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Major Link Soccer: Welcome to the Light

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Or whatever clever name you want to come up with.

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Seattle

The venue opened in 2002 as Seahawks Stadium. It became Qwest Field in 2004 and, seven years later, CenturyLink took over. CenturyLink, now Lumen, extended the naming-rights deal through 2033 in 2017, acquiring 15 new years at $162.7 million. Goodbye CenturyLink Field, hello Lumen Field

MLS

A COVID-19 outbreak is set to severely hamper Inter Miami’s playoff chances heading into its playoff opener against Nashville SC. Sources have told SBI that five Inter Miami players, including at least one starter, have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available for selection in Fridaay. Five players to miss Inter Miami’s playoff match vs. Nashville SC due to COVID-19 | SBI Soccer

New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber has a unique opportunity to make a first impression in his new job, a debut in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. After being named the new head coach of the Red Bulls in October, Struber has been awaiting the approval of his U.S. Gerhard Struber set to make Red Bulls coaching debut in MLS Cup Playoffs | SBI Soccer

MLS laid off 20 percent of its full-time employees Thursday, sources told Yahoo Sports, as the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports continues. MLS lays off 20% of its staff as the financial impact of COVID-19 on sports continues

NWSL/WoSo

In an exclusive interview, Ada Hegerberg discusses the tough road to recovery from injury with Suzanne Wrack and the decision to stop playing for Norway. Ada Hegerberg: 'I’m coming back to reconquer my position in football' | Women's football | The Guardian

Research by FFA paints a bleak outlook for the national team before the 2023 World Cup. Australian women's football study reveals Matildas' alarming lack of squad depth | Matildas | The Guardian

USA/USL

The U.S. national team will face El Salvador in a Dec. 9 exhibition match at Inter Miami Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. U.S. team to play El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale Dec. 9 | Miami Herald

New Hampshire gets famous face behind the efforts to bring pro soccer to the Granite State Charlie Davies Joins Prospective League One Ownership Group

World

A 38-year-old former goalkeeper is leading the race to become Peru’s next president, according a poll of voter intentions before the April vote. Former Peru Soccer Star George Forsyth Leads Poll Ahead of Presidential Vote - Bloomberg