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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Blake and Wagner named to FIFA 21 MLS Team of the Year

Flach making strong early impression for Union, Barnsley sends Dike back to Orlando, and more in today’s links



Philadelphia Union News

Blake, Wagner named to FIFA 21 Team of the Season for MLS
Blake’s boost sees the Jamaican captain as an 87 overall ranking while Wagner received a bump to 89 overall as the best left back in the league.

Leon Flach is making a strong early impression with the Union
While many new players have struggled to adapt to the physical play of the league, Flach’s time in Germany has groomed him to be prepared for anything.

Several Reggae Boyz pull out of three-game tour of Japan
Those players are Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Kemar Lawrence (Toronto FC), Alvas Powell (unattached), Ravel Morrison (unattached), Bobby Reid (Fulham), Shamar Nicholson (Charleroi), Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union), Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) and Michael Hector (Fulham).

MLS News

Barnsley doesn’t exercise option-to-buy for Daryl Dike, sends star back to Orlando City
This clause was priced at $20 million with an additional 20% stipulation for the Lions on any future sale, according to a source.

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 7
Week 7 of the MLS season is a wrap which means, as usual, that it’s time to take stock of the latest round of results and what it all means as we head into the June international break and then look forward to the rest of the season.

US Soccer News

For the first time in years, the U.S. men’s soccer team is a big deal again
This week’s Concacaf Nations League’s final four in Denver will be the first time that all of the U.S. men’s soccer team’s biggest current stars play together on American soil.

2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals: Scouting Honduras
Honduras qualified for the final four by finishing atop Group C with an undefeated 3-0-1 record, overcoming Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago. The team was last in action in March, drawing with Belarus and losing to Greece. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Catrachos only played two matches in 2020.

Rest of the World News

Carlo Ancelotti makes shock return to Real Madrid after leaving Everton
Ancelotti, 61, has agreed a three-year contract with Madrid and will be presented in a news conference on Wednesday, the club said in a statement.

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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