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A quick catch-up on Major League Soccer’s off-season

Dec 11, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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We are just 10 days past the 17th MLS Cup championship – so why does it seem like three weeks?

Probably because this will be the shortest MLS off-season, if we can even call it that. The time off has been trimmed on both sides; the 2012 season went longer than ever, into December for the first time, and the 2013 regular season begins earlier than ever, in early March. It’s about a month earlier than in those first years of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

That means things are moving at lickety-split pace. There’s no other way.

Talking points so far (some of which have been resolved, others not):

  • The ongoing David Beckham watch
  • The ongoing Landon Donovan watch
  • Real Salt Lake’s roster makeover
  • Red Bull’s roster makeover and coaching search
  • Chivas USA’s coaching search
  • D.C. United’s management shuffle
  • An eventful period of player option declines
  • An uneventful Phase I of the MLS Re-Entry Draft

For a more thorough review of the above, and more, this is a good place to start: a piece from Soccer America wrapping up the first 10 days of Major League’s Soccer post-season lite.

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