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Montreal Impact sign right-back Michael Petrasso from QPR

Michael Petrasso is returning to Canada with the Montreal Impact.

The Montreal Impact signed right-back Michael Petrasso from Queens Park Rangers on Thursday.

The 22-year-old had been with the English Championship club for the past six years, but mutually agreed to terminate his contract last week. He signed a two-year deal with a club option for a third.

He spent much of his time in England on loan to a series of clubs in League One, but he did appear in 11 Championship games for QPR.

A product of Toronto FC's academy, Petrasso has earned eight caps...

MLS extends partnership with Southern New Hampshire University

Tesho Akindele has taken advantage of MLS' partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.

Tesho Akindele realizes a career as a soccer player can be fleeting at best.

The FC Dallas forward went to college but never finished before he was drafted by the Major League Soccer team in 2014. A partnership between MLS and Southern New Hampshire University allowed him to wrap up his bachelor's degree.

But Akindele has taken it a step further. He's about to start working toward his master's in finance.

"We have this great career and we've been working our whole lives toward this one thing. Then...

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Howard Webb promoted to top job of U.S. referees' group PRO

After three Chelsea players were cautioned for simulation against Norwich, the FC panel debate whether or not VAR should have changed some of the decisions.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left unhappy with the use of VAR as his side had a strong case for a penalty.
Webb has been mocked his entire career but still refereed with authority, good sense and class.
Howard Webb retired from on-field refereeing duty in 2014.

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb is taking over as general manager of the organization that oversees officials in Major League Soccer.

Webb, 46, will replace Peter Walton in the leading role for the Professional Referee Organization, which manages refs for leagues in the United States and Canada, including MLS.

Walton, who has led PRO since 2012, will return to England and work for PRO as a consultant, the group said on Thursday.

"Developing PRO into the organization that it is today has...

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Houston Dynamo re-sign U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley

DaMarcus Beasley will be back with the Dynamo in 2018.

The Houston Dynamo have re-signed U.S. international defender DaMarcus Beasley, the club announced on Thursday.

"We are extremely pleased to have DaMarcus return to the Houston Dynamo," Houston general manager Matt Jordan said of the signing.

"He is a true professional both on and off the field and an important leader in our group. It was important to bring him back as we look to build on the strong foundation we've built in preparation for the 2018 season."

Beasley, 35, joined the Dynamo from Mexican...

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Vancouver Whitecaps finish signing of Mexico's Efrain Juarez

Efrain Juarez and Rubens Sambueza
Efrain Juarez can play at right-back or in a holding midfield role.

The Vancouver Whitecaps completed the signing of former Mexico international Efrain Juarez from Liga MX side Monterrey on Thursday.

The 2010 World Cup veteran signed a two-year contract with a club option for a third season. The Whitecaps will use targeted allocation money to complete the signing.

Juarez has previously played at right-back, but Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said he expects the 29-year-old to slot in the center of their midfield.

"We are very excited to add Efrain to our group,"...