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The Colorado Rapids solidify their centerback pairing for 2020. Spurs have a bunch of work to do but have Jose will bring the “happiness and passion,” MLS is doing an All-Star Game against Liga MX and it’ll be...something.

Seattle

Four more players were either 2nd team or honorable mentions. Three are Sounders Academy prospects, two Crossfire, and one was a.....Timbers Academy.... oh and Coach Clark. Bodily, Bartlow, Clark all honored among conference’s best after breakthrough season | Local Sports | dailyuw.com
Fresh off its first Pac-12 championship since 2013, the No. 6 Washington men’s soccer team gathered in several postseason awards for its efforts.

MLS/USL

Interim twice and now the permanent manager. Olave was the interim in 2018 and 2019 Jamison Olave Tabbed Fifth Head Coach in Team History after Leading Team to USL Championship Title | Real Salt Lake

The midfielder is still under contract for another two years with the Fire, so if this is more than just a visit there would need to be a fee. U.S., Chicago Fire midfielder Mihailovic training with Germany's Nurnberg
Chicago Fire midfielder Djordje Mihailovic is training with German second division side Nurnberg, the two clubs have confirmed.

In MLS transfer news, Colorado got busy and grabbed Aaron Trusty from the Union. Philadelphia Union Acquire Up To $750,000 In Allocation Money From Colorado Rapids | Philadelphia Union
Philly sent defender Auston Trusty to Rapids in exchange for $600,000 of guaranteed Allocation Money and up to an extra $150,000 in additional Allocation Money pending incentives.

Trusty wasn’t the only CB the Rapids acquired...Colorado Rapids permanently acquire Lalas Abubakar, add Auston Trusty in trade | MLSsoccer.com
The Colorado Rapids are wheeling and dealing, adding Lalas Abubakar permanently and reportedly also picking up Auston Trusty.

The rumors are definitely true, the all-star game is going to LA and is MLS v. Liga MX. MLS vs. Liga MX: 2020 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target heads to LA | MLSsoccer.com
The 2020 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will feature a first-of-its-kind summer showdown at Banc of California Stadium.

Multiple Sounders make the projected roster and starting lineup. MLS vs. Liga MX All-Stars: Who would win and what would this matchup look like today? | MLSsoccer.com
The All-Star Game we've all been waiting for is finally happening: MLS vs. Liga MX. But who would win if the game was played today?

Most teams roster decisions didn’t jump off the page but the Union declined the option for top of their top attackers. Philadelphia Union announce roster decisions for 2020 season | MLSsoccer.com
The Philadelphia Union announced their roster moves following the 2019 season, and Marco Fabian and Haris Medunjanin's departures headline the moves

Your thoughts on the jersey? Checkers Are Back for Indy in 2020
Really, this is not a bad jersey. Okay kind of is, I wish the sleeves still had the checkers too even though that would probably hurt my eyes but I want that.

Yes, it will be at the better of the two LA stadiums. LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium to host 2020 MLS All-Star Game - Angels on Parade
Now with Liga MX all-stars, too!

USA

Dawn Scott had been with US Soccer for 10-years before leaving for Phil Neville’s England team. US high-performance coach Dawn Scott switches to England Women
Phil Neville has persuaded Dawn Scott, the United States high-performance coach, to join the England Women set-up.

A lot went into getting the dual-eligible fullback to join the USMNT. How the USMNT found and kept Dest – ProSoccerTalk
Sergiño Dest completed a three-year process by committing to the USMNT late last month.

Losing to Canada, beating Canada, both happened in this year so...rate the overall year. I wouldn’t call it very good or even good. Rating the USMNT’s complete 2019 season – ProSoccerTalk
A look at the complete 2019 body of work for Gregg Berhalter and his crop of USMNT players.

The winger joined the La Masia academy 5 years ago, is 18 and plays for the U19s and is likely joining Barcelona B next season. Sources: Barcelona near new deal for U.S. youth international Konrad De La Fuente
Barcelona are in advanced talks to extend the contract of United States youth international Konrad De La Fuente, sources have told ESPN FC.

