regular season on Saturday at home against Nashville, the team just above the Union in the standings.

MLS News

Power Rankings: Atlanta United leap, NYCFC plummet after Week 30
The Union’s late season surge up the MLS Power Rankings continues this week as they enter the top 5 in the MLS Power Rankings.

Who can clinch playoffs or be eliminated in MLS Week 31
Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids can clinch a playoff spot during Wednesday’s Week 31 action. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders can clinch a top-four seed in the Western Conference.

CF Montréal exercise transfer option on Ahmed Hamdi
Hamdi has two goals in 19 appearances (eight starts) for CF Montreal this season. He has taken 15 shots, putting four on goal.

U.S. Soccer News

Gonzalo Segares named head coach of U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team
Segares played professional for 10 years with the Chicago Fire before immediately beginning his coaching career. He helped lead the Fire Academy’s Under-18 squad to the 2015 Development Academy Championship as an assistant coach before spending four seasons with Chicago-area FC United as assistant academy director and head coach for the U-14 and U-16/17 squads.

Rest of the World News

UEFA Champions League: Messi rescues PSG; Liverpool get huge win at Atletico
The eight matches in total brought 35 goals, as seven of the eight matches featured at least four goals. On the night, Liverpool got their first ever win over Atletico Madrid, 3-2, while PSG came from behind thanks to Lionel Messi to beat RB Leipzig, 3-2.