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Transfer rumors, South Americans making an impact, 2018 MLS kits list, Dani Alves plays in goal and more!

Major League Soccer

MLS transfer news: The latest rumors and trades in Major League Soccer |
Goal summarizes the biggest transfer and trade talk involving the LA Galaxy, New York City FC, Toronto FC and the biggest clubs in North America

Sporting Kansas City unveil state-of-the-art Pinnacle training facility |
Pinnacle – a brand new facility located a mile from Children’s Mercy Park and Wyandotte Sporting Fields in Kansas City, Kansas – officially opened Tuesday when Sporting Kansas City trained at the $75-million venue for the first time.

Running list of South Americans to join MLS in 2018 |
MLS has always had a healthy contingent of South American players, with Argentines, Brazilians and Colombians making a particularly huge stamp on the history of the league. As the league has grown, however, so has its South American footprint. Uruguayans, Paraguayans and Venezuelans had an outsize impact on the league last year, and will likely continue to do so in 2018.

FC Dallas GM Clavijo confirms interest in Mosquera, intent to extend Urruti |
The search for attacking help could be nearing a conclusion for FC Dallas, though nothing definite has materialized yet. Club technical director Fernando Clavijo on Monday denied rumors that a deal has been completed to acquire 22-year-old Colombian winger Santiago Mosquera from Millionarios for a reported fee of around $3.7 million, but conceded there is interest.

Reto Ziegler discusses why he picked FC Dallas and more - Big D Soccer
“It was a big change for me,” said Ziegler. “But I am really happy that I made this choice. It is a great team, we look good so far. I think we have quality players and good mentality. I think with this team we can have a great season and hopefully I can help the team with my experience and quality.”

Three Battles to Watch during Minnesota United’s Preseason - E Pluribus Loonum
Preseason is in full swing for Minnesota United. The Loons are spending time in Florida and South Carolina to prepare for their 2018 campaign which will begin on March 3rd away to the San Jose Earthquakes.

2018 MLS Jerseys |
All the Kits that have been released so far for the 2018 season.

Source: Minnesota unlikely to land Nicolas Benedetti before summer window |
Minnesota United FC are still in negotiations to acquire Deportivo Cali midfielder Nicolas Benedetti, but likely won’t be able to sign him until the summer, a source told Tuesday.

United States

10 young German players who could join the United States national team soon |
As the USA national team reorganises ahead of the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, German-born players with dual nationality could prove to be exactly what Uncle Sam is looking for.

Aron Johannsson scores goal, gets injured - Stars and Stripes FC
Aron Johannsson has had a tough go of things in his career. First, the Alabaman-Icelandic striker chose to represent the U.S. over Iceland only to get just 67 minutes in the 2014 World Cup. That was despite Jozy Altidore going down with an injury in the first match. It turned out that he was dealing with an injury during the tournament that was kept out of the media at the time. Things haven’t gotten much better.


Dani Alves having to play keeper after a red card to Kevin Trapp.

Barca must balance cup, league ambition to prevent critical burnout
One of the things that will be troubling the bright, competitive mind of Ernesto Valverde is whether FC Barcelona currently have an unhealthy or even Pyrrhic relationship with Spain's Copa del Rey?

With Chelsea talks set to begin Courtois reiterates his 'heart is in Madrid'
Courtois, 25, also hinted at a return to Spain -- where he played with Atletico Madrid on loan for three seasons -- in December and again mentioned his desire to be closer to his two young children who live in the Spanish capital with his ex-girlfriend.