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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union U15s make MLS Next Cup Final

MLS MVP rankings, Messi now a free agent and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union U15s beat New England to advance to MLS Next Cup final
Bajung Darboe’s first half brace was enough to put the Union one win away from a trophy.

Philadelphia ramps up its 2026 World Cup hosting bid with an exhibit at the Independence Visitor Center
“Philadelphia is essential to telling the story of soccer in the United States,” Mayor Kenney said as he opened a display that will help tell that story to FIFA officials.

MLS News

MLS MVP Power Rankings: Check out the frontrunners as the 2021 season heats up
The entire MLS editorial staff voted on this one. Each person picked five players from first to fifth. First place got 10 points, second got five, third got three, fourth got two and fifth got one.

Austin FC signs center forward Moussa Djitté to add goal-scoring threat
The 21-year-old is a center forward who made his professional debut back in 2019 in the Swiss Super League with club FC Sion after transferring from Senegalese club ASC Niarry Tally in 2018.

One roster need for every MLS club during the Secondary Transfer Window
The Secondary Transfer Window opens next week (July 7). It was only a five week break between the Primary and Secondary windows, and as always, the work never stops at all clubs.

Rest of the World News

Lionel Messi’s contract expires, but Barcelona remain confident in extension
Messi’s most recent contract with the club, signed in 2017, was worth more than €500m over four years, including his salary, bonuses and image rights.