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Major Link Soccer: Kreis joins Klinsmann's staff at USMNT camp

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Plus, Guillermo Barros Schelotto gets a big chance to coach in Italy.

Kreis is held in high esteem within MLS; could he be destined for the USMNT post someday?
Kreis is held in high esteem within MLS; could he be destined for the USMNT post someday?
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Seattle

UW women's soccer announced their schedule for 2016, including a spring opener against the Reign at Memorial Stadium.

In the last year, Seattle City Light paid the Sounders $95,000 and the Mariners $232,000 to promote its energy-conservation programs.

Washington-native Josh Phillips will be trialing with the Revs this preseason after making 23 appearances as defender for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the USL last year.

MLS

Promotion and Relegation will never work in the United States, unless maybe it could?

While the Sounders continue to court Jordan Morris, the Red Bulls are in a similar situation with third-year HGP Matt Miazga, as new reports indicate the once-capped USMNT centerback has turned down an unnamed Serie A team.

FC Dallas announced a new affiliation with Oklahoma City Energy FC. Managed by former MLS goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, the USL side was looking for a new MLS affiliate after their two-year deal with Sporting KC ran out.

Former Columbus Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto was just put in charge of Serie A club Palermo after spending 4 years managing Argentine-side Lanús (Diego Valeri left for Portland just months before Schelotto's arrival).

Possibly to many SaH reader's surprise, Seattle was among the least-hated teams in The Mane Land's poll of its readers.

The Galaxy really want to win next season, guaranteeing the presence of another 30+ year old on their roster next year by resigning forward Alan Gordon.

Can you match up against Ken Jennings to answer this piece of random trivia about the Galaxy's stadium location (hint: it's not in LA)?

Orlando City SC just inked a 5-year deal with Coca-Cola.

Looking to bolster their defense, the Houston Dynamo have inked Jalil Anibaba.

Jack McInerney is officially on the way to Portland. On the other hand, Rodney Wallace has no intention of returning.

Instead of trying to compete with the already wildly successful Atlanta United, the NASL is suspending operations for the league champion Atlanta Silverbacks.

USA

Jason Kreis' unemployment didn't last long, as the former RSL and NYCFC coach is joining the Jurgen Klinsmann's staff at USMNT's January camp in southern California.

For ratings nerds: a look at the expanded Nielsen ratings panel.

For the first time in 12 years, the Charleston Battery won't be hosting the Carolina Challenge Cup; the Sounders participated in the preseason tournament in 2014 and earned 2nd place.

Even if you don't like him anyway, it's obvious that Landon Donovan is a pretty good guy.

Whether or not you agree with her personnel choices, Jill Ellis deserves her FIFA Women's Coach of the Year Award. Ellis won over England coach Mark Sampson and Japan coach Norio Sasaki.

For all of you dataheads, here's a link to a webinar by a Performance Analyst at the Houston Dynamo at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America conference.

World

Mexican women's national team players who play in the NWSL will no longer have their salaries subsidized by the country's federation, leaving the US and Canada as the lone federations who do so for their players.

If you're curious about the breakdown, here's how everyone voted for the men's Ballon d'Or and women's World Player of the Year.

Do you like MIA's "Borders?" Well Paris St Germain doesn't, and they want her to scrub it from the internets.

Shaolin Soccer + High School Musical = this ridiculous free kick routine from a high school team in Japan.