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AROUND THE LEAGUE: Everything you need to know today

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

USMNT calls 30, loses Gonzalez

All but one of the 30 players called to January US national team camp hold day jobs in MLS. The group includes 16 players set to vie for a first cap in the friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina later this month. READ MORE

Monday's news wasn't all fun and exciting for USMNT fans, as word got out that standout Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez was filing a one-time FIFA allegiance switch to suit up for Mexico. Though the US Soccer federation took heat from all angles following the revelation, chief scout Thomas Rongen insisted that the youngster's decision wasn't the result of neglect on their part. READ MORE

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle offered his reaction to both stories in one neat opinion package. READ MORE

Herdman takes Canada MNT reins

Not to be outdone, Canada made some big news of their own on Monday, replacing national team manager Octavio Zambrano with John Herdman. The new boss slides over to the position following six successful years guiding Canada's women's national team. READ MORE

Timbers unveil new boss Savarese

Back in the world of Major League Soccer, Portland presented their new coach on Monday as Giovanni Savarese finally met the local media. Timbers brass revealed that it didn't take long for the former Venezuela striker to stand above the pack of candidates. READ MORE

Report: Cubo transfer falls through

ESPN Mexico reports that a Veracruz swoop for Houston forward Erick "Cubo" Torres has stumbled near the final hurdle. The 24-year-old Mexico international regained his scoring stroke last season to notch 14 goals for the Dynamo. READ MORE

Double signings for LAG, Colorado

By word of ESPN's Jeff Carlisle, the LA Galaxy have beaten European suitors to sign a contract with erstwhile San Jose 'keeper David Bingham, whose rights they acquired in a recent trade. He also reports that the StubHub crew have inked a pact with midfielder Servando Carrasco. READ MORE

Over in Colorado, the Rapids have completed a pair of deals. The club finally sealed a season-long move for Monterrey left back Edgar Castillo and signed midfielder Jack Price from Championship leaders Wolverhampton. READ MORE

Schalke in for Williamson?

According to Metro reporter Kristian Dyer, D.C. United must now battle with Schalke for the signature of one of their academy products, US Under-20 midfielder Eryk Williamson. READ MORE

Canadian Exports: Adekugbe joins Valerenga

Canada left back Sam Adekugbe has made the switch from Vancouver to Norwegian side Valerenga. He is in line to be the third player from his country to play for the Bohemians, following Toronto FC striker Tosaint Ricketts and former Whitecaps netminder Lars Hirschfield. READ MORE Must-Listen

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