Hey there Puget Sounders,
It’s cold out. Most transit systems in the area are shut down Friday morning. It’ll get easier this afternoon. Just wait. Read about soccer. Spend time with the people at home. Chat amongst yourselves.
Let’s start Major Link Soccer with some general interest stuff.
Hundreds gather to celebrate Grant Wahl's memory and impact at New York City memorial | CNN
Several hundred people gathered at The Times Center in New York City Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the memory, life and impact of acclaimed sportswriter and soccer journalist Grant Wahl.
Grant Wahl Memorial Jersey PRE-ORDER – Olive & York
A massive thanks to Dr. Celine Gounder and Eric Wahl for their input and collaboration, and for allowing us to make this jersey. Like most of the Soccer World, we were shocked by Grant Wahl's sudden passing earlier this month. He had a truly unique voice and was a stalwart in the U.S. soccer community for more than 20
There is simply too much football and it's starting to hurt players like me | iNews
Magda Ericksson expresses her concern about FIFA unilaterally expanding international play without consulting players.
MLS Transfer News: NYCFC claim winger Matías Pellegrini off waivers...again - Hudson River Blue
After declining Pellegrini’s option in November the club negotiate a new contract with the 22-year-old, sign a player for free who reportedly commanded a $9 million fee in 2019
NYCFC Transfer News: Club sign defender Jose “Tony” Alfaro - Hudson River Blue
The 29-year-old central defender will add depth to squad, made 18 appearances last year for DC United
Victoria Pickett signs long-term contract with Gotham FC – Equalizer Soccer
NJ/NY Gotham FC continues their rebuild following their last-place finish in the 2022 NWSL season.
The NWSL announces preliminary 2023 NWSL Draft Players List - All For XI
The list will be continually updated until the registration deadline on January 9, 2023.
How Debinha opted not to return to NC Courage in 2023 – Equalizer Soccer ($)
The two-time NWSL Championship winner and 2019 Finals MVP will be plying her trade for a new team in the new year.
Source: Louisville signs Brazil attacker Ary Borges – Equalizer Soccer
Borges, who turns 23 next week, most recently led Palmeiras to both the 2022 Copa Libertadores (continental) title and the Campeonato Paulista (domestic) title.
United States national teams
Tab Ramos on USMNT: 'There is still that distance when you watch the 8 or 10 best teams in the world'
The former USMNT midfielder spoke to Bolavip on the USMNT’s World Cup, his experience working on television, and his views on Lionel Messi and Argentina lifting their third trophy.
other international soccer
Confusion, exasperation and dating apps – my month as a gay reporter at the Qatar World Cup - The Athletic
Adam Crafton went to report for The Athletic during the World Cup in Qatar. As a gay man, this was his experience
FIFA reviews chef's 'undue access' to hold World Cup trophy | Yahoo Sports
FIFA is taking ''appropriate internal action'' to address breaches of World Cup protocol by celebrity chef "Salt Bae", who held the trophy on the field.
Ex-FIFA Executive Jack Warner Financed “Election Engineering” Campaign in Trinidad - OCCRP
Disgraced former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner personally funded an ethnically divisive disinformation campaign in Trinidad and Tobago designed by an election engineering firm to discourage black...
Puget Sound soccer
UCLA solidifies No. 2 ranked men's soccer recruiting class for 2023 - SoccerWire
Sounders Academy keeper Wyatt Nelson helps UCLA target the UW for Pac-12 supremacy.
Open Flavor Friday
Hackers stole encrypted LastPass password vaults, and we’re just now hearing about it - The Verge
LastPass has announced that during a November data breach of its cloud storage, hackers copied a backup of customer vault data that includes encrypted usernames and passwords.
DnD creator designs huge, disability-friendly TTRPG kit | Wargamer
The 'DnD For All Kit' is a complete TTRPG kit designed by Jennifer Kretchmer, and it comes with a range of “accessible and inclusive” accessories
D&D Gifts of Many Parts: A Holiday Shopping Guide | Full Moon Storytelling
Don't know what to get for your D&D playing friends? Find select gives based on the type of things you are looking for.
What are you cooking this weekend? I’m making some homemade dumplings for Christmas Eve and have Etta’s Cornbread Pudding for Christmas.
What to watch
If you want some Christmas Weekend soccer it’s time to track down a free trial.
9:00 am PT — Ümranıyespor men vs İstanbul Başakşehir on BeIN Sports
11:30 am PT — Gent men vs Standard Liège on ESPN+
8:00 am PT — Trabzonspor men vs Fenerbahçe on BeIN Sports
8:00 am PT — Galatasaray men vs İstanbulspor on BeIN Sports