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1. Dutchman Dennis te Kloese could be headed back to MLS. An LA Galaxy spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that it was close to hiring the director of Mexico's national teams as its new head of soccer operations, as reported by MLSSoccer.com's Sam Stejskal. Te Kloese worked for Chivas USA as director of soccer for four seasons (2005-08) after moving from Chivas in Mexico. He's also worked at Tigres but is best known for his work in recent years with the Mexican federation, having helped convince former U.S. U-20 Jonathan Gonzalez to switch to play for Mexico. Te Kloese's hiring might lead to interim coach Dominic Kinnear being retained as Galaxy head coach for 2019.

2. The Houston Dynamo named MD Anderson as its jersey sponsor. The agreement with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is a multi-year deal and will feature cancer prevention education, community outreach, survivorship celebrations, public service announcements and philanthropic initiatives. The Dynamo was the only MLS team without a jersey deal in 2018. Sports Business Journal's Ian Thomas tweeted that the deal is valued for well above the league average for jersey sponsorships.

3.  The NWSL will break June 3-14 for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, covering only one weekend during the group stage. The 24-game regular season will kick off the weekend of April 13-14 and end Oct. 12-13. Four teams will advance to the semifinals on Oct.19-20, and the final will be played on Oct. 26

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