All we want for Christmas is...

Thomas Niedermueller

To get into the holiday spirit, SB Nation Soccer asked our bloggers what their teams might most want for Christmas. Here are the responses.

Big D Soccer (FC Dallas): All I want for Christmas is another forward. Technical Director Fernando Clavijo has done a good job in getting most of his off-season deals locked up early, but the one big gap on FC Dallas is at forward. FCD needs a highly competent backup forward to push Blas Perez and to allow Dallas to move to a 4-4-2 when needed. If Clavijo can lock down another good forward, the off-season will be a success and FC Dallas could be back among the MLS elite next season.

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LAG Confidential (LA Galaxy): All I want for Christmas is another MLS Cup. They're really a useful piece of silverware, you can drink beer out of them or champagne as the occasion allows. When wearing a flag draped around your shoulders like superman, the MLS Cup can act as a counterbalance so you don't fall backwards when a jet stream gets you. If you have a baby, the MLS Cup is a perfect baby carrier. It's baby's first Tiffany's! When you win two straight MLS Cups and make a few million a year as a Designated Player (the Galaxy have an opening, interested parties please apply!) you can buy your baby lots of things from Tiffany's. It's really a great store. So, three in a row? Yeah, three in a row.

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Through it all Together (Leeds United): For the first time in a while Leeds fans might have a good Christmas. This year we have a chance...if the takeover goes ahead. It's still hanging over us and it will be a huge weight off the club's shoulders when/IF it goes through.

On the pitch we've improved in recent weeks but we still need that extra body or two to really help us mount a challenge for the top. This Christmas I'd like a good run in the league to help us reach January in the best possible position.

We could do with a new left-back with Adam Drury struggling to stay fit and some added speed on the wings. Securing our loan signings is a must if we are to keep the morale high, but Jerome Thomas looks to be going back to West Brom.

In an ideal world Max Gradel and Jermaine Beckford will return to the club but we could well be asking for too much there. The final request for this festive season is that Sam Byram stays with the club. Liverpool, Everton and others have been taking a look at him, to all those interested...leave him alone. You don't want to ruin Christmas for people do you?

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AC Milan Offside: The AC Milan Offside has a simple holiday wish, sure it’s a year too late, but it’s time we see Pato shipped out of Milan.

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Bavarian Football Works (Bayern Munich): As a Bayern supporter, all I want for Christmas is a Champions League trophy in May. Sorry to give a boring non-answer, G-Mac, but no one who has seen FC Bayern play over the past few months could conceivably say that we need winter reinforcements. Any new players we could bring in (especially ones who aren't cup-tied) would probably not even see the pitch.

Seriously, look at our roster. Our BENCH would probably be competing for the title in just about any league. Recently, CB Holger Badstuber went down with a torn ACL ... and our CB duo without him (Dante and Jermone Boateng, with Daniel van Buyten as back-up) is still probably one of the best 3 or 4 in the world.

This shouldn't be taken as boasting, because it's not meant to be. I'm just saying, we have no excuses. My Christmas wish list is "nothing." My May wish list is "everything."

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Liverpool Offside: All I want is for the new scouting staff the club went all summer without to actually do its job rather than simply continuing the trend of paying a premium for Championship world beaters and Premier League castoffs. All I want is to see the club spend £18M on one player who might actually make a difference rather than £2M each on nine different players who almost certainly won't. All I really want for Christmas is for Liverpool's dealings in the transfer market to stop making me feel stabby, but that's probably too much to ask for.

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Viola Nation (Fiorentina): All Fiorentina Fans want for the Holidays is another Center-Forward who can play up front with Steven Jovetic, a Holding Mid to play in place of Pizarro as a super-sub to make up for his yellow card binging and a player who CAN play either midfield wing so we can spell off Cuarado and Pasqual from time to time.

A nice long Juventus losing streak would be nice, as well.

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Stars and Stripes FC (USA): Is another manager or two in MLS who can spell tactics. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR, SANTA?!

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7500 to Holte (Aston Villa): To never speak to or otherwise encounter a Chelsea fan again.

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Villarreal USA: Villarreal fans want a healthy Giuseppe Rossi, in yellow, as soon as possible!! Other than that, a playmaker-type midfielder and a backup center back would be nice

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The Bent Musket (New England Revolution): Just like every year, all New England Revolution fans want for Christmas is a Soccer Specific Stadium to call home. Need I say more?

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Burgundy Wave (Colorado Rapids): All I want for Christmas is Humberto Suazo on the Rapids. I liken wanting him on the Rapids to me wanting a Nintendo 64 at the age of 10 while living with parents who didn't much care for video games, unfortunately. At least, no video games past the NES or Commodore 64. Probably more likely to see David Suazo than Humberto in Colorado. (I just want my dream of an All-Suazo Starting XI to come true in my lifetime, is that so wrong? You there, Santa?)

