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News roundup: Wagner ready, no Vela or Dallas, Bremen stay up

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Philadelphia Union 

Kai Wagner is set to make his first appearance for the Union in 2020 on Thursday against NYCFC.

Wanna play golf with the Union? 

Scenes from the Union’s first Orlando training session.

Previous battles with the other boys in (light) blue.


Accounting for almost 75% of COIVD cases in MLS, FC Dallas has been withdrawn from MLS is Back. 

Carlos Vela will not be playing for LAFC at the tournament. 

Robbie Robinson, the #1 draft pick, also will not be playing. 

Which teams NEED to win their first match? 

One big question for each team at the tournament.


The Portland Thorns and Washington Spirit played to a wild 1-1 draw Sunday night.


Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen survived the relegation playoffs to stay in the Bundesliga.

Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min tired to fight each other at halftime, and their team won.

FIFA is starting to asses 2026 World Cup host cities. 

Feeling lucky for MLS is Back? 

While MLS and NWSL have teams drop out due to COVID, fans will start attending games in Japan.


  1. Andy Muenz says:

    So now it’s 11 teams in the west and 14 in the east in the tournament.
    And the two teams the Union have already played this year are the team withdrawing from the tournament and the one whose best player isn’t there.

  2. Tim Jones says:

    Fans will also attend USL Championship side Louisville City FC’s home opener that opens their new stadium. Sunday, July 12th on one of the ESPN channels.

  3. Tim Jones says:

    The latest word from The Athletic Daily’s Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio suggests that Nashville is having an emergence of positive tests (behind a paywall so no point in th URL.)
    The simplest wat to conduct the tournament would be to have absent teams forfeit for purposes of the tournament.
    I am beginning to wonder whether using a “regular season” to qualify for the playoffs is going to be a workable system to determine a champion.
    Play a “regular season. With teams hit by infection forfeiting as necessary. Close it down by mid-September and then conduct a single elimination tournament among all teams able to play seeded according to the “regular season’s standings. The tournament winner is the league champion.
    There is a comment responding to the Stejskal and Tenorio piece cited above that troubles me. It is by Cole Y. I quote it in full.
    I work in public health, and this 5 to 7 days number is misleading and incomplete. I’m concerned about the lack of accuracy in this reporting and the spread of misinformation. The virus has a 2-14 day incubation period, the time it takes to spread and infect the body. Now, about 50% of cases take 5-7 days, but that window leaves room for lots of people who are presymptomatic. After that period, there’s a 2 day window where people still don’t show symptoms but are now contagious. In fact, they are most contagious on those two days and the first day they have signs and symptoms. Positive cases need to isolate for at least 10 days, including 3 consecutive days with no fever. Close contacts are supposed to quarantine for 14 days. You are right to express concern about MLS’ bubble and return to play, but I want to emphasize sharing the best health information we have right now. Thanks for hearing me out.
    Paul Tenori has responded in the comment section.
    Thank you for this note. Yes, we definitely needed to be more clear that test results begin to show positive cases above 50% threshold around that 5-7 day window, but that incubation can last longer, and as long as 14 days. The people we spoke with used that number as the kind of base period MLS had to think about in re: to seeing positive tests, but we should have been more clear in how that was communicated. Thank you for reading and for the information.

  4. In Tanner We Trust says:

    That Bremen game was really good, and I was stunned to hear the DOOP song after the last goal. Looked it up and apparently the goal celebration did get its start in Germany, which was news to me.

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