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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union’s wait for first trophy extended

Union lose, MLS Weekend review and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union suffer a late defeat against the Columbus Crew
The 2-1 loss puts the Union’s Supporters’ Shield hopes on hold until next weekend.

Union can clinch Champions League berth with draw in Columbus-Orlando City match Wednesday
Because Toronto FC can’t clinch a Champions League berth by winning the Supporters’ Shield, the Union can clinch the berth ahead of Sunday’s Decision Day.

MLS News

2020 Supporters’ Shield: Best regular season team to be decided on Decision Day
A total of four teams are currently in the race: Along with the Union (2 points per game) and Toronto FC (2 ppg), the teams that still have Shield dreams are the Columbus Crew SC (1.81 ppg) and the Portland Timbers (1.81 ppg). The latter two teams will need to win in midweek to keep up the chase into the final day.

Sunday MLS Rewind: NYCFC routs Red Bulls, Crew top Union, and more
New York City FC isn’t in the Supporters’ Shield race, but its 5-2 mauling of the New York Red Bulls certainly sent a message to the rest of the league. Ronny Deila’s men made it three wins in a row to stay within striking distance of Orlando City for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday MLS Rewind: FC Dallas wins Texas Derby, Fire tie Nashville SC
Two MLS matches took place on Halloween with only one team claiming a full three points in its biggest rivalry match of the season.

Pablo Ruiz signs contract extension, Real Salt Lake announce
Midfielder Pablo Ruiz has been signed a contract extension with Real Salt Lake, the club announced Sunday morning. The deal is set to keep the Argentine-Chilean at RSL until 2025.