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Brotherly Game Daily Links: El Brujo extends his stay in with the Union

Aaronson records first European assist, MLS advises teams to prepare for lockout and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union signs Jose Martinez to new contract
Under the terms of the new deal, the 26-year-old midfielder from Venezuela will be under contract with the club through 2022 with club options for 2023 and 2024.

Homegrowns Abroad: Aaronson makes first start and adds assist
After making his first appearance for FC Red Bull Salzburg on Sunday, former Philadelphia Union homegrown Brenden Aaronson reached a couple more milestones as he helped his club to a 3-0 win over SV Ried 1912 in Tipico Bundesliga play.

MLS News

MLS memo advises teams, staff to prepare for lockout
The memo, sent by MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, comes ahead of a Jan. 29 (midnight, Jan. 28) deadline to negotiate a revised collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between MLS and the MLS Players’ Association.

How Chicago Fire FC are approaching their rebrand for 2022
After criticism of the Fire Crown, they’ve taken a dramatically different approach to its replacement, scheduled for a 2022 rollout. The Fire are spearheading a months-long process intended to enlist a variety of stakeholders representing a broad swath of not only the community around the club, but of Chicagoland as a whole.

Report: Boca Juniors interested in Chicago Fire midfielder Gaston Gimenez
However, a club source tells MLSsoccer.com that Gimenez regularly receives interest from teams around the world but there’s no chance that he’ll depart the Fire this winter.

New York Red Bulls loan Tom Edwards from Stoke City for 2021 season
Edwards developed in the Stoke City youth system before making his professional debut in October 2017 against Manchester City. The England native has made 51 appearances across all competitions for Stoke City, supplying one goal and one assist.