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Seattle

With all of the roster moves around MLS in the last few days, it has felt quiet (too quiet) here in Seattle. But we have a couple of Sounders news items to report...

Stefan Frei has been enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation in Mexico.

He’s got more pics on his Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, Ozzie Alonzo has been enjoying some quality time with family back in Cuba.

La bombonera my #hometown stadium #sancristobal

A post shared by Osvaldo Alonso (@ozziealonso) on

Check out the other pics on his Instagram page.

MLS

Although things have been quiet from the Sounders’ Front Office, MLS transfer rumors and deal-related news are kicking into high gear.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle is reporting that a deal is done for Sacha Kljestan. The Red Bulls have sent Kljestan and $150,000 in TAM to Orlando in exchange for attacker Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding. The Mane Land has some more on the story.

As we noted was rumored to be in the works before Christmas, the Portland Timbers have signed central defender Julio Cascante from Deportiva Saprissa of the Costa Rican Primera Division.

As of now it’s still a rumor, but multiple Spanish-language sources say that Portland has another move in the works: the Timbers are reportedly on the verge of signing Peruvian international Andy Polo, a winger with Monarcas de Morelia in Liga MX. Stumptown Footy has more details.

Dallas just completed a significant signing, landing veteran defender Reto Ziegler. Ziegler has been playing in the Swiss Super League, where last year he was named the league’s top CB. Before that, though, the highly experienced 31 year old played for a number of European teams in Serie A, the Premier League, Bundesliga, the Russian Premier League and Turkish SuperLig.

LAFC has continued to build its roster in advance of its inaugural season by picking up free agent defender Jordan Harvey from the Vancouver Whitecaps. Late in 2017 Harvey was replaced as a starter by Marcel de Jong. With his contract expiring and Brett Levis slated for a bigger role, the writing was on the wall. A bit of trivia: Harvey had 12 appearances with the Sounders in 2006, back when they were in the USL.

DC United signed Venezuelan International midfielder Júnior Moreno from Zulia FC.

The New England Revolution have signed Revolution Academy midfielder Isaac Angking as a Homegrown Player.

Since announcing the signing of Paraguayan international Jesus Medina, NYCFC has been keeping the hype meter on high, pumping out two separate photo spreads covering the Young Designated Player’s career to date and his first 24 hours in New York, plus two articles counting his signing as one of five things to be excited about in 2018, and detailing what Medina brings to the team.

Down in San Jose, the Earthquakes have been generating an impressive amount of hype of their own since announcing the acquisition of the prolific Swedish scorer Magnus Eriksson as a Designated Player. Recent articles include a piece on Eriksson’s top goals, and a roundup of articles about the signing.

Philadelphia Union/Bethlehem Steel FC are losing assistant coach Jeff Cook, who was hired by Penn State to be head coach of their men’s side. Before Cook’s tenure as assistant coach of USL side Bethlehem Steel FC and head coach of the Union’s U-19 Academy team, he had extensive college coaching experience. He coached Dartmouth to five Ivy League Championships between 2002 and 2011 and the team qualified for the NCAA tournament seven times.

USA

Goal.com takes a look at 50 young prospects who we could see in USMNT qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Stars and Stripes FC takes a shot at predicting the January USMNT camp roster.

World

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that the EPL's fixture scheduling, which does not include a winter break, is a "disaster" for player health.

Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the greatest soccer players in history, but the man himself feels he has room to improve in his quest to “be perfect”. How, you might ask? “Penalties, I have to practice them more," Messi replied.

ESPN breaks down five Liga MX storylines to track during the upcoming 2018 Clausura season, which is about the kick off.

Liga MX Apertura champions Tigres UANL will be starting the Clausura season without their right winger Jurgen Damm, who suffered burns to his face in a New Year fireworks accident.

Non-Soccer

With preparation for the 2018 MLS season now well underway, teams are starting to reveal or tease their new kits, but there is not a whole lot of originality or fun in the designs. A modest proposal: follow the lead of the Delaware 87ers — the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers — whose players are actually going to be wearing this for their “Nickelodeon Night” match tonight (with the uniforms auctioned off for charity post-match):