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Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi reunite in Miami 

Another generational talent has joined Inter Miami CF, as the club announced Friday that Luis Suárez has signed through the 2024 MLS season. The long-reported wintertime move reunites Suárez with Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba – boosting the FC Barcelona reunion in South Florida after the latter trio joined the club’s star-studded project last July.

Columbus Crew sign goalkeeper Hagen

The Columbus Crew have signed free-agent Nicholas Hagen from the Israeli Premier League. The 27-year-old joins the reigning MLS Cup champions on a contract for the 2024 season that includes club options through 2026.

St. Louis CITY sign Norwegian defender Totland

St. Louis CITY SC have acquired fullback Tomas Totland from Swedish top-flight side BK Häcken. The 24-year-old former Norwegian youth international joins through the 2026 MLS season, with a club option for 2027. Totland has spent his professional career exclusively in Scandinavia, tallying 14g/19a in 180 matches across all competitions. That stretch includes 11 games in the Europa League and Champions League, as well as the 2022 Allsvenskan title.

New York City FC sign O’Toole to contract extension

New York City FC have signed left back Kevin O'Toole to a contract extension though the 2025 MLS season with an option for 2026. He played over 1,000 regular-season minutes over 21 appearances (12 starts) in 2023.

Minnesota United re-sign Trapp

Minnesota United have re-signed veteran midfielder Wil Trapp through the 2024 MLS season with an option for 2025. The 30-year-old former US international was out of contract after posting 1g/4a in 88 appearances over the past three seasons with the Loons.

New York Red Bulls sign Edelman to contract extension

The New York Red Bulls have signed homegrown midfielder Daniel Edelman to a contract extension through the 2027 MLS season with an option for 2028. Edelman, 20, has two goals and one assist in 39 regular-season games (32 starts) for the Red Bulls. The New Jersey native also placed No. 21 overall on the 2023 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR list.

Happy holidays: We’re out till the New Year. See y’all on the other side.

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Ho ho ho. It’s me. MLSanta. And I… I’m already exhausted by this bit, let’s just move onto the presents thing.

That second DP spot

Houston did such a great job this year that we went out of our way to really reward them. They’ve already cleared one DP spot thanks to the departure of Teenage Hadebe and they’re looking to pick up another by shipping out Sebastián Ferreira. We went ahead and took care of that. Now it’s up to Houston to add the two match-winning attacking pieces that take this team from “good and fun” to “genuine Cup contender and fun.”

A second soccer ball

It feels like having two balls out there at a time would finally give Enzo Copetti and Karol Swiderski a shot at being effective when they’re on the field together. Or maybe we should make the pitch twice as big? Might need to go back to the drawing board here.

Two new center backs

We splurged a bit here, but we got a great deal. And it puts them just one piece away from being a Shield-capable team, so, we figured why the heck not. The Five Stripes have been linked with MLS vet Jonathan Mensah and Norwegian international Stian Gregersen and it makes a lot of sense for them to get two starting-caliber guys in to help sort out a defense that gave up a ton of easy goals last year. They’ve already added a potential starter at goalkeeper in Josh Cohen. Now they can go out and use all those lazy gift card presents to buy themselves a ball-winning No. 6 to pair with Tristan Muyumba.

An elite goalscoring striker (maybe)

They ask for this every year and every year we keep giving them something wrapped in the shape of one and it turns out to be like some nice socks or a book or two goals every 500 minutes or something. It’s our little inside joke.

A long-term contract for a manager

It’s not even for anyone in particular, we just wanted to remind Montréal that they exist. Some managers even sign a second contract too. It’s all possible, Montréal.

A 100% healthy Dylan Borrero

Ok, fine, we were a bit selfish here. We really, really, really want to see a full year of healthy Dylan Borrero though.


We’re not mad, we’re disappointed. And also mad.

A calendar

Sometimes it’s not entirely clear if they know when the season starts. If they know this year then they should be one of the top teams in the West without having to wait until Decision Day to find out if they’re going to make the playoffs.

A second chance

What would you do with a second chance? Would you go after the girl that got away? Would you invest in that stock that could have made you rich? Would you let the ones you love know how you feel before time ran out? Or would you go directly back to the 74th minute of the Eastern Conference Final and try to hold onto a two-goal lead against your biggest rival?

A trophy case

Well, a bigger trophy case. The 2023 MLS Cup will look great next to the 2020 MLS Cup. Have we mentioned lately that the Crew have won two of the last four MLS Cups?

A midfield makeover

With Kellyn Acosta heading out, now seemed like a great time to tear down some walls, open up some space and throw some shiplap on this LAFC midfield. Ilie Sánchez and Timothy Tilman are both fine players, but the whole group felt like it needed some edge and some new life this year. It might take one new piece, it could take a couple, it could take three but getting this sorted will instantly take LAFC back to a tier in the West they can occupy by themselves.

The childhood toy they always wanted but never got

It’s a metaphor. For rediscovering the youthful joy of a game model that allows them to actually try and score goals. It’s also a “The Santa Clause” ripoff, but it’s mostly a metaphor.

The now discontinued Concorde supersonic passenger jet

Back in the day, the Concorde took people across the Atlantic at 1350 MPH. It took three hours to get from New York to London. I figure the fastest commercial jet ever will significantly cut down on the time Inter Miami’s aging stars will have to spend on a plane. Look, I’m just a little concerned about peoples’ knees.

A DP No. 10

It’s such an obvious gift that everyone knew they were going to get it. Mauricio Pereyra is gone and the team is an elite chance creator away from putting together another outstanding season under Oscar Pareja. You don’t have to overthink your gifts, folks.

The ability to find joy in new challenges

Yeah, it’s a bit abstract. But you can’t help but think new sporting director Rodolfo Borrell is going to need it. I remain deeply fascinated by the challenges approaching Borrell as he transitions from working at a club with near-unlimited resources and no real consequences for using those resources to working in a league where resources are intentionally limited so that things are actually interesting. I just hope he’s having fun.

An elite goalscoring striker (maybe)

I’ll be honest, sometimes we just do the same exact thing for New York as we do for Nashville. Please don’t tell them... buying in bulk saves so much time though.

Other things

LA Galaxy sign defender Nelson: The LA Galaxy have added free-agent left back John Nelson. The former US youth international has signed through the 2025 MLS season with an option for 2026. The 25-year-old defender joins LA after they traded Raheem Edwards to CF Montréal earlier this winter. He adds another option alongside Argentine youth international Julián Aude, who joined last year from Lanús via the U22 Initiative.

Columbus Crew sign Jones in free agency: Columbus Crew have signed Derrick Jones through the 2025 season with an option for 2026. Jones, 26, last competed for Charlotte FC and should bring versatility as a midfielder and/or center back in head coach Wilfried Nancy's preferred 3-4-2-1 system.

D.C. United acquire Tubbs from Atlanta United: D.C. United have acquired defender Garrison Tubbs from Atlanta United. The 21-year-old center back, who just last week signed a homegrown contract with the Five Stripes, joins the Black-and-Red in exchange for $125,000 in 2024 General Allocation Money (GAM) and an additional $150,000 in performance-based GAM. Atlanta also retain a sell-on percentage for Tubbs.

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