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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Jim Curtin speaks with press ahead of DC United game

Phang game released, Toronto and Montreal to return to Canada for a few games and Messi is returning to Barcelona

SOCCER: JUN 23 MLS - Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Pressing Points | Back Home and Looking to Bounce Back
Philadelphia Union are back in action at Subaru Park on Saturday night with a showdown against D.C. United at Subaru Park. Union Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the rivalry match.

Mascot battle! New Philadelphia Union video game pits Phang against DC United’s Talon
Union Digital Video Producer Greg Fallon picked up coding during quarantine and spent his time inside progressing from making a Mega Man-esque sprite dash across the screen to, eventually, making a full-fledged side-scroller with various stages and boss fights.

MLS News

Oh Canada! Toronto FC, CF Montreal returning home (for now)
The select run of matches – Toronto FC and CF Montreal were included in these three games but the Vancouver Whitecaps were not – sees these two MLS sides play their home games in Canada for the first time since last year.

Voting open for 2021 MLS All-Star Game
This is the first time in the public portion of the MLS All-Stars rosters will be determined by a combination of fans, media and players. Voting ends 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 21.

Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio aiming to chart his own path amid interest from Europe
In less than 30 minutes on the field, Busio completed 90.3% of passes and came within inches of a debut wonder goal for the ages, a half volley beckoning the upper 90 that forced a save. He thrived on and off the ball, single-handedly controlling the pace of a United States side expected to make the final.

Orlando City Signs Argentine International Left Back Emmanuel Mas
Mas, 32, has been out of contract since July 1, after spending two-and-a-half seasons with Boca Juniors, where he scored three goals in 43 appearances from 2018-2021. Prior to returning to his home country on a €2.3 million transfer, Mas played the 2017-2018 season with Trabzonspor in Turkey, netting one goal in 34 matches.

Rest of the World News

Lionel Messi agrees Barcelona contract, accepts significant wage cut
The 34-year-old’s previous contract, which was worth over €500 million ($594m) over four years, expired at the stroke of midnight on June 30.