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Royal Roundup - Feb. 14th, 2018

Petke tinkering during preseason, Boswell retires, NWSL teams make moves before preseason, Lagerwey for US GM?, Greek team docked 3 pts, and more.

MLS: D.C. United at Toronto FC
Boswell retires
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Have a festive Juno Februata!

The Royal Family

  • Utah state Senate passed a bill to prevent future tax cuts that RSL got for the RioT. (SLT)
  • Mike Petke using preseason to experiment on backup plans. (SLT)
  • Utah Royals welcome 4 players to inaugural roster. (OSC)
  • RSL easing newcomers into their system. (MLS)

MLS

  • FC Dallas and Bayern Munich sign development deal. (BDS)
  • Our sister blog for Houston Dynamo evaluated the Western Conf. for 2018. (DT)
  • Liga MX side Leon pulls off early April Fools day joke to announce San Jose Earthquakes friendly game. (PST)
  • MLS migrating it’s MLS Live streaming to ESPN+ starting this year. (ESPN)
  • Veteran Bobby Boswell announces retirement after 13 year career. (MLS)

Other US Leagues

  • USL - Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, Nashville SC has changed the site of their first game to NFL Titan’s Nissan Stadium. (ESPN)
  • NWSL - Washington Spirit hire former Puerto Rico MNT coach Jack Stefanowski. (OSC)
  • NWSL - Orlando Pride waive forward Jamia Fields. (OSC)
  • NWSL - Houston Dash trade 4th round pick for Washington Spirit’s Tiffany Weimer. (OSC)
  • NWSL - Portland Thorns sign Australian defender Ellie Carpenter. (OSC)
  • UWS - Roster build roundup. (UWS)

USA

  • Soccer official in Guam banned for life after receiving nearly $1 million in bribes. (NYT)
  • USMNT will play Paraguay, Ireland and France in friendlies before World Cup. (USSF)
  • What Carlos Cordeiro’s USSF win tells us. (551)
  • US U18’s beat Costa Rica twice in friendlies. (SBI)
  • Garth Lagerwey is being considered for USMNT General Manager. (SBI)

International

  • Hull City’s Ryan Mason forced into retirement after skull fracture. (HCT)(PST)
  • UEFA instructs refs to clamp down on serious fouls. (ESPN)
  • Greece side Olympiakos docked 3 points after fan violence - appeal pending. (ESPN)
  • Manchester United giving up an estimated £26 million a season for naming rights to Old Trafford stadium. (ESPN)

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