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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union welcome Blake back

Aaronson still needs work, MLS Team of the Week and the Gold Cup preliminary squads announced

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Philadelphia Union News

Union observations: Brenden Aaronson’s big game also shows what he needs to improve
Brenden Aaronson’s game against the Seattle Sounders was perhaps the best of his Union career to date.

Philadelphia Union happy to welcome back Andre Blake in low-key style
It’s perhaps an indicator of how well the Philadelphia Union have played this season, with and without him, that goalkeeper Andre Blake’s return to the starting lineup on Saturday night after missing four games was not the headline-grabbing story it may have been in previous seasons.

Philadelphia Union needs to be more efficient breaking down bunkered defenses at home
The difference between Saturday’s draw and the victory over FC Dallas was the lack of accuracy in front of the net out of Jim Curtin’s side.

MLS News

USMNT great Beasley announces that he will retire at end of 2019 MLS season
Just before his 37th birthday, the veteran has declared his 20th professional season will be his final one.

MLS Team of the Week: Chris Wondolowski wows in Week 12
This week’s spotlight player is San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, who scored four goals in a 4-1 win over Chicago Fire on Saturday.

78 MLS players named to preliminary rosters for 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup
Seventy-eight MLSers have been named to preliminary squads, with the USMNT leading the way with 24 MLS players on their squad. Canada have called 18 players from the league while Mexico have named three.

U.S. Soccer News

USMNT names 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster
The United States Men’s National Team now has a list of players that are eligible for the final 23-man roster that will compete in the confederation’s tournament.