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Report: USMNT’s Guzan considering return to MLS this winter

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Six months after leaving Aston Villa for Middlesbrough, Brad Guzan could be on the move again when the January transfer opens for business. His destination? MLS, perhaps, according to a report from FourFourTwo.

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After failing losing out on the starting job to former Barcelona star Victor Valdes at Boro, Guzan is reportedly “exploring a potential return” to MLS which would see him end his eight-and-a-half-year stay in England in favor of a non-Designated Player contract in MLS, according to the report.

Even coming in below the DP threshold, which is set to surpass $475,000 in 2017 (it was $457,500 in 2016), Guzan would be one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in MLS should a move come to fruition in the offseason. Unlike winters past, a number of teams will be on the hunt for a new no. 1 as 2016 draws to a close and 2017 kicks off.

First and foremost, Atlanta United and Minnesota United — expansion teams set to officially begin league operations after MLS Cup 2016 — will hold the first and second spots, respectively, in the allocation order once it resets after the Dec. 10 final. Neither side has signed a ‘keeper with the explicit intent of naming him the starter in March (yet).

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LA Galaxy and New York City FC — a pair of sides with more than a little money to throw around this winter — are also expected to target a new starter in goal, while Houston Dynamo and Orlando City SC also enter the offseason with goalkeeper situations which are less than crystal clear. D.C. United and/or Philadelphia Union could also become involved if Bill Hamid and/or Andre Blake are transferred upon successfual training/trial stints in Europe. Sean Johnson is reportedly on the Chicago Fire trading block.

The list of possible landing spots isn’t limited to the above teams, of course, as the Colorado Rapids certainly wouldn’t have been a side earmarked as needing a new goalkeeper this summer, but they signed Tim Howard to the largest ‘keeper contract in league history, so any one of the 22 teams could insert themselves into the Guzan sweepstakes at any time. Only time will tell.

France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.