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Several trades have already gone down, including LAFC’s first ever

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Seattle

The Sounders Alliance has released additional details on the move to SeatGeek as the club’s primary ticket distributor.

Harry Shipp is getting a ring this week, following up a tough Saturday with an expectedly happier one: his wedding. Congratulations, Harry!

The NHL has officially opened the expansion application process for Seattle.

Although it was far from the desired result, Clint Dempsey’s return to MLS Cup was a reminder of just how far he has come.

MLS

The Vancouver Whitecaps wasted no time in kickstarting their offseason, trading for Kei Kamara in exchange for two draft picks. The move brings a 2016 rumor to reality, and gives New England a chance to move on from a player that, despite high expectations, had a difficult time meshing with their attacking style.

Houston acquired midfielder Arturo Alvarez from the Chicago Fire for a 2019 second round pick.

Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City completed a four player trade with an emphasis on team-building: Atlanta gets immediate help in building their newly announced USL roster, while Sporting Kansas City were able to add more protected expansion draft slots.

Minnesota United signed manager Adrian Heath’s son Harrison Heath away from Atlanta United.

An expectedly busy D.C. United offseason didn’t take long to get started, acquiring Frederic Brillant from New York City FC in exchange for an international slot and general allocation money.

Unfortunately, Toronto FC completed their treble chase over the weekend at the Sounders expense. Waking the Red readers pinned the cup victory primarily on the shoulders of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. Matt Doyle attributed it to several Greg Vanney gambles.

Their long road back to the final was captured all season long by photographer Tagwa Moyo.

The city of Los Angeles will be the site of two MLS offseason rebuilds. LAFC got it started, completing their first ever trade, bringing in former FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman in exchange for (a lot of) cash and other considerations.

The #SaveTheCrew movement took an interesting turn, with Ohio’s attorney general threatening legal action against Crew owner Anthony Precourt.

New York City FC’s search for a stadium took another detour, with the New York Islanders of the NHL settling for Belmont Park.

United States

The 9 candidates for U.S. Soccer’s presidency come from a variety of backgrounds, and while Kathy Carter is an early favorite, there is no clear leader of the field just yet.

Jonathan Tannewald caught up with Jérôme de Bontin, to get the experienced soccer executive’s take on pro/rel and the upcoming U.S. Soccer Federation presidential race.

Net Neutrality affects everything, and that includes supporting soccer in the United States.

The Attorney General believes that there is credence for legal action against a move due to a law that was enacted after the Browns first left Ohio.

In an intriguing matchup under frustrating circumstances, the USMNT is set to take on France in June for the Bleus final World Cup tune-up.

Robbie Rogers celebrated his own wedding last weekend. Congratulations, Robbie!

The World

You might have thought that the FIFA trial had it all, but I bet you didn’t think that also meant having a real-life Jonas Brother testify.

The Premier League title chance is likely all but decided, with Man City now 11 points clear post- Derby victory.

UEFA has charged Spartak Moscow captain Leonid Mironov for racially abusing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.

After a string of rough Champions League performances, the Premier League has bounced back in a big way, with 5 EPL teams making the knockout stage.

Borussia Dortmund have moved on from manager Peter Bosz, and reportedly are hoping that Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann will lead the club starting in 2018.

Tigres held on to their slim aggregate lead over Monterrey for a 2-1 Liga MX Apertura title victory.