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Robbie Rogers retires, a lot of roster moves as most teams head into the offseason and more!

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers brings groundbreaking pro career to a close | MLSsoccer.com
Robbie Rogers called time on his groundbreaking 11-year professional playing career on Tuesday, a run that included two MLS Cup championships and the distinction of becoming the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a top North American professional sports league.

Toronto FC stress importance of keeping their cool after Red Bulls brouhaha | MLSsoccer.com
It may have been hard to discern on Sunday night, but one of the two teams involved in the “Brouhaha at BMO Field” is a finalist for the MLS Fair Play Team Award. Toronto FC were among three sides vying for that distinction, finishing second to eventual winners Seattle Sounders on the back of a record-breaking season that saw the Reds lift the Supporters' Shield.

Veteran goalkeeper David Ousted will not return to Vancouver in 2018 | MLSsoccer.com
Questions have swirled around the Danish goalkeeper’s future after he lost his place as the team’s starter towards the end of the season. Now, after 144 overall appearances in MLS, Ousted revealed he will be leaving the club and the city he has called home since the summer of 2013.

Report: New England Revolution hire Brad Friedel as head coach | MLSsoccer.com
The New England Revolution have hired Brad Friedel as their new head coach, according to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep. The US national team’s starting goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup and a longtime standout in the English Premier League, Friedel has never coached a professional team. He spent the last two years as head coach of the US Under-19 national team while also working as an analyst for FOX.

Orlando City decline contract options on Nocerino, Barnes, Powers | MLSsoccer.com
Orlando City SC announced their end-of-season roster moves on Tuesday, declining contract options on several big-name players. The Lions declined options on forwards Giles Barnes and Hadji Barry, midfielders Antonio Nocerino, Servando Carrasco and Dillon Powers, defenders Seb Hines and Conor Donovan and goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

Report: Colorado Rapids near head coach decision, shuffle front office | MLSsoccer.com
Interim GM Padraig Smith told The Denver Post’s Daniel Boniface on Tuesday that the club, who are in the final stages of inking a new manager, will also hire a new assistant GM, director of player personnel and a head of sports science this winter. He also said that that director of soccer Claudio Lopez will not return to the club in 2018 following the expiration of his contract this offseason.

NWSL

Andonovski to Seattle: What it means for the NWSL's coaching landscape | FourFourTwo
According to sources, Vlatko Andonovski, head coach of 2014 and 2015 NWSL champions FC Kansas City, has been hired by the Seattle Reign to replace Laura Harvey, who has been with the club since its inaugural 2013 season. Harvey, still connected with the England women’s national team job, is expected to take on an increased role with U.S. Soccer, where she has recently served as head coach of the Under-23 women’s national team.

How Laura Harvey leaving Seattle forecasts her promising future with the USWNT | FourFourTwo
Though the Reign head coach has been linked with the vacant England women’s national team job, Harvey instead looks set to increase her role with U.S. Soccer, sources tell FourFourTwo USA. Already previously in charge of the federation’s Under-23 women’s national team, Harvey is expected to take on an expanded role within the program, one which may put her on track to eventually succeed Jill Ellis

United States

What US Soccer presidential candidates are saying about the women’s game - Stars and Stripes FC
The US Soccer presidential race is attracting contenders faster than a free sample table at Costco attracts shoppers. Most candidates have tried to walk the line between explaining their broader vision for the federation while not drilling down too much and also separating themselves from the current administration

Opportunity calls for young USMNT squad ahead of Portugal friendly | SBI Soccer
There’s plenty of reason to be both somber and hopeful for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The sting of missing the 2018 World Cup still looms large, and all of the promising young talent in the world won’t guide the U.S. to Russia next summer.

World

Reports: Technical director leaves Chelsea after six-year reign - We Ain't Got No History
Michael Emenalo’s ten-year stay at Stamford Bridge and six-year reign as technical director at Chelsea might be coming to an end today. According to reports from Telegraph’s Matt Law and Goal.com’s Nizaar Kinsella, the well-known and somewhat maligned Chelsea staff member has left the club today.

Cristiano Ronaldo: I have a new perspective of what really matters in life | Goal.com
Things might not be great for Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch at the moment, with the Real Madrid star struggling to find the net in something of an uncharacteristic goal drought, but the Portuguese says that away from football things have never been better.

Harry Kane will be fit to face Arsenal - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino - ESPN FC
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said star striker Harry Kane will be fit for the derby at Arsenal a week on Saturday. Kane withdrew from the England squad earlier this week after picking up a knock in Spurs' win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.