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Royal Roundup - Dec. 1st, 2017

RSL a soccer Mecca?, a day with Jordan Allen, MLS expansion final 4, CCL draw, Garza to MLS, WC18 draw, and more.

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Welcome to December! Pre-season is right around the corner now.


  • Laura Harvey brings wealth of NWSL experience. (RSL)
  • NWSL musical chairs in Reign / RSL coaches. (SA)
  • RSL building soccer Mecca for the west. (SSD)


  • Dutch international Wesley Sneijder may be heading to Los Angeles FC. (AoP)
  • Four finalists for MLS expansion have been announced, two will be picked before end of year. (MLS)
  • Atlanta United sign US International Greg Garza. (AUFC)
  • Toronto FC through to 2nd MLS Cup. (SLTrib)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps sign Venezuelan Anthony Blondell. (VWFC)
  • Los Angeles FC will play inaugural game vs Sacramento Republic in Feb. (LAFC)
  • Sports exec. Tim Leiweke has some reservations about Beckham’s Miami team. (SBI)
  • Columbus offers 3 stadium options to keep Crew. (SBI)
  • Is MLS becoming a selling league for players? (USSP)
  • All MLS players with a shot of playing in the World Cup. (MLS)

Other US Leagues

  • NWSL - Seattle Reign re-sign team captain MF Jess Fishlock. (TB) Also re-signed is Japanese MF Rumi Utsugi. (TB)
  • NWSL - Washington Spirit re-sign GK Kelsey Wys. (WS)
  • USL - Former Colorado Rapids GK Matt Pickens 1st player to sign with Nashville SC. (TENN)
  • USL - Rochester Rhinos to go on hiatus for 2018 season. (RSoc)
  • USL - FC Cincinnati sign 9 for 2018 season. (SA)


  • ESPN to eliminate 150 production & tech jobs. Undetermined if coverage to be affected. (SLTrib)
  • US U17’s lose 1-0 to England in friendly. (USSoccer)
  • US Soccer presidential candidate forum highlights (SA)


  • CONCACAF Champions League draw procedure announced. (MLS)
  • NWSL Sky Blues striker Sam Kerr named Asian Confederation Women’s Player of the Year. (RP)
  • World Cup ‘18 draw to take place at 7:30 AM today. (MLS)
  • Russia hasn’t gained world’s trust before World Cup. (SLTrib)
  • World Cup ‘18 venues on track, but marred by high costs and worker deaths. (PST)
  • Russian officials will not have access to any World Cup doping samples. (PST)


  • A day with Jordan Allen.
  • Instant Reply (Eastern Final version)