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Royal Roundup - Hat trick for a US youth, RSL player rumors, and more.

Two more MLS teams to rebrand, Ochoa out of U23 camp, RSL player rumors, and a world record tied.

Juventus v US Sassuolo - Serie A Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Here’s your latest noteworthy news from the world of soccer.


  • Players who took advantage of loopholes inspired rule changes for the sports they played in. (Balls)
  • An 8th tier amateur team from the suburbs of Liverpool kept Tottenam Hotspur scoreless for 24 minutes before the floodgates opened. That and other FA Cup results here. (NBC Sports)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has tied the world record for the most goals scored after netting his 759th on Sunday. (AS)


  • Two MLS teams are set to follow Houston Dynamo’s path and re-brand. Montreal Impact will unveil their new look on January 14th (MLS), and after the disastrous Chicago Fire re-brand last year, they have announced a re-re-brand set for 2022 - this time seeking fan input (Hot Time).
  • David Ochoa has had to pull out of the U-23 USMNT camp due to a quad strain. (US Soccer).
  • MLS and Inter Miami lose first battle in trademark lawsuit vs Inter Milan. Legal battles continue, but if they fail Miami would be forced to rebrand. (Y! Sports)
  • The silly season rumor mill is still in full churn with Real Salt Lake evidently having talks with a 19 year old Manchester City youth prospect. (Daily Mail)
  • Former USMNT defender Steve Cherundolo is on the coaching radar for at least one of the three teams with current vacancies. (MLS)
  • North Carolina FC is dropping from USL Championship to USL-1 for the upcoming season. (Soccer Stadium Digest)
  • A new rumor is being floated in NWSL circles about a new team in the San Jose area. (Center Line)

And finally your video of the week.

An American 19 year old, Matthew Hoppe scored a hat-trick for Schalke.