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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Five players to watch in 2019

Preseason rankings, Concacaf Champions League results and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

C.J. Sapong worked his butt off for the Union
No matter how Union fans feel about Sapong’s four years in Chester, his spirit and work rate are undeniable. Here’s a guy who literally broke his face on his Union debut, playing just 45 minutes before suffering a concussion and Zygomatic fracture.

Bethlehem Steel sign Issa Rayyan
Philadelphia Union Academy grad Issa Rayyan will not be staying at Duke University, after all.

Five Union players to watch in 2019
With unexpected players stepping into starting roles last season and a diverse mix of new players joining the Union in the offseason, there will be a lot of individuals to look out for on the pitch in 2019.

MLS News

Preseason Power Rankings
The Union begin the power rankings this year in the number 12 position

The six ways to build an MLS squad
By a combination of legitimate financial concerns, cheapskate owners, and a tight business relationship with U.S. Soccer, MLS is a boondoggle of bizarre rules.

Toronto loses 5-1 on aggregate to Independiente FC, bounced from Champions League
The Reds came away from the home leg with a 1-1 draw, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 4-0 deficit they saddled themselves with in last week’s away leg.

Houston wins 2-1, 3-1 on aggregate to advance in the Champions League
After a long delay due to rain storms and the ensuing lightening in the area the Houston Dynamo and CD Guastatoya got under way at 9:30 pm CT under soggy conditions with rain continuing during the game.

US Soccer News

Josh Sargent signs new long-term deal with Werder Bremen
The 19-year-old American has appeared in just nine games for the Bundesliga side but had already reportedly drawn the interest of several clubs. With him only on an entry level contact, Bremen were smart enough to lock him down for the foreseeable future.

US Soccer proposes a joint North and South American tournament in 2020
The letter, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN FC, proposes a tournament that will in many ways mirror the Copa America Centenario that was hosted by the U.S. in 2016. The invitees will consist of all 10 CONMEBOL countries as well as six CONCACAF nations.

Rest of the World News

Brendan Rodgers appointed new manager at Leicester City
The Brodge is back in the Premier League!