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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin talks Decision Day

Union trio called up to US U20 team, 2022 MLS schedule dates confirmed and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union trio called up to United States U-20 team for tournament in Mexico
Paxten Aaronson, Jack McGlynn and Quinn Sullivan are part of a 23-player United States U-20 roster that will be competing in the Revelations Cup in Celaya, Mexico.

Pressing Points | Decision Day Drama
With a berth and home game assured in the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke to the media about the challenge they face heading to Yankee Stadium for their Decision Day matchup against New York City FC.

MLS News

MLS to start earlier than ever in 2022, MLS Cup scheduled two weeks before FIFA World Cup
MLS Cup will be played Saturday, Nov. 5, which is nine days before players who are in the World Cup must report to their national teams, and 16 days before the competition begins on Nov. 21 in Qatar.

Imagining the wildest Decision Day scenarios
Decision Day is going to feel like you put your brain into a blender. There’s just no way around it. We’re all going to settle in on Sunday afternoon and then some impossibly dumb things are going to happen.

‘Maybe this was just a horrible idea’: MLS is Back, remembered by those who built and lived in the bubble
A year later, as the world stumbles fitfully toward something closer to normalcy, memories of the tournament are a time capsule to a strange, disorienting period. For no one is that more true than the players, staff members and coaches who participated in the event, who stepped off those charter flights and into a bubble unlike anything any of them had ever experienced.

U.S. Soccer News

U.S. Soccer hires Mikey Varas as USMNT U-20 coach, releases Revelations Cup roster
Next summer, the U-20s will compete to qualify for the Olympics and the U-20 World Cup. Let’s check out the new coach, and the first roster.

Rest of the World News

Barcelona legend Xavi to return as manager
Al Sadd said Barca paid Xavi’s €5 million release clause and that the 41-year-old would return to Camp Nou after six years in Qatar, where he took over as manager in 2019 after his playing career ended.