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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Reviewing the Union’s Centerbacks season

How will the 2020 season be remembered? MLS Draft 2021 format unveiled and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Season in Review: Defensive growth started with CB
For as long as there have been professional sports, fans have been privy to the old adage “the best offense is a good defense.” However, an elite defense can often be hard to quantify. In the case of the Union one needs look no further than their league-leading 20 goals against, including 9 shutouts, good for 0.87 goals against average in 2020.

How will the 2020 Union be remembered?
On the one hand, it was a success because of the Shield; on the other, it was a failure because of the playoffs. The Aaronson transfer was a mixed bag, and how do you even begin to quantify a semi-final finish in the MLS is Back Tournament?

MLS News

MLS SuperDraft 2021 to have three rounds, Austin FC get first pick
Clubs that received a 2021 fourth-round pick via trade will have a compensatory pick at the conclusion of the third round. Those teams include Inter Miami CF, Nashville SC, Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake.

Sources: LA Galaxy in talks to acquire Jorge Villafana from Portland Timbers
One proposal has the two teams swapping selections in the first round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, with the Timbers getting the Galaxy’s first round pick — No. 8 overall — while LA will obtain Portland’s selection, which is the 17th overall pick.

Inter Miami CF coach Diego Alonso reportedly contacted by Uruguayan club Penarol over manager role
Penarol president Ignacio Ruglio reportedly spoke with Alonso Monday night, expressing interest in him becoming their head coach, according to Uruguayan journalist Martin Charquero.

Fire expected to send Djordje Mihailovic to Montreal
A source confirmed reports that Mihailovic is expected to be traded to the Montreal Impact for $800,000 in guaranteed allocation money with another $200,000 if he hits performance benchmarks.

Rapids sign defender Auston Trusty to new contract through 2023
Trusty, 22, made eight appearances and started five games for the Rapids last season. The 6-foot-3, 187 pounder was acquired in 2019 via a trade with the Philadelphia Union, where he had made 56 starts from 2018-19. He was part of the U.S. men’s national team January 2019 camp.

Concacaf News

LAFC to play Club América Saturday in Concacaf Champions League semifinal
With a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal round Wednesday, LAFC have booked their ticket to the semifinal round, where they’ll play Club América in the CCL semifinal round. It’s a single elimination game, so the winner of that one will go to next week’s final.

Atlanta United loses to Club America 3-1 on aggregate, knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League
Needing to overcome a three-goal deficit from Leg 1, Atlanta United exited 2020 Concacaf Champions League contention Wednesday night despite beating Club America 1-0 in the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup. They lost the series 3-1 on aggregate, becoming the third MLS team to exit the continental tournament at this stage.