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MLS Expansion, USL-NASL, and Curt Onalfo: Freedom Kicks for 7 December 2016

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With the regular provider of your Wednesday links off gallivanting the world, I've come out of links retirement to give you today's best soccer news. Let's go!

Another day, another stay of execution for the NASL. US Soccer has delayed the decision on sanctioning the second and third divisions of men's soccer, which most people believe would lead to USL becoming division 2 and NASL becoming division 3. Rumor has it that the delay is to allow some NASL teams to negotiate their entrance into USL.

Tampa Bay Rowdies launch campaign to bring Major League Soccer to St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Business Journal: After the Carolina Railhawks changed their name to North Carolina FC and declared their intentions to seek MLS, the Tampa Bay Rowdies did the same (just without the rebrand). If they can actually pull off the over $80 million in renovations to their current stadium, they could easily pass the Miami Beckhams in line to enter the league.

Landon Donovan: LA Galaxy great unlikely to return in 2017 | Yeah, sure, Landon Donovan, great: the real point of this article is that Curt Onalfo is the leading candidate to take over the LA Galaxy managerial position. Curt Onalfo!

Eligible for two countries, Thomas McNamara still waiting for a national team call after career year | Soccer | Sporting News: Tommy McNamara has been very good in MLS, but is he really national team quality?

Where are they now? Charlton’s last Premier League XI: Hey there, Lloyd Sam!

The 10 worst Designated Players in MLS history | FOX Sports: It wouldn't be a worst designated player list without Marcelo Gallardo, but there are also a pleasing number of Red Bulls players on this list.

That's what I've got; what's up?