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Do fans prevent goals, and don’t break quarantine to go to a birthday party.

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Puget Sound

The Seattle Storm won their WNBA record-tying fourth title on Tuesday, beating the Las Vegas Aces 92-59 in Game 3 to sweep the series. Seattle Storm sweep Las Vegas Aces to win fourth WNBA championship | ESPN

OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe joins several other women’s soccer stars on the list. The Unrelenting: SI’s list of most powerful, influential women in sports - Sports Illustrated

Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke and his wife, Tara, are joining the Sounders ownership group, the club announced Monday. Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke and his wife, Tara, join Sounders ownership group | The Seattle Times

MLS / USL

Austrian joins club from Barnsley FC on reported three-year deal. New York Red Bulls hire Gerhard Struber as head coach - Once A Metro

Flemmings could also be subject to additional discipline from Phoenix Rising FC and remains on administrative leave. USL Championship Suspends Junior Flemmings for Use of Foul and Abusive Language

“Phoenix Rising accepts and supports the results of this investigation,” said Phoenix Rising FC General Manager Bobby Dulle. “These actions could not be more contrary to the core values of our organization, and we apologize to all who were affected.” Rising Statement on Findings of USL Investigation

Bridge? Crown? Both! THE CROWNING OF QUEENS | Queensboro FC

The Red Bulls, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Adidas and Musco Sports Lighting unveiled the first mini-pitch honoring Black Players for Change. Black Players For Change Unveils First Complete Soccer Pitch

The team said it “will make an announcement shortly with information on the first game that will be open to fans.” Philadelphia Union prepares to welcome fans back, but no date set yet

NWSL / women’s soccer

Fan columnist Guto Llewelyn weighs in on how a historic event for women’s football in Wales exposed the league to those whose attitudes need to change. People who claim ‘women have no place in football’ are in fact the ones the sport needs to get rid of — fast - Guto Llewelyn - Wales Online

CBF has commissioned statues of Marta and Zagallo to be placed next to Pelé in the national team’s museum. CBF tira medidas para fazer estátuas de Marta e Zagallo e vai colocar ao lado de Pelé em museu da Seleção | Globoesporte (Portugese)

A look around the Primera Iberdrola as they kicked off their new season in Spain. Misa couldn’t stop Barcelona from dismantling Real Madrid - All For XI

World soccer

Three successive promotions, racism, and flaunting of 50+1 - Türkgücü München are unique and they certainly divide opinion. The Türkgücü Conundrum – Football, Soccer And Everything In Between

Mesut Ozil has stepped up offering to pay the wages of Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus. Mesut Ozil offers to pay Gunnersaurus salary to keep him in a job as Arsenal mascot - Eurosport

The three England stars will miss a game after attending a birthday party. England: Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell & Jadon Sancho set to miss Wales game - BBC Sport

Manchester United decided a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was not viable after running the numbers. Manchester United abandoned Jadon Sancho bid as it would cost €250m | The Guardian

Xherdan Shaqiri has tested positive for coronavirus, the Swiss FA has announced. Xherdan Shaqiri the third Liverpool player to test positive for Covid-19 | The Guardian

Tottenham’s 6-1 win caps a miserable decline and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s pat on the head from Mourinho reflects manager’s lack of authority. Manchester United lack leadership and transfer PR fixes won’t change that | The Guardian

BBC Sport looks at the data and the opinions to see if no fans at games is the reason for this season’s glut of goals. Premier League: Is absence of fans behind the goal rush? - BBC Sport

Football’s governing bodies say they will “continue to urge” the UK government to allow fans at matches. Governing bodies continue to urge government to allow return of fans - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

Some real powerhouse matches on the docket today — at 9 AM you can watch global powers Malta and Gibraltar face off, or maybe Luxembourg / Liechtenstein is more your speed. After those wrap up, be sure to catch Andorra against Cape Verde.

9:00 AM: Chattanooga Red Wolves vs. North Texas (USL League One) — ESPN+

9:00 AM: Denmark vs. Faroe Islands (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

9:00 AM: Estonia vs. Lithuania (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

9:00 AM: Montenegro vs. Latvia (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

9:00 AM: Cyprus vs. Czech Republic (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

9:00 AM: Malta vs. Gibraltar (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:15 AM: Luxembourg vs. Liechtenstein (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:30 AM: Austria vs. Greece (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Slovenia vs. San Marino (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Germany vs. Turkey (Men’s friendly) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Poland vs. Finland (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Switzerland vs. Croatia (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Italy vs. Moldova (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Netherlands vs. Mexico (Men’s friendly) — ESPN2 / TUDN

11:45 AM: Andorra vs. Cape Verde (Men’s friendly) — ESPN3

12:10 PM: France vs. Ukraine (Men’s friendly) — ESPN+

3:30 PM: Richmond Kickers vs. Orlando City II (USL League One) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: South Georgia Tormenta vs. FC Tucson (USL League One) — ESPN App

4:00 PM: Atlanta United vs. Orlando City (MLS) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: New York Red Bulls vs. Inter Miami (MLS) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC (MLS) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Cincinnati (MLS) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact (MLS) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: NYCFC vs. DC United (MLS) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas (MLS) — ESPN+

5:30 PM: Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire (MLS) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: Colorado Rapids vs. LAFC (MLS) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake (MLS) — ESPN+ / JOEtv

7:30 PM: LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers (MLS) — ESPN+

7:30 PM: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) — ESPN+