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Around The Forest: Toronto FC win the Treble

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Also: 2026 could be the most profitable World Cup, Walker Zimmerman traded to LAFC, Alberth Elis signed by Houston from CF Monterrey and more!

Major League Soccer

Bid leaders: US-Canada-Mexico 2026 could be most profitable World Cup ever | MLSsoccer.com
Biggest ever. Most diverse ever. Most profitable ever. And a groundbreaking display of international unity and cooperation. That was the pitch from representatives from the US, Canadian. and Mexican soccer federations as they underlined the strength and uniqueness of their united bid to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup in a pre-MLS Cup press conference on Saturday.

List of MLS Free Agents for 2018 season | MLSsoccer.com
On Sunday, MLS announced a list of players eligible for free agency. Out-of-contract players and those who had their contract option declined - and who were at least 28 years old during the 2017 season and have at least eight years of MLS service - are eligible for Free Agency. Free Agency officially begins on Tues., Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

Soccer: FCD Trades Walker Zimmerman for Allocation spot and money | SportsDay
As was first reported in the LA Times and confirmed by FC Dallas via press release, Los Toros have traded center back Walker Zimmerman to new expansion side Los Angeles Football Club. In return FCD trades places with LAFC in the allocation order, moving up to #1 and giving LAFC #11, and receives $250,000 in allocation money + $250,000 in targeted allocation money .

2018 MLS Trade Tracker | MLSsoccer.com
There are 12 different ways for your team to sign a new player, but one of the most frequently used is via trade – below is a list of all trades for the 2018 MLS season

Reports: Alberth Elis, Houston Dynamo closing in on permanent move | MLSsoccer.com
The Houston Dynamo are working to keep talented Honduran attacker Alberth Elis according to reports, one of which has them paying a $2.5 million transfer fee to Liga MX's CF Monterrey. Honduran journalist Julio Cesar Cruz is saying the deal has been finalized. Meanwhile, Houston Chronicle soccer writer Corey Roepken reports the Dynamo are optimistic a deal will happen, though it's not yet final.

MLS Cup Ratings: Bradley stars as Vanney's master plan works to perfection | MLSsoccer.com
Major League Soccer Coach of the Year Greg Vanney expertly plotted the victory, which was spurred on by the consistently outstanding play of the team's deep midfield triangle. Even if the scoreboard remained tight until late, the Reds were always behind the wheel and driving to the record books.

Armchair Analyst: Coaching gambles pave the path for Toronto FC Cup win | MLSsoccer.com
There are a number of old cliches about sticking with what you know. One is "dance with the girl who brung ya," and another is "old shoes are comfortable." However you want to slice it, the idea is the same: You're supposed to rely upon what you've always relied upon.

United States

Meet the 9 candidates for U.S. Soccer president - SBNation.com
On Dec. 4, longtime U.S. Soccer federation president Sunil Gulati announced that he would not run for re-election. His imminent departure has created a wide-open field for February’s presidential election, and plenty of qualified candidates have thrown their hat into the ring.

World

Norwegian Soccer Star Performs Strip-Tease With Championship Trophy (NSFW) | HuffPost
Soccer player Aleksander Melgalvis celebrated Lillestrøm’s championship in the Norwegian Cup on Sunday with a strip-tease that ended with him placing his penis inside the coveted trophy. The Norwegian defender’s stunt caused some offense, according to local media.

Liga MX final: Tigres keep calm, stick to Ricardo Ferretti's plan to rally to title | Goal.com
Tigres needed to prevent an early goal. Instead, they conceded nearly immediately. Rogelio Funes Mori chested a ball into Dorlan Pabon's path, and the Colombian gave the home side the lead. It was the worst start Tigres could've asked for. Monterrey scored to take the lead for the sixth and final time in the Liguilla. For a team that loves to soak up pressure and burst forward on the counterattack, it was setting up for Rayados to lift the trophy in front of their home fans.

Barcelona pour on misery for Conte and the winners & losers of the Champions League last 16 draw | Goal.com
The draw for the round of 16 in the 2017-18 Champions League has thrown up some fascinating fixtures, eagerly-awaited reunions and intriguing rematches. However, some sides will be far happier than others after Monday's ceremony in Nyon. Below, Goal runs through the winners and losers from the draw...