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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Daniel Gazdag earns place on latest Team of the Week

MLS Power Rankings, USMNT announces December camp and friendly and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Daniel Gazdag named to MLS Team of the Week
In the midweek fixture at Toronto FC, Gazdag set up the key pass to captain Alejandro Bedoya inside the opening minute for the early lead. Gazdag wasn’t done with yet another early match play against FC Cincinnati with an 11th minute goal and then a secondary assist on the insurance goal by Paxten Aaronson.

MLS News

Still alive, barely: LAFC 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 1
In a six pointer against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and a spot in the postseason on the line, the black and gold needed the win at home if they wanted to keep control of their destiny heading into Decision Day. Despite not getting the win, they were able to avoid the loss, finishing the match in a somewhat disappointing, 1-1 draw.

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 34
The back-end of the MLS season is always an exciting time, and this year is no exception as both conferences feature multiple teams in a dead heat for Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoff positioning during this final push.

MLS Power Rankings: NYCFC, Vancouver surge after Weeks 33 & 34
Union drop to sixth place in this week’s MLS Power Rankings.

Team of the Week: Minnesota, NYCFC ride Week 34 surge into Decision Day
Decision Day is nearly here, but first Week 34 twisted the 2021 MLS Cup Playoff pressure screw even further, with Minnesota United FC and New York City FC among those leading the latest Team of the Week.

Kevin Gilmore steps down as CEO of CF Montréal
In what it described as a “mutual decision amongst all parties involved,” CF Montréal said Tuesday that president and CEO Kevin Gilmore is leaving his role effective immediately.

U.S. Soccer News

USMNT announce December training camp, friendly vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina
To prepare for their crucial three-match World Cup qualifier window in late January, the U.S. will hold a training camp in Carson, CA beginning on December 5th. The camp will culminate with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 18th. That match will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET and air on FS1 and TUDN.

Rest of the World News

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, ex-UEFA president Michel Platini indicted on fraud charges
The 85-year-old Blatter and 66-year-old Platini now face a trial at federal criminal court in Bellinzona. They could be jailed for several years if found guilty, though Swiss cases often take years to reach a conclusion.