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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Kacper and Curtin make MLS Team of the Week

Union offense shows signs of life, could a biannual World Cup be in our future and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Przybylko and Curtin claim MLS Team of the Week Honors
After leading Philadelphia Union to a 3-1 win on national television, Philadelphia Union forward Kacper Przybylko and Head Coach Jim Curtin have earned Major League Soccer Team of the Week honors.

Kacper Przybylko’s big game lifts ‘a big stone’ off the Union in tight Eastern Conference playoff race
The Union’s attack still isn’t as fluid as it could be, but the players clearly have regained the confidence that helped deliver some big results early in the season.

MLS News

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 26
Week 26 saw Minnesota storm back, Atlanta keep surging and Portland stay climbing, three key results in the MLS Cup Playoffs chase.

Nico Lodeiro has second surgery of 2021
There was no immediate timeline for Lodeiro’s recovery but head coach Brian Schmetzer did say he expected the midfielder to return this year.

Jordan Morris could return to full training soon
Schmetzer has tried to tamp down expectations a bit for Morris’ timeline, but the Sounders attacker has been increasing his training workload over the last few weeks. He was at it again in training on Monday, mixing it up with his teammates as a neutral participant.

MLS coaching carousel: Full list of coaching changes in 2021
When FC Dallas dismissed Luchi Gonzalez on Sunday, it marked the fifth head coaching change of the 2021 MLS season. That follows six changes from 2020.

Rest of the World News

FIFA, soccer leaders set to begin talks to hold World Cup every two years
FIFA will finally start speaking to soccer clubs, leagues and players’ unions this month, in the latest steps announced Monday, in its push to organize a men’s World Cup every two years.