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Royal Roundup - Dec. 4th, 2017

MLS Cup part deux, SJE stadium rebrand, shopping Zardes, NISA launch pushed back, World Cup draw, and more.

United States v Martinique: Group B - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images


  • Dawn of a NWSL era for Utah. (RSL)


  • Welcome back to 2016 - it’s Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC for the cup again. (SA)
  • MLS Cup 2017 Preview (MLS)
  • A look at the new coaches for 2018. (USSP)
  • San Jose Earthquakes sign LB Joel Qwiberg. (MLS) They may also be playing in a re-named stadium after Avaya bankruptcy case. (Mercury)
  • Satire - Toronto begins defrosting field for the MLS Cup. (Nutmeg)
  • Lesson on soccer and aging from the Seattle Sounders vs Houston Dynamo matchup. (USSP)
  • LA Galaxy open to moving Gyasi Zardes. (MLS) They’re also looking to bring Ashley Cole back. (Metro)
  • Columbus and Cincinnati are on opposite MLS paths. (ESPN)

Other US Leagues

  • NASL/USL - Fan emotions of NCFC moving to USL. (S&ST)
  • USL - Hartford pursuing stadium for future USL team. (SSD)
  • USL - Atlanta United sign USL GK of the year Mitch Hildebrandt. (MLS)
  • NISA - Launch plans pushed back after only 3 teams sign on. (SA)
  • NWSL - Current players on international duty. (NWSL)


  • Sunil Gulati may not run for re-election after all. (PST)


  • Some odd events from the FIFA corruption trial in Brooklyn. (Yahoo)
  • Nottingham Forest working on extension for Eric Lichaj. (FLW)
  • Man’s gross protest leads to arrest. (Chronicle)
  • GK scores to draw match vs AC Milan - video below. (The18)
  • Analysis of the World Cup ‘18 draw. (PST)
  • Full groups and predictions for WC18. (SBI)
  • Jurgen Klinsmann interested in coaching Australia at WC18. (MLS)
  • Friday & Saturday’s European results. (SBI)
  • Sunday’s European results. (SBI)