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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Getting reacquainted with D.C. United

Blake and Wagner show skills at All Star Game, the latest USMNT squad is announced, and the UEFA Champions League groups are drawn

MLS: D.C. United at Philadelphia Union Mitchell Leff-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Know Your Enemy | Union travel down I95 for rivalry showdown at DC United
Saturday night marks the third time in the regular season that the two rivals have squared off with the Union grabbing a 1-0 road win in May and a 2-1 home win in July. Sergio Santos provided the spark for the Union in the home win, picking up a goal and adding the game-winning assist on the rain-packed night.

Blake and Wagner turn in strong performances at 2021 MLS All-Star
Both of the Union’s representatives came into the match for LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley in the 30th minute of play and put up highlights before the halftime whistle.

MLS News

Crew’s Kevin Molino tears ACL, will miss remainder of 2021 season
In total, Molino made 11 appearances, seven starts, for the Black & Gold in his debut season, scoring one goal on seven shots.

The Chicago Fire made a run at signing Orbelin Pineda
The Fire began speaking with Pineda and his reps about a move for 2022 within the last few months. His contract with Cruz Azul is set to expire in December, which will make him a free agent. He’s been linked with Celta Vigo over the past few months

Loons’ pursuit of striker help starts with MLS veteran Fanendo Adi
The 30-year-old Nigerian participated in training in Blaine on Thursday as the Loons look to add depth after waiving Ramon Abila two weeks ago. Adi has scored more than 60 goals in MLS, including double-figure totals with the Portland Timbers in three different seasons (2015-17), but he had only one goal in stops with FC Cincinnati (2019) and Columbus Crew (2020).

U.S. Soccer News

Gregg Berhalter names 26 players to USMNT World Cup qualifying roster
Most of the players on the roster got experience over the summer with the USMNT either at the Nations League Finals or the Gold Cup. Christian Pulisic, who tested positive for Covid on August 18th, will be cleared in time to play and accordingly was included on the roster.

Biggest takeaways from the USMNT World Cup qualifying roster
Gregg Berhalter has made his calls and filled out his roster for what will hopefully be a 14-game redemption tour that culminates with a trip to Qatar next autumn.

Rest of the World News

Champions League draw: Man City, PSG should escape Group A, Inter Milan and Barcelona in trouble?
Lionel Messi will face Pep Guardiola — and maybe even Cristiano Ronaldo — in a blockbuster Champions League clash after Paris Saint-Germain were paired with Manchester City in Group A of this season’s competition.