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1. Miguel Almiron debuted for Newcastle United on Monday in its 1-1 tie at Wolves. The Paraguayan midfielder, who was transferred from Atlanta United for an MLS (and Newcastle) record transfer fee, came off the bench in the 72nd minute. Wolves' stoppage-time equalizer cost the Magpies two precious points in their bid to avoid relegation. Newcastle is tied for 16th place, one point above the relegation zone, after Matchday 26.

2. Alex Zendejas, who played for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, was named to Mexico's under-22 roster for a camp this week at the Mexican federation's Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City. The U-22s are preparing for Olympic qualifying. Zendejas was raised in El Paso and played for FC Dallas as a Homegrown Player before moving to Guadalajara. He played two Liga MX games for Chivas in October after returning following a season on loan to second-tier Atletico Zacatepec.

3. Concacaf is revamping its Concacaf Champions League qualification process, beginning in 2019. Just 10 teams -- instead of 15 -- will qualify automatically: four U.S. teams, four Mexican teams from Liga MX, the Canadian champion and the Caribbean Club Championship winner. The other six entrants will come from the Concacaf League, the qualifying tournament that was launched in 2017 and will be expanded from 16 to 22 teams and include all Central American entrants. The champion from the new Canadian Professional League will eventually take part.
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