Tuesday morning: What's in the news ...

1. Jesus Ferreira has received his U.S. citizenship. The FC Dallas forward earned U.S. U-23 and U-20 call-ups in 2019 but has yet to play a game because his U.S. citizenship was pending. He will be eligible for the 2020 Olympics but has no more U-20 World Cup eligibility. Ferreira, who turns 19 on Christmas Eve, was born in Colombia and moved to the United States when his father, David, joined FC Dallas. It recently signed him to a new, four-year contract, using TAM to boost his salary after he led the team with eight goals and recorded six assists in 2019.

2. The New York Red Bulls will introduce a safe-standing section for fans at Red Bull Arena for the 2020 season. Safe standing will be implemented across the South Ward, the home of Empire Supporters Club and Viking Army, in sections 133, 101 and 102. The Red Bulls will be the third MLS team to implement safe standing. LAFC has had it since it began play in MLS in 2018. The LA Galaxy will add a safe-standing supporters’ section located at the north end of Dignity Health Sports Park in 2020.

3. Yael Averbuch and Brooke Elby have been named co-executive directors of the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association for 2020. Averbuch functioned as executive director during the 2019 season, while Elby was the NWSLPA president. Elby, who joins the staff side after retiring from active play in 2019, will be succeeded as NWSLPA president by Tori Huster.
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