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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Getting to know Saprissa

Union season preview, arbitrator rules Kaku’s MLS contract is valid and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Know Your Enemy | Getting to Know Saprissa
Hailed as a Manchester United or Bayern Munich of Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa finds itself tied for third place in the Clausura 2021 Tournament of the Promerica League of Costa Rica with a 4W-9D-3L record and 13 points out of first place.

Need To Know | Concacaf Champions League
Why is this tournament so important? Let’s break it down because taking this crown would be uncharted territory for a MLS club.

SBI 2021 MLS Season Preview: Philadelphia Union
The 2021 MLS season is just two weeks away and SBI Soccer is kicking off its MLS team preview series with the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners Philadelphia Union.

MLS News

Arbitrator rules Kaku has “valid contract” with MLS
The development means the attacking midfielder may have to return to the league or that Saudi Arabian club Al-Taawoun has to pay a transfer fee to keep him on its books. He can also try and appeal the decision.

Jeff Larentowicz announces his retirement from professional soccer
Larentowicz finished his Atlanta United career as the team’s all-time caps leader at 132 appearances in all competitions — a number higher than even goalkeeper Brad Guzan. He racked up 104 starts out of those appearances, good for third most among outfielders in team history, trailing only Julian Gressel (105) and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (115).

MLS’ concussion substitute trial puts player health and safety at the forefront
The trial program will allow clubs up to two additional concussion substitutes. These substitutes fall outside of each side’s five available substitutes over three windows, meaning a concussion substitute wouldn’t count against either the normal changes nor one of the three windows.

San Jose Earthquakes announce stadium naming rights deal with PayPal
In addition to the stadium naming rights deal, PayPal will also be the Earthquakes’ official sleeve sponsor for primary and secondary jerseys.

Investors have paid $325m for a place in MLS. But for how much longer?
The fortunes handed out for a spot in the league have always been based on the future worth of soccer in North America. But Covid-19 may cause some to reassess

Rest of the World News

Champions League quarterfinals: Liverpool to get revenge? Haaland to upset City? Bayern to beat PSG?
We’re down to the final eight teams vying for UEFA Champions League glory; can Liverpool get revenge on Real Madrid for defeating them in the 2018 final? How will Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain fare in a rematch of last year’s decider?