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The New York Red Bulls trade with Montreal for players and the first pick in the Allocation order.

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Seattle

Sigi Schmid spoke with Sports Illustrated recently and shared some thoughts. He stressed continuity as the key to winning the elusive MLS Cup.

Seattle Sounders drafted German/American Kevin Durr in 2013 out of the Air Force Academy knowing it would be a long shot to have him play anytime soon. Growing up, Durr played for the Bayern Munich Youth Academy. Two years later he could end up playing in Colorado for their USL team, along with another player with Seattle ties.

Chad Marshall's first season in Seattle should be labeled a success. Can the three-time Defender of the Year make 2015 better?

MLS

The New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact exchanged some players on Tuesday, but that is not the important part. With the swap, NYRB now have the 1st spot in the allocation order which means we could see Sacha Kljestan wearing the white and red sooner rather than later.

For Major League Soccer, a problem looms as the calendar creeps closer to Super Bowl Sunday. On Sunday the MLS Players Union will have the authority to call a strike. How likely that is to happen is anyone's guess.

Real Salt Lake struck a deal to build a stadium for their USL team. The announcement Monday stated that RSL will build an 8,000-seat stadium for $18 million dollars. Gotta wonder if Garth Lagerwey had an initial hand in this, and if he can do something similar at Starfire Sports Complex?

Dominic Oduro is on the move for the 7th time in 10 seasons. Oduro will stay in Canada as he transitions from Toronto FC to the Montreal Impact. You can see a list of all the MLS teams and their moves here.

US Soccer

The USA's first test of 2015 is today in Rancagua, Chile. The last game between the USA and Chile ended in a 1-1 draw in 2011. You can read all of the USMNT news and notes, and Chile's information as well.

The new DeAndre Yedlin is a jet setter; London to Santiago in a day can be hard, but for Yedlin it's all in a day's work. Lacking game fitness is why he hasn't been playing for Tottenham; two games with the USMNT should help.

2015 is a big year for US Soccer. The U20's qualified for May's World Cup in New Zealand, the USWNT play in the World Cup this June in Canada, the USMNT will play in the Gold Cup in July, and  then there are friendly's against Chile, Panama, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico, Holland, and World Cup winners Germany. Will these 25 players be up to the challenge?

He holds an American passport, making him an American citizen. But FIFA still has to approve it before he can play for the USA. If the USA doesn't receive the FIFA exception, Gedion Zelalem will have to wait 5 years before he can suit up for the US Men's National Team.

Hope Solo is outspoken, charismatic, and one of the best goalkeepers in US history. What also can be said about Solo is that she is not "Drama Free."

World Soccer

Normally not part of any conversation when one speaks about African soccer, the play of two countries in the 2015 African Cup of Nations has changed that. Equatorial Guinea and Congo are now the talk of the continent.

Barcelona received a transfer ban until 2016 because they signed international players under the age of 18. Now FIFA is looking into their rival Real Madrid and the 51 minors they have signed.

To be a soccer icon known the world over, you have to have played the game with passion, desire, and an acrimonious streak that left most fans despising you. (Winning helps also.) Eric Cantona did all of that, and to this day he still walks, jumps, and karate kicks to his own tune.

Paul Pogba left Manchester United in 2012 on a free transfer. Fast forward three years and Pogba has turned into one of the most exciting players in soccer. Manchester United is thinking about bringing him back for $200 MillionAndrea Pirlo says no way! Who doesn't love the silly season?

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