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Major Link Soccer: Weston McKennie has COVID

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The Juventus midfielder tested positive for coronavirus and has the team in quarantine.

Juventus Training Session Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Napoli was forced to forfeit a match because Juventus refused to recognize that Napoli couldn’t travel due to COVID, now Juventus has multiple players (Ronaldo and McKennie) with COVID. Who is the top No. 10 in MLS? Project Big Picture is dead in England but I wouldn’t be sure that it means an attempted coup by top clubs is over.

MLS

Nashville SC are cleared to proceed with construction of their new stadium after following a court ruling in which the judge dismissed a lawsuit that was seeking to halt construction of the venue at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Nashville SC issue statement after court ruling on construction of new stadium | MLSsoccer.com

When ranking the top No. 10s currently operating in Major League Soccer, there was no shortage of options. Who’s the best No. 10 in MLS? Ranking the top midfield maestros in 2020 | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com

Blaise Matuidi has invited his France teammate Antoine Grienzmann to join him at Inter Miami. Matuidi Invites Griezmann To Inter Miami

Report: Former US men’s national team defender Steve Cherundolo eyes coaching job in US. Report: Steve Cherundolo, ex-US men's national team defender, eyes coaching job in US | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

Considering what 2020 has done to so many businesses, plans and lives, it is striking that NWSL Commissioner can offer this straightforward answer to an uncommon question: is NWSL in a better place than it was at the start of the calendar year? NWSL News: What Commissioner Lisa Baird Learned From 2020 | Forbes

USA

The entire Juventus first team has been moved into isolation after the positive test. Weston McKennie tests positive for COVID-19 - Stars and Stripes FC

Former U.S. international Freddy Adu has signed for Swedish third-division side Osterlen FF, according to multiple reports. Ex-U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu joins Swedish side Osterlen FF - reports

United States defender Chris Richards is unavailable for Bayern Munich’s cup match against minnows Duren on Thursday due to injury. Bayern's U.S. star Richards suffers injury, will miss cup match

A scenario where Dest is RB for Barcelona vs. LM Reyna for Madrid is possible. Report: Real Madrid interested in Gio Reyna - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Celebrated for its successes on the field, France’s soccer federation hired a consultant to address complaints about top executives. He heard accusations of bullying, misbehavior and sexism. France’s Soccer Federation Roiled by Workplace Culture Complaints - The New York Times

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters points to an indoor event at the London Palladium to make the case for fans returning to football matches. Premier League chief Richard Masters makes case for fans' return to football - BBC Sport

Premier League clubs have “unanimously agreed” that ‘Project Big Picture’ will not be “endorsed or pursued”. Premier League says clubs will not back 'Project Big Picture' - BBC Sport

Kieran Trippier will miss England’s Nations League tie against Denmark as he must attend an FA disciplinary hearing to answer charges relating to the breaking of betting rules. England lose Trippier after FA arranges disciplinary hearing over betting charge | England | The Guardian

Barcelona and haute couture designer Thom Browne to produce a new capsule collection inspired by the club to raise money for the Barca Foundation. Barcelona and U.S. designer Thom Browne launch capsule collection

What’s on TV?

10:00 AM - Pumas UNAM v. Cruz Azul - Liga MX Femenil - TUDN

11:45 AM - Düren Merzenich vs Bayern Munich - DFB Pokal - ESPN Deportes, ESPN+

7:00 PM - Atletico San Luis v. Querétaro - Liga MX - TUDN