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Royal Roundup - Dec. 27, 2017

LAG chasing RVP, Manneh leaves Crew, Garber & Gulati conflict of interest, new EPL scoring record, FIFA’s best of 2017, and more.

Manchester United FC v Fenerbahce SK - UEFA Europa League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images


  • As the post holiday hangovers wear off, the Soapbox staff is still waiting on any status news for Kyle Beckerman, and Nick Rimando. Our new writers are anxiously watching for any confirmed players for the Royals. Trey, if you’re reading give us some news! And even with this news deficit, your Soapbox staff are still FAR more active than nearly all of our sister SBNation MLS sites to give you, our dedicated readers something to peruse! (yea team!)


  • LA Galaxy is reportedly in negotiation with Dutch striker Robin van Persie. (FBA)
  • Would MLS pick Portland if it were an expansion team now? (PTrib)
  • 10 defining stories of the MLS off-season. (MLS)
  • Will 2018 be the year MLS gets the world’s attention? (VAVEL)
  • Orlando City aiming to sign Paraguayan striker Josue Colman. (MLS)
  • Kekuta Manneh leaves Columbus Crew for Liga MX’s Pachuca. (SN)


  • Don Garber and Sunil Gulati campaigning for Kathy Carter in the USSOC presidential race shows SUM/USSF conflict of interest. (S&SF)
  • Christian Pulisic was reunited with his dog thanks to a Philadelphia Union fan. (MLS)
  • Which MLS players deserve a call-up to the January USMNT camp? (MLS)


  • Head of the Russian Football Union, Vitaly Mutko temporarily steps down due to doping allegations. (ESPN)
  • US jury acquits Peruvian soccer official of corruption charge in FIFA case. (FOX)
  • Tottenham’s Harry Kane set new EPL record for goals in a calendar year. (ESPN)
  • What were the best events of 2017 according to (FIFA)?
  • Steven Gerrard admits coaching Liverpool’s academy is aging him. (ESPN)
  • Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini hasn’t decided if he’ll stay when his contract ends. (ESPN)
  • Yaya Toure comes out of international retirement to help Ivory Coast in World Cup ‘18 (SocNews)