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

1. The NWSL will hold the 2020 College Draft on Jan. 16 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Orlando Pride holds the first pick. Sky Blue FC has the No. 2 and No. 3 picks while the Chicago Stars have four of the final six picks in the first round. The release of College Draft details suggests that any NWSL expansion plans for 2020 are off. It had been rumored that Sacramento would join the league next season.  Proof Louisville FC has been announced as a 2021 expansion team.
-- NWSL: 2020 College Draft order

2. Tanner Tessman, who was called up to the U.S. under-20 national team in August, has accepted a football scholarship to defending BCS champion Clemson that will allow him to play soccer and place-kick for the Tigers. Tessman hails from Birmingham, Alabama, but followed the likes of Brandon Servania and Chris Richards from Alabama to the FC Dallas academy. He played 16 games for USL League One champion North Texas SC in 2019.

3.  The Washington Spirit have signed 26-year-old forward Kumi Yokoyama, who has scored 17 goals in 43 appearances for the Japanese national team. Yokoyama, who played two games at the 2019 Women's World Cup, burst onto the international scene in 2010 when she scored a Puskas Award-nominated goal during the U-17 World Cup. Except for a spell in 2017-18  on loan at Germany's FFC Frankfurt, she has spent her entire club career in Japan.
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