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Major Link Soccer: Tobin Heath and Christen Press selected in NWSL Expansion Draft

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Racing Louisville grabbed the US National Team duo as well as plenty of other top players.

West Ham United Women v Manchester United Women - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by Kate McShane/Getty Images

The USMNT drew Wales, the NWSL Expansion Draft saw two national teamers playing in England move to Louisville (in the NWSL at least), and the most recent player to complain about their FIFA rating is out.

MLS

Basking in the glow of their first-ever Supporters’ Shield as they gear up for the postseason, the Philadelphia Union very much have a target on their back. Philadelphia Union, no longer an underdog, set sights on adding another trophy to historic season | MLSsoccer.com

Honduran players across Major League Soccer are teaming up in an effort to provide aid to their home country after Honduras was hit hard by Hurricane Eta earlier this month. Honduran MLS players' effort to support hurricane relief back home | MLSsoccer.com

It’s that time of year when MLS clubs are making their contract option decisions ahead of the 2021 offseason: Which players are staying? Who’s going? And who’s getting a new contract offer? MLS contract options: Who's staying and who's going entering 2021 offseason | MLSsoccer.com

WoSo

Racing Louisville selected U.S. national team players Tobin Heath and Christen Press on Thursday in the National Women’s Soccer League expansion draft. Heath, Press selected by Louisville in NWSL Expansion Draft | AP

Racing Louisville’s draft picks tracked live as they come in. The 2020 NWSL expansion draft: all of Racing Louisville’s picks - All For XI

The pandemic has exposed the inequalities that lie beneath the shiny veneer of the Women’s Super League and the need for change. Why are young girls unable to play football in lockdown when boys of same age can? | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian

Williams is working with the Black Women’s Player Collective to ensure no Black player feels alone again. Lynn Williams is ready for change on and off the field - All For XI

More sides are using technology to monitor the impact of footballers’ periods but it remains a taboo subject for some. Women's football: playing on your period – The Athletic

USA

The United States men’s national team wore messages calling for social justice on their tracksuits prior to their international friendly with Wales. USMNT wears warm-ups with social justice messages before Wales friendly

A lot to be excited about, but no goals. USMNT plays to scoreless draw against Wales - Stars and Stripes FC

Sports Business Journal reported Thursday that ABC will carry any Masters coverage that runs past 4 PM ET on Sunday, when CBS is scheduled to begin airing its NFL coverage. The conclusion would also air on CBS Sports Network, CBSSports.com and Masters.com. Masters will go from CBS to ABC if final rd. runs long - Sports Media Watch

World

Dynamo Moscow’s 1945 tour saw the Russians impress against supposedly superior British sides, at a time of growing suspicion. Dynamo Moscow's 1945 tour of Britain: Was it really 'war minus the shooting?' - BBC Sport

England women’s first black captain Mary Phillip speaks to BBC Sport about her role managing non-league men’s side Peckham Town. Mary Phillip: Former England captain on managing Peckham Town's men's team - BBC Sport

BBC Sport looks at what is behind the increased rate of injuries in the Premier League this season and which teams are suffering. Premier League: What is behind rise in injuries this season? - BBC Sport

The EFL clubs’ U-turn over the Premier League’s offer of a £50m rescue package offers hope of a solution to football’s financial crisis. EFL clubs accept £50m Premier League bailout for Leagues One and Two | Football | The Guardian

In the first of a two-part series, we look at the league clubs who have arguably benefited most from relocating. New ground: 10 of the best stadium moves in the new-build era | Football | The Guardian

The first Indigenous player to captain the Socceroos is on a mission to help people learn from Australia’s ‘dark history’. Jade North: the former Socceroo using the power of sport to build bridges | Football | The Guardian

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has said he feels let down by the 80 rating he has been given in EA Sports’ “FIFA 21” game. Liverpool's Jota upset by FIFA 21 upgrade snub

Real Madrid’s players will be asked to take another pay cut as the club deals with ongoing losses, sources have told ESPN. Real Madrid planning more player pay cuts as pandemic takes toll - sources

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM - Olympique Lyon v. Soyaux - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Bolton v. Salford City - EFL League Two - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Georgia Southern v. Coastal Carolina - NCAA Men’s Soccer - ESPN+

2:30 PM - Duke v. Florida State - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

3:00 PM - Texas Tech v. Kansas State - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

4:00 PM - LSU v. Alabama - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Central Arkansas v. Georgia State - NCAA Men’s Soccer - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Virginia v. North Carolina - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

6:30 PM - Florida v. Kentucky - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+