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Never Manage Alone (Fantasy Soccer): I write about fantasy games so my blog doesn't technically have an affiliation (or rather we each have our own) do I'll chime in with my own

For DC United I would love to see Santa deliver both a soccer specific stadium plan locked down at Buzzard Point and a forward capable of scoring 12-15 goals and acting as the fulcrum for DeRo, Ponius and DeLeon. Where have you gone Jaime Moreno?

At Arsenal there are so many things that one could wish for but I'm going to keep it both realistic and affordable because, well, this is Arsenal we're talking about. I'd like to see a holding midfielder with some bite to provide a platform for the attack and some cove for the mistake-probe defense. Cheik Tiote is probably going somewhere else for more than Arsenal would spend at that position but I wouldn't mind seeing Mohammed Diame move across London. Obviously there lots of other, higher profile names I'd like to see at the Emirates but it doesn't seem likely to happen so no sense in getting Santa worked up.

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Black and Red United (D.C. United): As a D.C. United fan, I've asked Santa Morenoclaus for a brand new Soccer Specific Stadium every year for the past five years. Since it hasn't worked yet, I'm thinking of wishing for something different instead. So we'll move on to the field and wish instead for a player that we at B&RU like to affectionately refer to as Hamnard Salijoy. He's a combination of Hamdi Salihi (a natural born poacher with an incredible finishing touch, who also happens to be slow and inconsistent) and Lionard Pajoy (a quick, physical, and aggressive target forward with a broken trigger finger). Salijoy has all the positive traits and none of the negative traits of these two current United players combined. In other words, he's the perfect forward for a team coached by Ben Olsen. He's out there somewhere. We just need to find him and sign him.

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Pie Eaters Footie (Wigan Athletic): All Wigan want for Christmas is an injury free squad. We may need to sign a few players in January but a lot of good signing them if we don't have a squad for them to join! At the current count we could be missing ten players for the festive period, with only twp recognized defenders to face likely to face Arsenal, time are gloomy by the pier in Wigan. Yet some Christmas magic and the return of half our squad would vastly improve our performances and points tally the second stretch of the season.

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Sounder at Heart (Seattle Sounders): All Sounders fans want for Christmas is a move that says "Oh, my goodness." It's been a while (2009, Ljungberg). Sure, lots of moves have worked, some haven't, but none are jaw dropping. We've gotten neat toys, now it's time for that first bicycle or that first console gaming system. We want dreams fullfilled. Something like a decent striker from a top Euro league finally saying "yes" rather than just using Seattle to drive the price up.

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The Tilehurst End (Reading): All I want for Christmas is for Reading to give survival a good go. We know we're undermanned and fighting against the odds but we want to be in a scrap until the end rather than preparing for the Championship in March. Nobody wants relegation but it'd be a lot easier to swallow if we can show that some of this squad would be good enough to come back stronger should the dreaded drop befall our club. Last season Reading went on one of the most memorable runs in our history to win promotion, maybe, just maybe we can pull off another miracle again.

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The Short Fuse (Arsenal): All Arsenal fans want for Christmas is another striker who offers more than simply poaching, who can hold the ball up and pass a bit, as well as a physical presence in the midfield and a creative threat. That's a bit like asking for the new bike, the giant lego set, and the computer for christmas, but in this case, we need to commute to work and don't have a car, we need to build things out of bricks or we'll die, and we need to analyze the possibility that that meteor will hit earth and there's no more NASA.

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Royal Blue Mersey (Everton): All I want for Christmas is for David Moyes to lock Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines and any other player attracting interest from other clubs in a cupboard somewhere at Goodison and only let them out on February 1st. Moyes has built a talented first XI capable of challenging for a top four place this season but the squad remains pitifully small, meaning any departures would be costly. It would also pay to send a message out to so-called 'bigger' (but certainly richer) clubs who think they can just cherry pick our best players whenever they want to cover up their own inadequacies. Unless they are willing to pay a fee the size of the GDP of a small country that is, in which case, hand over the cheque!

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Dynamo Theory (Houston Dynamo): All the Houston Dynamo fans want for Christmas is a consistent striker to pair with young Will Bruin. In the early years, Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching spelled danger for opposing defenses, but we haven't had that dangerous of a duo in years. Brad Davis and Boniek Garcia will be the men feeding the ball into the box and creating opportunities, but Will Bruin is the big finisher right now. Mac Kandji has been inconsistent and Calen Carr will be out a while with his injury, so the Dynamo fans want Houston to finally bring in that forward with a killer instinct for goal. We all can imagine the possibilities with two offensive threats combined with our stellar defense and strong midfield.

