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Lodeiro’s best friend is talking about coming to MLS again.

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It’s the MLS off-season, but not really the fun part of it. It is NCAA tournament season, though, and the Huskies are moving on. Luis Suarez is thiiiiis close to coming to MLS, Liverpool continue to win, and Sporting Kansas City would like that hot dog when you’re done with it.

Seattle/Tacoma

Players on first-team contracts who spent significant time with Tacoma Defiance, like Justin Dhillon, Danny Leyva and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez are all going to be back next year. Sounders Bring Back Several Key Defiance Loanees - Tacoma Defiance

Pete Fewing’s Seattle University team ended their season with a loss on penalties to Stanford in the NCAA tournament. Heartbreak in Palo Alto - Seattle University Redhawks Athletics
No. 16 Seattle University men’s soccer saw its season end in penalty kicks at No. 7 Stanford on Sunday evening. The Redhawks played the Cardinal to a 1-1 draw in the NCAA Tournament second round match at Cagan Stadium, with Stanford advancing, 2-1, in penalties.

The Jamie Clark-led Huskies, however advance to face Marshall in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Bodily Leads Huskies Past Boston College, 2-0 - University of Washington Athletics
The Official Athletics Site for the University of Washington. Watch game highlights of Washington Huskies games online, get tickets to Huskies athletic events, and shop for official Washington Huskies gear in the team store.

MLS/USL/Lower-Leagues

“Come to MLS, Luis,” Nico says. “It’ll be fun!” Suarez 'very happy' at Barcelona but MLS switch a possibility
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has spent six seasons at Camp Nou but has admitted the thought of playing in America is a "nice possibility".

“Play with me in Seattle,” he continued as he sipped from his gourd. “I’ll make you mate every day!” Barcelona’s Luis Suarez says MLS move is a ‘nice possibility’ - Barca Blaugranes
The Barcelona striker is tempted by the United States

Austin continues to prepare for MLS, and another person chooses to leave the City Group. Sporting Director Claudio Reyna leaves NYCFC for Austin FC - Hudson River Blue
Technical Director David Lee to take over following Reyna’s absence

I know I’m finally getting what I wanted: another opportunity to see MLS players get cooked by Liga MX players. MLS vs. Liga MX All-Star Game is on and we’re all the way here for it - FMF State Of Mind
After many, many controversial decisions by the Liga MX and MLS to create new partnerships, their latest one is not just not bad; it’s great!

You know that thing when all of your friends think that your new boyfriend sucks and you should just dump him, but you’re like, “you just don’t understand, he’s sweet when it’s just us. I love him!” Chicago Fire unveil new logo, tweaked name - Chicago Sun-Times

Could Las Vegas become the first MLS team with a dispensary sponsorship? Las Vegas Lights Keep Entertainment Top Of Mind With MLS Looming
As the city continues its journey to become an MLS market, the Las Vegas Lights are focused on continued growth and remaining a fun-loving organization.

It’s not stated who the rumored MLS team is, but why wouldn’t it be the Timbers looking for an Argentine striker on a Liga MX team again? They look for Franco Jara in Mexico and the MLS
Pachuca está dispuesto a soltar a su goleador histórico, quien a sus 31 años interesa en el mercado de fichajes.

I have truly never wanted a player to come to MLS than I want to see Balotelli come here. He doesn’t need to play for Seattle, I just want him in this league. Rumor: Mario Balotelli interested in MLS move? | MLSsoccer.com
Mario Balotelli is struggling at current club Brescia, and could be on the move soon, possibly to MLS

Macklemore and Russell Wilson are at least infinitely better than having Tony Robbins in your team’s ownership group. Tony Robbins Has Been Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A High Schooler At A Summer Camp
The self-help megastar arrived at the summer camp as a star guest. He left with one accuser, two eyewitnesses, and dozens of others who would remember the day's dark turn for decades.

Bad news for Pareja’s Xolos team could be good news for Orlando. MLS coaching vacancies: Reports on Pareja to Orlando, RSL-Kreis talks "deteriorated" | MLSsoccer.com
Five MLS teams remain without a head coach as Thanksgiving week opens in the United States and the winter holiday season looms.

You either have to be some sort of savant or an idiot with a remarkable ego to even try to run a team on your own. Inside Nashville SC's round-table brain trust aiming to propel MLS expansion success | MLSsoccer.com
With barely three months to go until their MLS debut, it’s safe to say that Nashville SC have a lot on their plate.

