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Major Link Soccer: Christmas Day Edition

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Open up a batch full of links and read about a Christmas truce.

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There isn't much happening in the land of Seattle soccer today so lets start out with the remarkable Christmas truce during WWI between British and German soldiers putting down their guns and playing soccer together. There is some question as to the accuracy of the account, but it's Christmas so lets go with it.

Sounders apparel can be found anywhere, but if you were looking to buy soccer gear or something other than Sounders apparel, you might try Soccer West or Schmetzer's Sporthaus if you live in the Seattle Area. There is also a good chance you looked through the Eurosport catalogue and ordered on soccer.com. Here is a quick history on the little North Carolina company that could.

MLS

Gaston Fernandez is staying with Portland.

Houston recently bought the rights to Erick Torres. Miguel Herrera says that is a good thing for future call ups.

Barcelona and Spain star Xavi says he "had the suitcase" packed to head to NYCFC in summer 2014. Xavi was ready to move once he was relegated to a bench role, but a call from Barcelona president changed everything.

Defoe certainly didn't have the type of year he hoped for at Toronto FC, but his former boss and current QPR manager Harry Redknapp is eyeing him anyway.

One of the top college forwards will bypass the MLS to play in Italy's Serie B. An anonymous quote might not be worth sharing, but they suggest that it is for a lot more money than the MLS would pay.

World

Mourinho was considering taking the England job after Steve McClaren in 2008 and even started contemplating his starting 11 when he had a discussion with his wife and decided it would be too boring.

Some were curious, perhaps even excited at the thought of Torres in a Sounders jersey. I was not one of them. He will be heading on loan to Atletico Madrid on a loan swap if the players sign off on it.

Planet Futbol has a list of their top 10 favorite moments from the world of soccer in 2014. There is a mix of MLS (read Galaxy), USMNT, EPL, La Liga and World Cup moments.  Here are a couple of the non MLS and non US highlights.