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The Brazilian legend calls Orlando City his last playing home; plus more stuff you missed over the weekend

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MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle:

Seventeen coaches across the United States professional leagues and national teams completed the second annual U.S. Soccer Pro Coaching Course, including Bryan Schmetzer.

The Kitsap Pumas have posted their 2018 open tryout dates.

Former Seattle Sounders Women’s coach Michelle French has returned to the University of Portland as the head Women’s Soccer Coach.

MLS:

Despite flirting with a brief comeback, Kaka is making Orlando City his last professional stop after officially announcing his retirement.

The CONCACAF Champions League draw is set for today, with the round-of-16 games kicking off in February. The games will give the Seattle Sounders a chance to move on from the MLS Cup Final disappointment, while Toronto FC can look to add further evidence to their “best team ever” claims.

Maxi Urruti has turned into a stalwart for FC Dallas, but the question is now how much longer that will be the case, with the striker rumored to be leaning toward a move to South America or Europe.

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Jack McBean is joining the Rapids for a conditional 4th round Superdraft pick.

Former Vancouver Whitecaps keeper David Ousted was expected to be heading to the Galaxy, until the league stepped in and said no.

Local star Taylor Peay has earned an opportunity he has previously coveted: a spot on the field with Real Salt Lake.

San Jose Earthquakes have added another homegrown player with the signing of 15-year-old defender Jacob Akanyirige.

United States:

One of the candidates for US Soccer President spoke with BBC World Football to discuss his vision for the future of the US game.

From an infrastructure standpoint, the North American 2026 World Cup bid is a no-brainer; but a worldwide decrease in the popularity of the United States (combined with U.S. judges leading the FIFA investigations) will make it a tough fight.

Manchester City prospect/U.S. wunderkind Erik Palmer-Brown is likely heading to PSV Eindhoven on loan, shortly after his arrival to Manchester.

The World:

Antoine Griezmann wore a racist costume to a party, and the internet justifiably called him out for it.

It turns out that Mindy Kaling has a whole lot of projects in her portfolio, with BBC Sport reporting that the actress is a part of the Swansea City ownership group.

Manchester City is making sure their title chase is as authoritative as possible, accentuated by a 4-1 desecration of Tottenham over the weekend. This comes off the heels of a Guardian piece highlighting how dominating the Premier League is not the sole mission of the freshly funded City.

The racist attack directed at City’s Raheem Sterling is being treated as a hate crime by Manchester police.

Hoffenheim’s manager might not be the only one on the move, with striker Sandro Wagner reportedly set to join Bayern Munich via a €12.5 million transfer fee.

The manager of Chelsea Ladies has made a statement about the lack of childcare support for players, calling it 'an absolute disgrace' that women in professional football do not have that readily available to them.

An Italian non-profit has begun organizing soccer matches inside prisons in an effort to foster healthy relationships between inmates and their children.

The Spanish government’s interference with the Spanish Federation could lead to their national team being banned from all FIFA competition, including the World Cup.

Being a third-string Premier League goalkeeper may seem like a dream job for many, but it is unfortunately far from the goal Stuart Taylor had set out for himself.