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The Busby Babe (Manchester United): Sir Alex Ferguson apparently is allergic to purchasing central-midfielders but he does like to gorge on attackers in his old age. Ideally, I'd love for a more physical presence in Manchester United's engine room -- someone like a Arturo Vidal would be lovely (I realize, though, the Juve midfielder ain't coming to Old Trafford). When I was a child, I asked for Air Jordans at nearly every Christmas. They never arrived. I have a feeling that my desire for a tenacious midfielder, one that could provide protection for the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, and Paul Scholes, is another futile wish. If Nani is indeed sold in January, then I definitely hope that United have an adequate replacement lined up. A team like United, a side that is so dependent on width, cannot try to get by for five months with just two wingers.

P.S. As a stocking stuffer, I'd like Getty images to supply more hilarious photos of Anderson.

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Waking the Red (Toronto FC): Like a child facing it's first christmas after finding out there is no Santa Claus, I now realise the pointlessness of making a christmas wishlist. Over the years I've always managed to convince myself that Toronto FC were close to getting it right, that we were just one piece away frcm turning things around, whether that piece is a new coach or maybe a shiny new Centre Back, and that at some point in the long Christmas eve/morning that is the off season, that piece would magically be delivered and everything would be alright. Not now though. After reaching fresh new rock bottoms in 2012, I now finally realise there's nothing that could happen, no gift to be brought that will set everything right. There are too many needs, it's a long slog ahead just to get back to respectability, never mind competitiveness. It's a bleak, depressing, realistic world and it sucks. I want to go back, back to believing in Santa and simple off season renewal, back to that childlike naivete, to the deluded optimism that every little thing's gonna be alright, that's what I want for christmas.

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We Ain't Got No History (Chelsea FC): Well, getting back on form would be nice, but in terms of transfers why not go for a midfielder and a striker? I know, I know, greedy Chelsea supporter etc. But the team has holes and we might as well try to fix them. Why not go for Real Betis' Benat and St. Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? We don't need to spend big on the likes of Falcao, but the Blues do need to upgrade, especially with Daniel Sturridge heading for Liverpool.

Also an electric dog collar for David Luiz would be pretty good.

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Barca Blaugranes (FC Barcelona): Just a few days ago, I would have wished for something that all football fans could relate to. I was going to wish for our star players and that they would stay injury-free. I was going to wish that our good form would continue and maybe, if it that wasn't enough, I was going to wish for the arrival of a certain Brazilian forward; but all that seems irrelevant now. All I - and any other Barcelona fan - want for Christmas is a full recovery for Tito Vilanova.

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Black, White and Read All Over (Juventus): While Juventini got an early present when Antonio Conte returned to the sidelines two weeks ago, all Juventini want for Christmas is a clinical striker. For all the good things he has done in the transfer market since he came to Juventus three years ago, a top-notch striker is the one thing that Beppe Marotta hasn't been able to secure. Names have been connecting to the Turin giants, but nothing has ever materialized. Juventus are clearly the best team in Italy with the current squad in place, but if they really want to make a deep run in the Champions League, then said top striker is the only thing needed.

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The Goat Parade (Chivas USA): Chivas USA recently got a coach, new to MLS, so we'll have to see how he performs in his new job. As for what I wish for the Goats this Christmas, let's start with getting a forward who can consistently score in 2013. And some center backs who can really help the team from conceding goals. While we're at it, the team desperately needs a playmaker in the midfield, and a midfielder who scores would be great too. An owner who invests in the club, and doesn't make crazy statements or decisions would be terrific. And a new stadium in Southern California that the team can call their own - that's a must. This list may seem pretty long, but I promise the Chivas USA fans have been very good this year.

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Lion of Vienna Suite (Bolton Wanderers): An easier question would be "what don't Bolton fans want for Christmas?" A striker that can finish would be nice. Defenders that don't allow five easy goals to the likes of bottom-of-the-Championship Peterborough would be an added bonus. Finally, a new pair of gloves for Adam Bogdan to catch the ball with.

Oh, and Santa, a fit Stu Holden is top of our list.

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Stumptown Footy (Portland Timbers): All we want for Chirstmas at Stumptown Footy is Mix Diskerud. Promises were made! Well, not really, but it would certainly be nice to have such an exciting figure on the team.

Aside from that, all we want is for a successful season for the Portland Timbers in 2013. It's been a rough 2012 and we need to rebound. Hopefully Caleb Porter can get us there.

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