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Champions League results, MLS Power Rankings and more in today’s links



Philadelphia Union News

Pressing Points | It’s Only Halftime
Ahead of Philadelphia Union’s second leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League against Deportivo Saprissa, Head Coach Jim Curtin met with the media to provide some updates ahead of the club’s contest at Subaru Park. 

The State of the Union Part 2: Defenders
The transfer of Mark McKenzie and shock retirement of Ray Gaddis haven’t left the cupboard bare at the back for the Philadelphia Union.

MLS News

Top 5 MLS players for every position ahead of the 2021 season
With the start of the 2021 MLS season just days away, it’s time to take stock of the true cream of the crop, the top five players across every position.

Power Rankings: See where your team lands before the 2021 MLS season
Union start the season at number four in MLS Power Rankings.

Bobby Wood set to join RSL early after HSV terminates contract
Hamburger SV terminated Wood’s contract effective immediately, and he is set to join up with RSL after his wife gives birth to their second child.

Concacaf News

Atlanta United wins second leg 1-0 vs. LD Alajuelense, advances to CCL quarterfinals
Gabriel Heinze and his Atlanta United team became the first team to secure their spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals Tuesday evening after second half substitute Jurgen Damm scored a late winner against Liga Deportiva Alajuelense at Fifth-Third Bank Stadium.

Yimmi Chara hat trick propels Timbers into CCL quarterfinals
The Portland Timbers dominate CD Marathon at Providence Park 5-0 (7-2 aggregate).

USA defeats lackluster France 2-0
The United States got an early momentum swing in this game as they picked up a penalty call in the 4’ for a takedown on Alex Morgan. But despite Megan Rapinoe calmly burying the ball to make it 1-0 early on, by no means did the US completely dominate the field, even with an understrength French roster facing them.

Las Vegas Awarded 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Final
The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will officially kick off with a new Preliminary Round (Prelims) at DRV PNK Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami CF, between July 2-6, 2021. In the Prelims, 12 nations who qualified through their Concacaf Nations League performances will compete for the final three spots in the 16 team Gold Cup Group Stage. 

Rest of the World News

UCL Rewind: PSG, Chelsea hold on clinch semifinal berths
Paris Saint-Germain was pushed to the brink by defending UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich, but did enough to exact revenge against the German club and advance in this season’s competition.

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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