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Major Link Soccer: MLS coming to Charlotte

Liverpool’s split squad suffers, Washington Spirit make moves, NYCFC to play games in Queens

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Puget Sound

Diaz is Defiance’s only forward under contract in 2020. He wants to “think faster” at USL level. Alec Diaz Is Ready to Level Up - Tacoma Defiance

A boy and a girl expected the former Reign FC and USWNT goalkeeper. Hope Solo announces she’s pregnant with twins | Yahoo Sports


The league’s 30th team will be its first in the Carolinas. Charlotte officially granted Major League Soccer expansion franchise - Stars and Stripes FC

MLS’s second longest-serving boss will enter his 10th season. Ben Olsen will return as D.C. United’s head coach - The Washington Post

The club cited the revised USOC schedule as making it impossible for them to enter due to the number of college players on their roster. CLUB STATEMENT: Reading United Declines Open Cup Entry

The Boys in Blue will play four regular season games in Queens during the 2020 season. NYCFC announces four games at Citi Field - Hudson River Blue

The ownership group had sought $30 million in state tax credits. The state is suggesting closer to $6 million. Missouri officials say $30 million in public money for soccer stadium too much | Political Fix |

NWSL / women’s soccer

The Red Stars midfielder announced her retirement to focus full-time on the fledgling NWSL Players Association. Brooke Elby takes a new perspective – Equalizer Soccer ($)

It’s a tougher decision than you might initially think. Who was the most influential women’s soccer player of the decade? - All For XI

After a long period of silence on the NWSL transaction front, things suddenly seem to be moving around the league. Washington Spirit add forwards Jessie Scarpa, Jenna Hellstrom - Black And Red United

Coombe joined the team in September as interim head coach, and impressed enough to win the job full time. Sky Blue FC Names Freya Coombe Head Coach - Sky Blue FC

US soccer

One summer day in 2002, U.S. national team stars posed for some photos. Seventeen years later, they still get people talking. The story behind the most famous photo shoot in American soccer history – The Athletic ($)

World soccer

The Liverpool manager said ‘from an organisation point of view they have to talk’ as his team prepared to face Monterrey in the Club World Cup on Wednesday. Jürgen Klopp questions timing but ‘we don’t fly 3,000 miles not to show up’ | Football | The Guardian

Meanwhile back in England, Villa took full advantage of the young team Liverpool left behind for their Cup tie. Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia shows no mercy to knock out Liverpool’s kids | The Guardian

The league thought it would be wise to commission paintings of monkeys as part of an anti-racism campaign. Serie A monkey posters prompts apology from CEO - Sports Illustrated

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha BSC (Bundesliga) — TUDN

9:30 AM: Monterrey vs. Liverpool (Club World Cup) — FS2

9:55 AM: Sampdoria vs. Juventus (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:00 AM: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid (La Liga) — beIN Sports

11:30 AM: Freiburg vs. Bayern München (Bundesliga) — FS2

11:45 AM: Brescia vs. Sassuolo (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Oxford United vs. Manchester City (League Cup) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Everton vs. Leicester City (League Cup) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Manchester United vs. Colchester United (League Cup) — ESPN+

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