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Giuseppe Rossi with LAFC on trial, SheBelieves Cup begins, who won MLS offseason and more

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Almiron was one of the many players to leave MLS this past offseason to play overseas.
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Seattle

Book excerpt: How Jordan Morris navigated politics of U.S. soccer to become Sounders’ hometown star – The Athletic ($)
When it finally came time for Jordan Morris to decide where to begin his professional career, it no longer felt like his choice alone.

Plans for new arena at Seattle Center show project is more than a renovation | king5.com
We now know the scope of the new arena at Seattle Center after updated figures were released at a public presentation at Pacific Science Center Tuesday night.

Sounders plant 370 trees at Point Rediscovery in commitment to be carbon neutral | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS

MLS Season Preview - SBNation.com
SB Nation’s MLS team brands take a deeper look at the 2019 season.

MLS begins 2019 amid a massive transformation: Tenorio on the state of the league – The Athletic ($)
After years of relative isolation, MLS is opening up—and reaping the rewards

MLS became a 'selling league' in 2019 with Almiron, Adams and Davies exits... and that's a good thing
For years, Major League Soccer has focused on bringing talent in but some high-profile sales this winter might have a bigger impact in the long run.

Stejskal: Who won the offseason? Rapids, Loons, Columbus all have a case | MLSsoccer.com

Making sense of the Ola Kamara transfer - LAG Confidential
At this moment Ola Kamara is somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on a plane to China to complete a transfer to an unknown Super League club.

Former Italian international Giuseppe Rossi on trial with LAFC - Angels on Parade
Injury-ravaged forward looking to continue career.

San Jose Earthquakes preview: Players understanding what Almeyda is asking for ahead of 2019 MLS season | Goal.com
San Jose Earthquakes manager Matias Almeyda and his interpreter are making sure everyone knows what's expected to turn around last year's worst MLS team

Waston Named Club Captain | FC Cincinnati

Women’s Soccer

USA ties Japan 2-2 in shaky start to SheBelieves - Stars and Stripes FC
Some solid games out of a few players, but also shaky moments out of a Sauerbrunn-less defense

Vero Boquete: the Spaniard so good she has a stadium named after her | Football | The Guardian
Vero Boquete, Spain’s record scorer, has revolutionized football in her home city and has petitioned to get female players on computer games

USWNT: With World Cup closing in, SheBelieves Cup takes on added importance | Goal.com
The U.S. will have a chance to replicate the knockout phase of this summer's tournament in France in its upcoming three matches

New Rules to Be Piloted at 2019 SheBelieves Cup - U.S. Soccer
In preparation for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup and the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, U.S. Soccer has received approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to pilot three changes to the Laws of the Game during the upcoming tournament.

Olivia Moultrie is a sign of the times | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer
Olivia Moultrie’s endorsement deal with Nike is a sign of new times in the world of sports and soccer. Is the 13-year-old too young to feel this type of pressure?

World

Thomas Tuchel wanted to play day after 2017 bus bombing, new book alleges - Fear The Wall
As details unfold, it appears all is not quite as it seemed.

Alphonso Davies: Work in progress at Bayern | Pro Soccer USA
It was one of the most celebrated transfers in Canadian soccer history. In July Alphonso Davies had joined German giants Bayern in a deal worth $12m.

2019 League Schedule – Canadian Premier League