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Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Ronaldinho

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Also: Fredy Montero leaves MLS again, and is a Premier League transfer in the cards for Christian Pulisic?

2017 Football Friendly FC Barcelona v Manchester United Legends Jun 30th Photo by Pedro Salado/Action Plus via Getty Images

Seattle

The Sounders’ move to sign Handwalla Bwana to a Homegrown Player contract is one of the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the last week. Read why.

Sounders Academy product Trey Muse has decided to return to Indiana University for his sophomore year instead of going pro, where the Sounders were interested and could have signed him as a Homegrown Player.

The Equalizer took a look at the Reign’s needs for the upcoming season and gave their prescription of a player declared in the upcoming draft who they could pick to fill that need.

Seattle took another step toward bringing 2026 World Cup matches to Seattle with a unanimous City Council vote in support.

MLS

In big news, Fredy Montero is not going to be returning to Vancouver Whitecaps. Instead, it is being reported that he will re-join Sporting Clube de Portugal.

In advance of the MLS SuperDraft on Friday, prospects are working hard to show their stuff at the MLS Combine. Here are the results of the performance tests and analysis of whose stock is rising and falling after the first and second day of the combine.

The LA Galaxy signed Sacramento Republic FC defender and Montenegrin international Emrah Klimenta. Read more from LAG Confidential.

Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said that the team was planning on additional moves during the offseason, and specifically they are in the market for a striker.

The Houston Dynamo have signed young Venezuelan Primera Division defender Alejandro Fuenmayor.

USA

Candidates for the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency will be converging on Philadelphia, where the the United States Soccer Coaches’ Convention kicks off today. Most of them have individual sessions scheduled and there will be a candidates forum on Saturday will all eight candidates.

Los Angeles Times has a profile of USSF presidential candidate Eric Wynalda.

Jozy Altidore took some time to talk about not making the World Cup, developing new talent for the USMNT, and his charitable work.

Dom Dwyer had to withdraw from the USMNT January training camp due to a hamstring strain.

Dwyer’s injury doesn’t sound too serious. Orlando City SC hasn’t even mentioned the injury on their website. And Dwyer himself had only this to say about it:

World

Soccer legend Ronaldinho is officially retiring from his illustrious football career.

Rising American star Christian Pulisic has reportedly drawn interest from big time Premier League programs, with both Liverpool and Manchester United considering a bid as early as the summer transfer window. Would either move really be in Pulisic’s best interest?

Finally, check out the skill on this goal by Olympique Marseille attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet in a match against RC Strasbourg Alsace.