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Major League Soccer

Union strike new television deal; all games to be on over-the-air TV via 6ABC and PHL17
Starting in 2018, all of the team’s games will be televised on over-the-air broadcast channels. PHL17 will carry most of the games, with some others on longtime partner 6ABC. The exact number of games on each channels will be set when MLS unveils the full 2018 schedule in January.

Mecklenburg proposes $31.7 million upfit for Memorial Stadium
“It’s our asset,” Diorio said. “We don’t want to be in a position that we have to negotiate away our rights to our funding partners when you have additional funding partners. If it’s our asset, and we pay 100 percent of the cost, then we get to decide how it gets used, when it gets used, and we can lease it to whomever we think would make the most sense for the county, but after all of the conversations that we’ve had about Memorial Stadium, I think we’re in position now to say ‘it’s our asset, and we should do what we think is in the county’s best interest.”’

Precourt Sports Ventures v. Ohio — Ballon d'Order
In late October, reports began to leak out of Columbus, Ohio that Anthony Precourt, the erstwhile owner of the Columbus Crew, one of Major League Soccer’s charter franchises, intended to to uproot the team and relocate it to Austin, Texas. This news came as a devastating blow to the Crew’s loyal fanbase. Not only were they losing their team, an entity to which they’d been hopelessly devoted since its inception, but for many Crew fans, this was the second time in their lives they’d endured such heartbreak.

Report: Turkish club Besiktas nearing transfer for Orlando's Cyle Larin | MLSsoccer.com
Is Cyle Larin headed to Turkey? According to a report from Turkish newspaper Fotospor on Tuesday, the Turkish club Besiktas “reached a principle agreement for the transfer” of Larin from Orlando City SC.

Report: Ezequiel Barco asking Independiente to accept Atlanta United offer | MLSsoccer.com
Just how close are Atlanta United to adding another young dynamic South American to the mix? According to a report from Argentine network TyC Sports, Independiente attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco has asked his team to accept a transfer offer from Atlanta.

LA Galaxy sign Venezuelan defender Rolf Feltscher on free transfer | MLSsoccer.com
Feltscher, 27, arrives via a free transfer from Cardiff City of the English Championship (second division). The Swiss-born Venezuelan international has also played in Germany, Italy and Spain, with nearly 200 appearances overall. He’ll be added to LA’s roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate.

After historic treble, Toronto FC "going to get after it" in the offseason | MLSsoccer.com
Having set a historic pace in 2017 en route to the Supporters' Shield, which they won by the largest margin in MLS history, and a first MLS Cup — two parts of their historic treble — Toronto FC naturally head into the offseason with very few weaknesses.

Toronto FC's Greg Vanney named CONCACAF Men's Football Coach of the Year | MLSsoccer.com
Greg Vanney can add another trophy to his collection. After leading Toronto FC to the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship, the TFC head coach was named the CONCACAF Men’s Football Coach of the Year.

United States

PSV Favorites to Land Man City's Erik Palmer-Brown on Loan
Metro broke the story in the fall that Palmer-Brown had signed with Manchester City, the club that currently is topping the English Premier League. The 20-year old center back has created some buzz in recent years as a future starter for the United States national team, something that has been validated by his limited appearances with Sporting Kansas City in MLS.

Alex Morgan is 2017 CONCACAF player of the year - Stars and Stripes FC
Alex Morgan has been voted CONCACAF 2017 player of the year. Voting was done by three different groups: national team head coaches and captains from CONCACAF member associations, media members registered in CONCACAF’s database, and fans. This is the third time Morgan has won the award, after wins in 2016 and 2013.

World

Free Catalunya! Pep’s fight for independence
If Josep Guardiola has remained loyal to the idea of playing passing football in a country accustomed to long balls and knock-downs, it should not surprise anybody that he is prepared to assume the consequences of defending Catalunya’s right to be a free country.

Ronaldo a Clasico doubt? Real Madrid star misses training through injury | Goal.com
Cristiano Ronaldo raised fears he would miss the first top-flight Clasico clash of the campaign when he was absent from full training on Wednesday. Real Madrid confirmed the star forward had "worked separately from the group" amid reports he suffered a calf injury in the Club World Cup final triumph over Gremio.

Manchester City news: Kevin De Bruyne's Brexit-inspired wages and bonuses in new contract revealed | Goal.com
Kevin De Bruyne's new six-year Manchester City contract will be paid in euros rather than pound sterling and will include a whopping €10 million signing-on fee, Goal has learned. The midfielder's new contract will be signed off once City and the Belgian's agent agree on the valuation of his image rights.