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Major Link Soccer: Jonathan Gonzalez may trade the USMNT for Mexico

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Seattle

If you loved Diagon Alley in Seattle, you’ll love the next project. If he can get the permits, here’s Diagon Alley creator’s next project – My Ballard.

MLS

Not sure how they got it done, but I am a bit jealous. FC Dallas blocks US Soccer call-ups amid CONCACAF Champions League prep.

Apparently it’s a take that having the players and not playing them meant they aren’t developing youth in the US. No, Atlanta United is not hindering American youth development.

United States

If the US/Mexico/Canada tri-bid for the 2026 World Cup is picked, Maryland will get to host games. Baltimore is seeking to host some FIFA World Cup soccer games.

A shake-up of the coaching staff for a federation that can’t seem to do anything well since failing to qualify for the World Cup. I liked it better when these stories were about other federations. Now it seems that the USMNT interim coaching staff is facing changes.

Continuing with the issues of the USMNT... Jonathan Gonzalez to file one-time switch to join Mexico.

The US does still have plenty of young players that they haven’t chased away are committed to them and are making waves. Stars and Stripes FC has a great weekly USNT youth update I highly recommend keeping up with.

If you want to see a non-Jorstan Mordan take on the January Camp call ups, the USMNT January Camp roster announced.

The NASL is already delaying their start till August of 2018 instead of their usual spring start but San Diego will wait. San Diego's 1904 FC soccer team 'most likely' won't start until 2019 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The focus in Detroit is on their MLS bid but others are turning to indoor soccer and its history in the Motor City. Scicluna brothers aim to keep indoor soccer kicking

Coming out brought a college soccer player and his older gay brother closer.

Having confirmed Brian Schmetzer is a Grade-A coach, the National Training Center is set to host the next series of U.S. Soccer's A-Senior, A-Youth and B courses.

They don’t have a name yet but I vote something involving Elvis. Memphis welcomes a United Soccer League franchise.

Remember, soccer isn’t going to make it in the ol’ US of A... soccer will soon be america's third-favorite spectator sport.

World

Our neighbors to the north have tabbed a new head coach and leader of the Men’s Program. Canada Soccer announced John Herdman to lead them into their future mediocrity (sorry, Canada).

Usain Bolt is training with Borussia Dortmund later this year (ed. note: please no) but his first choice is the Red Devils (ed. note: HA!). Bolt says he's had talks about signing with soccer giant Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger may be slowly making his way out the door, but he’s going to see someone take his first steps through another one. George Weah has asked Arsenal's Wenger to Liberia presidential inauguration.

Deniz Naki was in Germany visiting family and plays for Amed SK in Turkey. For some reason, shots were fired at the German-Turkish soccer player's car.