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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Trio of starters expect to be back for playoffs

Union stat leaders, San Jose retains Almeyda and more in today’s links

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union “fully confident” that injured starters will return for playoffs
The Philadelphia Union expect to have key starters Alejandro Bedoya, Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos healthy and available for their 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Round One match vs. the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 20.

2019 Union statistical leaders for the regular season
While the attention is rightfully turned to the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, it’s only right to give some shoutouts for the Boys in Blue that led the squad on the pitch based solely on the statistics.

MLS News

San Jose Earthquakes offer new contract to captain Chris Wondolowski
The new offer will allow the all-time MLS goal scoring leader to retire with the Quakes.

Chicago Fire vow to add star power for Soldier Field return: “We’ll fill this stadium”
As for who will be in charge of recruiting those new players, no final decisions have yet been made. Paunovic and general manager Nelson Rodriguez both have contracts for next season, and Paunovic says it hasn’t been confirmed to him one way or the other if he’ll be at the helm in 2020.

FC Cincinnati announces roster, contract decisions for 2020
The club’s composition following Wednesday announcements by FC Cincinnati is far from a final roster for the 2020 season, although the announcements made underscored forthcoming changes for the club after a 6-22-6 record in 2019.

Matias Almeyda stays on as Earthquakes boss, spurns Liga MX offer
Ever since Almeyda was named the Quakes manager last year there have been varying levels of speculation that Almeyda would depart. Various reports last week had Almeyda exiting the Quakes to join up with Los Rayados, who have been without a full-time manager since firing Diego Alonso on Sept. 30.

Tim Howard: A final goodbye to my fans
Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, after a 3-1 loss to LAFC that officially ended our Colorado Rapids season, I walked off the field as a professional football player for the 815th and very last time. Before stepping across the end line, I paused, said a brief prayer, kissed my gloves and pointed to the sky. Then I went on my way.