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February 17, 2018 09:01 UTC
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And away we go...

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As you've likely heard by now, US Soccer got a new president on Saturday, with Carlos Cordeiro winning on the third ballot. I'm sure everyone and their mother will jump in with a take on what that means as far as upsetting the status quo (which I thought was the game all along) over the coming days and weeks and years.

The one that got away... with one.

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Yeah, well, sometimes the officials don't catch everything. Jann George was obviously offside before bagging the opener (and snapping a 16-game personal drought) to send promotion chasers Jahn Regensburg on their way to a 2-0 win over guests Heidenheim on Sunday. The goal play starts at the 0:44 mark.

One For The Thumb

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I nearly missed this one from Thursday night, when Wilsterman defender Alejandro Meleán became (if my count is correct) the fifth American to score a goal in Copa Libertadores play. His second leg header stood up as the tie winner that advanced his club to the third qualifying round. American-born midfielder Alejandro Meleán scored #Wilstermann's decisive goal vs his former club #

I smell Bacon.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Aron Jóhannsson is back among the scoring. His early ice cream scoop of a goal put Werder Bremen up two on DfB-Pokal quarterfinal hosts Bayer Leverkusen (who have since come back to level matters near the hour mark).Well, gosh... whaddyaknow. Bremen can barely hit the broad side of a barn from 10 paces all season, and then they score four times in a 41-minute span (including

Alfredo sauce, extra pepper

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Don't look now, but Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has now scored in consecutive games to take the season lead in our Americans Abroad goal chart in the right column. Not sure I've ever seen him bag one from distance like that before. As with a few other guys overseas, it's probably time we get him back in to US camp.

Miazga rings the bell

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Vitesse defender Matt Miazga got the home side off to a quick start in Friday night's Eredivisie tilt against Groningen. After going about a year without one, the Chelsea loan item now has two in his last eight league outings. - Greg Seltzer

New Kids on the Clock

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Last but not least, we check the architectural integrity of the squad being built from the ground up.LA FCThus far: The expansion side has done a lot of good work bringing their squad up to the 20-player mark. Luis Lopez and Tyler Miller are able netminders, and should benefit from the experience of center backs Laurent Ciman and Walker Zimmerman.

Upward Mobility? - Part Deux

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Today, we sort through the West also-rans. At this juncture, only one of them has really wowed at the offseason market.FC DALLASThus far: Even at 32, Reto Ziegler is one smooth, cultured dude to be adding to the heart of defense. New left back Anton Nedyalkov is a good 1-v-1 defender and comfortable on the build.

Upward Mobility?

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As we switch focus to those who missed the playoffs in the East, I'm struck by how many of them still need major pieces fit into the puzzle with preseason camp underway.NEW ENGLANDThus far: Most importantly, they've gotten themselves in a Lee Nguyen pickle. The sooner they sort that out one way or the other, the better.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Bosnia

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Well, it would be lying if I said the alignment is pleasing tonight. However the formation shakes out, there's no one to translate possession into ideas. I'm stunned to see Rowe sitting. It's up to Adams and Roldan to make sure we can gang up on them when we do bring the ball to the final third, and (gulp) the wide players will need to create.

We're still in January, and Ingolstadt m

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We're still in January, and Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has already doubled his career best. On Saturday, the US international kissed home his third of the league season and fourth over the entire campaign to break the ice early in a game at Jahn Regensburg his team would eventually go on to lose 3-2.

Wait, Mix did what now?

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Sure, there's so many levels of "huh?" on the face of this apparent news. As much as I think Mix Diskerud gets an overly bad rap from many, signing for Man City looks a lot like simple asset micro-management synergy between sister clubs. Delighted to report the news that @MixDiskerud will further be cementing his relationship with Umbro in our hometown, as he proudly continues his

Bested out West

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We now turn to the four Western sides that fell short in the postseason. PORTLANDThus far: The Timbers waved goodbye to engine man Darlington Nagbe and back-up strker Darren Mattocks. They haven't made moves to replace them yet, but they have done a couple of interesting things. Andy Polo brings speed and an eagerness to be goal-dangerous on loan, while Julio Cascante adds a needed mobile center

The Next Ones (East)

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Today, we tackle the rest of the playoff teams from the Eastern Conference, where two of them boast impressive window activity and the other two really need to get to work. Tomorrow, we head West.NEW YORK CITY FC Thus far: For as good as their winter haul has been so far, it has kinda flown under the radar.

On the Saief side

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Just two appearances into his Anderlecht loan spell, Kenny Saief has opened his club account. The US attacker popped up at the back post seven minutes from time to earn the hosts a 2-2 share with Waasland-Beveren. - Greg Seltzer