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Naughty Chelsea fans, record Liverpool deal, and Diego Costa being Diego Costa.

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Did you know NWSL gets started back up this weekend? Get all caught up with previews below.

Seattle

Tacoma Defiance players see “proof of concept” with Danny Leyva’s signing to Seattle Sounders FC - We R Tacoma
Leyva’s big steps are path for the 19 Tacoma Defiance on the roster now.

MLS

'The sickest thing': Canadian soccer rocked by claims of systemic abuse | Football | The Guardian
At least 14 former high-level players have implicated Canada Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps in failing to protect players from the abusive behavior of coaches.

LA Galaxy sign defender Giancarlo Gonzalez | LA Galaxy

Stejskal: New England Revolution deny Andy Carroll links | MLSsoccer.com

World Soccer

Chelsea bar three people over Mohamed Salah video - BBC Sport
Chelsea stop three people from attending their Europa League quarter-final after a video appeared to show them making abusive comments about Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool in talks over Nike deal that would eclipse Man United kit earnings - sources
Liverpool are in advanced talks with Nike over a new kit deal which is expected to exceed the value of Man United's £750m agreement with Adidas.

Atletico Madrid's Costa banned for eight games for insulting referee's mother
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa has been banned for eight games after he was sent off for insulting referee Jesus Gil Manzano's mother.

Women’s Soccer/NWSL

WoSo Independent Podcast #64 – 2019 NWSL Previews – Reign FC | All White Kit

Reign FC Preview: Goodbye Seattle and Hello Tacoma
The Reign FC have a new home in Tacoma, some new roster additions and a whole lot of depth heading into a FIFA Women's World Cup year.

From Seattle to Tacoma, Reign FC look for seamless transition in 2019
The Reign moved from Seattle to Tacoma in the offseason. Will they be able to get to the playoffs for a second straight year?

FBref.com Adds Comprehensive Women’s World Cup and Women’s Club Data | Sports-Reference.com

Five Questions for the 2019 NWSL season – Backline Soccer

NWSL season preview: How teams stack up entering 2019 | Yahoo Sports
The North Carolina Courage have a great chance to repeat as champion, but plenty of star-studded contenders lie in wait.

National Women’s Soccer League must turn World Cup bump into permanent popularity
The National Women’s Soccer League is still young and growing, and there’s no better way to prove it’s making strides than to turn World Cup attention into longer-term popularity.

Clare Balding to host new Channel 4 show Women’s Football World in partnership with Coca-Cola | Channel 4
This world-first features a weekly roundup of the best action from women’s football leagues across the globe