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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Andre Blake named to Team of the Week

Monteiro loan extended, Toronto FC signs a USMNT member and who’s been fouled the most in MLS?

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Philadelphia Union News

Andre Blake named to MLS Team of the Week
Andre Blake is the Union’s security blanket, and he has been for a while. This season, Blake hasn’t had to be the team’s savior that often this season, but on Sunday he did.

Monteiro loan extended another six months
Philadelphia Union midfielder Jamiro Monteiro’s loan from FC Metz has been extended through the end of the season, but his future with the club beyond 2019 remains uncertain.

Union observations: A team record for blocked shots as defense steps up when it counts
The Union’s 3-2 win at Minnesota United on Sunday was full of story lines, some of which flew under the radar as the ball flew up and down the field.

MLS News

Toronto FC sign Omar Gonzalez
Toronto FC is expected to use targeted allocation money (TAM) and the top spot in the MLS allocation list to realize this move.

MLS Team of the Week: Carles Gil highlights Week 14
This week’s spotlight player is New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil, who set up both goals in a 2-1 win at the LA Galaxy on Sunday. Gil had 1,106 points, best in MLS for the week.

Vela, Lodeiro or someone else: Who has been fouled most in MLS this season?
Vela has been fouled second-most in MLS this season (47), behind only Nico Lodeiro (56), but he isn’t atop the fouls per 90 minutes list, minimum 500 minutes.

Rest of the World News

How Jordan Henderson became Liverpool’s leader in the Champions League glory
A large portion of Liverpool’s fan base has arguably been most unkind to the midfielder, too. Inside the club, however, Henderson is lionised, which was so emotively illustrated after the Champions League final victory in Madrid.

CONCACAF ‘open’ to competition with CONMEBOL
The head of CONCACAF says it could work with South America on a future tournament, if the project is based on soccer development rather than money.