It would be nice to hear about more than just making compost for your network of fields, but at least it’s something. Maybe more than just Seattle and Kansas City could announce some sort of climate change action within MLS. Sporting Kansas City help fight climate change by recycling food waste | MLSsoccer.com
Sporting Kansas City is trying to do their part to help combat climate change. The club gave a presentation this week at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Indianapolis on Wednesday, going over the steps they've implemented to recycle the excess food waste that accumulates at their home matches.

The Timbers do love a young fullback. Report: Portland Timbers acquiring Venezuelan U-20 right back Pablo Bonilla | MLSsoccer.com
TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Report The Portland Timbers are the latest MLS club to dive into Venezuela’s burgeoning pool of soccer talent, according to a new report.

It’s quite the bold claim, but more focus on youth development is certainly a good thing. Real Salt Lake’s new academy director of coaching: ‘Within a couple of years, I bet the gap between European football and American football will be gone’ – The Athletic
Dutchman Arnold Rijsenburg helped develop several members of Belgium's current golden generation, but now he aims to boost RSL and the U.S.

If you leave your country, you need some place to go. For some of the Cuban players who leave theirs, they go to Fortuna SC in Miami. Amateur club Fortuna SC gives exiled Cuban players a shot at glory, sense of community
What happens when Cuban players decide not to return to the island in hopes of playing pro soccer? Some find a path with an amateur side in Miami.

The Phoenix Rising star could make a historic move for the league. EXCLUSIVE: Turkish side Gaziantep offer €5 million for USL best player Solomon Asante - Ghana Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results - GHANAsoccernet
Turkish side Gaziantep F.K have made a €5 million offer for Phoenix Rising captain Solomon Asante ahead of the winter transfer window, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively report.

It wouldn’t all be good, but these are some of the sorts of things MLS misses out on through the exclusive deal with Adidas. North America’s indie kitmakers are giving youth and lower division teams unique identities – The Athletic
Setting themselves apart from the cookie-cutter designs of larger kitmakers, a group of small companies are bringing style to the grassroots

A team dropping out isn’t the reason for a revised schedule announcement, but that’s reality in the indoor league. MASL ANNOUNCES REVISED 2019-2020 SCHEDULE - Major Arena Soccer League

NWSL

The Houston Dash are looking to improve their team through a star player for Tigres Femenil. Jacquie Ovalle, a una firma de unirse al futbol profesional estadounidense | Liga MX Femenil | TUDN
La futbolista de Tigres Femenil está muy cerca de Houston Dash, actual subcampeón de la NWSL.

USA

This guy, Christian Pulisic, played for Chelsea as they lost to Manchester City. Americans Abroad: Dest assists in Ajax win; Boyd scores – ProSoccerTalk
Performances from Dest and Boyd stand out in an overall quiet week for Americans abroad.

World

It’s hard to make a fair tournament with such disparity between the levels. The Conti’ Cup continues to make us feel gross - All For XI
60 goals in 11 matches? Mate I don’t want to see that.

Folks, we’ve got about three years until Mourinho starts cutting his own hair and things at Tottenham really get fun. Welcome to the José Mourinho Experience, Tottenham Fans - The Ringer
After five years of overachieving, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy decided the team needed a new voice, so he replaced manager Mauricio Pochettino with José Mourinho. It’s a high-risk, high-reward hire that brings the self-proclaimed "Special One" back to the Premier League.

Honestly, Unai Emery kind of seems like an alien to me, and I’d be afraid to try to fire him. Maybe that’s why he’s still there?Premier League review: Do Arsenal really think their situation is going to get any better?
Arsenal show no signs of improvement, so why is Unai Emery still in charge? PLUS: Liverpool march on, and City get a big win, but at what cost?

It was a heck of a ride. Fun times in the middle of the table. Blades, Red Devils engage in thrilling 3-3 draw – ProSoccerTalk
A match with almost everything saw Sheffield United throw aside a two-goal lead but rally for a 3-3 draw with Manchester United.

That’s one hell of a line as a warning to your manager. Watzke’s ultimatum for Lucien Favre: “A happy fart never comes from a miserable ass” | The Yellow Wall
BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke spoke at the member's assembly on Sunday. He conceded that Dortmund should have added another striker in the summer and hinted at an ultimatum for Lucien Favre.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a prince, and I just want him to be happy. Beating Crystal Palace ‘Meant A Lot’ To Trent Alexander-Arnold - The Liverpool Offside
While we can never banish the bogey team feeling for fans, it’s a little easier for players like Trent to move on.

What’s on TV today?

6:00 AM - Chennaiyin V. Hyderabad (Indian Super League) - ESPN+

6:00 AM - Lecce V. Cagliari (Serie A) - ESPN. +

11:45 AM - SPAL V. Genoa (Serie A) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Aston Villa V. Newcastle United (Premier League) - NBCSN