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Royal Roundup - Dec. 25th, 2017

Christmas edition of the Roundup!

Southampton v Huddersfield Town - Premier League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Festivus Greeting, Happy Kwanzaa, Io Saturnalia, or whatever your choice of celebration may be - Happy Holidays!

We’ll start with a look at the iconic players who retired in 2017.


  • Guess who tops the list of team with most minutes played by U21 players? (MLS)


  • Sacha Kljestan suspended 2 games for incident in tunnel vs Toronto. (NYRB)
  • Preki reportedly joining Seattle Sounders as asst. coach. (MLS)
  • MLS HQ is sending the wrong message in delaying announcement of the 2nd expansion team. (USSP)
  • Five teams that killed it on the 2017 international market - RSL is on the list! (MLS)
  • Present roster status of all MLS teams. (MLS)
  • Best MLS 2017 in social media. (MLS)

Other US Leagues - Cleats


  • Five things to know about USMNT’s newcomer Josh Sargent. (USSOC)
  • How MLS exports (league and academy) players are faring around the globe. (MLS)
  • Dates and locations for next US Soccer series A and B coaching courses announced. (USSOC)
  • Epic failure of USMNT overshadows rest of 2017. (WaPo)


  • Two South American soccer officials found guilty in FIFA corruption trial. (NYT)
  • German FA investigating a dive - by a Bundesliga coach. (PST)
  • Monterrey wins 2017 Apertura Copa MX. (USSP)
  • Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe out for 8-10 wks with fractured ankle. (Yahoo)
  • Germany abandons U20 friendly games vs China due to protests. (FOX)
  • Sevilla FC fires their coach Eduardo Berizzo. (SN)
  • Southhampton forward Charlie Austin suspended 3 games for kicking GK. (Yahoo)
  • Spain’s football president Angel Maria Villar fired by Spanish court. (FOX)
  • FIFA president Giovanni Infantino must prove commitment to cleaning up. (Yahoo)
  • Australian Soccer is in a dire situation. (Howler)


  • Not this team, not this way.
  • Best nutmegs of 2017.