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Royal Roundup - Jan. 5th, 2018

Two Royals called up, Feilhaber on the move, Crew ‘death kit’, Ramos and the wayback machine, FIFA stalling, Keane back in the UK, and more.

2017 Tournament Of Nations - Australia v United States
Ellis calls USWNT camp
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The Royal Family

  • Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara called into USWNT camp. (RSL)
  • MLS says RSL is still chasing Cristobal Joquera. (MLS) - We at the soapbox think there may be a snag in this rumor. (Soapbox)


  • A look at all the new coaches in MLS for 2018. (USSP)
  • As if we needed another reason to hate a team from LA - Sporting Kansas City trades Benny Feilhaber to Los Angeles FC. (KC)
  • Satire Files - Columbus Crew unveil new “Death Kit”. (Nutmeg) - and YES it is true. (MLS)
  • Five players who could have breakout seasons. (USSP)
  • MLS will only take a 9 day break for World Cup ‘18. (FOX)
  • 23 years ago (January 3rd) Tab Ramos became the first player signed in MLS. (OTDIF)
  • Chicago Fire reportedly near deal to re-sign Bastian Schweinsteiger. (SBI)
  • Orlando City locks up Dom Dwyer with 3 year extension. (SBI)
  • MLS All-Star Game to take place in Atlanta on August 1st. (AJC)

Other US Leagues

  • NPSL - Northern Virginia United FC joins league. (NPSL)
  • USL - Former Real Monarch striker Emery Welshman signs with FC Cincinnati. (FCC)
  • NWSL - Orlando Pride / Brazil star Marta interview with (FIFA).
  • NWSL - Chicago Red Stars and USWNT player Tobin Heath is out for 12 weeks after ankle surgery. (FOX)
  • Verizon and A&E reach deal to expand NWSL streaming. (CableFax)
  • NASL will not play in April and May while awaiting court appeal. (Twitter)
  • UWS - Orange County joining league for 2018, will affiliate with LA Galaxy. (UWS)


  • USWNT coach Jill Ellis calls in 26 players for training camp. (USSP)


  • Critics accuse FIFA of stalling on doping inquiry before World Cup. (NYT)
  • A Brazilian player is out for 8 months after injury from a bar fight. (PST)
  • 30 wishes for football/soccer/futbol in 2018. (ESPN)
  • Former LA Galaxy DP Robbie Keane is rejoining Wolverhampton Wanderers for EPL promotion push. (PST)
  • December marked the end of a memorable year for small Vanuatu. (FIFA)
  • Serie A side Torino fired their coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after loss to Juventus. (FOX)


  • ESPN700 Bill Riley show, Interview with Kelley O’Hara on her decision to come to Utah.
  • Mexico may poach one of the USMNT’s promising youth players.
Mexico set to battle the USA for Jonathan Gonzalez

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