World

Obviously most of the Sounders should be on this list. I mean just duh. ESPN FC 100: Liverpool, Man City dominate our ranking of world's best soccer players
The ESPN FC 100 is back for 2019 and our annual ranking of the best in men's soccer made one thing clear: Liverpool rule this year.

Well that’ll go over well with the dude who LOVES to spend money. (See the tweet at the bottom) José Mourinho told Tottenham have no money to spend in January | Football | The Guardian
José Mourinho has been told that he will have to work with Tottenham’s existing squad as there is no money for an overhaul in January

Sampson was also in charge of the English National Women’s Team in the past. His comments were made while with Stevenage about transfer targets. Stevenage's Mark Sampson charged by FA over offensive remark about player | Football | The Guardian
Stevenage caretaker manager Mark Sampson has been charged by the Football Association with making an offensive remark.

I won’t lie...I read this as Kirby not Kirkby. Yelled Kirby! And imagined a pink Kirby going around eating soccer players... Liverpool hope £50m Kirkby training facility will inspire academy players | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool are on course for next summer’s move to a new £50m training facility in Kirkby that manager Jürgen Klopp believes will inspire the club’s academy prospects.

Well Spurs are definitely doing everything right for good TV, but for better TV they should’ve brought back Ted Lasso. Mourinho for Pochettino: are Spurs run by Amazon’s documentary makers? | Max Rushden | Football | The Guardian
Appointing Mourinho feels like a step backwards and it would be peak Spursy to hire this serial winner and still win nothing

In about a month we will know when Chelsea can buy players again. Chelsea verdict due mid-December in FIFA transfer ban case – ProSoccerTalk
Chelsea can expect a verdict within three weeks in its appeal to overturn a FIFA transfer ban for breaking youth transfer rules.

So AC Milan would be a better or worse club than LA Galaxy? Would everyone talk about him there? Report: AC Milan begins talks for Zlatan return – ProSoccerTalk
Zlatan is reportedly interested in a return to AC Milan, but is also considering another Serie A club.

From Citizens to Red Devils eventually, is that allowed? Sources: Manchester United target former City striker Edin Dzeko
Manchester United are considering a move for Roma's Edin Dzeko, who won two Premier League titles with the Red Devils' rivals, Manchester City.

I actually agree with this ranking and I am not the biggest golf guy. Sources: Gareth Bale flag celebration 'a bad joke' - Real Madrid
Real Madrid have labelled Gareth Bale's "Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order" flag celebration "a joke in very bad taste," sources at the club have told ESPN FC.

Jose is taking multiple coaches from Lille and now probably the Sporting Director. Campos used to be at Monaco when they were really good. Luis Campos open to joining Jose Mourinho at Tottenham as sporting director | Football News | Sky Sports
The current Lille sporting director told Sky Sports News last month that joining up with his fellow Portuguese in his next job would be a no-brainer.

Jose, not a coach normally known for happiness in the club so this will be interesting. Jose Mourinho: Tottenham's new manager says he will bring passion and happiness - BBC Sport
New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho promises to bring "passion" and "happiness" to the club.

It is crucial the players have the support of their manager. Georginio Wijnaldum: Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman backs midfielder's gesture - BBC Sport
Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman says Georginio Wijnaldum spoke to his team-mates about racism before making a gesture in the 5-0 win over Estonia.

I hope he ends up at Bayern Munich. Tottenham sacking may be liberating for Mauricio Pochettino - Guillem Balague column - BBC Sport
A changing dynamic, difficult situations and nothing else to say - Guillem Balague looks at why Mauricio Pochettino's departure from Tottenham was inevitable.

What’s on TV?

11:30 AM - Antwerp v. KAA Gent - Belgian First Division - B/R Live

12:40 PM - Switzerland v. USA - FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - FS2

3:50 PM - Paraguay v. Japan - FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - FS2