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SB Nation's mock expansion draft, video assistant referee system in MLS?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/16

Links to start the weekend.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union mailbag: Blake, Le Toux, expansion draft ... and Highlander
All is quiet on the Union front, which is typical for this time of the year.

Chris Pontius was acquired by Philadelphia Union one year ago and the veteran did not disappoint
Wednesday Dec. 7 marked the one year anniversary Chris Pontius was acquired by Philadelphia Union via trade with D.C. United.

MLS News

Mock 2016 MLS Expansion Draft: Atlanta, Minnesota could focus on experienced players
The expansion draft is scaled way down from what it used to be, but there should still be some talent out there for Minnesota and Atlanta to stock their squads.

Don Garber wants MLS to use video assistant referee system in 2017 season
MLS commissioner Don Garber said that he hopes MLS will implement a Video Assistant Referee system during the second half of the 2017 season.

Don Garber says he supports lower divisions, MLS not to blame for NASL troubles
As U.S. Soccer determines the fate of the North American Soccer League, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he believes in successful lower divisions.

MLS will consider playoff format changes for 2017 season
MLS will consider changing its playoff format in 2017, with regular season record serving as the first tiebreaker in the conference semis and finals among the possible tweaks, the league's Vice President of Competition told ESPN FC on Thursday.

US Soccer News

Sources: NASL on Last Legs With USL Deal "99% Complete"
FiftyFive.One has learned that a completed deal to make the USL the sole second-division league is 99% complete.

Sunil Gulati needs to set the stage for a successor at the helm of U.S. soccer - The Washington Post
Dismissing Jurgen Klinsmann as men's national coach was the first step. The second should be an announcement that Gulati will not seek re-election as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Rest of the World News

Man United win to reach Europa League round of 32 as Southampton crash out
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for Manchester United to secure their spot in the Europa League knockout stage with a 2-0 win at Zorya Luhansk on Thursday.