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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union escape the Monster’s Cave with a win

Union stake 1-0 lead on Saprissa, a flurry of signings in MLS and more in today’s links

Philadelphia Union News

Union returning home up 1-0 on Saprissa in Champions League Round of 16 after historic win
Kacper Przbylko scored off a beautiful ball from Olivier Mbaizo and the defense held on for the first leg win.

MLS News

FC Dallas Signs Hungarian Winger Szabolcs Schön
The 20-year old joins FC Dallas after spending the past couple seasons with Hungarian first-division side MTK Budapest. He scored 14 goals and recorded 10 assists in 55 appearances across all competitions.

Minnesota United lands Argentine striker Ramon Abila
He scored 41 goals in 88 games during six Argentina first-division seasons with Boca Juniors and CA Huracan.

LA Galaxy close to signing attacker Kévin Cabral
Cabral, 21, has played his entire pro career to date for Ligue 2 outfit Valenciennes after coming up in the Paris Saint-Germain academy. He made his first-team debut in 2018, and this season has scored seven goals in 29 league appearances, along with three goals in domestic cup action.

NYCFC sign Alfredo Morales from Fortuna Dusseldorf
The German-born American is now officially under contract through the 2023 season with an option for 2024 as well. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but is rumored to be around $100,000 according to Transfermarkt.

Concacaf News

USMNT moves up to 20th in latest FIFA rankings
After a pair of March friendly wins over Jamaica and Northern Ireland, the USMNT moved up to No. 20 in Wednesday’s rankings, breaking into the Top 20 for the first time since 2014. Mexico dropped to No. 11 and out of the top 10 after going 1-1 in its March friendly schedule.

TFC’s bold performance carries them to 1-1 draw against Club León
Chris Armas’ Reds performed admirably in the season opener despite a depleted roster and a surfeit of negative expectations.

Vinas and Diaz strike to power Club America past Olimpia
Mexico’s Club America tallied a pair of goals shortly before halftime to earn a 2-1 victory over CD Olimpia of Honduras in the first leg of the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday night at the Estadio Nacional in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Rest of the World News

UCL Rewind: Mbappe double leads PSG over Bayern, Chelsea handles FC Porto
In a rematch of last year’s UEFA Champions League Final, Paris Saint-Germain emerged victorious in its first-leg quarterfinal match-up against Bayern Munich in a snowy contest at the Allianz Arena.