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Coach Schmetzer is getting his Pro license, Dwyer is looking for USA love, and bikes galore in Goals of the Week.

Seattle

Seattle Sounder legend Alan Hinton caught up with BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis to discuss Seattle's championship, coach, and the city he loves.

Herculez, Herculez, Herculez!! Former Seattle Sounder and USMNT player Herculez Gomez announced his retirement Tuesday. Gomez capped off his 14 year career by winning the 2016 MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders. Gomez will still be around soccer, but as an analyst for ESPN.

Brian Schmetzer is getting his "Pro Coaching License"; this is US Soccer's highest level of coaching accreditation. Schmetzer will be one of the seventeen coaches going through the course in 2017.

Club, Academy, College, PDL, and finally MLS.  If you're an American kid growing up with aspirations of playing professional soccer, then that is the path that is normally taken. The Seattle Sounder U23 team (PDL) was the platform that 7 players used to get selected in the 2017 MLS Draft.

U.S. Soccer

February 14th is the day of love for most of us. For Dom Dwyer it means something else entirely, and that could be good news for the USA.

Could it be "To Lletget to quit" for the USMNT? If you ask Sebastian Lletget, anything is possible when it comes to making his first USMNT appearance.

The Copa America Centenario was a pretty big success. Now it looks like CONMEBOL and CONCACAF want that success to continue as early as 2020.

When you have a war of words with the coach you rarely get a second chance. Benny Feilhaber is one player that is loving the fact that new coach Bruce Arena isn't looking at the past.

World Soccer

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player in Africa Cup of Nations history when he featured in his country's Group D opener against Mali on Tuesday.

Louis Van Gaal has confirmed his retirement at the age of 65, citing family reasons for why he won't return to the game.

The name may jog some memories, and if the kid has any of his father's goal scoring abilities then Justin Kluivert may just follow in dear old dad's footsteps.

Major League Soccer

Many Americans jump the pond to try their luck in Europe. Jonathan Spector is one that made the jump and landed well, and Spector is now looking to finish out his career in MLS.

FC Dallas splash a little cash and come up with an International. Paraguayan striker Cristian Colman is moving from Nacional to FC Dallas.

With the 2017 MLS SuperDraft being held on Friday in Los Angeles, the newest MLS team in the city, Los Angeles Football Club, made sure to have a presence at the proceedings.

Goals of the Week: Three bikes and a Marriage proposal.