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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union look to end winless streak against Toronto

Curtin’s weekly press conference, MLS Power Rankings and Atlanta possibly turning to MLS for their next coach

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Pressing Points | Union Look to Bounce Back Against Toronto
Coming off a 1-1 draw at home against Chicago, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke to the media to preview Wednesday’s home game against Toronto FC.

Know Your Enemy | Back in action Wednesday against Toronto FC
After a slow start to the 2021 season that saw Toronto FC make coaching change following a six-match losing streak, the side has found its form and comes into Subaru Park riding a five-match unbeaten streak.

MLS News

Power Rankings: NYCFC, LA Galaxy on the rise after Week 16
Union fall again in the weekly MLS Power Rankings, this week they come in ninth, the lowest they’ve been all year.

Atlanta United requests permission to interview Sounders assistant Gonzalo Pineda for head coach job
Pineda is clearly a highly regarded assistant to Brian Schmetzer as evidenced by D.C. United’s interest, but also by his proximity to a stretch of success with the Sounders that includes an MLS Cup win in 2019.

LAFC defender Eddie Segura out for season after knee surgery
Segura, 24, has been a total lock for LAFC’s backline since arriving in 2019. The center back made 15 appearances this season, until being subbed out at the half of the July 24 game against the Vancouver Whitecaps, where he suffered the injury. All told, he had appeared in 71 straight regular season games for LAFC.

Rest of the World News

Chelsea have €100m Romelu Lukaku bid rejected by Inter, exploring alternatives
Sources have told ESPN that Lukaku is not actively seeking to leave the club, but Inter are under pressure to raise funds through departures, having been hit particularly hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic.