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1. New San Jose Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda will begin work with a group of 24 players. In addition to 12 players already contracted for 2019, 12 others had their options exercised by the Quakes or were automatically vested by reaching certain performance thresholds in 2018 or they were signed to new contracts. They include Chris Wondolowski, who is one goal short of tying the MLS career scoring record, and 2018 team MVP Danny Hoesen.

2. NYCFC declined the options on  eight players, reducing their 2019 MLS roster to 19 players. They include Maxime Chanot, who started in the 2018 playoffs, and Tommy McNamara, the club's lone player from its first team in 2015 following the departure of David Villa. Young Venezuelan star Yangel Herrera, who has been on loan from Manchester City, will be out of contract on Dec. 31.

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Nashville’s MLS team hired Nashville native Will Alexander as its chief revenue officer. Alexander was a co-founder of the MLS2Nashville expansion bid committee in 2016. He will join the club from Hall Capital, where he served as managing director, and report to Nashville MLS CEO Ian Ayre. Two days earlier, Nashville SC, the new MLS team's USL outfit, announced that CEO Court Jeske, who was responsible for the business and technical sides, will leave the club at the end of November.
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