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You’ll never guess it, but there was another racist incident at a soccer game this weekend. FIFA also has some terrible ideas for advancing women’s soccer, MLS teams are making signing after signing from Liga MX, and news is coming out about some particularly bad deeds from people in power within Canadian soccer.

Seattle

A son of Tacoma who played in the Sounders Academy with Deandre Yedlin has a new lease on his sporting life with Forward Madison. This is how the Stars aligned for Forward Madison’s Jamael Cox

Olympique Lyonnais, NBA Star Tony Parker buy into National Women’s Soccer League, Reign FC. How soccer's Reign FC established a French connection | king5.com

MLS/USL

With Club Leon sizing up a new keeper, Yarbrough is expendable. Now Tab Ramos and the Dynamo are coming calling. Houston Dynamo chasing former USMNT goalkeeper

Tacoma Defiance are part of the “problem” for now, but even their current residence in a baseball park isn’t as bad as some others in the league. The USL has a ballpark problem – The Athletic

Three of the top 5 are acquisitions from Liga MX. One was a loaned player signed permanently, and the other was a young striker from Poland. The top 5 biggest transfers of the MLS offseason (so far) | MLSsoccer.com

The Bundesliga team will be spending part of their 2020 preseason going Full ‘Mingo. The friendly is a pretty big get for Forward Madison. Forward Madison to host FC Augsburg in spring exhibition

New York Red Bulls are just the latest to join the safe standing MLS club. Still Outlawed By England And UEFA, Safe Standing Gains Foothold In MLS

Major League Soccer will hopefully be on a lot of people’s TVs in 2020. The Seattle Sounders will feature in 14 of the league’s nationally broadcast games. MLS to enjoy record network TV coverage in 2020 | SportBusiness

It’s not a surprise to anyone who pays attention that TUDN and Univision dominate any other broadcasters when it comes to soccer viewership in the US. TUDN and Univision networks generated 50 per cent of all soccer viewership in US in 2019 | SportBusiness

New England Revolution are looking to the second division in France for a new centerback. New England Revolution poised to sign Samba Camara from Le Havre | Get French Football News

Chicago Fire FC have filled their vacant Sporting Director role by bringing on the former Sporting Director and Board Member of Swiss side FC Basel. Chicago Fire FC Names Georg Heitz Sporting Director | Chicago Fire FC

Crew SC splashed some pretty serious cash on their newest DP. The hope is that Zelarayan can fill the roughly Higuain-shaped hole in their team. Columbus Crew SC acquires attacking midfielder Lucas Zelarayan as a Designated Player

Adam Buksa is a 23 year-old forward who’s never played outside of Poland, but I’m sure that won’t be a problem. That’s at least what New England are counting on. Revolution acquire forward Adam Buksa as Designated Player | New England Revolution

Inter Miami apparently made a run at Carlo Ancelotti, but now have their hopes set on convincing Patrick Vieira to make a return to MLS. David Beckham's Inter Miami want Patrick Vieira as head coach - sources

Could it really be happening? Could NYCFC really be getting their own home? Maybe. A First Look at NYCFC's Bronx Stadium Plan – The Outfield

Orlando City may be sending just under $1 million to Corinthians for a 30 year-old Brazilian central midfielder. You can probably write that off as not a great signing right now. Benja: Corinthians recebe proposta de R$ 3,6 milhões e fica perto de perder Júnior Urso para os EUA

NWSL

After flirting with expansion for months, the league announced that Sacramento will not join for 2020. The NWSL will not expand in 2020 – Equalizer Soccer

USA

With World Cup qualification on the line, where should the US be hosting their games? Stars and Stripes FC have some suggestions, but foolishly none of them are CenturyLink Field. Where should the USMNT play in the Hex? - Stars and Stripes FC

Matthew Olosunde’s career hasn’t exactly had the arc that one might hope for when a teenager trades New York/New Jersey for Manchester. No longer with Manchester United, the 21 year-old hopes that playing in League One can help propel him forward. Matthew Olosunde learned from the best at Man United. Now, his return to USMNT, MLS goes through Rotherham | abc7ny.com

Portland Community Football Club are trying to solve the accessibility problem in American soccer. How To Fix US Soccer — We Found One Club That Found A Way

World

The Women’s World Cup could be staged every two years, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Friday. FIFA considers staging Women's World Cup every 2 years | AP

The 2019 Women’s World Cup was an undeniable success by any measure. Why wouldn’t you want to make it happen more often? FIFA Wants Women’s World Cups Every Two Years, But Why Stop There?

If FIFA really wants to help women’s soccer, there are way better ways than diluting its greatest event. FIFA’s idea to hold the women’s World Cup every 2 years would be really dumb - SBNation.com

A long awaited independent report into alleged misconduct by former Vancouver Whitecaps FC employees has finally been released. Third-party report says Whitecaps didn’t attempt to ‘cover up’ 2008 misconduct allegations – Equalizer Soccer

The Vancouver Whitecaps grabbed headlines earlier this year for the worst kinds of reasons and...they still haven’t really done anything to solve the problems of their past. Daphne Bramham: 12 years after harassment complaints, Whitecaps policies still lacking | Vancouver Sun

There’s really no excuse for Bob Birarda having been able to continue coaching after the Canadian Soccer Association fired him for inappropriate behavior with female players. Canadian Soccer Association won’t say why fired national team coach didn’t face suspension | CBC News

Liverpool beat Flamengo to become Club World Cup champs. They are the champions of the champions of champions. Digging Deeper Into Liverpool Becoming Champions of the World - The Liverpool Offside

Another week, another disgusting demonstration of racism at a soccer game. This time it was Tottenham fans harassing Antonio Rudiger after Heung-min Son was red carded. Willian double earns Chelsea win at Tottenham and racism mars game | Football | The Guardian

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