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Philadelphia Union News

Pressing Points | Union Ready for Timbers Test
Philadelphia Union are back at Subaru Park as they host the Portland Timbers on Sunday night. Coming off of a 1-0 win at D.C. United last weekend, Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke with the media ahead of the nationally broadcast contest.

MLS News

How Josef Martinez is helping inspire Venezuelans to arrive and thrive in MLS
Josef Martinez wasn’t the first Venezuelan to play in MLS, of course. Far from it. That was now-Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese, who led the lines for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars during the league’s inaugural season back in 1996.

Six teams most in need of a win before the international break
We’re almost to the first international pause of the 2021 MLS season (no games May 31 to June 11), and when everyone returns to action we’ll be approaching the dog days of summer.

Talles Magno to NYCFC is good, but don’t compare him to Manchester City-bound Kayky
Some are comparing Talles Magno unfavourably with Kayky, who recently signed with Manchester City from Fluminense. Kayky, 18, is almost exactly a year younger than Talles Magno. He only made his first-team debut this year, while Talles Magno first appeared in the Vasco lineup at the start of June 2019. Talles Magno, then, should be further down the line of development.

U.S. Soccer News

Who should the USMNT start vs. Switzerland?
The good news for USMNT fans is that this squad has arguably more depth than ever before, and a projected second-choice lineup would still be formidable, with several in-form players, and a squad loaded with players coming off good seasons.

Rest of the World News

Tottenham Hotspur have contacted Mauricio Pochettino over a return from PSG
The French club are thought to be reluctant to sanction his departure, wishing to avoid further managerial upheaval having sacked Thomas Tuchel on Christmas Eve last year.