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Puget Sound

Watching MLS Cup at Home Motivates Defiance Defender Josh Atencio - We R Tacoma
With Seattle Sounders FC taking MLS Cup 2019, Tacoma Defiance captain Josh Atencio is going to work harder in 2020.

MLS / USL

Nashville picked with an eye toward trades, Miami picked with an eye toward depth. 2019 Expansion Draft results: Inter Miami, Nashville SC make their picks | MLSsoccer.com
MLS expansion teams Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC added new players to their squads during the 2019 Expansion Draft.

Catch up on all the trades following the MLS Expansion Draft | MLSsoccer.com
While a few of the faces selected Tuesday figure to be on the 2020 roster for the expansion sides, there was also some wheeling and dealing that saw some known faces from around the league changing teams.

2019 MLS Expansion Draft Grades | Ben Baer | MLSsoccer.com
Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC came into Tuesday night’s Expansion Draft with plenty of pieces in place, but with five selections, the two sides had a chance to really build out their rosters.

Who could have seen this coming?! LA Galaxy extend Pavon loan another year – ProSoccerTalk
The Argentinian will be back in MLS for the 2020 season.

The Sporks could be in for a handsome payday thanks to their young star. Manchester United show interest in Sporting KC’s Gianluca Busio - sources
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio has drawn interest from Fiorentina, Manchester United and Inter Milan, according to ESPN FC sources.

Thierry Henry opens up about Montreal Impact playing style, but tight-lipped on staff, roster | MLSsoccer.com
New Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry was tight-lipped about his coaching staff or roster for the 2020 season, but opened up on how he wants his team to play during his introductory press conference Monday.

Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas says manager has been chosen, announcement coming soon | MLSsoccer.com
Mas said that a final call has been made on the hire, and the much-anticipated announcement will be made in the near future.

Tony Beltran will be assistant GM at Real Salt Lake, Hansen tells ESPN 700 - RSL Soapbox
The move comes following Beltran’s retirement.

Beckerman weighing 2020 options, says Hansen - RSL Soapbox
It’s unclear if RSL’s long-time captain will return to the club, or if he’s set to retire.

The city has had an NPSL club for a while, but hasn’t seen pro soccer since the Blizzard shuttered in 2001. Initial Agreement Reached to Bring USL Championship to Buffalo
The awarding of the franchise is contingent upon the construction of a soccer-specific stadium in Buffalo, and completion of economic feasibility studies.

NWSL / Women’s soccer

With the Women’s World Cup expanding to 24 teams next cycle, potential hosts are needing to reevaluate their bids and get creative. Australia and New Zealand discuss dual bid for Women’s World Cup in 2023 | Football | The Guardian
Australia’s bid for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup is shaping to be a joint bid with New Zealand

World soccer

BREAKING: Mauricio Pochettino leaves Tottenham Hotspur - Cartilage Free Captain
Breaking news, and it’s not the good kind. Tottenham Hotspur released a club statement announcing that Mauricio Pochettino has left the club.

Tottenham sack manager Mauricio Pochettino after five years in charge - BBC Sport

That’s a lot of money that won’t be going to fixing the problems with their roster. Tottenham to pay over £19m to sack Pochettino and his staff - Cartilage Free Captain
That’s a Premier League record!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah (deep breath) ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Jose Mourinho in talks to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham boss - BBC Sport
Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is in talks to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager.

Mauricio Pochettino sacking: Have Tottenham made the right decision? - BBC Sport
Spurs’ decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino is a high-risk gamble that could be a defining moment for chairman Daniel Levy, writes Phil McNulty.

Euro 2020: Ukraine among top six seeds, France & Portugal unseeded
Ukraine will be one of the six top seeds for the Euro 2020 finals, leaving world champions France and holders Portugal unseeded.

Start writing your norovirus stories now. Making waves: Qatar World Cup will use cruise ships as floating hotels | The Guardian
Fans traveling to the 2022 World Cup will be offered a very different experience to the camp site or bed and breakfast.

Fewer foreigners in Liga MX alone won’t fix El Tri. Orlegi Sports and Santos Laguna may just have another answer - FMF State Of Mind
Proposed rule changes may help Mexican youth players get more first team minutes, but that only helps fix one issue facing players as they try to make it to El Tri.

Luis Enrique to return as Spain manager following daughter’s death - BBC Sport
Luis Enrique, whose daughter died from bone cancer in August, is returning as Spain manager five months after stepping down for personal reasons.

Serie A boss resigns after election investigation – ProSoccerTalk
Gaetano Micciche has resigned as the president of Serie A following an investigation into his election last year.

Rapinoe and Pique give Bale a lesson in how to tackle murky world of politics | The Guardian
The Wales forward may think of little other than football and golf, but not all athletes are so disengaged with the world around them.

Manchester City target new highs after announcing record £535m revenues | The Guardian
Manchester City’s annual report for 2018-19 shows a 6% rise on the 2017-18 revenue figures and a new Puma kit deal could help see them overhaul neighbors United next year.

He had a record of three wins and five losses, but the team sits in 22nd place and is likely to be relegation fodder. Diego Maradona out as manager after just two months at Argentine club Gimnasia
Diego Maradona is out as coach of Argentinian first division club Gimnasia La Plata after two months in charge.

It was a balmy -20°F there today. Sources: Manchester United players told to stay indoors at Astana
Manchester United players have been told not to go outside for more than 10 minutes at a time when they travel to Astana, due to cold conditions.

Eric Cantona: ‘Big democracies are, in a way, dictatorships’ | The Guardian
The former Manchester United striker tells Sid Lowe about ‘economic terrorism’, the suitcase that shed light on his family and trying to understand himself.

Ironically, this story runs on a day when there’s virtually no soccer on TV. There may be too much football on TV, but women cannot be accused of congesting airwaves

What’s on TV?

It’s slim pickings for any games going on around the globe today, and even slimmer in terms of broadcasts.

11:45 AM: Darlington vs. Walsall (FA Cup) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: Atlético Zacatepec vs. Atlante (Ascenco MX) — GolTV