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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Reviewing El Brujo’s debut Union season

Conference Finals preview, MLS making contingency plans for MLS Cup Final and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Season In Review: Jose “El Brujo” Martinez
Few players made an imprint on the 2020 MLS season quite like the one Jose Andres “El Brujo” Martinez made. Initially seen as a longer-term project, Martinez took little time to leave an impression on his newest club’s faithful followers.

MLS News

Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of the MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals
The Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs are into their final stages, and the Conference Finals are set. So let’s take a look.

MLS making contingency plans for final, could use neutral site
One source stressed that such plans constituted a “backup to the backup” and that MLS still intends to play the final at the venue of the higher-seeded team.

Timbers trade Julio Cascante to Austin FC, negotiations ongoing for Felipe Mora
Cascante joined Portland back in 2018 and made 48 appearances with the club. The 27-year-old defender only made appearances in five matches this year, however.

Report: Gabriel Heinze “one step away” from becoming Atlanta United manager
Heinze was most recently with Velez Sarsfield, a club he departed on his own accord after 3 seasons. Before that, the 42-year-old managed Godoy Cruz and Argentinos Juniors.

U.S. Soccer News

Updated: FIFA adds match dates to CONCACAF calendar
This means that, for all Concacaf teams, the September 2021, October 2021, January 2022, and March 2022 windows will now be 3 matches instead of two.