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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Mark McKenzie nominated for award

The MLS Cup Final is set, transfer rumors are abound, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Mark McKenzie nominated for US Soccer Young Player of the Year
The 19-year-old center back from Bear, Delaware has already been a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year and recently was named to the Best XI for the CONCACAF U20 championship after helping anchor a defense that conceded only twice in eight games.

MLS News

Atlanta to host the MLS Cup Final after advancing past NYRB
Atlanta was smart and pragmatic, defending with nine players throughout, and the Red Bulls had 13 shots — six on frame — and 68.7 percent possession.

Portland defeats Kansas City 3-2 in action packed Western Final
Sebastian Blanco opened the scoring with a thunderous strike and Diego Valeri finished off the home side with a second half brace.

New Contract for Montreal Goalkeeper Evan Bush
The 32-year-old, who led MLS with 132 saves this season, would be in line for a hefty raise, which would earn him more than $1 million a year.

Newcastle United to hold talks with Atlanta over Miguel Almiron
The Paraguayan has already been linked to Arsenal, West Ham, and Tottenham Hotspur, and as we found out on Wednesday, Newcastle United looks to be the latest Premier League team to show interest in the midfielder.

Real Salt Lake linked with Argentine striker
Real Salt Lake has been linked with Argentine striker Germán Cano, a striker who has spent his career hopping around South and Central America.

Rest of the World News

Europa League Review
Wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and Celtic in the Europa League while ten-man Rangers held Villarreal to a goalless draw.

Boca and River to play final in Madrid on December 9th
South American football’s governing body also said that River Plate will receive a $400,000 fine and will play their next two continental home matches behind closed doors.