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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Refamiliarize yourself with NYCFC

CCL takeaways, Jesse Marsch name new manager at RB Leipzig and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Know Your Enemy | Union continue busy stretch against NYCFC
After falling 2-1 in the MLS opener to D.C. United, NYCFC enters the contest after a resounding 5-0 win over FC Cincinnati last weekend. Set piece defense will be the priority for the Union as New York netted all five goals off restarts including three from corner kicks.

MLS News

CCL takeaways: The good, the bad and the ugly for MLS teams in first legs
We all know the story of MLS teams in the Concacaf Champions League, with no winner emerging from the league in the competition’s modern iteration. In recent years, various teams have fallen short at the quarterfinal stage. However, this edition of the competition has the feel that history might just be in the making.

Jordan Morris’ ACL injury ‘more serious’ than last one
“I don’t think it’s likely that he’s going to play for us this year,” Lagerwey said during his appearance on KJR’s Sounders Weekly. “It’s theoretically possible, but this knee injury was a little more serious than the first one. We gotta be patient. This is a kid in the prime of his career.”

11 way too early (or not) conclusions for the 2021 season
Although we’re barely into a fresh MLS season, there’s no stopping observers when they feel like quickly reading into what’s already transpired through Week 2.

U.S. Soccer News

Jesse Marsch named RB Leipzig head coach
The RB Leipzig job is arguably the most high-profile position ever given to an American manager, with Marsch joining the short list of American managers to secure head coach positions at teams in Europe’s top four leagues.

Rest of the World News

Villarreal sink Arsenal in first leg of Europa League semifinal
First-half goals by Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol put the Spanish club in command and it looked bleak for the visitors when Dani Ceballos was sent off just before the hour mark.

Manchester United rally past Roma on Fernandes, Cavani doubles
Manchester United came from behind to earn a convincing 6-2 win over AS Roma in the teams’ Europa League semifinal first leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Barcelona miss chance to top La Liga with loss to Granada
The result leaves Barcelona on 71 points from 33 matches, two behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have 73, and level on points with Real Madrid.