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Major Link Soccer: Ernesto Valverde out at Barcelona

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The manager was let go after succeeding but not enough

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Biggest rivalries in Women’s soccer, transfer rumors in MLS, what’s going on at Tottenham and Barcelona, and, most importantly, a LEGO STADIUM OF OLD TRAFFORD!! LEGOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LEGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSS.

*You must forgive our writer, he may have a problem with Legos. He also likes Manchester United. We know, he is a problem. And yes, that writer wrote this note...

Seattle

A couple finalists are from Puget Sound. The Eleventh Annual Sprudgie Award Winners—Presented By Pacific Barista Series - Sprudge

One of the most disappointing moments in Danny Reynolds’ playing career set off a chain of events which led to him being drafted by the Sounders. Seattle Sounders: How rejection led Danny Reynolds to Seattle

MLS/USL

Nick Cushing’s New York City move will leave a big gap to fill at Manchester City but Ronny Deila will now benefit hugely from his knowledge. Cushing’s fear of growing comfortable led to City departure but CFG connection continues with New York City FC role – The Athletic

Recognizing its market limitations, USL Championship team New Mexico United signed on home and away jersey sponsors with different goals in mind. New Mexico United Creating 'Derivative Value' With Jersey Sponsors

The midfielder has very little first team action but was Ecuador’s breakout star of the U-20 World Cup joining MLS. Official: LAFC sign midfielder Jose Cifuentes - Angels on Parade

A centerpiece of CF Monterrey, the reigning Liga MX Apertura and Concacaf Champions League winners, is reportedly drawing interest from MLS clubs. A 25-year old Mexican star trading Liga MX for MLS would definitely make headlines. Report: Monterrey, Mexico's Rodolfo Pizarro has "juicy offer" from MLS | MLSsoccer.com

Chicharito to the LA Galaxy? Count Carlos Vela among those who’d like to see it happen. I would rather he stays in La Liga, I think he’ll score too much in LA. Carlos Vela endorses "scoring machine" Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez to LA Galaxy | MLSsoccer.com

Learn more about the club-record deal. Yes $2m is a club-record. Stop laughing, everyone starts somewhere. Hey I said stop laughing.... Behind the Philadelphia Union's club-record acquisition of Jamiro Monteiro: "It was not an easy deal" | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

All For XI talked to three players who went in the last round of the draft - and made it to their teams. What it’s like to go from a last round NWSL draft pick to a contract player - All For XI

When these teams meet, it’s bound to be a good time. Only one NWSL match landed on this list but it is the match you would expect it to be (Go Reign!). 10 great rivalries in women’s football - All For XI

Spoiler: Free beer helped. How a trailblazing female general manager transformed the worst franchise in the NWSL - Power Plays

After not getting the USWNT head coach role, Utah didn’t expect to lose Laura Harvey. The USSF called back, got Harvey as the U-20s coach and not the Royals need a new boss. Utah Royals expects to hire new coach in the next month - The Salt Lake Tribune

USA

Galatasaray and Turkey legend Hakan Sukur has revealed he is driving for Uber and selling books in Washington after persecution from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 'Erdogan took everything from me' - Galatasaray legend Sukur driving Uber in Washington after persecution from Turkish president | Goal.com

World

I love this stadium, but I do not have the $299.99 needed so I can build my own 1:600 scale model of Old Trafford. LEGO teams up with Manchester United for next Creator Expert set | Brickset

As all French 1st and 2nd division sides did something to stand against racism Clermont Foot decided to knee against it. Clermont Foot 63 take a knee as French ramp up anti-racism messaging - Inside World Football

The Canadian is at KAA0 Gent right now and could join Alphonso Davies in Champions League football if he moves to the right side, like Lyon. Report: Canadian star Jonathan David being tracked by big European sides | MLSsoccer.com

Valverde won the Copa del Rey once, La Liga twice, but only finished in the quarterfinals and semifinals in Champions League. Oh, they are also leading La Liga again this year but just not well enough. Barcelona sack Ernesto Valverde, appoint Quique Setien as manager - Barca Blaugranes

I love the term “right mess.” I get why Valverde was fired but was this the right call? How Barcelona made a right mess of sacking Ernesto Valverde | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian

Barcelona are generating more money than any club in Europe but if Manchester United continue to fail in the league, they may fall in the money league too as Europa League paydays are just not good enough. Deloitte Football Money League: Barcelona top as Man Utd 'at risk' in Premier League - BBC Sport

Why should Jose always coach? Because he gives gems in interviews, like this one where he says he is not an idiot. Christian Eriksen: Tottenham midfielder to play despite Inter Milan links - BBC Sport

Sanaa Darawsha overcame adversity and abuse to become Israel’s top female Arab referee. Now she wants to help other women in the country achieve their dreams. ‘The men were screaming. They made me feel I should not be a referee’ | Football | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM - Napoli v. Perugia - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

9:00 AM - Lazio v. Cremonese - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Inter Milan v. Cagliari - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

12:05 PM - Tottenham v. Middlesbrough - FA Cup - ESPN+