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Suarez brace pushes Barcelona over Espanyol, top 50 MLS players of 2016: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/19/16

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Some links to start the week off right.

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MLS News

Ranking the Top 50 Players in MLS in 2016
Ranking of the top 50 players in MLS primarily focuses on performances from the regular season, but play-off showings were considered if applicable.

Sounders 2 rumored to sign promising young Antiguan
18-year-old Javorn Stevens has recently impressed with the Antigua and Barbuda U20s and may be coming to Seattle.

Algerian World Cup player may be Sounders target
Dinamo Zagreb star Hilal El Arabi Soudani looking for move.

Rumor: Carl Robinson to Swansea
Another rumor to fill your off-season.

Bruton and Marcus Smith in talks with pro soccer league to bring new team to Charlotte
Major League Soccer executives confirmed that they have been in talks with Bruton and Marcus Smith as potential owners of an expansion team in Charlotte.

Rest of the World News

Manchester City earn comeback win as Arsenal relinquish another lead
After falling behind, Man City were a team transformed after half-time and Arsenal, for the second straight game, had no answer, writes Richard Jolly.

Luis Suarez brace fuels Barcelona past Espanyol in Catalan derby
Luis Suarez scored a brace to help jump Barcelona back into second place in La Liga after a 4-1 defeat of Espanyol on Sunday.

Dries Mertens scores four as Napoli beat Torino to go third
Dries Mertens scored four goals as Napoli reached third place in the Serie A table with a 5-3 victory over Torino at the Stadio San Paolo.

Bayern Munich return to top of table and Ingolstadt clinch win at Leverkusen
Douglas Costa's eye-catching goal in the 71st minute was enough for Carlo Ancelotti's men to go back above Leipzig on goal difference.

Mario Balotelli at the double as Ligue 1 leaders Nice down Dijon
A Mario Balotelli brace ensured Nice remained top of the pile in Ligue 1 with a 2-1 win against Dijon, who had Cedric Varrault sent off late on.