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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Welcoming Saprissa to Philadelphia

Kevin Molino to start season on the injured list, Nashville extends Gary Smith and more in today’s links

Philadelphia Union News

Union look to advance past Saprissa on Wednesday night
The Boys in Blue are ahead thanks to a very important road goal from Kacper Pryzybylko in the 34th minute of play. The forward headed home the first official goal of the new calendar year for the Union after a perfectly weighted cross from Olivier Mbaizo.

The State of the Union Part 1: Goalkeepers
Blake is the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year but with national team duty on the horizon, there will be opportunity for others to step up.

An In-Depth look at the Philadlephia Union’s schedule
The Union may be enthralled in Concacaf Champions League right now, but come next weekend they will need to shift gears to the new MLS campaign. Here’s an in-depth look at the Philadelphia Union’s 2021 MLS season.

MLS News

How every team can win the Supporters’ Shield in 2021
We’re in the final few days of the 2021 preseason. Hope is springing eternal all over MLS, and with hope comes possibility: Can our guys do it? Is there a chance that Unfancied Team X can come out of nowhere and put together a dominant regular season?

The Crew’s Kevin Molino out six to eight weeks
Molino initially suffered the injury during the Crew’s preseason camp and missed multiple weeks, and preseason friendly games, while recovering. Molino returned for the final closed-door scrimmage of the preseason in the loss to Toronto FC.

‘He’s constantly evolving’: How Nashville SC coach Gary Smith earned a contract extension through 2023
Smith credits his success to the clarity in what his current role is with Nashville, compared to the expectations as coach with the Colorado Rapids (2008-11), where he won MLS Cup in 2010.

Garber: San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix on MLS list amid Sacramento expansion hold
Garber did not provide any specifics about which of those cities might have a leg up — all three currently have teams playing in the USL Championship — and did not dismiss the possibility that Sacramento could still join the league if a new investment group emerges.

Lucy Rushton Hired by D.C. United; Will Be 2nd Female GM in MLS History
Rushton, who has worked as Atlanta United’s head of video and technical analysis since 2015, would be the second female general manager in MLS history.