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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Andre Blake and Jamaica lose 2-0 to the USA

Curtin’s press conference, Canada draws Mexico, and more in today’s links

United States v Jamaica: Quarterfinals -2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Know Your Enemy | Union kick off road swing at FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati finds itself at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table with a 4-15-8 record this season. The third-year squad has been quite unlucky with eight of their 15 losses coming by a one-goal margin.

Pressing Points | Fighting For Every Point
With a large contingent of players missing due to FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke with the media on Wednesday about his options ahead of the club’s road match at FC Cincinnati this weekend.

MLS News

How has FC Cincinnati gotten it historically wrong in MLS? Time will tell if another GM turns it around
Prior to their debut season, FCC had only been a USL team for three campaigns. From the time of their last season in the USL Championship, Berding says the team had about 270 days to get everything together for their entry into MLS. Yet from the beginning. some of the blunders were stunning in their scope.

Concacaf News

USA 2-0 Jamaica - A dominant second half brings back three points
In the end, it was a fairly easy win for the USA. The first half was a bit tricky, but as a young team they came together and dominated the second half to earn a solid win.

Osorio goal helps Canada secure historic result in Mexico
Mexico and Canada shared a point after a 1-1 draw in Concacaf World Cup Qualifying for Qatar 2022 on Thursday night at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Navas at his best to help Costa Rica earn point in Honduras
Costa Rica GK Keylor Navas made six saves on Thursday, a number of them superb, denying the home team a victory as Honduras and Costa Rica played out a scoreless draw at the Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Dueñas strike propels El Salvador past Panama
El Salvador earned its first win in the final round of Concacaf World Cup qualification for Qatar 2022 on Thursday night, with a debut international goal from Enrico Duenas enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Panama at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Rest of the World News

Saudi Arabia-led consortium completes takeover of Newcastle United
The takeover ends an 18-month deadlock after an agreement was originally reached in April 2020. However, PIF, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund (state-owned investment), failed to pass the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test at the time, creating an impasse which has been resolved following intensive talks in recent weeks.

France rally for 3-2 win over Belgium in Nations League semis to set up final vs. Spain
World champions France recovered from two goals down to beat Belgium 3-2 in a thrilling UEFA Nations League semifinal on Thursday with a last minute strike from Theo Hernandez securing a place in Sunday’s showpiece match against Spain.