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Royal Roundup - Dec. 22, 2017

MLS Combine & superdraft announced, Nashville picked for MLS, LAFC working on NWSL team, NWSL draft, Swansea fires another coach, and more.

2017 SheBelieves Cup - United States v Germany Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

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  • Utah Royals get a fast start at the ticket office. (SLT)
  • Brooks Lennon road overseas and back home. (RSL)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn interview about signing on. (RSL)


  • Syracuse high school freshman Caroline Stringfellow named SL Tribune soccer player of the year. (SLT)
  • 2017 girls’ soccer All-Tribune Team. (SLT)
  • 2017 girls’ all-state teams. (SLT)


  • Details for the 2018 MLS Combine and SuperDraft have been announced. (MLS)
  • Philadelphia Union reach new TV deal for their local coverage. (Philly)
  • Melbourne City’s Neil Kilkenny linked with MLS move. (ESPN)
  • LA Galaxy have a serious goalkeeper problem. (USSP)
  • Nashville confirmed as MLS expansion team. (ESPN)
  • Satire Files - MLS states that new Nashville team will move to Memphis due to ‘better business metrics’ (Nutmeg)
  • San Jose Earthquakes sign Sweden’s top scorer Magnus Eriksson as DP. (SJE)

Other US Leagues

  • NWSL - Mia Hamm says Los Angeles FC is working on plans for a women’s team. (SBD)
  • NWSL - 10 NWSL players named to CONCACAF best 11. (NWSL)
  • USLD3 - USL D3 will begin announcing teams early 2018. (USLD3)
  • USL - Albuquerque to join USL in 2019. (SocTakes)
  • NWSL - Preliminary list of players eligible for the draft released. (NWSL)
  • NISA - NISA eliminates expansion fees to create open system. (MFP)


  • The 8 finalists for US Soccer President have been revealed. (ESPN)
  • Julie Ertz named US Soccer Women’s player of the year. (Goal)
  • Annual She Believes cup schedule and teams announced. (NWSL)


  • Toronto FC’s next goal is to be the first MLS team to lift the CCL trophy. (CONCACAF)
  • Inside the secret world of North Korean Football. (BR)
  • Manchester United fans complain to UEFA about high cost of tickets for match vs Sevilla. (ESPN)
  • 16 year old Jordyn Huitema is a star on the rise for Canadian Women’s National Team. (FIFA)
  • Chinese dairy named new 2018 World Cup sponsor. (PST)
  • Swansea coach Paul Clement fired after 1 win in 11 games. (ESPN) This makes the 3rd coach fired in 3 years - all in December. (ESPN)
  • Bristol City knocks Manchester United out of Carabao Cup in stoppage time. (ESPN)


  • Becky Sauerbrunn’s tour of the facilities.