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Major Link Soccer: Merry Christmas

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Get warm in front of our yule log as you read soccer news.

Merry Christmas if that’s your thing. It is my thing, but I wanted to make certain to share the news of the long weekend with you. There isn’t much surrounding Seattle. The rumor mill is dry, so far.

Read some links, talk to each other. My mom cancelled Christmas at her place because of the snow. I’ll be online a bit more than I expected today. Stay safe, and enjoy our rare White Christmas in Seattle.

MLS expansion news

MLS Delays Announcement of Second Expansion Team Awarded This Round

Indomitable City Soccer catches up with Cameron Iwasa - Indomitable City Soccer
Fresh off signing a new contract to return to Republic FC, Iwasa is poised to lead on and off the pitch

Nagle’s Expansion Letter Raises Hopes, Questions - Indomitable City Soccer

Did Eddie George reveal Nashville's MLS expansion partner | Nashville Post
Goodwill ambassador for MLS2Nashville movement says Sacramento is also in country's top soccer league

Ohio's best chance to save the Crew is seizing the club via eminent domain - SBNation.com
The government taking ownership of a sports team might sound weird, but it’s perfectly legal.

MLS rumors and signings

Red Bulls spend big to acquire young Argentine midfielder | New York Post
Amid the big-money signings by rival New York City FC and even expansion Atlanta, many Red Bulls fans wondered if the club still was ambitious or just plain...

LA Galaxy pursuing former Hearts captain, U.S. international Kitchen - sources
The LA Galaxy are pursuing the signature of holding midfielder Perry Kitchen from Danish side Randers FC, multiple sources tell ESPN FC.

Source: Minnesota United talking deal for Sacha Kljestan
The MLS rumor mill continues.

MLS news

Colorado Rapids hope to come together in time to pull off major CCL upset | MLSsoccer.com

Zions Bank Stadium & Training Center tour - RSL Soapbox
We take a look at the new academy and training facility in Herriman.

MLS invites 22 players to 2018 Caribbean Combine | MLSsoccer.com

Global soccer

Fifa trial leaves questions over 2022 Qatar World Cup | Football | The Guardian

2 Top Soccer Officials Found Guilty in FIFA Case - The New York Times

Wealth and mediocrity: English football 2017-12-23 | Espresso
​A quarter of a century after it began, the English Premier League is unrecognisable.

2017 Stories of Impact -- Women's soccer found its global voice, federations must listen.
Women soccer players all over the world -- including in Nigeria, Ghana, Ireland, Denmark, Brazil and Norway -- discovered that changing the culture around equality takes action. espnW's Julie Foudy explains how athletes found their voice in 2017.

Cultural stuff maybe only I care about

Hertha Berlin set for eSports first with dedicated youth academy | bundesliga.com
Hertha Berlin are in the market to produce eSports’s next big star with the capital club set to become the first team in the Bundesliga with a dedicated electronic sports academy.

Emerging Designers Mentorship Program – Buried Without Ceremony
Hi! My name is Avery Alder, and I design games under the imprint of Buried Without Ceremony. I've decided that moving into the new year I want to be offering game design mentorships to emerging designers. I've been designing and independently publishing games for almost a dozen years, and along the way I've gained a…

How to Make Rum: One Man's Quest to Make 20-Year-Old Booze in Just Six Days | WIRED
Obsessive distiller Bryan Davis invented a contraption for aging booze—fast. His goal: to create highly engineered spirits unlike any you've tasted before.

Dick Enberg, Legendary Sportscaster, Dies at 82 – Variety
The sportscaster died Thursday morning in his home in La Jolla, Calif.