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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union confirmed for Pot 1 in Champions League Draw

Union to unveil new jersey in February, MLS CBA extended for one week and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union to unveil new jersey next week
The email for the unveiling refers to the jersey as “an electric new Philadelphia Union kit” and includes the Philadelphia Union logo in Philadelphia city (and Sons of Ben) colors teased on the Union’s social media accounts on Thursday that kickstarted a range of speculation online.

Union in Pot 1 for 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League draw
Concacaf has confirmed the draw procedures and pots for the 2021 edition of the Confederation’s flagship club competition, the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. The made-for-tv live event will take place Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm EST.

MLS News

MLS, players’ union agree to extend CBA talks one week
The two sides have also agreed to a regular schedule of meetings during that period.

A closer look at the Aaron Long-Liverpool link, and why it makes plenty of sense
Liverpool’s centerback stable has been beset by injuries, and finding suitable depth replacements at a discount isn’t exactly an easy proposition. Long is strong, athletic, experienced, qualifies for a UK work permit, and would not require a loan fee, making him a potential bargain addition who could actually be a capable fill-in when called upon.

Kelyn Rowe officially joins Sounders
From 2012-17, Rowe averaged about 4.7 goals and 6.3 assists per season. In the three years since, he has just one goal and four assists in total and has failed to reach 1,000 minutes in either of the last two seasons while playing for three different teams.

Sources: Portland Timbers finalizing signing of Chivas, Mexico int’l defender Josecarlos Van Rankin
Van Rankin, 27, had spent his entire career in his native country and made his debut with the Mexican national team in 2018. He spent 2020 on loan with Santos Laguna, where he made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice. He broke through with Pumas and made 173 appearances with the club before joining Chivas in 2018.