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Making the best out of injuries, rapid-fire Cubo rumors, and San Antonio vies for MLS expansion.

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Seattle

Injuries have had an influence throughout Seattle's season, and the post-season has been no exception. One positive outcome of those injuries has been an unexpectedly successful midfield combination of Erik Friberg and Andy Rose.

Another potential benefit is the extra rest that the injured players have taken during the season, leaving some of our best players well-rested for the most important games.

Clint Dempsey has certainly been looking fit, his goal on Sunday marked his third post-season goal for Seattle, tying him for the club lead.

Given the good run of play and general optimism for the Sounders, it is perhaps a bit early to start the #SigiOut train, but it is what it is.

In other controversy, the Seattle Sounders are one of a few MLS sides to be caught up in the ongoing discussion of "Paid Patriotism."

MLS

This site already address the absurd lack of Stefan Frei among the goalkeeper of the year finalists, but he wasn't the only prominent keeper missing. Real Salt Lake sees the snubbing of Nick Rimando as an ongoing theme.

You know by now that Jason Kries was fired after one season coaching expansion side New York City FC. The question to be decided is if it was done due to the club's European mindset, or if there was a legitimate disconnect between Jason Kreis and the rest of the team management.

In other coach firing new, Toronto FC will NOT be firing Greg Vanney. This is pretty big news for a club that has, to this point, had 9 coaches in their first 9 seasons.

Donovan Ricketts didn't exactly impress when given the opportunity with the LA Galaxy. Rumor has it that the ousted Jaime Penedo could find his way back to the squad.

Cubo Torres may be on the trading block already for the Houston Dynamo, he would surely be seen as a valuable pick-up for multiple clubs. Then again, the Dynamo have already denied this rumor.

In some mildly surprising news, DC United is set to unveil a new crest on December 10th. Still no news from New England Revolution.

Orlando City SC's season is over and The Mane Land is in the process of player reviews. Yesterday's review was of former Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Josh Ford.

The San Antonio Spurs ownership group has announced a deal to purchase the home of the San Antonio Scorpions (Toyota Field) as a part of their bid to bring MLS to the city.

LAFC has passed an important milestone on their path to a stadium by getting their plans approved by the California Science Center and Exposition Park Commission.

MLS Players Kei Kamara and Michael Lahoud have been a part of something truly special, working with a Seattle-based charity organization to fund the creation of a much-needed new school in their native Sierra Leone.

NASL

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson proudly announced yesterday that they will be unveiling a new club next week.

A few hours later the NASL announced the addition of Memphis City FC along with their red-shifted NYCFC crest. I'm not entirely sure if we are still awaiting an announcement next week or not.

The NASL Championship matches will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and One World Sports with the semi-final round taking place this Saturday.

As they wrap up their season, the NASL have compiled their own goal of the year nominees:

USA

The US Women have learned their U-20 World Cup qualifying group, which includes Mexico.

The Players' Tribune has reached out to Christie Rampone and Megan Rampinoe to share their thoughts on the retiring Abby Wambach.