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Sounders acquire Shipp, new FIFA rankings: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/23/16

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Philadelphia Union News

USMNT’s Bruce Arena Says Pontius, Rosenberry Among January USMNT Call-Ups
Last week, United States Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena revealed during a Facebook Live session with fans that Union players Chris Pontius and Keegan Rosenberry were on the list of MLS players set to be called into the annual January camp.

In appreciation of Earnie Stewart and the transfer market (part one)
Despite an 18-year playing career that featured more than 500 appearances and 125 goals for club and country, Stewart may have actually done his best work in recent years, behind the scenes, as a shrewd dealer in the international transfer market.

MLS News

David Villa: People With ‘Nasty’ Opinions Of MLS Have Never Watched It
We talked to the newly-crowned MVP about the move from Spain to New York City and the criticisms of MLS.

Sounders acquire Harry Shipp in trade with Impact
Sounders give up undisclosed amount of allocation money.

FC Dallas signs 18th Homegrown player Reggie Cannon
The defender had a stellar season at UCLA.

It's Finally Official: Portland Timbers Sign Midfielder David Guzman from Saprissa
After a chase that has seemed all but over for the last several weeks, the Portland Timbers have finally made it official and signed Costa Rican holding midfielder David Guzman on a transfer from.

What is the Tipping Point when it comes to Selling Darlington Nagbe?
Rumors surrounding the transfer of Darlington Nagbe to Scotland’s Glasgow Celtic just keep popping up in the Scottish press. First he was reportedly the subject of a $2 million big from the SPL.

Report: Costa Rican CB Francisco Calvo to Minnesota United
A report out of Costa Rica today has center back Francisco Calvo signing with Minnesota United. Calvo would be the second Costa Rican international on United’s roster, joining attacker Johan Venegas.

Sporting KC negotiating contracts with three foreign players
Sporting Kansas City has entered contract negotiations with three players, one of which is a familiar name. The team is discussing deals with defender Igor Juliao and wingers Gerso Fernandes and Latif Blessing, a source told The Kansas City Star.

US Soccer News

Latest FIFA Rankings: USMNT finishes year ranked 28th, Messi-led Argentina No. 1
The final FIFA rankings of the year are out.

Jozy Altidore wins U.S. Player of the Year award
Forward Jozy Altidore has won the U.S. Player of the Year Award for the second time.