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Lodeiro says he’s good. Also, Mayor Durkan pays up on MLS Cup bet.

MLS: LAFC Groundbreaking Ceremony Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

The staff at the Toronto mayor’s office will be snacking on Beechers, Oberto, and Totem Smokehouse after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan makes good on her MLS Cup wager.

Major League Soccer

LAFC continue to aim high in their signings. The club announced they added Uruguayan forward Diego Rossi, who can also play as a winger. At 19, he’ll be a Young Designated Player. If Nicolas Lodeiro has really good things to say about a player, he’s probably pretty decent.

Alberth “La Pantera” Elis will continue to torment MLS defenders next season. Houston Dynamo completed the full transfer for the Honduran forward, and he’ll take a Designated Player spot.

Kick in for Houston, a celebrity soccer match at BBVA Stadium in Houston is coming up Saturday. The match is raising hundreds of thousands for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and will feature Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, and many notable non-Sounders as well.

Sacha Kljestan seemed destined for LAFC after reports over the last few days, but now it seems more teams have interest in the New York Red Bulls captain. Clubs in the Western and Eastern conferences are reportedly willing to part with considerable allocation money for Sacha.

I guess if a young backup forward scores two on your very bad team, you sign the kid up! Colorado Rapids added Jack McBean from the LA Galaxy. LAG let the player they signed at 16 go for just a conditional Fourth Round Superdraft pick.

Carl Robinson and the Vancouver Whitecaps have seemed just a major signing or two away from elite level in MLS for a few years now. Nonetheless, Robinson heads back to the drawing board to rebuild on a budget and try to find the next underpriced gem.

Jimmy Ockford is back in the big leagues, along with his Reno 1968 teammates Luis Felipe and Chris Wehan. The three join the San Jose Earthquakes after strong performances in USL.

United States

At 19 years old, Christian Pulisic tallied six goals and four assists in just nine appearances for the USMNT. If you think that sounds like someone who would win 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, well, you’d be right.

World

What’s it like to be a perennial backup goalkeeper in the Premier League? The New York Times has a story on those like Stuart Taylor, who has appeared in 95 matches in 18 years.