An annual favorite. Let's try and keep this thread about actual news and serious rumors and not "I think this guy should leave early." Apparently Cal State Bakersfield's redshirt junior Gyasi Zardes is on trial in Germany right now, according to some Twitter feeds. That's an NCAA no-no during the academic year so it's safe to say he won't be back. Plus he's already basically said he's leaving after this season. Here is a picture from Twitter of Zardes at Freiburg with fellow Americans Caleb Stanko (who plays for Freiburg in the German second division) and Philadelphia's Amobi Okugo, who is training there. https://twitter.com/amobisays/status/274892798686281728/photo/1 Today, the Timbers, whom you may have heard hired a coach from some college in the Midwest, completed a trade with the Red Bulls that was noteworthy among these parts because part of the trade saw New York send the homegrown rights to sophomore Bryan Gallego, who happened to play at same random Midwest college, to Portland. While that doesn't mean Gallego is definitely leaving early, it would certainly seem like a pretty good indicator that the chances of him leaving are high. http://www.soccerbyives.net/2012/12/timbers-and-red-bulls-complete-complex-trade.html It will be interesting to see if Portland trades for the HG rights of any other players who happened to play at that same college in the Midwest.