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Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/10/17

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MLS and USA soccer news, and European WCQ results

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MLS News

Ike Opara voted 2017 MLS defender of the year
Opara anchored the best defense in MLS.

MLS Awards: Andrea Pirlo and Kaka lead Goal's MLS Overpaid XI
New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo failed to live up to his massive salary in 2017, and he wasn't the only high-profile MLS player to do so.

NYCFC Among Teams Interested in Miguel Ibarra
Minnesota United winger Miguel Ibarra could be on his way out after falling out of favor down the stretch of the MLS season.

Major League Soccer use of VAR a success says Howard Webb
The launch of Video Assistant Review (VAR) has been a success in MLS, according to the man in charge of its installation, Howard Webb.

Rodriguez: Biggest snubs of US national team roster for Portugal friendly
The US national team will kick off a new cycle in their history on Tuesday, when they face Portugal in Leiria in a friendly.

Major League Soccer use of VAR a success says Howard Webb
The launch of Video Assistant Review (VAR) has been a success in MLS, according to the man in charge of its installation, Howard Webb.

US Soccer News

Landon Donovan explains why he won't run for US Soccer president
After considering a run for the federation's president, USMNT great Landon Donovan has ruled himself out of contention.

Rest of the World News

Controversial penalty hands Switzerland first-leg win vs. N. Ireland
Northern Ireland experienced their own Thierry Henry moment in a World Cup playoff as Switzerland gained the upper hand in Belfast with a controversially-awarded penalty.

Croatia open three-goal lead over Greece after playoff first leg
Croatia put one foot toward a place in Russia next year with a 4-1 win over Greece in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Thursday.