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David Villa named MVP, Andres Guardado still headed to Atlanta?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/7/16

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MLS News

David Villa is Major League Soccer’s MVP for 2016
NYCFC’s captain received the trophy today in Tribeca.

David Villa a worthy MLS MVP but Sebastian Giovinco absence raises process questions
David Villa is deserving but in the future, writes Doug McIntyre, MLS might consider including playoff games before settling on MVP finalists.

Ranking all 50 of 2016's Designated Players in MLS
From worst to first, here is every single DP of 2016.

United's stadium groundbreaking in St. Paul is Monday
The event will be ceremonial for the privately financed $150-million soccer stadium.

Landon Donovan: LA Galaxy great unlikely to return in 2017
Landon Donovan will almost certainly not return to playing in 2017, multiple sources say.

Tampa Bay Rowdies launch campaign to bring Major League Soccer to St. Petersburg
The plan includes an $80 million improvement to Al Lang Stadium.

Matt Hedges signs new contract, will remain with FC Dallas through 2020
The Defender of the Year is going to get a massive pay raise.

Report: Andres Guardado’s move to Atlanta United "still on track" for January
Could Guardado be the next big Atlanta United announcement?

RailHawks (now North Carolina F.C.) have new name, plan for MLS bid, stadium
The Carolina RailHawks announced plans Tuesday to pursue a Major League Soccer franchise as well as a new 20,000 seat stadium.

US Soccer News

USSF announces nominations for 2016 players of the year
USSF released nominations for in five categories for their end-of-year awards.

Rest of the World News

Arsenal top Champions League Group A as PSG slip up while Napoli and Benfica advance
Arsenal finished in first place in Champions League Group A after beating Basel 4-1, while Paris Saint-Germain settled for a surprise home draw to close out the group stage on Tuesday.

At Swansea City, Bob Bradley is his own worst enemy
Bob Bradley's Swansea City club wasn't supposed to beat Tottenham on the road, but it also wasn't supposed to be a 5-0 loser.