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Around The Forest: NASL announces move to international schedule

Also: LAFC lose bet to Atlanta United, Independiente lower asking price for Barco, Cubo Torres could be on the move to LigaMX and more!

Major League Soccer

Report: Montreal eye Taider move as part of Dzemaili return to Bologna |
The Montreal Impact are lining up a swap with their Italian sibling club Bologna that would see Algerian international Saphir Taider move to MLS and Impact midfielder Blerim Dzemaili return to Serie A, according to a new Italian media report.

LAFC eat humble pie on Twitter after losing NFL bet to Atlanta United |
After Atlanta United’s stunning 2017 debut season, many across MLS are watching LAFC closely to see if this year’s much-hyped expansion newcomers can meet or beat the Five Stripes’ head-turning achievements both on the field and in the stands.

Report: Minnesota's Christian Ramirez set for long-awaited US call-up |
Minnesota United’s talismanic striker Christian Ramirez will be named to the USMNT’s January camp roster, according to a report from Minnesota-based outlet FiftyFive.One. Interim coach Dave Sarachan is expected to release his squad list on Monday.

Reports: Veracruz interested in signing Houston Dynamo's Cubo Torres |
Mexican journalist Carlos A. Godinez reported on Sunday that the Dynamo have sold Torres to Liga MX side Veracruz, while the Houston Chronicle's Corey Roepken confirmed that Veracruz are interested, but that no deal has been finalized.

Report: Independiente lower their asking price for Ezequiel Barco - Dirty South Soccer
According to TyC Sports in Argentina, the club have sent a counter-offer to Atlanta United for the sum of $15 million after originally stating that they’d take no less than $20 million and some reports having their target set at $24 million.

Medina signing part of NYCFC plan to get younger, hungrier, says Reyna |
New York City FC carried the oldest roster in Major League Soccer when they made their expansion debut in 2015. But the club is pursuing a markedly different approach as their fourth year unfolds.

Report: Sami Khedira mulling eventual MLS move |
Italian outlet Tuttosport reported this week that the German midfielder is considering a move to the league when his Juventus contract expires in the summer of 2019. Khedira, 30, has three goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season. He scored five goals in 31 league games for Juventus last year.

Report: Carlos Carmona to leave Atlanta for Chilean club Colo-Colo |
Carlos Carmona looks like he’s on his way out of Atlanta United. Chilean outlet Dale Albo reported on Saturday that the veteran defensive midfielder will return to his native Chile to sign with Colo-Colo on Monday.

United States

SUM's Role in U.S. Soccer a Contentious Part of Athlete Council's Election Survey
The role of Soccer United Marketing in the U.S. Soccer Federation is the biggest flashpoint in the detailed survey of all eight U.S. Soccer presidential candidates released on Monday by the federation’s Athlete Council. The Athlete Council, made up of current and former players, will have 20% of the vote in the election, which will take place on Feb. 10 in Orlando. With the campaign swinging into high gear and a candidate debate set to take place on Jan. 20 in Philadelphia, the publicly posted survey provides plenty of details on the stances of those in the race.

North American Soccer League Announces Move To International Calendar | NASL
The NASL announced that it will adopt the international calendar beginning with the 2018-19 Season with a planned kickoff on August 11, 2018 and conclusion on June 1, 2019. The change is pending the outcome on the NASL's appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals. Due to the decision of the United States Soccer Federation to revoke the NASL's Division II sanctioning, the NASL will be unable to operate the 2018 Spring Season.

Despite uncertainty, Dave Sarachan not taking USMNT chance lightly |
Sarachan will name the roster for the USMNT’s annual January camp on Monday. It’ll be his second camp in change of the national team, which he took over after Bruce Arena resigned after the country failed to qualify for the World Cup and then led to a 1-1 friendly draw at Portugal in November.


Arsene Wenger claims that winning fewer trophies makes his record more impressive than Alex Ferguson's - Howler Magazine
Arsene Wenger has audaciously claimed that his new record for most matches managed in the Premier League is far more impressive than Sir Alex Ferguson’s since he won far fewer titles than Ferguson did. Wenger made the claim after managing his 811th Premier League match for Arsenal, besting Ferguson previous record of 810 for Manchester United.

Chelsea transfer news: Sevilla keen on loan deal for Batshuayi |
Sevilla are interested in a six-month loan deal for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, Goal understands. Batshuayi has struggled to compete with Alvaro Morata for a starting role this season, with the former Real Madrid striker the preferred option following his £58 million move in the summer.

Massive mistake or masterstroke? Liverpool risk their season with Coutinho sale |
There was the intelligence to wait for the wall of players to jump, before expertly tucking his free-kick under them at the Amex. By then, Philippe Coutinho had already provided two assists against Brighton and Hove Albion, with his improvisation from the deadball situation making it 4-1 to Liverpool on 87 minutes.