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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union’s biggest 2019 home games

Replacing Medunjanin, final 2019 MLS Power Rankings and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Defining home games of the Union’s 2019 season
Talen Energy Stadium has been full of great moments and we’re looking back at the Union’s season-defining home games.

Replacing the registas
The defensive central midfielder for the Philadelphia Union, Haris Medunjanin, is 34 years old. The defensive central midfielder for Bethlehem Steel FC, James Chambers, is 32. As Sporting Director Ernst Tanner considers the longer-term strengthening of both clubs, finding the next set of long-range distributors has to be on his list.

MLS News

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC wrap up historic season on top
The Union end the season in the sixth spot of the MLS power rankings.

Why all 14 playoff teams could lift MLS Cup - and why they won’t
In the regular season’s afterglow, playoff hopes will never be higher for many, which is why ESPNFC detailed precisely why each team can win MLS Cup ... and, similarly, why each can’t.

Rebuilding or retooling? What all eliminated clubs will focus on this offseason
For 10 MLS clubs, the offseason is longer than the rest. For some, their 2019 seasons have been long over, with focus shifting to 2020. Not all eliminated teams are created equal; every situation is different. This offseason, is it a rebuild or a retooling?

Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces His Retirement
Basti spent the vast majority of his club career with Bayern Munich, coming up through their youth system and breaking into the senior first team in 2002.

Piatti Mystery Surrounds Impact End of Season Press Conference
After initially declaring this would be his last season in Bleu/Blanc/Noir, Piatti seemed to have a change of heart recently. He has been quoted on more than one occasion stating a preference to remain in Montreal, and it was really up to the club to decide if it wanted to exercise the additional 12-month option.

Miles Robinson pens deal with Atlanta United through 2023
According to the MLS Players’ Association, Robinson was on a contract with a Base Salary of $145,000.08 and Guaranteed Salary totaling $201,250.08.

Report: D.C. United among possible MLS destinations for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud
Dan Riccio of Vancouver sports radio station Sportsnet 650 has linked Chelsea striker and France international Olivier Giroud with at least some interest in a move to the District.

U.S. Soccer News

Jozy Altidore withdraws from USMNT roster due to injury
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter opted not to replace Altidore on the roster, so the roster stands at 25 players as the team prepares for its debut in the Concacaf Nations League.