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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Andre Blake makes MLS Team of the Week

Six Union players called up to to national teams, MLS Team of the Week, and more in today’s links

Dylan Hickerson

Philadelphia Union News

Chris Albright departs hometown club to become FC Cincinnati general manager
Albright leaves his hometown club after serving as technical director for more than seven years. The former U.S. international made 10 appearances for the Philadelphia Union in his final two seasons in MLS in 2012 and 2013 and moved into a front office role shortly after hanging up his boots.

Big saves earns Andre Blake on MLS Team of the Week
The two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year was a brick wall once more, making a pair of huge second-half saves to earn his 10th clean sheet of the season.

Blake, Powell called up by Reggae Boyz for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Philadelphia Union announced today that Andre Blake and Alvas Powell have received an international call-up for Jamaica ahead of 2022 World Cup Qualifier matches. The duo is part of six call-ups in October which include Jose Martinez (Venezuela), Olivier Mbaizo (Cameroon), Jamiro Monteiro (Cape Verde) and Daniel Gazdag (Hungary).

Why the Union’s big win over Columbus was a big deal in the MLS playoff race
Led by Jack Elliott at both ends of the field, the Union jumped up in the standings and knocked the defending champion Crew down to six points back of the last playoff spot.

MLS News

MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders, CF Montréal wow in Week 29
Alejandro Bedoya made the bench for this week’s MLS Team of the Week.

How Lucas Zelarayan ended up with Armenia’s national team
Zelarayan, who was born and raised in Argentina, has Armenian heritage through his father. He always knew about those roots and the Armenian federation was well aware, too, gauging his interest in a potential switch a few years ago when the attacker was playing for Liga MX’s Tigres UANL. But he wasn’t ready at the time.

US Soccer News

John Brooks withdraws from USMNT due to injury
With Walker Zimmerman already called in to replace Tim Ream over the weekend, head coach Gregg Berhalter opted not to call in another player ahead of the first qualfier this Thursday against Jamaica. That leaves 26 players in the USMNT camp that opened today in Austin.

FIFA clears Galaxy’s Araujo to switch from United States to Mexico national team
As a dual national with Mexican family ties, Araujo was eligible within FIFA’s rules to switch national teams and was yet to play a competitive game for the U.S. senior team.