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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union bring three players back for 2019

New MLS playoff format, MLS refs could go on strike and Jose Mourinho has left Manchester United

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Philadelphia Union News

Union bring back three players from 2018
Veteran left back Fabinho, midfielder Warren Creavalle and forward Kacper Przybylko have all signed new deals, the club announced on Monday morning.

MLS News

MLS announces new playoff format
Major League Soccer unveiled a sweeping overhaul of its playoffs on Monday, doing away with two-leg, aggregate series in favor of one-game series.

MLS referees on verge of striking
The union that represents referees who call MLS, NWSL and USL games across the United States and Canada has taken a strike authorization vote.

New England resigns Juan Agudelo
Throughout his time with the Revolution, Agudelo has racked up 32 goals and 14 assists over 128 appearances since 2013. Agudelo ended the 2018 season with three goals and four helpers.

Brad Evans announces retirement
Brad Evans formally announced his retirement on Monday, calling an end to a career that spanned 12 MLS seasons, featuring eight major trophies and 27 United States national team caps.

Houston trades 2020 draft pick to Montreal for Chris Duvall
Duvall has previously played with the New York Red Bulls and has experience playing in CONCACAF Champion’s League.

Toronto exercises right to buy option on defender Auro
After his impressive debut campaign, Toronto FC have exercised the option to buy Auro from Brazilian club Sao Paulo. The defender played in 18 league matches with Toronto FC last season, registering three assists.

Rest of the World News

Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United
The Mourinho era has officially ended, leaving the club to search for their “fourth Alex Ferguson replacement.”

Champions League draw results sees Germans and English face off
Bayern Munich and Liverpool, who are both five-time winners of the competition, will meet in a competitive game for the first time since 2001, while Spurs face Dortmund and City play Schalke in the other clashes between English and German opposition.

Europa League draw provides some interesting matchups
Arsenal will face Belarusian side BATE Borisov in the Europa League round of 32, while Chelsea have been drawn against Sweden’s Malmo.