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Around The Forest: New York Red Bulls trade Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City

Also: Thorns Hayley Raso scores, lots of player movement, Club America looking to bolster its defence and more!

Portland

Thorns FC Abroad | Hayley Raso scores as Brisbane Roar move atop W-League standings | Portland Timbers
Hayley Raso led Brisbane Roar FC to a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory, scoring a game-winner in the 59th minute. The goal—Raso’s second of the season—came following a flurry of attempts within the box. A set-piece corner was sent to the near-side of the box, where it was headed toward goal, but then abruptly blocked by a Glory defender who got her own head on the ball. The deflection sent the ball flying high in front of goal, where Clare Polkinghorne headed the ball down inside the six in perfect position for Raso to finish it.

Major League Soccer

DC United sign Venezuelan midfielder Junior Moreno | MLSsoccer.com
D.C. United are strengthening their midfield with the addition of a Venezuelan international, according to a Washington Post report. Citing anonymous sources, the Post’s Steve Goff reported on Tuesday that D.C. are signing Junior Moreno, a central midfielder with five national-team caps, from Zulia FC.

FC Dallas sign veteran Swiss defender Reto Ziegler | MLSsoccer.com
Ziegler has spent time in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Russian Premier League and Turkish SuperLig, but has spent the last four seasons in his native Switzerland. He moved from FC Sion to Luzern in September, and had two goals in nine league appearances for the club this season. He had eight goals in 25 league appearances for Sion last season. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, he has made 64 starts and scored 13 goals.

Report: Tottenham youth prospect could be loaned to MLS | MLSsoccer.com
One year after Anton Walkes left Tottenham on loan to join Atlanta United, another Spurs prospect could be on his way to MLS. Tottenham-centric blog Lilywhite Rose tweeted on Sunday that 18-year-old attacker Samuel Shashoua could soon be headed on loan to MLS.

Galaxy, LAFC make roster moves; there could be a Kitchen addition - LA Times
Less than three weeks before the opening of their training camps, the Galaxy and expansion Los Angeles Football Club are continuing to build their rosters. The Galaxy announced Tuesday it had reached deals with defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic; LAFC said it had signed free-agent defender Jordan Harvey.

Galaxy, LAFC make roster moves; there could be a Kitchen addition - LA Times
Less than three weeks before the opening of their training camps, the Galaxy and expansion Los Angeles Football Club are continuing to build their rosters. The Galaxy announced Tuesday it had reached deals with defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic; LAFC said it had signed free-agent defender Jordan Harvey.

Red Bulls trade Sacha Kljestan, TAM to Orlando City for Rivas, Redding | MLSsoccer.com
“We are thrilled to bring Sacha to Orlando,” Orlando general manager Niki Budalic said in a club release. “His ability to see the field and make the final pass will be huge assets for us. But more than that – he’s a winner. He’s won everywhere he’s gone, and we look forward to that continuing here.”

United States

Bold USWNT predictions for 2018 - Stars and Stripes FC
This was honestly a garbage fire of a year and I think most people are grateful it’s coming to an end, although that does mean we have an entirely new set of horrors to face in 2018. Let’s just try not to think about that, at least for a little while, and reflect on another year gone by for us and the US women’s national team.

Jonathan Gonzalez: No contact from USMNT ahead of Portugal friendly | SBI Soccer
In November, the U.S. Men’s National Team began a new era by calling in a youth-led roster for a friendly against Portugal. Jonathan Gonzalez was not involved, despite being one of the program’s top prospects.

World

Club America closing in on PSV Eindhoven striker Luuk de Jong
Club America coach Miguel Herrera is hoping to lure PSV Eindhoven striker Luuk de Jong to Liga MX and hopes he can have a bigger impact on the league than Andre-Pierre Gignac has had at Tigres.

Wishes for 2018: Peaceful World Cup, transparency over PSG spending
It's that time of year when I look forward to what I'd like to see in 2018. Some of it is pie-in-the-sky, some of it less so and some of it you've probably seen before in 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. But, I hope, you'll agree that these are worthy wishes for 2018.

Manchester City news: Guardiola confirms injured Jesus will miss 4-6 weeks | Goal.com
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus will miss around six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury. Jesus suffered a knee ligament injury during Sunday's goalless draw at Palace, and following tests in the past 48 hours he has been ruled out for close to two months.