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Royal Roundup - Dec. 13th, 2017

Nick, Kyle and Brooks close to return, LAFC moves, Portland Coaching rumor, NWSL draft, Club World Cup, and more.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


  • RSL Academy teams played inaugural matches at the new field in Herriman over the weekend. (RSL)
  • Former RSL defender Phanuel Kavita has signed with USL’s Saint Louis FC. (STLFC)
  • Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Brooks Lennon are all expected to re-sign with RSL. (SLTrib)


  • Satire Files - Columbus Crew expose 10 fans to Expansion Draft! (Nutmeg)
  • An interview with Chicago Fire’s GM Nelson Rodriguez. (HTIOT)
  • LAFC quickly flip two draft picks for Montreal Impact’s CB Laurent Ciman. (MLS) They’re also looking at trading for NYRB’s Sacha Kljestan. (PST)
  • Austin has proposed 8 possible stadium sites for potential Columbus Crew move. (CIN) At least one member of the Austin city council opposes the plans. (BizJournal)
  • Former NY Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese may be heading to Portland. (ESPN)
  • Details on NYCFC’s Belmont Park stadium plan have been revealed. (PST)
  • SKC reach multi-year agreement with France’s Yohan Croizet as DP. (KC)
  • Boniek Garcia re-signs with Houston Dynamo. (MLS)
  • Now complete - Armchair Analyst what 2017 meant for each club. (MLS)

Other US Leagues

  • NWSL - Date and times announced for the 2018 college draft. (NWSL)
  • USL - Sacramento Republic exercise options on 5 players. (SRFC)


  • Is US Soccer broken? (SBN)
  • National Soccer Hall of Fame website has been launched. (NSHOF)
  • US International Bobby Wood currently with Hamburg has been sidelined with a knee injury. (ESPN)
  • US U20 Women finish 3rd after falling to Brazil. (SA)


  • Tigres defeated Monterrey in the Liga MX final. (SBI)
  • CONMEBOL champion Gremio knocked out CONCACAF’s Pachuca in Club World Cup action. (FIFA)


  • Footage from helicopter camera used for VAR on Altidore goal.