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World Cup expansion, MLS signings: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/11/17

Hump Day Links.

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Philadelphia Union News

Is Jay Simpson the goal scorer that Union fans have waited for?
Find out what some of the English media thinks about the Union's new forward.

MLS News

St. Louis soccer stadium funding bill is dead
Whether that kills the city's dreams of an MLS franchise is yet to be determined, but the odds against are stacked.

Sporting Kansas City signs Cameron Iwasa
Iwasa led Sacramento in scoring in 2016 with 12 goals.

Sporting KC signs Andrew Dykstra
SKC needed another keeper on the roster, can Dykstra challenge Melia.

Report: Atlanta United in negotiations for Estudiantes’ Gonzalez Pirez
Another name has emerged as a possible candidate on Tuesday as reports from Argentina link the club to Estudiantes center back Gonzalez Pirez.

Minnesota United Sign Defender Vadim Demidov
The club added the journeyman Norwegian to the roster using Targeted Allocation Money.

Finnish Midfielder Reportedly Close to Signing with Minnesota United
Swedish media outlets are reporting that Rasmus Schüller is close to a deal that will send him to Minnesota from the Allsvenskan.

Report: Portland Timbers Submit Offer for Argentine Midfielder Sebastian Blanco
The Portland Timbers’ search for a new winger may be drawing to a close according to reports out of Argentina and the US today that are linking the side to a $4.5 million move.

US Soccer News

Report: CONCACAF Gold Cup to expand to 16 teams in 2019
Expansion is the new bacon.

Injury Forces Bill Hamid to Withdraw from January Camp
No replacement will be named for Hamid as the MNT enters January Camp with David Bingham, Stefan Frei, Nick Rimando and Luis Robles as goalkeeping options.

Rest of the World News

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup
The new format, which will see the finals comprising 16 groups of three teams before a 32-team knockout stage, was voted for unanimously by the FIFA Council at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

FIFA World Cup expansion: The pros, many cons of growing to 48
FIFA's expansion to a 48-team World Cup will be seen as the ruining of soccer's showcase event.