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Major Link Soccer: Bow out for Washington

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The Huskies men’s soccer team falls to Georgetown.

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It’s the off-season, so some MLS teams are shopping. The Sounders Academy had a busy weekend, it’s tough to find enough referees to support all the professional soccer growth, and the Huskies saw their NCAA College Cup run come to an end.

Seattle/Tacoma

Diaz and Gonzalez both scored, but it wasn’t enough to beat an NYCFC team that finished its chances. The Sounders went on to win their following game, but finished behind NYCFC in their group. New York City FC U-18/19 Tops Seattle Sounders FC 3-2 in Cross-Country Clash at Allstate Da Winter Cup

Their College Cup run may have ended earlier than they’d like, but Lesle Gallimore is heading out the door with a nice bit of recognition for her staff.Huskies Earn Regional Coaching Staff Of The Year - University of Washington Athletics

The Huskies got off to a good start, and Blake Bodily had a couple of chances that he’ll be thinking about for a while, but they just didn’t have enough to beat Georgetown. Sounders Academy product Paul Rothrock did advance to the semifinals with GU, though. UW soccer’s magical run comes to an end with NCAA quarterfinal loss to Georgetown | The Seattle Times

At least Jamie Clark and his staff won’t go home empty-handed. Washington Named Regional Coaching Staff Of The Year - University of Washington Athletics

A lot of work goes into the creation of a single pair of commemorative boots that will never retail and sometimes never see the light of day ‘It’s not just another shoe’: Inside the creation of Nike’s one-of-one boots for Ballon d’Or winner Megan Rapinoe – The Athletic

Fifteen years on from being part of a community-based sports club in Lyon, the team now known as Olympique Lyonnais Feminin are the major force in women’s football. Meet the new majority owners of Reign FC. The inside story of Lyon's relentless winning machine

MLS/USL

The US has sent more teams to the competition than any other country, with 15. The Sounders have participated in the most of any US team, with 2020 marking their sixth Champions League appearance. United States teams building solid legacy in SCCL

River Plate attackers are so hot right now. Report: Inter Miami make offer for River Plate star Exequiel Palacios | MLSsoccer.com

“We have a small and elite, but aging list of referees, and as the league expands exponentially, our current list is not sufficient to handle what’s going to happen five years from now.” Mark Geiger on the demands of officiating a growing sport – Professional Referee Organization

Montreal Impact seem set to bring one of the Canadians plying their trade in Liga MX back home. Stephen Eustáquio is a 22 year-old Portuguese-Canadian midfielder. Da Cruz Azul to know its transferable list - Criterio Hidalgo

National Futsal Premier League had a solid start to life. In their second season they’ll be welcoming three new teams to the fold, bringing the number of teams to 10 total. 2020 Season Schedule Released - National Futsal Premier League

It’s weird to sign a 14 year-old to a professional contract. It’s good that the league is better set-up to support the youngsters signing on with pro teams now than it was for Adu, though. Sixteen years after Freddy Adu, why 14-year-old pros are no longer an oddity in MLS | MLSsoccer.com

I don’t particularly want to see any of them in Seattle, but all five are pretty good shouts. Joao Plata almost certainly will get some looks from teams. Five top players now free agents after MLS Re-Entry process | MLSsoccer.com

Everyone loves a Goal of the Year competition. 2019 USL Championship Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year – Round 2

Colorado Springs is getting a glow-up in 2020. The Switchbacks have broken ground on their new stadium, and dropped a new look logo to go with the new home. Switchbacks Break Ground on New 8,000-Seat Downtown Stadium

USA

The team’s new manager Vlatko Andonovski will have some tough decisions to make ahead of the tournament in Japan. USWNT Olympic roster: Projecting the 18 players to go to Tokyo 2020 | Goal.com

U.S. Soccer’s backroom leaders met in Chicago this weekend to discuss a variety of topics that affect the future of the sport in the United States. U.S. Soccer board meeting: Who'll be the next CEO? What will the new USMNT GM do? And more

In an effort to get all levels on the same page, U.S. Soccer is requiring coaches and staffers to live and work in Chicago. But is it going to ultimately be a detriment? U.S. Soccer: Earnie Stewart defends controversial hiring policy

Sargent should return from a small muscle tear in January. I’m starting to worry that there’s a curse on American forwards who go to Werder, and am especially glad Jordan Morris didn’t sign there. Josh Sargent to miss rest of 2019 due to minor injury - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Brisbane get their first victory of the season with the help of some dark arts but Perth remain winless as they sink to the bottom of the W-League. W-League review: Brisbane get off the mark thanks to the Gorry Waddle

Unai Emery wasn’t helping things, but he wasn’t the reason for Arsenal’s problems. Those problems aren’t going to get any closer to being solved with a new manager. Arsenal’s Issues Won’t Be Fixed After Sacking Unai Emery - The Ringer

Mourinho apparently wants to get back together. Fellaini’s friends keep telling him that it’s going to be the same as it always with Mourinho, and he should just ignore his texts. Mourinho veut Fellaini en janvier à Tottenham ! - DH Les Sports+

You hate to see it. You absolutely hate to see Pep Guardiola suggest his team just can’t hang with the likes of Manchester United. Guardiola: 'Man City might not be able to compete with top teams' - BBC Sport

Culture

‘AI Dungeon 2’ is very good and very fun. This AI text game has helped me fulfill my wildest dreams - SBNation.com

What’s on TV today?

12:00 PM: West Ham United vs. Arsenal (English Premier League) — NBCSN

3:30 PM: Brazil U-20 Vs. France U-20 (Women’s International Friendly) — ussoccer.com