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Major Link Soccer: MLS offseason moves begin

Several teams are already in full roster swing with contract options, rumors, and even signings emerging.

Mike Magee was among the first roster casualties of the MLS offseason.
Mike Magee was among the first roster casualties of the MLS offseason.
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Seattle

Sounders broadcast analyst and Seattle University head coach Peter Fewing was named the 2015 NSCAA West Regional Coach of the Year after leading the Redhawks to the NCAA DI Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history.

The offseason for female international footballers playing in Australia sounds pretty nice in this BBC interview with Kim Little and Scotland teammate Jenny Beattie.

MLS

The Nutmeg News has a pair of topical articles for Cascadian soccer fans in the buildup to MLS Cup, speaking to the truth of being a Sounders fan this week and the truth of what will happen should our worst fears become realized.

The MLS offseason is starting to pick up, with many teams (Houston, RSL, Chicago) announcing initial roster moves. A Burrito Martinez loan deal is rumored from RSL to San Lorenzo, Montreal seemingly confirming the signing of Ivorian left back Siaka Tiéné, and NYCFC look set to lose out on Martin Demichelis and Josh Saunders for the sake of their parent club in England.

The Columbus Crew announced on their website that they are already fully sold out for MLS Cup 2015.

Likewise, the Timbers' allotted 850 tickets sold out among the 107ist in four minutes.

Despite just missing out on reaching MLS Cup, Red Bulls fans can take solace in winning the first year of the battle for New York.

US

For those who love to try to decipher the meaningless numbers that are Nielson's TV ratings, here are some significant improvements to the measurement system to be introduced in the new year.

World

Bolton Wanderers confirmed that their players have not yet received their wages for the month of November, due to a "short-term funding issue."

FIFA announced the nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or.

FIFPro Europe has voted to pursue legal action in an effort to gain protections for players' whose contracts go unpaid or unfulfilled.

Mauritian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz ordered the domestic cup final to proceed straight to PKs in the 63rd minute after being bored with the game's tempo and 1-1 scoreline.

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