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Major Link Soccer: Azira to Colorado

Michael Azira, seen here desperately trying to avoid the pursuit of the Rapids
Michael Azira, seen here desperately trying to avoid the pursuit of the Rapids
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Seattle

The waiver draft is the first (and possibly most obscure) MLS draft of the off-season. It occurred yesterday, and the only move of the draft was the selection of our own Michael Azira by the Colorado Rapids. This means that he will probably end up in Colorado.

We've known for a few days that Lamar Neagle has been traded to DC United. Now we have GM Garth Lagerway's statement on the move.

MLS

In case you made the foolish mistake of leaving the internet for five minutes, you may have missed out on the massive amounts of new money being injected for MLS rosters.

The rosters will continue to evolve and we might finally see some players taking advantage of their newfound free agency status.

MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco is 9 years away from his own free agency, but he doesn't plan on going anywhere anyway.

DC United has unveiled their new crest, which is an evolution of their old crest. No news from the New England Revolution.

In some unsurprising news, an MLS final played by teams from podunk towns results in dramatically lower viewership ratings.

USA

Players in the USL are reportedly pushing for unionization. This would leave the NASL as the odd league out.

US Soccer has apologized for the cancellation of the Women's match in Hawaii, but it's not enough for fans who went out of their way to attend the match. A class action lawsuit has been filed by these fans.

Other

Howler magazine has posted some holiday gift ideas on their blog. The list includes several MLS-related items, but my personal favorite is this NFL-inspired soccer jersey titled "West Emerald Blue".

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