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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Seattle advances to MLS Cup

Former Unioner Pontius retires, key players re-sign and more in today’s links

MLS: MLS Cup Conference Finals-Seattle Sounders FC at Los Angeles FC Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Chris Pontius announces retirement
Over two seasons with the Union, Pontius had 14 goals and 12 assists in 63 appearances and 59 starts.

MLS News

Sounders score one of the biggest upsets in MLS history
Even after giving up the game’s first goal, the Sounders were the better team for much of the first half and went into halftime leading 2-1 on goals from Raúl Ruidíaz and Nicolas Lodeiro. LAFC dominated the second half, but Ruidiaz struck again to provide the winning 3-1 margin.

Portland Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco signs multi-year contract extension
Blanco, 31, came to the Timbers in 2017 and the midfielder/forward has scored 29 goals and added 32 assists in 108 appearances (102 starts) across all competitions. He had seven goals and 13 assists in the 2019 season.

San Jose Earthquakes acquire Judson permanently after year-long loan
The 26-year-old Judson was acquired on a season-long loan prior to the 2019 season, and made 27 MLS appearances (23 starts). He recorded 3.5 tackles per match, second-most in MLS and most among midfielders.

Ike Opara and Michael Boxall re-sign with MNUFC
2019 Defender of the Year Ike Opara and his Centerback counterpart, Michael Boxall have re-signed with MNUFC shortly into the 2019-20 offseason.

Dome Torrent hints at desire to leave New York City FC
Torrent has been critical of the club and said whether he returns as coach ‘does not matter.’