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Seattle

Osvaldo Alonso moves on | US Soccer Players
Osvaldo Alonso's time with the Seattle Sounders is over and with it the initial era of an expansion team that turned into one of the strongest in MLS.

La carta con la que Leo González dice adiós al fútbol
[Spanish] Leo Gonzalez retires, thanks fans

Gary Bettman gifts expansion Seattle a draft and all-star game | CBC Sports
The NHL is giving Seattle's future franchise a reward for its investment in bringing the league's 32nd franchise to the city.

MLS

Mark Geiger retires from refereeing to take up new role with PRO | MLSsoccer.com

MLS notes: Union assistant to join U.S., Galaxy re-signs two, San Jose looking to move draft pick – The Athletic
MLS teams are making personnel moves as one Union coach is set to leave for a role with the USMNT.

Philadelphia Union trade all five of their draft picks to FC Cincinnati for allocation money - Brotherly Game
The Union will receive a guaranteed $150,000 in 2019 and a potential additional $50,000 in general allocation money in 2020 for all five of their picks

Union trade all their MLS draft picks to FC Cincinnati, deciding draft isn’t of much use
The Union’s top pick was to be No. 13 in the first round, a slot that would have given them a fringe first-team player at best.

Giovani dos Santos rejects transfer abroad, report says - LAG Confidential
During the media rounds at the MLS Combine, we learned from new LA Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese that clubs outside the league have expressed interest in several of their Designated Players.

USA

Report: USMNT to face Chile and Ecuador in March - Stars and Stripes FC
Berhalter gets his first test with a full roster

Women’s Soccer

Chicago Red Stars Trade For Katie Johnson - Hot Time In Old Town
Red Stars complete trade with Sky Blue FC for Katie Johnson in exchange for draft picks

Tierna Davidson declares for NWSL College Draft – Equalizer Soccer

Women’s soccer takes center stage at this year’s United Soccer Coaches convention
In addition to the annual MLS and NWSL drafts, a delegation from the French soccer federation will hold a seminar on the country’s World Cup hosting plans.

World

Making January transfers will prove Manchester United have learned nothing

Mark Sampson: FA reaches settlement with former England women's boss over sacking - BBC Sport
The former England women's boss was sacked in 2017 after evidence emerged of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behavior with female players in a previous role.

Tottenham release update on stadium opening date – ProSoccerTalk
Games will not be played at Spurs' new 62,062 capacity home anytime soon.

'We sacrificed our lives for this': How U.S. prodigy Ben Lederman's career was almost ruined at Barcelona