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Philadelphia Union News

Pressing Points | “We’re going to go fully after Chicago”
Jim Curtin was glad to be back in Philly after his side’s early season road trip, and he expects a strong response from his team after two scoreless matches on their travels.

Union’s Leagues Cup schedule set, with all games at Subaru Park
The Union will host Mexico’s Club Tijuana on July 22 and Querétaro on July 26 and will have home-field advantage against almost every team in the tournament.

MLS News

Leagues Cup 2023: Schedule & bracket for historic MLS-LIGA MX competition
The Leagues Cup 2023 match schedule and bracket were announced Thursday, setting up the inaugural edition of the official Concacaf competition that sees all 47 clubs – 18 from LIGA MX and 29 from MLS – compete in a World Cup-style tournament from July 21 to August 19.

Héber ruled out for FC Cincinnati match
Héber suffered a left hamstring strain during Wednesday’s training session and has been ruled out for Saturday’s match against FC Cincinnati, according to Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. Héber is expected to miss at least 2-4 weeks.

Lewis O’Brien: Nottingham Forest midfielder close to DC United loan move
He joined Forest from Huddersfield last summer and scored once in 17 appearances for Cooper’s side.

Charlotte FC to Enter TST Winner-Take-All Soccer Tournament
Charlotte FC and The Soccer Tournament today announced the Club will field a team in the inaugural, $1 million winner-take-all soccer tournament later this year.

Concacaf News

GKs Rougier, Ustari stand tall in Motagua-Pachuca stalemate
Motagua shot-stopper Jonathan Rougier registered seven saves on the night, while
counterpart Oscar Ustari of Pachuca was just as good at the other end with two saves and several crucial interventions.

Bouanga hat trick paves way for LAFC at Alajuelense
Denis Bouanga scored a second half hat trick to power Los Angeles FC to a 3-0 win versus Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the first leg of the 2023 Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 on Thursday night at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Rest of the World News

Europa League round of 16 first legs: Manchester United, Roma, Sevilla and Leverkusen take control
Manchester United, Roma, Sevilla and Leverkusen were the big winners at home while Arsenal were forced to settle for an away draw.

Europa Conference League round of 16 first legs: Fiorentina and West Ham win, Villarreal held
Fiorentina eked out a narrow home win, West Ham earned a bigger victory away, and Villarreal were pegged back in the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 openers.

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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