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NWSL moves galore, problems with USOC schedule changes

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Puget Sound

Tacoma makes their 2020 home debut on March 6. USL Championship Announces 2020 Home Openers

Reno 1868 FC is our first opponent in 2020. A Grand Voyage Begins - We R Tacoma

Lesle Gallimore’s successor at Montlake has been identified. Huskies Hire Nicole Van Dyke To Lead Women’s Soccer Program - University of Washington Athletics

MLS / USL

The players have put together a FAQ on the bargaining process as new MLS CBA negotiations continue. MLSPA - Progress Through Bargaining

Due to the schedule change, some teams may be forced their name out of consideration for the 2020 US Open Cup. Without college players available, 2020 US Open Cup schedule cripples NPSL, USL-2 teams | TheCup.us

Major League Soccer will not incorporate the virtual offside line technology that has caused a storm of controversy in England, at least for now. Premier League VAR controversy: MLS won’t use virtual offside line for now

The Norwegian boss has been revealed as the Blues’ new coach after days of speculation. Ronny Deila officially named as NYCFC’s manager - Hudson River Blue

Deila’s philosophy has been compared to Jurgen Klopp’s and is famous for running around in his underwear as manager of Norway’s Stromsgodset. New York City appoint ‘Norwegian Klopp’ Ronny Deila as new head coach

NWSL / women’s soccer

The NWSL rumor mill started up with a bang on Monday, with a big trade speculated between Portland and Orlando that echoes the one which sent Alex Morgan to Florida in 2015. Big Move Rumored from Portland Thorns - Stumptown Footy

The Thorns are gunning for Orlando Pride’s #1 overall pick in the draft, and they’re willing to put some big names on the table to make it happen. The Thorns are shaking up the NWSL Draft - Stumptown Footy

Not too long thereafter, the North Carolina Courage swapped picks with Chicago, with further moves afoot. NC Courage acquire sixth-overall NWSL draft pick in trade with Chicago Red Stars | Pro Soccer USA

Chicago then immediately used one of those new picks as part of a trade to acquire Kealia Ohai from the Houston Dash. Chicago Red Stars acquire forward Kealia Ohai - Hot Time In Old Town

The Thorns are also apparently looking at PSG and France star Kadidiatou Diani as a potential big allocation money signing. Portland Thorns target PSG and France star Diani

After two years, head coach Laura Harvey steps down to pursue a coaching opportunity with U.S. Soccer. Laura Harvey leaves Utah Royals FC - RSL Soapbox

The 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year struggled to rediscover her early form and has decided to hang up her cleats. URFC midfielder Erika Tymrak announces retirement - RSL Soapbox

In case that wasn’t enough league news, NWSL President Amanda Duffy announced her resignation from the league office to take on Executive VP duties in Orlando, effective next month. Amanda Duffy Named Orlando Pride Executive Vice President - The Mane Land

With that resignation, the NWSL faces a potential leadership void unless a new commissioner is identified soon and can hit the ground running. NWSL faces potential leadership void following Duffy’s departure | SportBusiness

No goals for Kerr, but it was hardly a quiet first game in England, with an assist and a play that led to an opposition red card. Sam Kerr made her Chelsea debut and it was ... eventful - SBNation.com

US soccer

Former Reign FC skipper Laura Harvey has taken a new role with US Soccer as head coach of the US U-20 WNT ahead of CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifiers. Laura Harvey Hired as New Head Coach of U-20 USWNT

An old school feel... are jersey leaks coming soon? USMNT training collection leaked - Stars and Stripes FC

Raphael Wicky is the latest coach to defect from a job at US Soccer to MLS. It’s a worrying trend as the federation attempts to rebuild itself. US Soccer wants coaches. It’s a shame the feeling isn’t mutual | The Guardian

World soccer

This has to be one of the all-time weirdest reasons for someone to be disciplined by his club. Malaga manager Victor Sanchez Del Amo suspended after his nudes were leaked online - SBNation.com

Celtic have said they are “extremely disappointed” about Ryan Christie’s three-match ban for grabbing Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos by the genitals. Celtic ‘disappointed’ over Christie’s ban for genital grab in derby

The FA Cup is weird and anachronistic, and absolutely still a joy even if England’s biggest teams don’t take it very seriously. The FA Cup is wonderful, even if England’s biggest teams don’t care - SBNation.com

A number of Swansea City supporters are facing the prospect of having to make a bizarre and frustrating 200-mile round trip from Cardiff to Swansea in order to attend Sunday’s south Wales derby in Cardiff. Swansea fans facing bizarre 200-mile round trip ahead of south Wales derby | The Guardian

Moussa Sissoko has undergone knee ligament surgery and will be out until mid-April at the earliest, dealing another blow to José Mourinho and Tottenham. Sissoko out until at least mid-April after knee surgery | The Guardian

Sunderland have responded to their increasingly disgruntled fan base by confirming that the owner, Stewart Donald, is actively attempting to sell the League One club. Sunderland address fans’ ire by saying Stewart Donald is trying to sell club | The Guardian

Research into the link between football and dementia is to be intensified by a £1m study by the University of East Anglia that tests former players for early signs of the disease. UEA begins study with former players into link between football and dementia | The Guardian

JS Saint-Pierroise have become only the second team from a French overseas department to reach the Coupe de France’s last 32. Réunion amateurs earn historic Coupe de France upset after 9,000km trip | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:45 AM: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Brest (Coupe de la Ligue) — beIN Sports

11:00 AM: Valencia vs. Real Madrid (Supercopa de España) — ESPN Deportes

12:00 PM: Leicester City vs. Aston Villa (League Cup) — ESPN+

12:05 PM: PSG vs. Saint-Étienne (Coupe de la Ligue) — beIN Sports

4:00 PM: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hertha BSC (Club friendly) — ESPN+

12:30 AM (Jan 9): Melbourne City vs. Canberra United (W-League) — ESPN+