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The draft is here! Nashville and Miami will make their picks

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Today, Seattle learns if it will lose a player to Inter Miami CF or Nashville SC. Manchester United is down in results, revenue, and up in debt. An update on MLS coaching searches. And Sky Blue FC is moving their home games.

Seattle

Garth keeps getting teams to the final, also wins it a lot, so... maybe he is just really good at what he does. Garth Lagerwey: Seattle GM the ultimate MLS contender builder - Sports Illustrated
After building the Real Salt Lake teams that appeared in two MLS Cups, Garth Lagerwey has now taken Seattle to three.

MLS

EXPANSION DRAFT DAY!!! Unlike some previous years, Nashville and Miami have already started making their signings. State of Nashville SC, Inter Miami rosters heading into the Expansion Draft | MLSsoccer.com
On Tuesday, that development will speed up with the Expansion Draft. Each side will have five selections from across the league. It'll be an exciting day, stuffed with rumors and trades on top of the 10 total players selected between the teams.

Weirdly Seattle will not host a team for its inagural match...finally. Nashville SC to host Atlanta United in inaugural MLS match | MLSsoccer.com
Nashville SC announced their opening game in MLS will be Feb. 29 at Nissan Stadium against Atlanta United

Busio had some great minutes with the US U-17s and now Euro clubs are calling. Will he leave? Probably is my guess. Report: Fiorentina lead pack of European clubs keen on Sporting KC's Gianluca Busio | MLSsoccer.com
Fiorentina lead pack of European clubs keen on Sporting KC's Gianluca Busio.

A handful of MLS teams fired coaches, one made a move, and others have some ideas. MLS coaching vacancies update: Montreal make a splash, Chicago start over | MLSsoccer.com
MLS Cup 2019 is in the books, the Expansion Draft is nigh, the winter international transfer window is fast approaching and players begin reporting for preseason camps in about two months. So where do MLS coaching vacancies stand?

The USL final was Sunday, here is another recap on the match. USL Championship Final: Real Monarchs dethrone Louisville City
Real Monarchs SLC overcame an early goal to defeat Louisville City in the USL Championship Final.

The German born striker had a great season in the USL and now will apply his trade in Miami with Inter. El Paso Locomotive Forward Jerome Kiesewetter Signs with MLS Club Inter Miami FC

New version of the All-Star game is coming! Liga MX all-stars will face MLS All-stars
Major League Soccer is bringing its annual mid-summer all-star game to Los Angeles next season, when the league’s top players will be matched against a team of all-stars from Mexico’s Liga MX.

Getting fired can sometimes be a good thing, for Henry hopefully it helps him when he arrives in Montreal. Montreal Impact boss Thierry Henry - I've learned a lot since Monaco sacking
Thierry Henry hopes his disastrous experience a Monaco manager will benefit him in his new role as coach of Montreal Impact.

NWSL

After a handful of games were played at Red Bull Arena last year and that Sky Blue FC had a terrible stadium, they are moving for 2020. Great arrangement to play in Harrison, NJ. New York Red Bulls and Sky Blue FC Announce New Partnership - Sky Blue FC

USA

Chick-fil-A also set out who they plan to donate to in the future. This likely leads to more people eating Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A ending anti-LGBTQ donations - Outsports
After years of criticism, the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s new charitable strategy finally ends donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Salvation Army.

The USMNT likely has been told to stay quiet, especially if they want call-ups to continue, but they should stand-up for what is right. USWNT equal pay: Ashlyn Harris calls out USMNT silence
Ashlyn Harris says team needs 'men to step up' and see their value and worth.

World

Son had his red card repealed and while Tottenham felt it was an easy decision, the panel did not. FA panel details ‘very challenging case’ to rescind Son red card – ProSoccerTalk
"It was concluded that Son had made a challenge which would warrant no more than a caution rather than a straight red card."

Apparently the “crowd noise” was just random not racist comments and the player was confused...or that was a load of...poop. Ahmad Mendes Moreira: Den Bosch apologise for 'crow sounds' statement - BBC Sport
Den Bosch apologise to Excelsior Rotterdam's Ahmad Mendes Moreira for stating he mistook "crow sounds" for racist abuse during Sunday's Dutch second division match.

