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Around The Forest: Expansion Draft Day!

ALSO: Matt Doyle has 9 interesting names for today's draft, Stanford ace could go #1 in the Superdraft and more!


The Cascadia Cup in review.

Major League Soccer

Stanford star Tomas Hilliard-Arce ready to follow Morris, Vincent into MLS |
On Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium, Stanford senior Tomas Hilliard-Arce won a third straight NCAA national championship. He’ll be back in Philadelphia next month and may earn another big prize: being the No. 1 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. What would that mean for Hilliard-Arce, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and the Defensive MVP of the College Cup?

Armchair Analyst: The 9 most interesting names for the Expansion Draft |
One thing to bear in mind heading into Tuesday's Expansion Draft is that, historically speaking, less than half of the guys picked will make a dent with their new team. You can chalk that up to any number of things on the "separating the wheat from the chaff" spectrum, and I'm not going to pretend to know the details of each and every success vs. each and every failure.

Report: Columbus Crew SC the leading suitor as LA Galaxy shop Gyasi Zardes |
At the beginning of December reports of a possible trade involving Gyasi Zardes emerged. On Sunday, another shoe dropped regarding the future of the LA Galaxy's Homegrown US international. The Washington Post's Steven Goff took to Twitter to reveal that Columbus Crew SC are a leading contender to seal a deal to acquire Zardes:

MLS Cup 2017 television ratings on ESPN rise 75 percent over 2015 edition |
The television ratings for ESPN’s broadcast of Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup 2017 rose 75 percent above the 2015 edition, the last time the championship game was aired on the network. The news was similar in Canada, where viewership of TSN's broadcast rose 25 percent from last season.

NYCFC Sign 26-year-old Malmo Right Back Anton Tinnerholm On A Free Transfer.
According to Swedish news outlet Expressen, New York City FC have signed 26-year-old Swedish right-back Anton Tinnerholm from Malmo. Tinnerholm has 7 international appearances for Sweden, the last of which came in January of 2017.

Baer: Kei Kamara could be a better fit for Vancouver than Fredy Montero |
The 33-year-old is coming off back-to-back 12-goal seasons and leaves the New England Revolution after being unable to lead them to a playoff appearance in either of his two seasons in Foxborough. He was traded from his previous club, Columbus Crew SC, after an on-field dispute with teammate Federico Higuain in May 2015.

Thorrington expects LAFC signings to pick up following Expansion Draft |
The club have six players under contract ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft, in which they’ll select five more players. That’s fewer than three of the last four expansion teams had ahead of their Expansion Drafts; Atlanta United had 15 players on their roster ahead of the 2016 Expansion Draft, Orlando City SC had 12 and New York City FC had eight in 2015, while Minnesota United had only three under contract last year.

Watch the 2017 Expansion Draft LIVE at 2 pm ET Tuesday on |
Getting excited for LAFC's inaugural season? Nervous about losing one of your club's favorite players? Looking for something to do more interesting than work? Whatever the case, be sure to tune in to live coverage of the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft (2 pm ET | 11 am PT), when we'll learn that much more about what LAFC's squad will look like in 2018.

Toronto celebrates TFC's MLS Cup triumph with parade, rally on Monday |
The city of Toronto hailed its MLS champions with a downtown parade on Monday, followed by a fan rally at Nathan Phillips Square. “On behalf of the entire city, we offer our congratulations to Toronto FC and its fans on a historic Major League Soccer season capped by this impressive championship, making BMO Field the home of champions in 2017,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “It is a great day for the club and our city and we look forward to celebrating it together on Monday.”

United States


The bad blood is back! Mourinho and Guardiola blame each other for derby row |
Jose Mourinho was late for his Manchester United press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Nothing out of the ordinary there, you might think, but as one journalist at Carrington put it: "The cynical might suggest he's waiting to see what Pep Guardiola, whose press conference is under way, says first on the Old Trafford tunnel bust-up."

Paulo Dybala told to sort out his private life to improve Juventus form by Nedved
Dybala, 24, was dropped for Juve's 0-0 draw with Inter Milan on Saturday night as coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted to his recent run of just one goal in eight games by recalling Mario Mandzukic and playing him in a three-man attack alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado.

Liverpool transfer news: Why the Reds could be more open to selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January |
Philippe Coutinho skilfully Garrinchas away from the subject; one that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is neither “sure nor unsure” about, which also had the club’s CEO Peter Moore citing the unavailability of “a crystal ball” to forecast what will happen next.