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Brotherly Game Daily Links: McKenzie and Aaronson finalists for Young U.S. Male Player of the Year

Cory Burke Year in Review, USMNT crush El Salvador and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union homegrown duo named finalists for U.S. Young Male Player of the Year
Union homegrowns Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie are both in the running for the nation’s top young player honor, along side Yunus Musah, Gio Reyna and Chris Richards.

Season In Review: Cory Burke
Cory Burke’s 2020 season was far different than the rest of his Philadelphia Union teammates. Not only did the Jamaican forward have to battle the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic brought upon the beautiful game, he too had to face trying to find form while in Europe in hopes of finding a way back to the team he loves.

MLS News

Inside Mauro Manotas transfer from the Houston Dynamo to Club Tijuana
A source tells the transfer fee is $4 million including add-ons while the club retain a sell-on percentage in the region of 25%.

Chicago Fire keep getting younger, signing 21-year-old Bulgarian winger Stanislav Ivanov
Ivanov turned pro at 16, and since then, he’s racked up 13 goals and 15 assists in 85 appearances for his club. That includes five appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

The transfer windows that remade Columbus Crew SC into an MLS Cup finalist
When Tim Bezbatchenko and Caleb Porter took charge of Columbus Crew SC ahead of the 2019 season, the pair of decorated MLS veterans inherited an interesting roster. There was Gyasi Zardes, reborn in Columbus, as well as defenders Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful and Milton Valenzuela, to name a few. The group had success in years prior but were in need of a refresh.

U.S. Soccer News

USMNT December 2020 Friendly - USA 6-0 El Salvador: giving the gift of goals
What seemed at least unexpected at the beginning of the year came to fruition on a Wednesday night in the greater Miami-South Florida-Region as a youthful, talented, and promising USMNT team took on El Salvador.

Rest of the World News

Wednesday UCL Rewind: Real Madrid, PSG win respective groups, and more
Real Madrid came into Wednesday’s match with its backs against the wall, but was able to punch its ticket into the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.