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Monday Roundup — Dec. 11, 2017

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News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in the soccer world. 

Welcome to Monday’s News Roundup. Here’s what you may have missed and what is still to come in the soccer world.

College Cup

On Sunday, No. 9 Stanford University captured its third consecutive National Championship, defeating No. 2 Indiana University 1-0 in the College Cup Final, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester.

It took 103 minutes and a determined play by midfielder, Sam Werner for the Cardinal to break down Indiana’s stingy defense.

Werner capitalized on Indiana’s failure to clear the ball from their own 18-yard-box. After stripping Indiana’s Griffin Dorsey, Werner released a quick shot that powered past the Hoosiers’ keeper.

Werner’s goal was just the seventh that Indiana allowed all season.

Stanford is the first team since the University of Virginia (1991-1994) to win three straight national championships.

Highlights

Notable Players on Stanford

Lancaster native, former PA Classics player, and Cardinal captain, Drew Skundrich, captured his third straight National Championship on Sunday.

For more on Skundrich, we recommend you check out Matt Ralph’s profile on the The Brotherly Game.

Another notable name on the Cardinal roster is former Malvern Prep and Philadelphia Union Youth Academy standout, Andrew Aphramian.

For more on Aphramian, we recommend you check out the Philadelphia Union’s latest article.

Philadelphia Union

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Union released its list of protected players ahead of the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft that is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The Expansion Draft provides Major League Soccer’s newest club in 2018, Los Angeles Football Club, the opportunity to add to their inaugural roster by selecting up to five unprotected players left from clubs around the league. LAFC are not permitted to draft more than one player from any one club.

Protected by the Union were Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jack Elliott, Marcus Epps, Fabinho, Fabian Herbers, Ilsinho, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault, Keegan Rosenberry and CJ Sapong.

Anthony Fontana, Derrick Jones, Adam Najem, Auston Trusty and Josh Yaro were also protected, as they are either Homegrown or Generation Adidas players.

The 2017 Expansion Draft is slated to begin at 2:00PM EST on Tuesday.

Major League Soccer 

MLS Cup Final 

Toronto Football Club avenged last year’s MLS Final loss to Seattle Sounders.

TFC defeated Seattle 2-0 in front of a raucous home crowd at BMO Field in Toronto. Jozy Altidore (67′) and Vincent Vázquez (90′ +4) both scored for the Reds and helped their side to lift their first ever MLS Cup trophy.

Altidore was named the MLS Cup MVP, following the conclusion of the final.

Highlights

ICYMI: MLS Increases Targeted Allocation Money Investment For 2018

On Friday, MLS announced an approved increase in the amount of TAM available to each team in the league.

In 2017, each side in MLS was allotted $1.2 million in TAM, which can be used to, according to the league, “add, or retain, players that will make an immediate impact on the field.”

For the upcoming MLS season, teams will continue to receive $1.2 million of TAM per year in 2018 and 2019. However, MLS clubs will now have increased flexibility to spend up to an additional $2.8 million of TAM. This can be done on a discretionary basis, and it is funded by the club.

Notable Players Bought Using TAM 

2017 MLS Cup winner and Best XI selection, Victor Vazquez of TFC; Seattle and Panama defender, Roman Torres; Norwegian international and Columbus Crew SC hitman, Ola Kamara.

Around the League: Transfer Tracker 

There was plenty of player movement on Sunday, following the conclusion to the 2017 MLS campaign. For a complete list of all transactions within the league, check out Major League Soccer’s Trade Tracker.

Global

Manchester is Blue (and Black)

As one has come to expect from a Manchester Derby, emotions ran high following Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford Sunday. According to sources, both City and United players were involved in a tunnel bust-up.

With the victory, City went 11 points clear at the top of the English Premier League table.

Lionel Messi Matches Gerd Muller’s Club Goals Record

Messi netted the second goal in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Villareal on Sunday. With the goal, which is the Argentinian’s 525th goal to date for the Catalan club, Messi matched Muller’s long-standing record for scoring the most goals for one club, in a top five European league.

Muller scored an incredible 525 goals in 572 appearances for German giants, Bayern Munich between 1965 and 1979. It has been a record that has remained untouched for nearly 40 years.

UEFA Champions League Draws

Real Madrid will play Paris Saint-Germain while Chelsea will clash with Barcelona.

Draw results for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Thanks for giving Monday’s News Roundup a read. Check back on Wednesday morning for the next one.

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