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Multiple teams were involved in a trade that brought the former NWSL MVP to the Rose City.

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Cristian Roldan is at a crossroads, the Colorado Rapids return to the field for the first time in a month and Crystal Dunn is now in Portland.

Seattle

“He’s been phenomenal,” said goalkeeper Stefan Frei, before lavishing some of the highest praise his ilk can offer by saying that he has “no qualms whatsoever” whenever Roldan is shifted back into defense late in games to help preserve a result. Cristian Roldan at a crossroads: How good can he be for Sounders, USMNT? – The Athletic

On Thursday’s episode of TLFC, Sandy is joined via Zoom by OL Reign defender Lauren Barnes. The two discuss her current loan spell in Sweden with Kristianstads. Lauren Barnes | On Loan in Sweden | Growth in Women's Soccer | Journey Through the NWSL - YouTube

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Friday will mark exactly a month to the day since the Colorado Rapids last played an MLS match. In the time since their resounding 5-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on September 23, Colorado were scheduled to play six matches. Instead, the club suffered a COVID-19 outbreak. Colorado Rapids return to the field after a month off

NWSL/WoSo

Enough months to make it a year or more. Now, it has happened. Crystal Dunn is a Portland Thorn. What will Crystal Dunn to Portland mean for futures of Thorns, Courage? – Equalizer Soccer ($)

Oh, it’s no big deal guys. It’s just that one of the greatest players of all time might be joining the Rossonere. No big deal at all. Secrets and Whispers: Verónica Boquete is reportedly in advanced talks to join AC Milan - The AC Milan Offside

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Here’s what the HOF is implementing to correct a voting process that has become more derided by the year and has excluded a number of deserving inductees. National Soccer Hall of Fame's plan to fix flawed voting process - Sports Illustrated

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