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Major Link Soccer: Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe win Ballon d’Or

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The two are the top of the sport and won, pretty much as you would expect.

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This is from when they won awards together in September, not the Ballon d’Or.
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A handful of transactions across MLS yesterday, Re-Entry Draft today, Ballon d’Or yesterday, and much much more. Oh and Mario Balotelli can leave on a free next month, where should he go? You want him here?

Seattle

Ray Serrano’s Sounders Academy success is not the final destination, but it is a substantial step in the Moses Lake product’s journey with Tacoma Defiance. Ray Serrano Returns to Tacoma Defiance

The Ballon d’Or is the latest award for remarkable USA forward who has not shirked from voicing her opinions. Megan Rapinoe’s clean sweep is reward for her influence on and off field | Football | The Guardian

MLS/USL

Howard retired in October and now has a front office job. Howard is a minority owner of the club, buying in back in 2017 before the club started play in the USL Championship last year. Source: Tim Howard set to be named GM of USL Championship side Memphis 901

Apparently the Galaxy do have a budget for salaries. Report: LA Galaxy interest in Edinson Cavani cools due to requested salary | MLSsoccer.com

Antonio Bareiro, a striker with Libertad, would like to try and make it in MLS. A 30 year-old Paraguayan though, I’m not sure I see many suitors. (You will need to translate, sorry.) El “Demonio” to MLS?

Will Atlanta’s investment pay off? Has Barco improved his stock to a point where Atlanta can profit, or would this be taking a loss? Could they take a loss? And do you think Roma and/or Inter are smart in looking at Ezequiel Barco? (translate again...) Inter and Roma keeping tabs on Atlanta's Barco

Up to $400k in allocation for the striker, he joins a forward group that currently includes....David Accam, Abu Danladi, and...no one else you know. FC Dallas Trades Dominique Badji to Nashville SC | FC Dallas

New team and new stadium could be on there way to Rhode Island. The owner would be the co-chairman of Phoenix Rising, who would leave the the Arizona club. USL on verge of adding team in Pawtucket pending approval of development project – The Athletic

And here is the non-paywall article on the stadium for the future Pawtucket side. I really want a bunch of Family Guy jokes with this team, can they the Rhode Island Clams, or the Quahogs? Something, anything, come on!! Rhode Island Unveils 7,500-Seat Soccer-Specific Stadium Anchored by USL Championship Club

League owners are expected discuss Charlotte’s bid for the 30th team as part of regularly scheduled meetings in New York on Thursday. The South rivalry is growing, Orlando will replace Tampa Bay and if we can add a New Orleans team, we can recreate the NFC South. Panthers owner expected to pay $300M for MLS's 30th team - Charlotte Business Journal

$300k total of GAM and TAM combined for the former Liverpool man. Atlanta United acquire Brooks Lennon from Real Salt Lake | MLSsoccer.com

The Loons aim to pay him more than Brad Guzan, is any keeper (not named Stefan Frei) actually worth that?? Minnesota United offer would make Vito Mannone highest-paid goalkeeper in MLS | MLSsoccer.com

Your reminder that Day 2 of the Re-Entry Draft is today at 12pm PT. On the move? Seven players to watch during Stage Two of the Re-Entry draft | MLSsoccer.com

Of interest is defender Charalampos Chantzopoulos and former Defiance midfielder Ray Saari. Republic FC Exercises Contract Options to Begin Building 2020 Roster

USA

The city will have at least two more months to reach a deal to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to a new stadium near downtown, city officials say. I really did like the Las Vegas Lights FC I went to, so a team down there would be cool. Las Vegas soccer stadium deal talks extended | Las Vegas Review-Journal

It’s been 12 months with Gregg Berhalter, what do you think? His top star is definitely Jordan Morris, Pulisic who? Sergino Dest, Jordan Morris lead U.S.'s breakout stars in Gregg Berhalter's first year as manager

World

You already knew about Megan Rapinoe winning, if you got here from the front page, but yeah that Messi guy won another won. Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe win awards | Football | The Guardian

The incident happened at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Saturday. Met police investigate alleged homophobic chanting by West Ham fans - BBC Sport

Amazon coming into the streaming space for the Premier League is not the most welcomed involvement, especially when other American involvements off-the-field have not gone great. Amazon’s Premier League arrival comes with a hefty price tag for fans | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian

With the Ballon d’Or being handed out, let’s look at the 100 best female players in the world. How the Guardian ranked the 100 best female footballers in the world 2019 | Football | The Guardian

UEFA is supporting bringing the 2030 World Cup to the island nations. British and Irish chances of 2030 World Cup bid made more ‘credible’ | Football | The Guardian

I guess once Atleti, always Atleti isn’t a big thing. Atletico fans chant die at Griezmann on return with Barcelona

The manager and owner have each gotten into spats with Balotelli, oh and now the manager is out too. Balotelli to MLS next month, could it happen? Should it happen? Mario Balotelli can leave in January on free transfer - Brescia owner Massimo Cellino

Kristen Hamilton’s emergence as a goal machine is one reason why a lack of big attendances is so surprising. It’s ESPN’s W-League weekend review. W-League review: Hamilton makes history, attendances flat-line, and won't someone give Adelaide a break?

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM - Cremonese v. Empoli - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

9:00 AM - Genoa v. Ascoli - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

11:30 AM - Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth - English Premier League - NBC Gold

12:00 PM - Fiorentina v. Cittadella - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

12:15 PM - Burnley v. Manchester City - English Premier League - NBCSN