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Grella, Mears chosen in first stage of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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The first stage of the 2017 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft took place on Friday afternoon with two teams adding faces to their respective rosters.

Defender Tyrone Mears and forward Mike Grella were the only two names called, being chosen by Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids, respectively.

MLS Ticker: Moor re-signs in Toronto, Seitz to the Dynamo, and more

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Defender Drew Moor is returning to Toronto for another season with the defending MLS Cup champs. The Dallas native signed a one-year extension with an option for 2019 on Friday afternoon, the club announced.

"Few words can express what it means to me and my family to continue representing Toronto FC.

Sporting KC signs French midfielder Yohan Croizet to a DP contract

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Sporting Kansas City is adding a French midfielder to their ranks.

Yohan Croizet is joining the club on a Designated Player contract fro KV Mechelen in the Belgian Super League.

"We are thrilled to complete the signing of Yohan Croizet, a player who embodies many of the qualities we look for at this club," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The Premier League is heading into its busy holiday season and it keeps giving us plenty of must see television.

This week's offering is Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, fresh off their 15th consecutive Premier League victory, returning home to welcome top four challengers Tottenham to the Etihad Stadium.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Weston McKennie, Omar Gonzalez and more

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As we march towards the holiday period and the end of 2017, several Americans Abroad face intriguing matchups in league play while another takes part in a consolation game.

German soccer is headlined by a clash between Weston McKennie and Timmy Chandler as Schalke takes on Eintracht Frankfurt.

A look at the best available players in the MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 1

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If you're looking for offseason fireworks, the MLS Re-Entry Draft usually isn't the place to find them.

However, there are a few gems that can be found for the right price in one of the league's many acquisitions mechanisms.

To be eligible for the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft, which occurs on Friday, players have to be at least 23 years old with a minimum of three years MLS experience or players that haven't been offered a bonafide deal and are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four years MLS experience or players 30 or older with a minimum of eight years of MLS experience.

Friday Kickoff: No Man United offer for Ozil, Donnarumma defends himself and more

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While one Premier League star continues to be linked with a major move, a young Italian star defended himself after recent reports earned the fans' wrath.

Arsene Wenger says Manchester United has yet to approach Arsenal to sign Mesut Ozil. (REPORT)

Gianluigi Donnarumma has denied reports that he's asked to end his AC Milan deal after banners from the club's fans reduced him to tears on Wednesday.

MLS Ticker: Sounders acquire Francis from Crew, Galaxy ink Norwegian defender to deal and more

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It took less than a week for the Seattle Sounders to fill the void left open by Joevin Jones' departure.

The Sounders acquired full back Waylon Francis from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money.

The 27-year-old left back has played the last four season in Columbus, and he brings needed depth to the position in Seattle after Jones left the club for Darmstadt at the end of the 2017 season.

Christian Pulisic named 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

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As if there was any doubt, Christian Pulisic isthe 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year.

The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund star received a whopping 94 percent of the tabulated votes to become theyoungest player to earn the honor in the award's 34-year history. The previous record was held by Landon Donovan, who won it for the first time in 2003 at age 21.

LAFC sign Diego Rossi from Penarol in Uruguay

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Los Angeles FC has itself a new Designated Player from Uruguay.

The expansion club have signed 19-year-old forward Diego Rossi to a Young Designated Player contract. He will arrive on January 1 from Penarol in his native Uruguay. The forward scored ten goals in the Uruguayan Premier Division last season while leading his team to their 51st championship in club history.

Sources: NYCFC to send Shelton to Sporting KC for Abdul-Salaam

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New York City FC and Sporting KC are set to address areas of needs by swapping a pair of 2015 first round picks.

Sources tell SBI that NYCFC is set to send Khiry Shelton to Sporting KC in exchange for fullback Saad Abdul-Salaam.

Shelton was originally drafted by NYCFC second overall in 2015, serving as the club's first ever draft pick.

A look at how Darlington Nagbe fits with Atlanta United

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Atlanta United's attack set the league alight in their expansion season. Gerardo 'Tata' Martino's squad fired a whopping 70 goals, good for second in the league behind only eventual MLS Cup champions Toronto FC. On paper, Atlanta had an attack that paired remarkable talent with unlimited potential.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Weston McKennie, DeAndre Yedlin and more

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Wednesday saw many Americans Abroad settle for defeat, but Weston McKennie and Schalke did just enough to earn three points in a Bundesliga shootout.

McKennie started and went all 90 minutes in the midfield for Schalke, who took down Augsburg, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon. After conceding a two-goal lead on second half scores from Augsburg's Caiuby andMichael Gregoritsch, Schalke finished the job on an 83rd-minute penalty kick fromDaniel Caligiuri.

Report: U.S. Soccer to alter role of federation president

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With U.S. Soccer's presidential race heating up, the federation is reportedly set to alter the role's responsibilities.

According to ESPN, U.S. Soccer hastaken steps towards revamping the responsibilities required of several positions in leadership. The biggest change, according to the report, is that the president is more likely to be held responsible as a chairman of the board like figure and not as a more hands-on executive president.

Joe Corona joins Club America on loan

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For a second time, U.S. midfielder Joe Corona will be under Miguel Herrera's guidance.

Corona, 27, joined Mexican giant Club America on Wednesday via Liga MX's offseason draft which saw a total of 38 deals completed.

The Los Angeles-born midfielder will joinLasAguilason a one-year loan from Club Tijuana, the border club Corona has been with since his professional debut in 2010.