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Why the Union believe in Gazdag, Gold Cup schedule is released and ESPN secures LaLiga rights

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Philadelphia Union News

The Union are running on fumes, but Anthony Fontana still needs to earn starts
Five games into the regular season, Fontana has not held on to the title he was accorded in March when Jim Curtin appointed him the team’s starting playmaker.

Red Bulls 2-0 Toronto: Armas homecoming spoiled by Amaya and Clark goals
The Union’s next game is this Saturday as they host the rival New York Red Bulls, let’s see how their last game went.

Schedule Update: #NSHvPHI Moved to Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. ET
The Union also announced a time change for the Sunday, May 30 game against Portland Timbers from 5:30 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET.

Why the Philadelphia Union believe Daniel Gazdag was the right signing
“There were so many positives, we were really forced to fetch him,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said with a grin on a virtual press conference.

MLS News

Wednesday takeaways: What we learned from the midweek action
The first midweek action of the 2021 MLS season offered up seven big games Wednesday, including a top of the table clash in the West and meetings between some preseason favorites in the East.

Taty Castellanos inked a new 5-year deal with NYCFC; Palmeiras fans lose their minds
Taty’s new deal was announced by the club earlier this afternoon to the joy of supporters, and to the disdain of a few Palmeiras fans who were still hoping for the tide to turn.

MLS files petition against Kaku, MLSPA as transfer saga continues
In its latest filing, MLS stated that “Each additional game that Kaku plays for Al-Taawoun not only constitutes a continuing breach of the CBA and the [Standard Player Agreement], but also the Arbitrator’s Award.”

FC Cincinnati signs Geoff Cameron to multi-year contract
FC Cincy announced the signing of the 35-year-old to a contract through the 2022 season, which comes with an option for an additional season. Cameron will occupy a senior roster spot on the club’s roster and will certainly give Jaap Stam’s backline a boost.

U.S. Soccer News

2021 Gold Cup schedule announced
The USMNT will play their group stage matches at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. They open on July 11th against the winner of Preliminary Match 7, which takes place from June 2-6 in Fort Lauderdale. The USMNT could face Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, or Barbados in that match. They then host Martinique on July 15th, with the group finale against Canada on July 18th.

ESPN and LaLiga Reach Historic Rights Agreement Bringing Top-Rated Soccer League to Millions More Fans Across the U.S.
Beyond live matches, ESPN+ will offer a variety of surround programming, including match previews, highlights, magazine shows – and will continue to cover LaLiga extensively on signature ESPN+ shows including ESPN FC, Jorge Ramos y su Banda and Fuera de Juego.

Rest of the World News

Liverpool beat Manchester United with pair of Roberto Firmino goals
Liverpool’s first victory at Old Trafford in seven years left them knowing that winning their last three games will give them a great chance of breaking into the top four at the end of a disappointing season.

Gio Reyna, Borussia Dortmund defeats RB Leipzig to win German Cup
Reyna made a late cameo off the bench as Edin Terzic’s side downed RB Leipzig 4-1 in Berlin to claim the German Cup. It was the first cup for the club since 2016-17 and a positive ending to the domestic campaign with two matches to play.