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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Reviewing Sergio Santos’ 2020 season

Atlanta hires a new manager, McKennie named U.S. player of the Year, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Season In Review: Sergio Santos
This season, Santos’ pace left opposing defenders in the dust and on edge that led to a team-high eight goals. As Santos’ chemistry grew with fellow striker Kacper Przybylko, Santos’ offense grew.

MLS News

Gabriel Heinze is Atlanta United’s new manager
This puts to rest a six-month long search for Frank de Boer’s replacement. Heinze’s arrival in Atlanta is clearly an aim to return the team back to its original roots of being exciting and attacking. The former Velez Sarsfield manager is known for his Marcelo Bielsa-inspired style of high pressing and extreme width.

Bob Bradley admits LAFC’s Champions League clash vs. América ‘big challenge’
LAFC were good value for their win against Cruz Azul Wednesday in the CCL quarterfinal. However, Cruz Azul were a club in disarray, being without a permanent manager and missing several key players. Bradley praised the talent on Club América and the coaching of their manager, Miguel Herrera, but Las Aguilas actually lost their game in the CCL restart, 1-0 to a fairly weak Atlanta United side, also on Wednesday.

Chicago Fire trade Brandt Bronico to Charlotte FC
As a part of the deal, the two teams will swap fourth-round picks in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. Additionally, a source tells Hot Time Charlotte verbally agreed not to select any Fire players in next year’s expansion draft.

Montreal Impact confirm “major identity change” for 2021
The Montreal Impact name has existed since 1992 when it was formed for the American Professional Soccer League following the dissolution of the Montreal Supra franchise. That legacy was then carried forward when the club joined MLS in 2012.

U.S. Soccer News

Weston McKennie named U.S. Soccer Men’s Player of the Year
He has been a finalist for the award the previous 3 years, but excelled this year in the voting, earning 44% of all votes. Christian Pulisic (27%) was second, followed by Sergiño Dest (14%).