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Mark McKenzie named 2020 Delaware Athlete of the Year, Red Bulls make “shameful” bid attempt and more in today’s links

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BIMBO Birthday: Kai Wagner
Wagner turns 24 today and has made 44 regular-season appearances (all starts) since joining Philadelphia in 2019. This past season he scored his first goal in a 2-1 victory over Miami (July 14) and logged his first multiple assist game when he added two helpers in a 5-0 win vs. Toronto (Oct. 24).

Find out how Delaware’s 2020 Athlete of the Year made history
As the 72nd annual winner of the John J. Brady Award, McKenzie joins an esteemed list of First State sports achievers that includes Olympians, professionals, NCAA standouts and luminaries from 15 sports, including five in field hockey and 20 in American football.

MLS News

10 players who need a much improved 2021
As is the case with every new season, there will be plenty of teams around Major League Soccer counting on improved performances from certain key cogs in 2021.

LA Galaxy sign veteran defender Oniel Fisher
The 29-year-old has played his entire professional career to date in MLS. Drafted out of the University of New Mexico in 2015 by the Seattle Sounders, he spent three seasons there before being traded to D.C. ahead of the 2018 season. A knee injury kept him out the entire 2019 campaign, but the fullback was a depth option in 2020 for United, making 15 appearances (six starts) in league play.

Multiple MLS teams lining up bids for Kemar Lawrence
At least two teams, one Western Conference and one Eastern Conference team, have emerged as contenders for Lawrence’s services, and sources tell SBI that FC Cincinnati was an early contender to acquire Lawrence, but eventually switched gears and instead traded for Ronald Matarrita from New York City FC.

Red Bulls make unsuccessful bid for Swedish left back Eric Kahl
The reported $600,000 bid was described as “shameful,” with the Swedish club valuing the player at $2,400,000. His contract runs through December of 2022, and he will only leave for a team “that is really a right step in his development.”

Rest of the World News

Gladbach’s Rose to take over as Dortmund manager at end of season
Gladbach are seventh in the Bundesliga standings — only one place behind Dortmund, who are sixth courtesy of their superior goal difference. Both sides are six points behind fourth-place Wolfsburg in the final Champions League qualification spot.

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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