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LAFC star Carlos Vela voted 2019 MLS MVP
Vela, 30, improved on a 2018 MLS Best XI season in a number of ways. Scoring 34 goals in regular season play, breaking the MLS single-season record of 31 set in 2018 by Josef Martinez, Vela also finished third in the league with 15 assists. His combined 49 goals+assists shattered another record for a player in MLS in a season.

Major League Soccer franchise values up 30 percent from 2018
Los Angeles-based sides the LA Galaxy ($480 million) and LAFC ($475 million) ranked second and third, while MLS Cup finalists the Seattle Sounders ($405 million) and Toronto FC ($395 million) rounded out the top five.

How much have Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC rosters changed?
Both teams can potentially replicate over half of their starting XIs from the 2016 MLS Cup final, taken by the Sounders after they won a penalty shootout, with six players in each lineup from that day still with their respective clubs.

2019 MLS Cup referee crew announced
Allen Chapman has been assigned as the referee for the 2019 MLS Cup between Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, on Sunday, November 10 (3pm ET) at CenturyLink Field.

Nashville SC reportedly add Dax McCarty, Dave Romney
The 2020 expansion side added a veteran midfielder and a serviceable defender, according to The Athletic.

Adam Lallana emerging as target for clubs in China and MLS as Liverpool contract expires this summer
Lallana will be offered a new deal by Liverpool but could be set for a move away in January if clubs step up their interest when the transfer window re-opens.