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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union defense open season with three straight clean sheets

Union hope to be sharper against Miami, European Super League dies a quick death and more in today’s links



Philadelphia Union News

Union’s defense off to historic start with three shutouts
Through the first three matches, the Union’s opponents have scored 0, 0 and 0 goals. This marks the first time in Union history that the Boys in Blue defense have collected three-consecutive clean sheets to begin a new campaign.

Monteiro and Glesnes named to Best XI for CCL Round of 16
Adding to the Union’s sparkling debut was Monteiro, who opened and ended the scoring for Philadelphia in their 4-0 second leg win against Saprissa. Monteiro was also a key figure without the ball, making seven ball recoveries over the course of the two legs.

Union hoping to be sharper in home opener vs. Inter Miami
“We can play a lot better,” Curtin said post match Sunday. “We can be a lot sharper and more decisive with our buildups, with our passing in the final third. I thought we gave Columbus a lot of problems, outshot them, created better chances tonight but maybe just didn’t execute in front of goal. It’s natural in Week 1 of a season.”

MLS News

FC Cincinnati Makes Trade of Frankie Amaya Official
Official- FC Cincinnati announced the acquisition of $950,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for the first pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, midfielder, Frankie Amaya.

New York Red Bulls close to move for Ugandan youth international Steven Sserwadda
Football256 reports that the Red Bulls scouted him at the recent Africa Cup of Nations and were “impressed with his creative prowess.” Sserwadda put in a star performance in Mauritania, leading Uganda to a second-place finish. He scored two goals in the group stage and featured heavily in the knockout rounds, before losing to Ghana in the final.

Power Rankings: CF Montréal prove doubters wrong in Week 1
Union stay at number four in the MLS Power Rankings.

Rest of the World News

Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham to exit Super League; Chelsea to do same
The reversal is a stunning U-turn for the English Premier League clubs after Sunday’s announcement that they were among 12 of Europe’s biggest football sides planning to break away from the UEFA Champions League.

Ed Woodward resigns as Manchester United executive vice-chairman
At a meeting of the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the breakaway talks on Tuesday, sources said that it was made clear that some senior figures of the six rebel clubs would not be welcomed by some rival club officials.

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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