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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Curtin speaks before big New England game

Union/Revs preview, USA draws El Salvador and more in today’s links

Matt Ralph

Philadelphia Union News

Preview | Union face Revs for third time on Friday night
The Eastern Conference leaders come into Friday’s match with a 15-4-4 record which has built them a 14-point lead in the East and seven points atop Seattle Sounders FC in the chase for the 2021 Supporters’ Shield. New England saw its nine-match unbeaten streak come to an end last time out, falling to New York City FC by a 2-0 margin.

Pressing Points | Seizing Opportunities
With players out due to injuries and away on international duty, Philadelphia Union have to get creative for Friday night’s game against the New England Revolution. Head Coach Jim Curtin spoke to the media about his plan of attack for tomorrow’s match at Subaru Park.

MLS News

Sandro Kulenović rejected offer from New York Red Bulls, according to reports
Kulenović is a somewhat highly-rated player who has been a fixture of the Croatia youth national teams, occasionally touted as “the new Mario Mandžukić.” He came up through the talent factory that is the Zagreb academy before moving to Legia Warsaw in Poland. Italian super club Juventus brought him in on loan in 2017 but opted against a permanent deal.

Concacaf News

United States held to draw by El Salvador in World Cup qualifying opener
The United States played out a hard-fought draw against El Salvador in its first match of the Octagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in San Salvador on Thursday night.

Martin’s late strike lifts Mexico over Jamaica
Mexico got goals from Alexis Vega and Henry Martin to beat Jamaica 2-1 on Thursday night at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Navas shines as Costa Rica secure point at Panama
Try as both teams might, neither nation could score as Panama and Costa Rica played out a scoreless draw at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City on Thursday night.

Canada and Honduras battle to draw to open WCQ
Canada and Honduras started the final round of Concacaf World Cup qualification for Qatar 2022 with a point a piece as each squad notched a penalty kick in a 1-1 draw in Toronto on Thursday night.

Rest of the World News

European Qualifiers: England and Belgium rampant, Sweden stun Spain
England and Belgium racked up the goals on the road but Spain were toppled from top spot in their group by a Sweden comeback.

Morocco beats Sudan as Algeria scores eight against Djibouti
Reigning African champions Algeria got off to a perfect start in their Group A qualifying campaign of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, defeating Djibouti 8-0 in Blida on Thursday night. While Morocco defeated visitors Sudan 2-0 in Rabat to top Group I.