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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Canada wins Gold Medal in Women’s Soccer defeating Sweden in penalty kick

Rounding up the last secondary MLS Transfer Window deals, Mexico beats Japan in the Men’s Bronze Medal game and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

New England Revolution 0 Nashville SC 0: 3 thoughts
The Union’s next game is Sunday as they go on the road to face the Eastern Conference leading New England Revolution, let's see how their last game went.

MLS News

Weekend Cheat Sheet: Your guide to what to watch for in Week 18
Get a jump start on the weekend by reading all about the matchups in MLS.

Atlanta United sign forward Luiz Araújo from Lille
Araújo was a member of the Mirassol and São Paulo youth setups in his native Brazil, also featuring in the São Paulo side that won the U-20 Copa Libertadores. In 2017, he signed for then-manager Marcelo Bielsa and Lille, recording 4 goals and 2 assists through 28 matches as it won its 4th league title in club history.

FC Cincinnati and GM Gerard Nijkamp mutually agree to part ways
Nijkamp was hired in May of 2019 to be the club’s general manager. His tenure will be noted for record breaking signings, the rapid development of the academy, but also many players that failed to live up to the expectations of the club and it’s fans.

Galaxy continue signing spree, add defender Niko Hamalainen to bolster roster
A Miami native, the versatile Hamalainen, 24, can play either outside back position or in the midfield. He made 23 appearances across all competitions for Queens Park Rangers last season.

FC Cincinnati sign defender Tyler Blackett from Nottingham Forest
Blackett is a product of the Manchester United FC youth system and played 11 matches in the 2014-15 English Premier League season before moving on to other clubs.

NYCFC trade Sebastien Ibeagha to LAFC in exchange for $150,000
Ibeagha, 29, joined New York City FC prior to the 2018 season. Then the reigning USL Defender of the Year, the Nigerian-born defender made his first MLS appearances with NYCFC en route to becoming a mainstay depth piece behind regulars Maxime Chanot and Alexander Callens, and even filled in at right back on occasion.

Minnesota United acquires Honduran midfielder Joseph Rosales on 18-month loan
Rosales can play both central midfield and left back, Loons coach Adrian Heath said in a team statement Friday that announced the deal.

Sounders make two big signings at transfer deadline
In addition to landing a long-sought U22 Initiative player by signing Léo Chú from Gremio, they also acquired Frenchman Nicolas Benezet in a trade with the Colorado Rapids.

Whitecaps shake up back line with addition of Earthquakes’ Florian Jungwirth
The 32-year-old Jungwirth has only known San Jose as home since coming to the Quakes in 2017, being twice named the team’s defensive player of the year, and developing a reputation for sturdy play and stable leadership.

Rest of the World News

Canada win Olympic gold after dramatic penalty shootout
Canada won gold in the Olympic women’s soccer tournament on Friday after a 3-2 sudden-death penalty shootout win against Sweden, following a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.

Mexico beat Japan in men’s bronze medal match
First-half goals from Francisco Cordova and Johan Vasquez put El Tri in control and Alexis Vega added a third after the break before Kaoru Mitoma got a late consolation in a repeat of the 1968 bronze medal match, which Japan won in Mexico City.

Tottenham sign Argentina defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta
The 23-year-old impressed at Atalanta as he helped Gian Piero Gasperini’s side to a third-place finish in Serie A. Romero was named Serie A Defender of the Year at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.