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Toronto hires a new manager, MLS Draft Big Board, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union Birthday: Ray Gaddis
Gaddis was drafted in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Boys in Blue and after nine years with the squad he owns the franchise record for most career matches (220) and minutes played (18,702).

MLS News

Toronto FC reportedly appoint Chris Armas as head coach
Armas becomes the 10th head coach in club history. The 48-year-old Bronx, New York native emerged as an MLS manager in 2018 when he took over from Jesse Marsch as Red Bulls’ head coach when Marsch departed for RB Leipzig during the 2018 season.

The SBI 2021 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 1.0)
This year’s draft pool is once again stocked with international players, a tricky proposition for teams that are only allowed a limited number of international slots.

Top of the shopping list for each MLS Western Conference team
Please keep in mind that while deals can be agreed upon now, nothing becomes officially official until the MLS transfer window opens on February 10. It will then stay open until May.

Colorado Rapids acquire Michael Barrios from FC Dallas
The 29-year-old Barrios has been with Dallas since he came to MLS in 2015 and is the club’s second all-time leader in combined goals and assists (75). He’s been among the league’s top assist leaders twice: T-4 in 2017 and T-3 in 2019. He primarily played on the wing for Dallas but can also play a more forward role.

Orlando City Re-Signs Defender Robin Jansson to New Contract
Jansson had his option year picked up after the 2020 season but the Lions rewarded his solid play with a new two-year deal with two additional option years that could see the Beefy Swede remain in a purple kit through 2024.

US Soccer News

Edu, Onyewu, Pearce headline first-year eligible players for Hall of Fame
Each voter will select 10 candidates and any player receiving 66.7% or higher will earn their place in the Hall of Fame. Players receiving less than five percent will be removed from contention until they are eligible for the veteran ballot.