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Brotherly Game Daily Links: New Union signings debut in final preseason game

Union beat D.C. United, each MLS team’s most important players and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union News

Fontana brace leads Philadelphia Union to win over DC United in final preseason match
New signings Stuart Findlay and Leon Flach saw their first game action for the Union when they came in with a group of substitutes in the 76th minute. Findlay paired with veteran Aurelien Collin in the back. Flach played in the left midfield spot and had a few bright attacking moments going forward.

Philadelphia Union announce transfer of 20-year-old Leon Flach from FC St. Pauli
The U.S. youth international holds dual German and U.S. citizenship, which means he will not require an international spot. He’s the second player the Union have acquired from FC St. Pauli. Former winger Fafa Picault came to the Union from St. Pauli in 2017.

WATCH | Leon Flach’s Introductory Press Conference
Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner was joined by the club’s newest acquisition Leon Flach as they spoke with members of the media Wednesday morning.

What Leon Flach’s signing means for the Philadelphia Union
“We see Leon as a really good addition,” Tanner told media on a virtual press conference. “He can cover a lot of spots and he’s maybe not even a depth piece. We’re happy, we had been following him. St. Pauli had their own plans for him but the closer he got to the end of his contract, we were able to convince them.”

MLS News

FC Cincinnati to add Gustavo Vallecilla and Isaac Atanga for 2021
Gustavo Vallecilla arrives on loan from S.D. Aucas of the Ecuadorian Serie A . Vallecilla spent time on loan last season with Barcelona SC Guayaquil (Ecuador), where he featured in 18 matches in the club’s COVID-19 disrupted season. The center back was originally thought to be returning to Barcelona for the 2021 season, where he helped BSC win the league and qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores.

Paul Arriola returns to D.C. United after loan to Swansea City ends early
Arriola sustained a quadriceps injury that will rule him out for somewhere between four and six weeks, which would effectively rule him out of playing for the Swans unless they went deep into the Championship promotion playoffs.

Each Team’s Most Important Player for the 2021 Season
Given that Philly lost two starters on the backline, as well as the No. 10 who played directly in front of him this offseason, Martinez’s job is both more difficult and more crucial. It is a huge test for him, and for the Union.

Rest of the World News

Germany suffer shock home World Cup qualifier loss to North Macedonia
North Macedonia scored an 85th-minute winner through Eljif Elmas to stun hosts Germany 2-1 in their World Cup Group J qualifier on Wednesday as the Balkan country celebrated their greatest international victory.