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Around The Forest: Sebastian Giovinco’s agent shoots down Inter rumors

Also: Taking a look at the upcoming draft class, Miguel Almiron wins another award, NASL voices concern over USSF Presidential election and more!

Major League Soccer

2018 MLS Draft: Meet the 2018 Generation adidas class and top college prospects |
With the rise of academies and the increased spending on international talent, the MLS Draft has become less and less of a priority for Major League Soccer teams. That doesn't mean there isn't still talent to be found though. Teams looking to find bargains are continuing to do their homework as the try to find the next draft-day gem.

MLS scouts look to West and Central Africa for new signings |
Most folks reading this site know that MLS roster-building has, of late, ramped up in its focus on finding young, undersung talent around the globe to build a successfully deadly squad. While plenty of the hype lately has centered around Central and South America, though, smart scouts are increasingly spreading their search across several countries in West and Central Africa.

Report: Jose Salvatierra latest Costa Rican to show interest in MLS move |
UPDATE: Yashin Quesada reported on Wednesday that Salvatierra has elected to re-sign with Alajuelense on a three-year deal, citing his desire for stability ahead of the final push for a spot on Costa Rica's 2018 World Cup squad. However, it's noteworthy that the update reports that he and agent Kurt Morsink have inserted a "rescission clause" into the contract should he desire to move abroad in the future.

Major Paraguayan daily names Miguel Almiron top player of the year |
Chalk up another awards nod for Atlanta United fan favorite Miguel Almiron, also the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year winner. This week, major Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color named him the top Paraguayan soccer player in the world for this year.

Best Of: The biggest off-field moments in soccer culture in 2017 |
While the 2017 season has offered plenty of drama between the white lines, some of the best entertainment has happened outside them. In the spirit of looking back on some of the top moments of the year, here are some of the biggest standout moments in soccer culture around MLS.

Report: Deportivo de La Coruna goalkeeper mulling MLS offers |
La Voz de Galicia reported on Thursday that Deportivo de La Coruña’s Polish ‘keeper Przemyslaw Tyton has been courted by clubs in MLS and his native land, with his current club willing to allow him to pick his next destination should he decide to depart.

Boehm: Running the rule over this winter's international signings so far |
January’s international transfer window – the primary period in which MLS teams acquire new talent from abroad – hasn’t even opened yet. But a bevy of noteworthy signings have already been made this winter, hinting at another influential influx of overseas talent in 2018.

Report: Sebastian Giovinco's agent nixes talk of Inter Milan move |
It’s been rumored that Inter are the most likely destination for Giovinco should he return to his native Italy, but his representative, Andrea D’Amico, says his client is content staying in Toronto. “I’d see it going badly for him at Inter, but only because he’s very well where he is now,” D’Amico told Italian radio station Tutti Convocati. “He’s made a sporting choice and a life choice, and he’s happy.

United States

NASL publishes letter of concern about USSF Presidential election - Stars and Stripes FC
North American Soccer League Commissioner Rishi Sehgal has published a letter the organization sent to U.S. Soccer Federation CEO Dan Flynn about concerns they have about the USSF Pro Council and upcoming federation presidential election.

Terry Boss Returns to Oregon State as Head Men’s Soccer Coach - | Oregon State Athletics
"I would like to thank Scott Barnes, Kimya Massey (OSU associate athletic director) and the rest of search committee for entrusting me with this opportunity," Boss said. "It's a dream come true to return home and lead the Oregon State Beavers' men's soccer team. This is the community I love and a program that has always been near and dear to my heart."


Hazard transfer news: Chelsea to open contract talks in 2018 amid ongoing Real Madrid links |
The Belgium captain has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current deal but his father Thierry Hazard had claimed that he has rejected a contract from Chelsea, as he aims to keep his options open for the summer with Zinedine Zidane's side interested in his services.

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: Clubs must 'adapt' to high transfer fees
Jurgen Klopp admits he is concerned with the spiralling cost of transfers, but stresses that Liverpool must "adapt" after they signed Virgil van Dijk for £75 million. Van Dijk became the world's most expensive defender on Wednesday when Liverpool and Southampton reached an agreement for the transfer of the centre-half, who will move to Anfield on Jan. 1.

Jose Mourinho aims dig at Jurgen Klopp over Virgil van Dijk deal
Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool's decision to splash out to sign Virgil van Dijk by reminding him he was once critical of Manchester United's world-record move for Paul Pogba.