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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union battle hard but lose 2-0

Union, Atlanta United names their next manager and more in today’s links

Club America v Philadelphia Union - CONCACAF Champions League 2021 Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Recap: Club America 2, Philadelphia Union 0
A late penalty kick goal from Emanuel Aguilera sealed a home win for Club America in leg 1 of the CCL semifinals on a rainy evening at the “Colossus of Saint Ursula” and left the Union with a tall task heading back to Subaru Park for the second leg in a month’s time.

Paxten Aaronson wins Goal of the Week for Week 18
In his first start for the Philadelphia Union, the 17-year-old scored a stunning first Major League Soccer goal, one that also captured Goal of the Week honors for Week 18 of the 2021 season.

MLS News

2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge rosters headlined by Chicharito, Vela and Gignac
Major League Soccer and LIGA MX on Thursday announced their elite selections of eight players each who will compete head-to-head in five events during the 2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge.

Gonzalo Pineda named Atlanta United manager
He has signed a contract through the 2024 season. Interim manager Rob Valentino will continue to manage the team for the next two games. Pineda is scheduled to conduct his first training session next Thursday.

D.C. United adds striker Ramón Ábila, sends Erik Sorga on loan to VVV Venlo
Ábila was a big move for Minnesota this offseason, having scored nearly one goal every two games for Boca Juniors in league play, but things didn’t go according to plan. While the plan was for Ábila to replace Kei Kamara and Luis Amarilla as Adrian Heath’s starter, he ended up making 10 appearances and just one start in his half-season as a member with the Loons.

Kevin Paredes being tracked by Champions League club
Last year it was Brenden Aaronson. This year, it appears that Red Bull Salzburg has targeted DC United midfielder Kevin Paredes as the next rising American star they will pluck from MLS.

Concacaf News

Orlando City vs. Santos Laguna, Leagues Cup: Final Score 1-0 as Toothless Lions Knocked Out of the Tournament
A sloppy performance against a good Santos side results in Orlando City’s quick exit from the Leagues Cup.