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Daily news roundup: Union play tomorrow, Aaronson and McKenzie earn honors

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Union

Tomorrow night is a big game as the Union take on Toronto FC in a battle for the top of the table. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Subaru Park. Check out our match preview later today, and read the injury report here.

Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie both earned top spots in the league’s 22 Under 22 list, with McKenzie taking third and Aaronson taking first.

Matt Doyle explains why Anthony Fontana missed out on 22 Under 22 list.

The kid is no longer a teenager! Happy belated 20th birthday, Brenden.

MLS

Here is the full 22 Under 22 list.

Last night the Sounders scored a stoppage time equalizer to tie the Timbers 1-1 in a clash for first place in the western conference.

Part of the field? In last night’s match Seattle midfielder Jordy Delem was injured his neck in a freak collision with referee Ismail Elfath.

Here’s something that makes sense regarding concussion protocol, experts are recommending a trial for head injury substitutions in matches.

Matt Doyle is revisiting one big question (again) for each MLS team.

Charles Boehm is really hoping an MLS team will rescue Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.

USA

The USMNT is still panning for two friendlies in the UK in November after both Australia and New Zealand pull out.

World

The Premier League, El Clásico and more are discussed in this weekend football countdown/news roundup inception.

How a European Super League could happen and spell doom for the Champions League.

The Champions League’s ultimate sleepers.

10 things to look out for in the Premier League this weekend.

Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, and Real Madrid let Pharrell take a spin at redesigning their jerseys.

4 Comments

  1. Matt Doyle’s explanation on Fontana being left off the list has some truth to it, but I think he is missing what numbers aren’t telling you. He does touch on it, but then discards it. It being Fontana’s movement. His movement is elite right now. He makes runs others don’t. He attacks. Even when he passes back under pressure, he moves towards goal in expectation of the return pass. It’s not just about retreating and resetting.
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    I don’t think Fontana is a classic playmaker nor should he try to be. He’s a “volume” forward. He’ll connect and move. He’ll go forward and attack. He’ll make runs to open spaces for others. He’ll shoot without fear. Someone said it before, he’s what we all hoped/thought Alberg would be, but more active.
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    Coaches, pundits, players, are always talking about being “positive” with the football. Fontana is that player that consistently plays that way. He plays carefree and joyfull. He’s been undeniable. Play him.

    • Agreed on all accounts.
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      I’m loving the Fontana bloom, and it’s a moment to behold. He plays fearlessly, positively, confidently. And it’s while being benched the game after he had a brace, while he’s been substituted after putting in a brilliant 60min shift.
      That alone turns my head. It tells me he’s becoming a mature player who gets himself in the headspace for whenever he’s called on.
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      Can’t wait to see what happens when he’s given the keys to the car.

  2. Serginio Dest to be the first American to start in an El Classico!

  3. It’s odd seeing Barca in a 4-2-3-1……..not in the traditional 4-3-3.

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