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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Flach fits in with Union style

Union savor milestone win, leader for the MLS Golden Boot this season and more in today’s links

Philadelphia Union News

Leon Flach fits in right away during Union win in debut on Concacaf Champions League stage
You wouldn’t have known that Flach has barely gotten to know his new teammates from the way he seamlessly took over the left side of the Union’s midfield diamond Wednesday.

Philadelphia savor milestone moment after wild CCL debut
The match gave the Union a taste of everything a CCL road match has to offer, most notably just before the final whistle when Philadelphia’s Kai Wagner was launched to the ground with a flying tackle from Saprissa’s Ricardo Blanco, setting off a lengthy confrontation between the sides that lasted well into second-half stoppage time.

MLS News

Atlanta United signs Alan Franco from Independiente
According to the reports from Argentina, Atlanta will pay roughly $3 million (including bonuses) up front for the signing while owing an additional payment to Independiente amounting to 50% of any profit made in a future transfer.

LA Galaxy acquire Kévin Cabral as Young Designated Player
To facilitate the deal, the Galaxy sent FC Cincinnati $250,000 in general allocation money, a 2022 first-round draft pick and possible additional performance-based incentives if the player hits those, in order to acquire Cabral’s discovery rights in MLS.

Top 7 MLS Golden Boot candidates for 2021
The start of a new MLS season sets off a variety of exciting table races, with the sorting of clubs into playoff places the most obvious and ultimately important example. For individual players, however, the big one involves the Golden Boot.

Concacaf News

Crew dominate Real Esteli 4-0 in Champions League opener
Columbus scored all of its goals in the first half with Gyasi Zardes netting twice, Pedro Santos scoring a penalty and Jonathan Mensah finishing a rare goal.

fuboTV acquires exclusive streaming rights for CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers
Enter fuboTV into the ring as the latest streaming service provider to offer broadcasts of games to soccer fans with the acquisition of the exclusive live streaming rights to the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers to be streamed to viewers in the United States.

The ‘Nicaraguan Nagelsmann’ prepares for his biggest test
Holver Flores has been leading the top club in Nicaragua for more than a year, winning three consecutive titles and getting the club back into the Concacaf Champions League for the first time since 2016-17.

Rest of the World News

UEFA Europa League: Arsenal concede costly late goal vs. Slavia Prague in quarterfinals
The UEFA Europa League quarterfinals first-leg matches are in the books as Manchester United, Roma, and Villarreal picked up wins on Thursday. Arsenal had a rough day in front of goal, hitting the post twice before Nicolas Pepe finally got the breakthrough goal in the 86th minute, but Slavia Prague earned a late equalizer in stoppage time for a 1-1 draw.