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Houston teams refresh their crests; a potential return of fans in England.

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Puget Sound

A former Seattle teen soccer star says she was sexually abused by her coach while Washington state’s youth soccer organizations failed to protect her. ‘I needed to be rescued’: Former Seattle teen soccer star says youth coaching safeguards failed to protect her from sexual abuse | The Seattle Times

MLS / USL

The San Jose Earthquakes striker doesn’t stretch, screams gibberish in celebration, and can nail a 45-yard field goal. Chris Wondolowski: MLS’ record scorer’s untold stories – The Athletic

Curtin beat out Oscar Pareja for the honor for the first time in his career. Jim Curtin named 2020 MLS Coach of the Year - Brotherly Game

Just days after the conclusion of the 2020 MLS regular season, MLSsoccer.com columnist Steve Zakuani shared his list of Top 5 players at every position. Steve Zakuani: The Top 5 MLS players at each position during the 2020 season | MLSsoccer.com

In a bid to have players on international duty return in time for the MLS Cup playoffs, the league will use chartered flights, according to sources. MLS to charter flights for players on international duty to sidestep quarantine | ESPN

Former Sounder McCrary remains. Former Zakuani & Friends star Apollon now a free agent. Sacramento Republic ring in changes with offseason roster moves - Indomitable City Soccer

After opening a new stadium and starting construction of a training facility, the team has updated its crest. LouCity ushers in next chapter with rebrand, new logo

Louisville wasn’t the only club to unveil a new crest on Tuesday — the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash also both unveiled new logos. Explaining the rebrand of the Houston Dynamo and Dash | Houston Chronicle

NWSL / women’s soccer

Putting the Dynamo and Dash on equal footing and tying the organization to the local community more deeply are key aspects of the shift. Inside the Houston Dash and Dynamo rebrand – The Athletic ($)

The NWSL’s Lisa Baird is among the power players who displayed greatness and grace, leading the way in a year filled with uncertainty. Adweek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports: 31 MVPs Showing Brands and Fans the Way to Win

Phil Neville has packed his England Women’s squad with youth and given the highly rated Manchester United forward Lauren James her first senior call-up. Phil Neville hands Lauren James first England call-up for November camp | The Guardian

US soccer

It’s Macario time? Andonovski names USWNT roster for Netherlands friendly - Stars and Stripes FC

U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has said he is expecting Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe to be back for the team’s January camp. USWNT stars Rapinoe and Lloyd expected back in January, says head coach Andonovski | Goal.com

It would be a chance to evaluate domestic talent. USMNT considering December camp and match - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

Liverpool have officially opened a £50m training base in Kirkby that includes a ‘secret’ stairway for sneaking potential signings into the building. A ‘secret’ stairway and the James Milner door: Liverpool open training ground | The Guardian

The World Cup winner discusses his old teammates, his job at Fifa and why he rejected Liverpool for Bolton. Youri Djorkaeff: ‘I was in love with England, its fans and weather’ | The Guardian

The family of 1966 World Cup winner Nobby Stiles says football needs to address the scandal of dementia in the game. Football ‘must address scandal of dementia’ affecting former players - BBC Sport

La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is “ready” for the exit of Lionel Messi - while criticising Manchester City, a club he believes could sign him. La Liga president ‘ready’ for Barcelona star’s departure - BBC Sport

Fifa moves this season’s Club World Cup from December to February 2021 because of Covid-19 restrictions. Fifa Club World Cup moved to February because of Covid-19 restrictions - BBC Sport

Gareth Bale has expressed concerns over catching Covid-19 after playing for Wales against Republic of Ireland opponents who subsequently tested positive. Bale admits to Covid ‘concern’ after facing Republic of Ireland | The Guardian

Ukraine’s Nations League game in Switzerland on Tuesday was called off after three of their players tested positive for Covid-19. Switzerland v Ukraine: Nations League game off after positive Covid-19 tests - BBC Sport

The government is exploring the potential for fans to return to sports venues in some parts of England as early as next month. Fans return to matches: Government exploring potential return for December - BBC Sport

Ildefons Lima has the longest career in men’s international football, but it might be over after his coronavirus comments upset Andorra’s football authorities. The national icon shunned by his country over coronavirus comments - BBC Sport

Culture

Toy maker Hasbro has entered into a new ‘short-term project’ with Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea as it launches a new product for its brand NERF. NERF signs ‘short term’ partnerships with Arsenal and Chelsea | www.sportindustry.biz

Dungeons & Dragons has a new book called Tasha’s Guide to Everything. In our review, we quickly run through the contents — which includes new subclasses, rules for sidekicks, new spells, magic items, and more. Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything review: Dungeons & Dragons’ latest book feels a bit thin - Polygon

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