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1. The Chicago Fire has signed 31-year-old Argentine playmaker Nicolas Gaitan (19 caps) on a free transfer from the Chinese Super League's Dalian Yifang. It used Discretionary Targeted Allocation Money and Targeted Allocation Money as part of the acquisition. The Fire also paid $50,000 in General Allocation Money to the Seattle Sounders for Gaitan’s discovery rights. Gaitan has made 274 league appearances in the top divisions of Argentina, Portugal, Spain and China.

2. The United Soccer League is introducing the USL Academy Cup next year with U-13 and U-17 competitions for its teams in the Championship, League One and League Two. The U-17 competition will consist of two regional qualifiers and the national finals in Tampa, Florida. The U-13 age group will compete only at the national event. Only a handful of independent USL Championship teams currently operate full programs in the Development Academy, but the goal is to accelerate youth development so all USL clubs across the three leagues have full-fledged academy programs under the USL Academy umbrella.

3. A group of more than 100 U.S. clubs and organizations petitioned FIFA Council members assembled in Miami in support of Miami FC and Stockade FC, whose case for promotion/relegation is before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In a letter to U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, they ask U.S. Soccer to engage in a dialogue about the implications of the federation's Bylaw 103, which requires it to respect all FIFA and Concacaf rules and decisions to the extent permitted by U.S. law.
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