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Major Link Soccer: Winter window Deadline Day

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The winter window slams shut across the globe, except MLS, today.

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Today is Deadline Day around the world. Today is NOT MLS Deadline Day, the Sounders can still add players in any mechanism they want. But today is when the winter window closes across the top leagues in Europe and craziness will ensue. Follow along and share what the nut-so business going on is. Current rumor, Gareth Bale back to Tottenham (yes that one again) though Real is trying to water on that fire.

MLS

The new mayor threw a massive wrench in the stadium plans and is not playing nice with MLS (good for the mayor). The sides hope for a mutually agreeable solution and expect to have an update regarding the project by February 6. Joint Statement from Nashville SC and Major League Soccer | Nashville SC

His association with one of American soccer’s pioneering pillars of supporters culture hasn’t just made him a major part of the D.C. soccer community. It’s keeping him alive. Robert 'Big Rob' Gillespie Battles Cancer With Support from Fellow D.C. United Fans | Washington City Paper

Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S. Soccer on Thursday announced an exclusive official data deal with Stats Perform, the revolutionary leader in sports AI and data. Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer select Stats Perform as exclusive global data partner | MLSsoccer.com

Come on now MLS is advertising through your calendar - Black And Red United

WoSo

And if Sinclair doesn’t want to talk up her own accomplishments, we will. Chritine Sinclair’s FIFA international goals record might stand forever - SBNation.com

Gunners captain Kim Little has joined Fifpro’s new players’ council as she tries to give back to the game and influence what happens next. Arsenal’s Kim Little looks to union to keep change in right direction | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian

USA

The team might have been rusty, but Williams was giving it her all. A closer look: Lynn Williams makes a case for herself against Haiti - All For XI

There are warning signs with the current United States Women’s National Team player pool right now. Is the USWNT Aging Themselves Towards a Cliff? | Backline Soccer

Why was nobody at the game? Why was it broadcast on a channel nobody gets? There are no good answers to these questions when the most popular women’s soccer team on the planet is playing. USWNT: CONCACAF doing disservice with Olympic qualifiers

The USWNT’s power couple has overcome plenty of challenges to become who they are, the type of strong women brands like Budweiser want to get behind. USWNT’s Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris hit the Super Bowl as trailblazing role models ready for the future | Yahoo Sports

Greuther Furth manager Stefan Leitl confirmed Thursday that Green has no timetable for a return. Green diagnosed with ankle ligament injury | SBI Soccer

Big move closing in for the USMNT fullback. Reports: AC Milan reach agreement to sign Antonee Robinson - Stars and Stripes FC

While the last couple of years have involved a lot of soul-searching and fretting about the USMNT’s place in the Concacaf hierarchy, there actually are reasons to believe Arena’s declaration is sound and the ship will then remain righted for qualifying campaigns (plural) to come. Here are three. Three reasons to believe Bruce Arena is right about USMNT reaching World Cup 2022 | MLSsoccer.com

World

Premier League spending is closing in on £200m in January - here’s all you need to know about transfer deadline day. Today is always silly and fun. Transfer news: Spending exceeds £1.5bn - plus all you need to know about deadline day - BBC Sport

Despite a month-long courting by Atletico Madrid, the out-of-contract Uruguayan is set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after failed negotations. Miami was reportedly an option as well, unclear if that is still on the table. Report: Cavani to stay at PSG after Atletico Madrid transfer falls through - ProSoccerTalk | NBC Sports

Gareth Bale will not make a shock return to Tottenham, sources have told ESPN, while coach Zinedine Zidane has said he is “counting on” the forward. Daniel Levy though is supposedly in Madrid, which would not be for nothing. Real Madrid's Gareth Bale not set for Spurs return - sources

Does Brazilian soccer need a breakaway moment to modernize? State Championships Prevent Progress In Brazilian Soccer

Sports Writing

If you miss all your favorite Deadspin writers, they are together for a deluge of Super Bowl writing. Let’s Do Some Blogs – Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog Dot Com

What’s on TV?

11:00 AM - AZ Alkmaar v. RKC Waalwijk

11:30 AM - Hertha Berlin v. Schalke 04 - Bundesliga - Fox Sports 2

7:00 PM - Atlas v. Tijuana - Liga MX - TUDN

Also watch this because why not.