Here is the incident that was the “crowd noise”. Racially abused Excelsior winger Moreira labelled ‘pathetic little man’ by opposition manager
Excelsior’s Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who was subjected to racial abuse Sunday, was called a “pathetic little man” by Den Bosch boss Erik Van der Ven.

England has under-performed, arguably, but especially to the English. Gareth Southgate admits Euro 2020 is key to him remaining England manager | Football | The Guardian
Gareth Southgate is cautiously planning for the Qatar World Cup in 2022 but after a turbulent week with England said: ‘I’m realistic about how quickly the tides can turn’.

The Russians keep having this problem across all sports. Russia could be banned from Olympics and Euro 2020 over drug anomalies | Sport | The Guardian
The World Anti-Doping Agency is expected to recommend Russia be found ‘non-compliant’ over anomalies in drug data between 2012 and 2015.

Good, action taken after homophobic abuse. Man arrested after Wycombe goalkeeper alleges he was target of homophobic abuse | Football | The Guardian
A man has been arrested after the Wycombe Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Ryan Allsop, alleged homophobic abuse was aimed at him during Sunday’s League One game at Tranmere.

Poch, a great manager and last year’s Champions League Runner-Up, is likely getting fired. Tottenham has become stale and it is a problem. Mauricio Pochettino holds crisis talks with Daniel Levy as Tottenham's players brace for managerial change
Mauricio Pochettino has held talks with chairman Daniel Levy over his Tottenham Hotspur future as players at the club brace themselves for a managerial change.

Women’s players in Spain are arguing for a CBA and good wages. Footballers in Spain make their stand and it pays off as clubs cede in player-wages dispute
While the inaugural Women's Football Weekend in the WSL attracted 74,247 attendees this past weekend, Spain's first division was at a standstill.

Apparently missing Champions League costs real money. Manchester United feel the pinch of failure to qualify for Champions League as they brace for £67m revenue drop
Manchester United are braced for a revenue drop of up to 67 million pounds this season as the club starts to feel the pinch of their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Oh and when you need to spend to buy players to improve your club to make Champions League again, to replace that revenue, you just grow your debt. Man Utd debt climbs to $500m as club spends to halt decline – ProSoccerTalk
Manchester United’s attempt to strengthen its underperforming squad has proved costly.

And last in the United train, here are players they (and others) are aiming to sign in January. Report: Loader, Haaland to Man United; Upamecano to Man City – ProSoccerTalk
Latest transfer news from around the Premier League ahead of the January window.

The FIFA dates are bad; just terrible, horrible, no good very bad days. FIFA just confirmed the dates for World Cup 2022, and it’s real bad - Cartilage Free Captain
Well, at least it's during the MLS offseason, but nevermind that players will invariably be called away before MLS Cup.

Kim Little is crushing it. Miedema, Little score as Gunners down Spurs in WSL North London Derby - The Short Fuse
Kim Little still killing it.

Leeds United was a target of Red Bull a few years ago, this time Qatar’s state Sports Investment Group is likely to buy them. PSG owners closing in on Leeds United takeover - sources
PSG owners QSI are getting a step closer to a takeover of English second division club Leeds United, sources have told ESPN FC on Monday.

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM - Montenegro v. Belarus - Friendly - ESPN+

9:00 AM - Croatia v. Georgia - Friendly - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Netherlands v. Estonia - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Germany v. Northern Ireland - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+, TUDN

11:45 AM - Wales v. Hungary - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN2, ESPN+

11:45 AM - Slovakia v. Azerbaijan - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Poland v. Slovenia - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Latvia v. Austria - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - North Macedonia v. Israel - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Belgium v. Cyprus - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - San Marino v. Russia - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Scotland v. Kazakhstan - Euro 2020 Qualifier - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Bromley v. Bristol Rovers - FA Cup - ESPN+

2:30 PM - El Salvador v. Dominican Republic - CONCACAF Nations League - TUDN

4:30 PM - USA v. Cuba - CONCACAF Nations League - FS1, TUDN

4:30 PM - Mexico v. Bermuda - CONCACAF Nations League - UniMas