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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Three takeaways from the Union advancing over Atlanta

Curtin’s beef with Gabriel Heinze, which early season surprise MLS teams are for real and more in today’s links

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Union’s Jim Curtin gets another win over his critics, including Atlanta United’s Gabriel Heinze
After a frosty postgame exchange last week in Atlanta, Heinze and Curtin got in a few heated discussions Tuesday at Subaru Park.

Three takeaways from Philadelphia Union’s CCL ouster of Atlanta United
The Philadelphia Union are through to the semifinals in their first year of CCL competition and Atlanta United are out in the quarterfinals for the third straight season. Here are three takeaways from an entertaining, if somewhat anticlimactic second leg.

MLS News

Which early season surprise team is for real?
Several teams fit that surprise team description this term, each with positive indicators and questions marks to weigh as we head into round four of the season. Which of these teams are on course to become season darlings and which are riding bubbles apt to be popped?

With a nod toward Major League Soccer, Republic FC changes the name of their stadium
Sacramento Republic FC is still aiming to move into MLS. The club made as much clear Wednesday with the announcement that its stadium will now be called Heart Health Park, replacing the Papa Murphy’s Park name immediately.

U.S. Soccer News

USMNT will play Costa Rica in a friendly to close out Nations League window
Yesterday, U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT will take on Costa Rica on June 9. Kickoff time isn’t out yet, but the game will be broadcast on ESPN2, UniMás and TUDN.

Rest of the World News

The Crew out of Champions League after 3-0 loss to CF Monterrey
The first leg ended in a much-disputed 2-2 draw in Columbus in which head coach Caleb Porter was fined for complaints about officiating and playmaker Lucas Zelarayan was carded and suspended for the second leg.

Club America defeats Timbers 3-1; knock Portland out of Concacaf
In what would prove to be the final 90-plus minutes of their Concacaf Champions League run, the Portland Timbers fell to Club America in the second leg 3-1. The loss put the Timbers down 4-2 in aggregate, knocking them out of CCL play.

Werner, Mount send Chelsea to Champions League final with win over Real Madrid
Chelsea’s men’s team will face Manchester City in Istanbul on May 29 in a second all-English Champions League final in two seasons.

Super League rebels could face two-year Champions League ban – sources
UEFA have spent the past 10 days in conversation with the 12 clubs in an effort to agree a lesser sanction and extract a formal definitive commitment not to pursue the Super League effort.

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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