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Major Link Soccer: Transfer Season is Upon Us

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New York City FC get their next DP at midnight, while Sebastian Giovinco once again gets linked back to Italy

Independiente v Libertad - Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2017 Photo by Demian Alday/Getty Images

Seattle:

The Sounders 2017 season ended on a rather unfortunate note, but there are many great things to appreciate in the coming year.

Now that it is 2018, take a look back at the best Washington Youth Soccer coaches, administrators, and volunteers of 2017.

Take a moment to get to the know the top prospects for the 2018 MLS draft, including former Seattle University midfielder and current Cristian Roldan brother, Alex Roldan.

MLS:

With much of the United States’ soccer future up in the air politically, it is worth considering if MLS should open up their league beyond its single entity state.

Swedish midfielder Oscar Lewicki is in high demand following his contract at Malmo expiring, with MLS clubs expected to pursue him heavily.

As soon as one of the world’s time zones hit 2018, New York City FC announced their latest designated player signing, with Paraguayan international Jesus Medina signing with the team.

United States:

While plenty can (and arguably should) be changed around American soccer’s structure, Crossing Broad offers an explanation as to why Pro/Rel isn’t needed for the American game to continue.

The National Office has released registration information for Region IV’s NAmateur Cup.

The United States are setting up a massive youth team summit across age groups, which will be a boon to both coach and player development at the youth level.

Inter Milan are rumored to be making a move for Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco, but such a move would come against the advice of Seba’s agent.

The World:

A new year brings with it a sense of optimism, particularly coming off the heels of 2017. For the KweséESPN writers, this extends to the soccer in Africa, which is poised for a big 2018.

Despite the hype, EPL ratings in the United States fell on Boxing Day.