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Royal Roundup - Dec. 8th, 2017

Who holds edge for MLS cup, expansion finalists make last bids, Kuwait ban lifted, Ronaldo wins 5th BdO, coach dresses like Zorro, and more.

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images


  • What was Laura Harvey doing before RSL called? Surfing! (FFT)
  • RSL opens first youth training facility in Logan. (SLTrib)


  • Our sister site, Los Angeles FC’s Angels on Parade did a mock Expansion Draft - no RSL players were taken. (AOP)
  • Seattle Sounders GK Stefan Frei doesn’t want to be MVP of the MLS Cup again. (SLTrib)
  • Ohio state Attorney General may sue to keep Columbus Crew. (MR)
  • PRO’s Paul Webb may be satisfied by VAR, but MLS wants some improvement. (Goal)
  • Who holds the edge for the MLS Cup? (USSP)
  • The four expansion finalists made their final pitch at MLS HQ on Wednesday. (SBI)
  • Speculation and rumors on Portland Timbers coaching search. (USSP)

Other US Leagues

  • USL - Las Vegas Lights gets jersey sponsor - Zappos. (SSD)


  • One of the US Soccer Presidential candidates made a curious reply to a question by Alexi Lalas. (FTW)
  • Abby Wambach calls out thieves who went joy riding in her car. (FTW)
  • USA leading all nations in buying 2018 World Cup tickets. (PST)
  • USMNT will play France in friendly on June 9th. (SBI)


  • China’s Super League debt tops £450 million. (Goal)
  • FIFA has lifted Kuwait 2 year ban. (PST)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca fulfills promise to dress as Zorro. (FTW)
  • FIFA’s Club World Cup started on Wednesday. (USSP)
  • Satire files - Soccer scarves will be currency after the coming global war. (Nutmeg)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo just won his 5th Ballon d’Or. (PST)