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No, the South Florida team will NOT be “Miami Beckham United;” plus the MLS news roundup for Dec. 11


A little social media brush fire over the new Miami expansion outfit was promptly, mercifully extinguished Wednesday. So for the record: No, the MLS team being assembled on the hurry-up down in South Florida will not be known as Miami Beckham United.

Please join me in saying, “praise be.”

Wednesday morning word circulated through the interwebs that Beckham’s business handlers had registered Miami Beckham United LLC. People started adding two plus two … but coming up with “five.”

As anyone who has ever started their own little widget shop will tell you, registering a limited liability company is just a government hoop to jump. I can register “Yummy-Tummy-Yummy” today and then open a restaurant called something completely different (“I Like Tacos!”) from there.

So, that was probably never a threat to become reality. Either way, we all came in off the ledge on that one by afternoon.

Meanwhile …

Seattle made another move Wednesday (busy, busy, busy days around CenturyLink, no?) as yesterday’s DP Mauro Rosales (pictured above) was sent to Chivas USA for Tristan Bowen’s rights and – here’s the proverbial other cleat falling – the No. 2 spot in MLS allocation order. Hmmmm. Could Seattle know something about who might soon be available in that allocation process?

Yes, those hangovers from MLS Cup revelry are just now abating, but teams are already beginning to reveal their preseason plans. (Remember, we told you it wouldn’t be long before we started seeing these MLS clubs again.)  The Columbus Crew, for instance, announced they will launch their first camp under new coach Gregg Berhalter on Jan. 24.

The New England Revolution open camp on Jan. 25; details of all that are here.

Speaking of the bunch from Gillette: Now back among the playoff-worthy and hoping to fortify the roster so they can stay there, New England picked up goalkeeper Brad Knighton in a trade with Vancouver. The move was important for Jay Heaps’ team given Matt Reis’ retirement announcement. So Knighton, who started with the Revs, will compete with Bobby Shuttleworth for starting duty next year at Gillette.

North and west of there, Portland will hold its next Rose City Invitational from Feb. 23 to March 1. San Jose Earthquakes, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Jamaican club Portmore United FC will join Caleb Porter’s host club.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.