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While the Sounders season rolls on, the offseason is already beginning for most MLS clubs

MLS: Commissioner Don Garber Press Conference Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

It wasn’t that long ago that many were wondering how involved Joevin Jones would be in the Sounders title defense, and - fortunately for the Sounders - he’s making the most of his remaining time in Seattle.

Despite some blowout results and columnist hot takes, the Apple Cup will always be one of the most heated rivalries in college sports.

With Jimi Hendrix turning 75, there’s no better time to examine how his legacy will run eternal.

Obafemi Martins proves to be the difference for his Shanghai Shenhua Side, giving them a Chinese FA Cup victory over rival Shanghai SPG.

Three Sounders academy players have made the USA U-17 preliminary roster for the Nike International Friendlies.

This comes off a stream of positive results for the Academy teams as a whole, posting a cumulative 8-0-0 record over the last couple of weeks.

Osvaldo Alonso and a group of fellow volunteers helped make sure Seattle’s less fortunate got a restaurant quality meal this Thanksgiving.

MLS

The first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals brought another scrappy 0-0 result with a crucial save - this time to Toronto FC’s benefit.

With his wife expressing interest in moving to the area, expect a great deal of speculation around Robert Lewandowski joining LAFC over the next few months. If he does make the move, he’d be joining Egyptian wing-back Omer Gaber, who already has a fan in LAFC (and form Egyptian National Team) coach Bob Bradley.

MLS has announced the 2017 offseason schedule, with today being the deadline for non-playoff teams to exercise contract options. Next up: All playoff teams who did not reach MLS Cup have until December 1 to make decisions, and the MLS Cup finalists must decide who to cut and keep by the morning after the final. After that, there’s a half-day trade window starting at noon eastern on the same day, then the expansion draft on the 12th.

Fiftyfive.one looked at every MLS possession in 2017 for the likelihood of scoring from all across the field.

In a Le Toux-esque move, Angels on Parade takes a look at five Orange County SC players who deserve a shot with LAFC.

Amidst over 700 re-valuations of property by the Salt Lake City Council members was a huge tax break for Real Salt Lake via the Rio Tinto stadium, which is just now coming to light.

Philadelphia Union owner Jay Sugarman preached to the choir last week, when he promised that the team would spend more moving forward.

United States

So far it’s only a rumor, but Peru has potentially put their World Cup bid at risk, a move opening the door for another team (like the USMNT) to be asked to fill in.

As CONCACAF’s Nations League comes closer to fruition, it is worth examining how exactly how the international league will be structured.

It truly was a Black Friday for NASL, with two teams making their departure from the league, and interim commissioner Rishi Seghal promising changes to its business structure are forthcoming.

FC Edmonton was one of the clubs, who have decided to cease all professional operations immediately - and potentially forever - unless Edmonton proves itself as a soccer-sustaining market.

Not all is quiet on the USL front either, with the Rochester Rhinos now in a very heated and very public squabble over the future of their soccer stadium, as the team looks to raise $1.3 million to stay afloat.

The World

With Mohamed Salah consistently torching Premier League back lines this season, it appears that his game has fully caught up to his pace.

Following his decision to leave Orlando City, Kaka is now mulling whether to return to AC Milan, or ultimately hang up his cleats.

Ahead of their fixture designated to honor the LGBT community, Swansea City introduced a gender-neutral prefix for their supporters.