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Major Link Soccer: Coutinho and Greizmann taking pay cuts

The Barcelona stars are taking pay cuts in the short run.

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Champions League matches continued yesterday with Real Madrid getting blown out. Mesut Ozil is now fully an outcast at Arsenal. New owners at Angel City FC. And much more.

MLS/USL

Schantz has spoken to people in the LGBTQ community. He now understands the impact of his mistakes. Rick Schantz returns to the pitch bringing gay inclusion to soccer - Outsports

The most lucrative transfers for MLS academy products, for both club and player, are to Europe. But there’s a new economy forming as MLS academies continue to mature and more players graduate into first teams around the league: Intra-MLS trades. The value works both ways. Recent trades of Homegrown players show new MLS economy emerging | Tom Bogert | MLSsoccer.com

It’s a win-win and he hated writing that. What the Handwalla Bwana trade tells us about Seattle Sounders, Nashville SC | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre says managing Major League Soccer is more attractive to him than Liga MX. MLS less likely than Liga MX to sack losing coaches - Javier Aguirre

Who are the players who have performed impressively all season despite failing to attract significant fanfare? Most underrated MLS players of 2020 | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

Also, team confirmed for 2022 entry. NWSL’s Angel City FC adds Candace Parker, James Corden among new owners - Angels on Parade

The team has also formally unveiled its name. Sophia Bush, Billie Jean King New Angel City FC Investors | PEOPLE.com

World

Zinedine Zidane has taken responsibility for Real Madrid’s upset loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday. Zidane - I'm responsible for Real Madrid loss to Shakhtar Donetsk

Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann are negotiating new contracts with Barcelona as part of short-term cost-cutting, sources have told ESPN. Coutinho, Griezmann, Busquets in Barcelona pay-cut talks - sources

Mikel Arteta says he feels he has “failed” with Mesut Ozil after leaving him out of Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad. 'I failed with Mesut Ozil', says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta - BBC Sport

Raheem Sterling has called on social media companies to “show real leadership” after a study identified more than 3,000 abusive messages were sent to players during Project Restart. Raheem Sterling demands 'proper action' against online abusers | Raheem Sterling | The Guardian

Footballer and campaigner expresses disappointment as plea for free meals to be extended is voted down. Marcus Rashford in 'despair' as MPs reject free school meal plan | School meals | The Guardian

Mason Greenwood has been warned regarding his discipline by Manchester United, with late timekeeping a particular issue. Mason Greenwood warned over discipline by Manchester United | Manchester United | The Guardian

Depor, Spanish champions 20 years ago, are now in the third tier but have been able to welcome fans back to Riazor after a seven-month absence. Hope, joy and 'Tetris': a new start after the fall of Deportivo La Coruña | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:55 AM - Rijeka vs Real Sociedad - UEFA Europa League - Galavision

9:55 AM - Rapid Wien v. Arsenal - UEFA Europa League - TUDN

9:55 AM - Napoli v. AZ Alkmaar - UEFA Europa League - UniMas

12:00 PM - Celtic v. AC Milan - UEFA Europa League - TUDN

12:00 PM - Tottenham v. LASK Linz - UEFA Europa League - UniMas

12:00 PM - Villarreal vs Sivasspor - UEFA Europa League - Galavision

3:00 PM - Alajuelense vs Cibao - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2

4:00 PM - Central Arkansas vs Missouri State - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Boston College v. Syracuse - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Municipal Limeño vs Forge - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2

5:00 PM - Alebrijes de Oaxaca vs Celaya - Liga de Expansion MX - TUDN

5:00 PM - TCU v. Kansas - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Kansas State v. Baylor - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Motagua vs Comunicaciones - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2, TUDN

7:30 PM - Sounders v. Timbers - MLS - FS1