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Roman Torres, Juan Agudelo, and Diego Alonso are all headed to Miami. It’s not only end of the year wrap-up season, but end of the decade wrap-up season, and the closer we get to the transfer window opening the more rumors we get!

Seattle/Tacoma

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MLS

The Portuguese player has fallen out of favor with his Dutch team, which could be a boon for TFC. Toronto FC courting PSV Eindhoven’s Bruma? | Toronto Sun

His time as U-17 USMNT manager was less than glorious, but it’s now come to an end. At least he probably doesn’t have to look for a new house. Chicago Fire FC Names Raphael Wicky Head Coach | Chicago Fire FC

A few assistant coaches around the league have taken steps to advance their coaching careers by acquiring their US Soccer Pro License. Four MLS-based coaches complete US Soccer Pro License, more en route for 2020 | MLSsoccer.com

Diego Alonso’s last job was with Monterrey of Liga MX. His next job should be announced any time now. Reports - David Beckham's Inter Miami to make Diego Alonso first boss

If you’re an absolute degenerate, this mock draft might be worth a look. At the very least it’s a good look at some of the names you might see come draft day. 2020 MLS Mock Draft - DraftUtopia.com

Russell Canouse is apparently being pursued by SG Dynamo Dresden. A return to Germany might appeal to him, but a move to bottom-feeders in the 2. Bundesliga seems like a step down. Report: DC United's Russell Canouse drawing German interest | MLSsoccer.com

Robert Kraft, if he were to spend any time in prison for those felonies, would become even more of an absentee owner for the New England Revolution. New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Could Be Facing Felonies – CBS Miami

We know where Roman will be playing next season, and it’s not with the Seattle Sounders. I, for one, hope that he enjoys his time in Florida.Inter Miami CF sign former Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres as free agent | MLSsoccer.com

Minnesota United are looking to bolster their midfield with a young-ish player from the same team that Fredy Montero played for before joining the Sounders. Minnesota United reportedly interested in Deportivo Cali midfielder Christian Rivera | MLSsoccer.com

One way or another, the Sounders made it onto this list four times. Only one of the entries is really about them, though. Seven tectonic shifts that transformed MLS in the 2010s | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

NYCFC aren’t exactly strangers to Spanish players with Barca pedigrees in their 30s, so maybe the move would make sense for them. Inter Miami, NYCFC reportedly eyeing January move for Chelsea winger Pedro | MLSsoccer.com

Mauro Manotas has apparently drawn interest from three clubs in France, and Houston may already have his replacement lined up. Reports: Houston Dynamo could sell Mauro Manotas, find replacement in Uruguay | MLSsoccer.com

TFC may be the next to take a swing at signing a teenage star out of South America with an eye towards selling him in the future. Toronto FC reportedly in competition to sign young Penarol winger Facundo Pellistri | MLSsoccer.com

Several iconic Sounders cellies make the cut in this collection.The best celebrations from the 2019 MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

There was a time when Juan Agudelo seemed to be one of the brightest young players in the USMNT player pool. Now he’s...well, he’s going to Miami. Inter Miami CF Signs Forward Juan Agudelo  | Inter Miami CF

35 year-old Andres Iniesta has chosen to stay in Japan rather than join an MLS team - including the Montreal Sounders, according to this article. Iniesta says 'no' to three MLS offers

Orlando City may be bringing in a Peruvian national team player as their new goalkeeper. Se va de Alianza: Gallese tendría todo cerrado con Orlando City de la MLS | Ovación Corporación Deportiva

NWSL

Life as a footballer in the NWSL can be tough. Here, five players share their experiences of the US draft system.

Drafted and shafted: Life in the NWSL — TwentyTwo Women's Football Magazine

Answers to many of the WoSo questions that you surely have rest within. NWSL and USWNT mailbag: Expansion, referee quality and how best to get involved with women’s soccer – The Athletic

USA

One Sounder makes the list, with two more earning honorable mentions. Which players should be on the USMNT Best XI of the 2010s? - Stars and Stripes FC

Vlatko, as is to be expected, calls Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe into the USWNT January camp, along with 26 other players. Vlatko releases USWNT January camp roster - All For XI

It looks like Germany may be the landing spot for yet another promising young American. The Barcelona academy product seems to be set for his next challenge. Report: Konrad de la Fuente linked to Hertha Berlin - Stars and Stripes FC

World

This will be Zlatan’s second stint with the club, and floundering Milan needs all the goal-scoring help it can get. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has re-joined AC Milan

A team that has gone from one extreme to the next, Liverpool face a gruelling second half of the season in attempts to avoid the drop to the Championship. Liverpool, how did we get here? – WomensFootball.co.uk

Megan Rapinoe’s celebration is among the images from 2019 that point towards a parity in how male and female athletes are covered Powerful photographs perfectly illustrate rise of women's sport | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian

VAR, not Liverpool’s latest Premier League win, was the big talking point after the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton. Premier League: Liverpool win overshadowed by VAR embarrassment

Forest Green Rovers’ ‘Eco Park’, the world’s first football stadium made entirely out of wood, has been granted planning permission Forest Green Rovers granted planning permission for all-wooden stadium | Football | The Guardian

Scotland vs Argentina in the 2019 World Cup remains one of the most enjoyable and exciting games that I’ve ever seen.Women’s World Cup Moments of the Decade - All For XI

it looks like another big European club is being purchased by an American. This time it’s AS Roma being acquired for around $872 million.U.S. Billionaire Friedkin Nears Buying AS Roma Soccer Club - Bloomberg

Monterrey are Apertura champions, and will face the Sounders in the Campeones Cup. Monterrey beat Club América on penalties, win 2019 Liga MX Apertura title - FMF State Of Mind

They’re not all going to be pretty wins, and Wolves are a pretty solid team. Sometimes it’s good to just grind out a win. Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool’s Close Win Over Wolves: It Was a Tough Test - The Liverpool Offside

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