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Alvas Powell training with Union, Villareal beat Manchester United for the Europa League and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Jamaican international Alvas Powell training with Philadelphia Union ahead of possible move
Veteran defender has 49 caps with Jamaica and has played for Inter Miami, FC Cincinnati and Portland Timbers in MLS.

MLS News

MLS MVP Power Rankings: Who leads the race after the first six weeks?
He’s the league’s leading goal scorer with the league’s best comeback story and he’s done it all while standing in the spotlight on national TV. The Narrative here is powerful and all-encompassing, and uncontained.

D.C. United loses Edison Flores and Drew Skundrich to injuries
Attacker Edison Flores, who departed in the first minute with a hamstring strain, will miss at least six weeks, club officials said Wednesday. Drew Skundrich, a second-division midfielder who jetted into the lineup after a strong preseason, suffered a knee injury that might require meniscus surgery.

Rest of the World News

Brenden Aaronson’s U.S. soccer star is on the rise as he elevates his game in Austria
Aaronson’s seven goals and five assists in 25 games for Red Bull Salzburg helped win two trophies. Now he’s on the national team’s best-of-the-best squad for the Concacaf Nations League’s final four.

Manchester United lose to Villarreal in Europa League final shootout
In the first European final to be played in front of a crowd in two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Villarreal survived a tough second half to secure a draw after extra time before going on to edge a tense shootout.

Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager
ESPN reported last week that Real wanted Zidane to see out his contract until 2022 but were already making plans for his departure, with Massimiliano Allegri and club legend Raul being considered as replacements.

Antonio Conte leaves Inter Milan after clinching Serie A title
Conte joined Inter in 2019 and steered the club to second in Serie A behind champions Juventus in his first season at the club, as well as losing the Europa League final to Sevilla FC. This season, he masterminded the club’s first Serie A title success in 11 years, and 19th overall, breaking Juve’s nine-year stranglehold on the trophy.