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New MLS CBA ratified by both sides, US Open cup to return in 2021 and more in today’s links



Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union Chief Marketing Officer Talks The “BY|U” Jersey
It’s notable for several reasons, but chief among them is that the stand-out lightning pattern and bold blue and yellow colour combination together was designed start-to-finish by a group of fans known as the Union Creators’ Collective, which includes season ticket holders, Sons of Ben members, Union super fans, members of the media, and Union employees and players.

Jim Curtin instilling a proven club culture at Philadelphia Union
When it came to questions asked about the club’s success in 2020, Curtin was quick to reference three pillars of the Philadelphia Union. He went into detail on what these pillars are.

MLS News

MLS & MLSPA ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement
Major League Soccer announced Monday that the league and the MLS Players Association have finalized a new Collective Bargaining Agreement covering the next seven years through 2027.

Orlando City make offer for former Brazil, AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato
According to respected reporter CL Merlo, Orlando are interested in signing free-agent forward Alexandre Pato and have submitted an offer. Pato has been without a club since last summer after departing Sao Paulo.

Matías Almeyda: San Jose boss rejects Chile chance
According to reports from ESPN, Matías Almeyda topped the list of candidates to take on the job, but he declined the offer, opting to finish his contract with San Jose Earthquakes ahead of the 2021 MLS season.

Concacaf News

Club World Cup final set between Concacaf representative Tigres, Alphonso Davies’ Bayern Munich
Tigres UANL’s history-making 1-0 win over Palmeiras in their semifinal matchup on Sunday ensures that a Concacaf team will have a chance to win the tournament for the first time ever and achieve a monumental milestone.

U.S. Soccer’s Plans for an Abbreviated 2021 U.S. Open Cup
The tournament will comprise five rounds, with 16 clubs from the lower divisions of American soccer facing off in the first. The first-round survivors will move on to the round of 16, where eight MLS teams will be waiting. The competition’s winner will earn a spot in the 2022 Concacaf Champions League.

Hello Union fans! My name is Alex and I've been doing the daily links post for Brotherly Game since the 2016 season. You'll find me on here with all the biggest news stories in MLS and around the world. I also live tweet many of the Union games, and I'm a season ticket hold in section 102. Stop by and say hi!

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