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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Tanner discusses Union’s offseason plans

MLS Cup Tactical preview, the greatest 25 players in MLS history and more in today’s links

Matt Ralph

Philadelphia Union News

Ernst Tanner discusses Philadelphia Union’s offseason plans
Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner spoke with Fox Sports The Gambler on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a handful of topics as the team enters its offseason period. Tanner discussed the success from the 2020 Major League Soccer season, the sale of Brenden Aaronson, Cory Burke’s contract and much more.

MLS News

Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of the 25th MLS Cup
Columbus Crew SC will host the MLS Cup final at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday against the reigning champion Seattle Sounders FC. It has been the weirdest year in MLS history, but this match-up feels not weird at all.

The 25 Greatest MLS Players of all time
As part of the continued celebration of its 25th season, a special panel of nearly 200 MLS experts from across North America was brought together to select the 25 players who achieved the most on the field, advanced the league off the field and helped lay the foundation and set the course for MLS’s next 25 years.

MLS Cup 2020: Most important signings for Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew SC
It wouldn’t be much fun to just list off the club’s five best or most expensive players, so we’ll break it into five categories: Designated Player, homegrown or SuperDraft, trade then another domestic and international addition.

The arc of MLS history is a straight, steel beam from Mapfre Stadium
It has been just about two years since the Crew was saved for Columbus. It’ll be another seven months or so before the team is moved into its new (and stunning) Downtown stadium. And here are the Black & Gold with a chance to win the MLS Cup at old Crew Stadium, a hallowed, if not aesthetically beautiful, grounds.

On Matt Besler, the last of his kind, let go by Sporting Kansas City
Matt Besler has lived a charmed soccer life. He’s worked for it, but he’s also had good fortune. That’s how the best careers go, and no matter what happens from here his name will someday be painted on the wall at Children’s Mercy Park next to other Sporting Kansas City legends.

U.S. Soccer News

U.S. Soccer announce men’s players of the year nominees
Voting for the award will run through December 16th, with the winners announced on December 18th. Voting for the men’s awards will come from all United States Men’s National Team players who earned a cap in 2020, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, MLS and USL head coaches, select media members and former players and administrators.

Rest of the World News

Breaking down the possible Champions League matchups
The Round of 16 draw will take place in Nyon, Switzerland on December 14th at 6 a.m. EST. Round of 16 first legs matchups are scheduled for February 16th, 17th and 23rd, 24th. Return legs will be played on March 9th, 10th and 16th, 17th.

Europa League scores: Napoli, Real Sociedad, Young Boys advance on Matchday 6; Tottenham win group
There were 62 goals scored throughout the matches, including some thrilling final moments out of Group F with Napoli and Real Sociedad playing to a draw and both advancing out of the group.