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Major Link Soccer: NASL's future still very much in doubt

Brad Evans will be dressing up like the Grinch for a good cause.

Seattle

Ever caught yourself wondering what Brad Evans would look like dressed up as the Grinch. You'll get to find out on Saturday.

MLS

Adrian Heath feels like he got a bit of a raw deal when he was fired about midway through his second season with Orlando City. He's got a fresh start with another expansion club, Minnesota United, and he aims to come good. FourFourTwo had an exclusive interview.

E Pluribus Loonum feels like the learned a lot about Heath's plans in his relatively short press conference.

Steve Birnbaum was widely rumored to be heading overseas, but there's now a report that says he plans to sign a contract extension with D.C. United.

The fight over D.C. United's stadium is still going on.

New York City FC is making sure that if Ronald Matarrita bolts for Europe that they are duly compensated.

Peter Vermes never got that apology he wanted, but he did get a new contract.

USMNT

Most expect Bruce Arena to give a more serious look to a lot of domestic-based players. MLSsoccer.com's MLS Analyst went as far as projecting his January camp, which includes Cristian Roldan.

Arena doesn't seem to be a big fan of modern soccer analytics.

The United States was drawn into a very winnable group at the CONCACAF U-20 tournament.

Lower-divisions

The USL is looking mighty stable these days, while the NASL seems to hanging on by a thread. There are rumors of a merger being brokered, fueled by Sunil Gulati's recent appearance at a Board of Governors meeting.

Orlando City's USL team will be playing in the first-team's downtown stadium.

Brazilian plane crash

The story of Brazilian side Chapecoense is touching. ESPN digs into why they were dubbed the "Mighty Mouse who roared."

It wasn't just a team that perished, Fox lost six colleagues.

Brazils other clubs are making several proposals that are designed to help Chapecoense recover from tragedy.

Atletico Nacional wants to Copa Sudamericana title to go to Chapecoense.