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Royal Roundup - Dec. 6th, 2017

Valeri MVP, Gulati will not run, Qatar again risk losing WC22, Russia banned from Olympics, and more.

Minnesota United FC  v Portland Timbers Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images


  • RSL will be one of 11 teams heading to Tuscon for preseason. (SA)


  • Diego Valeri named MLS MVP. (AP)
  • New York City FC has one less competitor for the Belmont Park site. (NYCFCN)
  • The non-Precourt bid for Austin, TX. expansion released stadium/event center plans. (Arch)
  • But Austin has picked a site downtown for Precourt’s Columbus Crew move plan. (PST)
  • Updated list of the MLS contract lists for all teams except Seattle and Toronto. (SBI)
  • Atlanta United sign defender Franco Escobar from Argentina. (MLS)
  • Jozy Altidore says he will be ready for MLS Cup despite ankle injury. (Goal)

Other US Leagues

  • USL - Paulo Nagamura named coach for Swope Park Rangers. (SKC)
  • NASL could partner with NPSL and loosen entry requirements - if it survives. (MFP)


  • Sunil Gulati will NOT run for a 4th term as US Soccer President. (AP)
  • Kathy Carter - Head of the mysterious ‘SUM’ has announced bid for US Soccer President. (PST)
  • Girls soccer development academy tournament starts today. (USSoccer)


  • Qatar at risk of losing World Cup ‘22? (Goal - Spanish)
  • Peru striker Paulo Guerrero FIFA ban for doping has been upheld and extended. (Yahoo)
  • David Silva doubtful for weekend’s Manchester derby. (PST)
  • Russia has been banned from the 2018 Olympics for doping. (PST)
  • Mixed WC18 draw for South American teams. (WST)
  • After 4 weeks, prosecutors nearing end in FIFA trial. (PST)
  • Statue of Lionel Messi vandalized. (PST)