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Royal Roundup - Feb. 2nd, 2018

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Phase 2 in AZ, Acosta profile, Nguyen problem in NER, LAFC TV deal, SRFC fire and hire coach, Turmoil continues in USSF pres. race, Euro deadline day, and more.

New England Revolution v Houston Dynamo Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Only 29 days until MLS 2018 First Kick!

The Royal Family

  • Marcelo Silva and Alfredo Ortuna once again on the same team. (SLT)
  • Pre-season phase two starts in Arizona. (RSL)
  • RSL’s trio is back from the USMNT camp, and joins team in Arizona. (RSL)
  • Nice little profile article on Danny Acosta. (MLS)


  • The Cyle Larin saga can have far-ranging consequences for MLS (ESPN)
  • Potential pitfalls for Western Conference teams. (MLS) And the same for Eastern Conference teams. (MLS)
  • LAFC just signed a multi-year broadcast deal with YoutubeTV. (ESPN)
  • How will the Lee Nguyen standoff be resolved in New England? (GOAL)
  • D.C. United finally announced venues/times for home games in March & April. (DCU)

Other US Leagues

  • USL announces a handful of rule changes for the 2018 season. (USL)
  • USL 2019 expansion team Birmingham Legion hire former New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps as president/GM. (SBI)
  • USL - Sacramento Republic parts ways with their coach just before pre-season. (SRFC) Simon Elliott promoted from Academy. (SRFC)
  • NASL - Jacksonville Armada will play in NPSL for 2018, but leaves option to return if league survives. (SSD)
  • UWS - Colorado Pride rejoin for 2018. (UWS)


  • At least one player thinks Jurgen Klinsmann would have made it to WC‘18. (Yahoo)
  • USSF Athlete’s Council could be deciding factor in president vote. (SI)
  • Hope Solo has filed a complaint with USOC over USSF conflict of interest. (FOX)
  • Sulin Gulati goes on a rant about the attacks on his administration by media, and certain presidential candidates. (PST) - see the full video below.
  • 25 US referees appointed to FIFA panel. (OSC)


  • Tottenham Hotspur scored in 11 seconds vs, and an own goal doomed Manchester United. (ESPN).
  • Russia’s government has warned that locusts could damage World Cup fields. (FOX) A day later their organizing committee dismissed the claims. (FOX)
  • Requests for World Cup ‘18 tickets from USA has declined from previous years. (PST)
  • A blizzard worth of deals were made on Deadline Day. (SN)
  • French referee that kicked out at player suspended for 3 months. (ESPN)
  • Canada will play New Zealand in March friendly. (CS)


  • Even my 86 year old mother could take a better PK than this!
  • Pre-season pranks are in full swing!