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Brotherly Game Daily Links: USA takes first step to Tokyo with 1-0 win over Costa Rica

Union send Selmir Miscic out on loan, Olympics qualifying news and more in today’s links

Philadelphia Union News

Anthony Fontana has the keys (for now) to the No. 10 position
With no new additions to the midfield, it’s Fontana’s position to lose heading into the Champions League matches with Saprissa.

Philadelphia Union Loan Midfielder Selmir Miscic To North Carolina FC
Most recently, Miscic played two seasons for Union II in the USL Championship after he signed with the then-named Bethlehem Steel in 2018. During his time with the team, he scored two goals in 16 games for the USL side.

MLS News

Minnesota United to sign winger Niko Hansen
Univision Houston reported Thursday that the Loons will give the Houston Dynamo $125,000 in General Allocation Money in a trade to bring in Hansen.

Coaching Turnover Is Constant In Major League Soccer
Montreal is on its eighth manager entering just its 10th season in the league.

Five MLS players set for breakout double-digit scoring seasons in 2021
This is a massive year for the 21-year-old and the Union, and a return to a “normal” schedule ought to benefit both. Just approaching double digits would be a huge success.

New Sacramento Republic President Lays Out Plan To Rejoin The MLS Expansion Conversation
Republic FC’s leadership continue to insist they will find a way to achieve MLS expansion, if not as quickly as first envisioned, pointing to one of the USL’s largest and most loyal fanbases as proof MLS would thrive in the California capital.

U.S. Soccer News

USA U-23 vs. Costa Rica, 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship: United States opens tournament with victory
One year later than expected, the United States kicked off the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Tanner Tessmann replaces Uly Llanez on U-23 Olympic qualifying roster
The Alabama native had a terrific rookie year with FC Dallas, logging 21 appearances last season. He has been training with the team since March 1st down in Guadalajara.

COVID travel restrictions leave some USMNT prospects waiting for their call
Matthew Hoppe’s hot January, which saw him score five goals in three matches, looked like it might be enough to earn a look from the U.S. Men’s National Team when the March friendlies rolled around.

Rest of the World News

United oust Milan, Dinamo stun Spurs as last eight progress
The quarter-final line-up is complete after Manchester United and Dinamo Zagreb caught the eye to join the likes of Arsenal, Roma and Ajax.