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Major Link Soccer: Add San Diego to MLS' expansion wishlist

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The typical plethora of questions remain to be answered before a San Diego-based club could come to MLS, in 2020 or beyond.

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber has quite a few markets to choose from in his vision for league expansion.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has quite a few markets to choose from in his vision for league expansion.
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Seattle

DeAndre Yedlin missed out on the 18 for Sunderland on Saturday as the club fell 4-1 away to Manchester City.

Tyrone Mears was the sole Sounder selected in FOXSports' MLS Best XI.

MLS

Former San Diego Padres owner John Moores is finalizing his purchase of EPL-side Everton, but is also reportedly looking into the possibility of an MLS franchise in San Diego.

Orlando City FC is in a difficult spot following the resignation of Chief Soccer Officer Armando Carneiro, a high-profile front office hire made not even two months ago. The surprising news comes after longtime Lions GM Paul McDonough and assistant coach Ian Fuller left the club just weeks ago.

MLSsoccer.com revealed its Controversy of the Year for 2015; some of you might remember that it didn't even happen in league play.

Commendably, the Chicago Fire parted ways with Frank Yallop after another disappointing season. Former Serbian international Veljko Paunovic is the man in charge now, earning a chance at the head coaching position following his World Cup win as head coach with the Serbian U20s last summer.

David Accam is in talks to sign with Stoke City following his trial with the club, but reportedly would prefer a loan move initially and to return to the Fire for the 2016 season.

There's another reason to not be excited about 35-year-old Ashley Cole's rumored move to the Galaxy; it's his attitude, in case you forgot what he said when he was rumored to sign with MLS in 2014.

Those bemoaning the sudden exodus of MLS players to Liga MX, try not to miss the bigger picture; LAG Confidential sees it as a positive sign for MLS' growth.

Real Salt Lake announced that they've added former US U17 National Team coach Richie Williams as an assistant coach.

USA

Former USL Portland Timber and Sacramento Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez signed with Ascenso MX club Celaya FC, who will face the Sounders in Tucson during the preseason.

Spokane-native USWNT defender Amy LePeilbet announced her retirement from a career that included two NWSL championships and 84 caps.

Remember in 2011 when an American teenager signed with Liverpool after a successful trial with their U18s? Things haven't worked out so far for Villyan Bijev, now 23, but he's still trying to rebuild his career.

2010 SuperDraft #1 pick Danny Mwanga has landed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Stars and Stripes FC sees a theme of transition in their top takeaways from the USWNT victory tour.

World

The Associated Press details all that happened in 2015, "Soccer's dark year".

Ever wonder what a professional league in Canada would look like? Well, some people do.

It isn't always pleasant to finish on the up-stroke but Xherdan Shaqiri's volley defies logic and conventional wisdom.

Merchandise with Jose Mourinho's face was being unofficially sold around Old Trafford prior to Manchester United and Chelsea drawing 0-0 last night, yet another sign of the likely-end for Red Devils coach Louis van Gaal.