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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Reviewing Jamiro Monteiro’s season

2020 MLS Cup preview, Columbus will be missing some key players for MLS Cup, and more in today’s links

SOCCER: NOV 24 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Round One - New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Season in Review: Jamiro Monteiro
While Designated Players are traditionally expected to score goals, Monteiro’s role with the Union was to be the key cog in the middle of the park. While the Cape Verde international notched four goals and added four assists, his relentless effort match in and match out jumped out of the screen.

Ray Gaddis selected as recipient of Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Achievement
The award will be handed out by United Soccer Coaches. According to a news release, the award is presented annually to “a former collegiate soccer student-athlete who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments and service beyond the sport itself.”

The Union and how they fit into the Philadelphia sports narrative
This season could have been a typical Philadelphia-like season. Expectations were high following a good season, ending up high in the table and winning the aforementioned playoff game. There was quality and depth at every position – the only real question mark was at the defensive midfield in the post-Medunjanin era.

MLS News

Columbus Crew SC vs. Seattle Sounders: 2020 MLS Cup tale of the tape for each position
Who has the edge in 2020 MLS Cup? Is it the Seattle Sounders, a veteran team competing in their fourth final in five years? Or Columbus Crew SC, who have home-field advantage Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Crew look to win MLS Cup for the missing Pedro Santos and Darlington Nagbe
Thursday evening, the Columbus Crew announced that midfielder Darlington Nagbe and winger Pedro Santos will be unavailable for the MLS Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium. Both players were listed as “not medically cleared to play” by the Crew and are absent for the season finale of 2020.

Austin FC’s goals, thoughts heading into Expansion Draft
Austin FC will have less than 48 hours to dive through the official list of unprotected players as they will make five selections in the Expansion Draft, adding a handful of players to the roster which currently have just two on it.

MLS Cup winners to get commemorative silver crest as part of new championship designation system
As part of the continued celebration of Major League Soccer’s 25th season, the winners of Saturday’s MLS Cup between the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders won’t just be getting their hands on the historic Philip F. Anschutz Trophy. They’ll also become the first club to be honored by a new system designed to further elevate the reigning champions.