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The Daily Dirt, December 24: Checking the list

Last minute gift for Atlanta United fans in Greg Garza

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Often, this time of year gets a little quiet for MLS clubs. Not yesterday, as quite a few moves were made around the league.

Atlanta United got into the action, making their acquisition of left back Greg Garza on loan from Tijuana official. United had to send a conditional SuperDraft pick to Columbus in order to add Garza through the Discovery process. He is still recovering from a hip injury and should be at full strength by the start of training camp.

In another move that somewhat included Atlanta United, the Chicago Fire added Juninho on loan. As a former LA Galaxy midfielder who was transferred out of the league for more than $500,000, Juninho had to return via the Allocation Order. Atlanta has the #1 spot and passed on Juninho, as they are planning to use that spot to sign Brad Guzan. Minnesota was at number two, and Chicago traded up from number three to get Juninho.

Last night, Yamil Asad’s father also spoke for the first time about his son’s possible loan to Atlanta United. According to him, it is all but done.


Domestic

Roster decisions looming for each of MLS’ 22 clubs (MLS)

Chicago trades up in the Allocation Order to get former LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho (Hot Time in Old Town)

Seattle adds forward Will Bruin from Houston (Sounder at Heart)

Darlington Nagbe, is he staying or going? (Stumptown Footy)

USSF decision on NASL status delayed until 2017 (E Pluribus Loonum)

Ft. Lauderdale still trying to hang on and find a buyer (Empire of Soccer)

International

FIFA discussing rule that only captains can talk with the referee (BBC)

Sam Allardyce is back in the game (Guardian)

FIFA says 32-team World Cup is better for competition, but 48 teams would bring more profit (FOX Sports)

Coventry City, where Chris McCann spent the last 5 months on loan, are falling apart (Guardian)

Local