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Minnesota’s first DP is on the move.

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Big changes in MLS as Chicago fires (pun semi-intended) their coach and the Dynamo get a DP from Minnesota. Sustainability in the Premier League. A quick-run through of what every team needs in Euro matches to advance.

Seattle

Definitely sounds like Brad Smith may be heading back to England now that he made it back into the Aussie National Team setup. He gave us the Cup and that is awesome. Smith's MLS stint fulfils Socceroos dream | 7NEWS.com.au
Brad Smith says his Socceroos recall is a dream come true after the Bournemouth left back's sparkling loan stint at the Seattle Sounders.

There was a popular Scott Pilgrim discussion going on at the same time. But the room was still packed at an unassuming panel called “Geek Girls Exist” at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. With women at its heart, GeekGirlCon celebrates geeky minorities and fans of all ages – GeekWire
It was clear that a convention centered around geeky women was not only plausible but could also be successful.

MLS

New location, ownership, and now a new coach. Report: Veljko Paunovic Out As Chicago Fire Head Coach [UPDATED] - Hot Time In Old Town
The former Serbian international’s four-year stint as head coach is apparently over

Ruidiaz deserved a better ranking. Warshaw: The Top 5 MLS Positional Rankings for 2019 | MLSsoccer.com
Nico tops the central midfielder rankings and a few other Sounders crack to the top 5.

The question is, how much will they pay the USMNTer? Toronto FC say re-signing Michael Bradley is "most important" priority this offseason | MLSsoccer.com
With the 2019 season in the books, Toronto FC have targeted re-signing captain Michael Bradley as their top priority

A great game for TV storyline purposes. Beckham's Inter Miami to face Galaxy on MLS home debut
Inter Miami's first Major League Soccer home game will be against five-time MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on March 14.

Crew paid more than Atlanta United paid to get him years ago. Official: Columbus Crew make Darlington Nagbe trade in money deal - Massive Report
The Black & Gold paid a high price but got their man.

He conquered the league...or something... Farewell, Zlatan Ibrahimovic: LA Galaxy confirm star forward will not return in 2020 | MLSsoccer.com
The LA Galaxy announced that star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be returning to the club in 2020.

A couple MLS teams will also be at the 30-team U14 tournament. Academy Teams from Tampa Bay Rowdies, North Carolina FC to Compete at ICC Futures Tournament

A big transfer for a player with 33 total professional minutes. Joe Scally Transferred to German Giants - Hudson River Blue
Long Island’s finest is on the way to Germany in 2021

Definitely appears that Minnesota is moving their first DP. Sources: Minnesota United close to deal sending Darwin Quintero to Houston – The Athletic
Paywall - Minnesota United's first-ever designated player is likely heading to Texas

A big training center would be good for Austin as they come into the league. Austin FC announce plans for $45 million training center to open in 2021 | MLSsoccer.com
Austin FC announced plans for the construction of a $45 million, 23-acre training center for the first team and academy which will open in the Spring of 2021.

NWSL

I do not blame them one bit for demanding out of the Spirit, I wish more players had the ability to control where they play to avoid playing for the Spirit. 'I was out of there': Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris open up about playing for homophobic NWSL owner
Bill Lynch’s refusal to hold a Pride night drove the stars away from the Washington Spirit.

After leaving the Chicago Red Stars, Sam Kerr is at Chelsea. You could build the best team in women’s football at Chelsea (boo) if you wanted too. Chelsea’s Sam Kerr signing could start a women’s soccer arms race - SBNation.com
For the price of one crap men’s player, you can have the best women’s soccer team in the whole world.

USA

Addressing the issue in many different ways and places is key. Gun violence prevention often starts with high school football - SBNation.com
Gun violence, high school football and what coaches are doing to keep players safe

Shocker...Dutch players unhappy teammate picks against the Dutch National Team. Sergino Dest says some Ajax teammates 'didn't like' his U.S. choice
Sergino Dest said some of his Ajax teammates were angry about his decision to represent the U.S. over the Netherlands at international level.

World

Will they be allowed to play outside of Spain? Spanish court to decide fate of Spanish league game in USA – ProSoccerTalk
A Spanish court will decide whether a Villarreal-Atletico Madrid La Liga game will be played in the USA next month.

Short story, crazy story. Faustino Asprilla: Ex-Colombia striker urged hitman not to kill Jose Luis Chilavert - BBC Sport
Former Colombia striker Faustino Asprilla says he had to convince a hitman not to kill Paraguay goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert after a World Cup qualifying match in 1997.

The punishment for his fight with Joe Gomez is only for one game. Raheem Sterling: Gareth Southgate 'will not hesitate' to pick England forward in Kosovo - BBC Sport
England boss Gareth Southgate says he would have no hesitation over picking forward Raheem Sterling for Sunday's Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo.

From the pitch to the screen. Fred Spiksley: The remarkable life of a forgotten England star - BBC Sport
Fred Spiksley starred for England, acted with Charlie Chaplin and escaped from a German prisoner of war camp. That's only part of his story.

A quick recap as to what every team needs in order to get through the Euro qualifiers. Euro 2020 qualifiers: Who needs what in final games? - BBC Sport
Who needs what in the final block of Euro 2020 qualifiers to reach next summer's tournament?

Who is the greenest? Who is far from it? How green are Premier League clubs? - BBC Sport
BBC Sport takes a look at what all 20 Premier League clubs are doing to help the environment.

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM - Turkey v. Iceland - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN2, TUDN

9:00 AM - Ukraine v. Estonia - Friendly - ESPN+

9:00 AM - Bulgaria v. Paraguay - Friendly - ESPN+

9:15 AM - Brazil U23 v. USA U23 - Friendly? - ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

11:30 AM - Mexico U17 v. Netherlands U17 - U17 World Cup Semifinals - FS2

11:45 AM - England v. Montenegro - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Czech Republic v. Kosovo - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Serbia v. Luxembourg - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Portugal v. Lithuania - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN+, TUDN

11:45 AM - France v. Moldova - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Albania v. Andorra - UEFA Euros Qualifiers - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Ireland v. New Zealand - Friendly - ESPN+

3:00 PM - France U17 v. Brazil U17 - U17 World Cup Semifinals - FS2

3:30 PM - Curacao v. Costa Rica - CONCACAF Nations League - TUDN, UniMas

5:00 PM - Martinique v. Honduras - CONCACAF Nations League - TUDN