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Mourning across the soccer community continues today after Diego Maradona’s passing yesterday

Argentinians Shocked By Sudden Death of Diego Maradona Photo by Tomas Cuesta/Getty Images

When Hollywood bought the Sounders, it was not the same as Wrexham is experiencing with Ryan Reynolds buying them. The Crew had positive COVID cases. Napoli is renaming their stadium after legend Diego Maradona, doing so the same day as his passing.

Seattle

Cruz is nominated for a goal she scored for Costa Rica in a January 28 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying match against Panama. Shirley Cruz Named to Shortlist for FIFA’s Puskás Award — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS

The Black & Gold handled the tests and will continue to prepare for Sunday’s playoff match. Columbus Crew confirms four positive COVID-19 tests - Massive Report

The soccer world was in shock Wednesday morning when news surfaced out of Argentina that Diego Maradona passed away. MLS players pay tribute to Diego Maradona after death of Argentine soccer legend | MLSsoccer.com

A Nashville masterclass gave us the biggest upset so far, only for New England to one up them by knocking out the Shield winners. Elsewhere, Seattle sent LAFC home for the second year running. Seattle Sounders' star trio may be unstoppable, plus how Nashville and New England pulled off upsets | Steve Zakuani | MLSsoccer.com

The latest FiveThirtyEight odds predict that the MLS Cup champion will emerge from the Western Conference. Who's the new MLS Cup favorite? FiveThirtyEight's projections say Seattle, Sporting KC | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/Liga MX Femenil

Once out of soccer completely, Lucy Lara soccer journey took some unique twists and turns on her way to a home in Torreón. Lucy Lara’s long road to Santos Laguna Femenil - FMF State Of Mind

We need to fight to keep our team! Keep Utah Royal - RSL Soapbox

USA

We’re still doing awards right now? Alyssa Naeher is the only American shortlisted for a FIFA Best award - Stars and Stripes FC

A game where many USWNT players won’t be match fit could mean something slow and easy - or chaotic. Match preview: USA vs Netherlands - Stars and Stripes FC

As the USWNT prepares to face the Netherlands Friday in a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final, Markgraf talks about her job, her goals, working during the COVID-19 pandemic and more. Why USWhy USWNT GM Kate Markgraf understands the program's mentality better than any executive has before | Yahoo Sports

A soccer tournament featuring hundreds of players is a go in Phoenix — in spite of Covid-19 restrictions and the mayor’s disapproval. Hundreds of kids and their families are headed to Arizona for a soccer tournament with 500 teams - CNN

Playing overseas is the dream of countless Americans, but an ocean away from family, Thanksgiving can be a time to long for the comforts of home. How COVID affects Thanksgiving for USMNT's Europe-based stars like Adams, Steffen and Wright | ESPN

World

Napoli are set to rename their Stadio San Paolo home in honour of Diego Maradona, following the Argentine’s passing at the age of 60. Napoli set to rename stadium after Diego Maradona following icon’s death | Evening Standard

Diego Maradona is gone, but as Lionel Messi puts it, “he’ll be with us for eternity.” The scope of his talent and his humanity will indeed live on. Diego Maradona will be remembered as one of soccer's greatest, the sport's ultimate flawed genius

Amateurs and professionals are sought to participate in a University of East Anglia study led by Dr Michael Grey, who said: ‘We think female players are at even greater risk’. Female footballers may face greater risk of dementia, says expert | Football | The Guardian

A shortage of stewards could hamper the return of fans to stadiums, as sports clubs race to resolve a series of issues before the relaxing of restrictions next week. Fans' long-awaited return to stadiums could be hit by shortage of stewards | Football | The Guardian

The Liverpool manager has a point about fixture congestion but so have broadcasters – clubs have signed a contract after all. Maybe Klopp and friends should stop moaning about fixtures and get on with it | Premier League | The Guardian

Jose Mourinho on social media: “I just try to open our world to the world. People many times they love the inside, they love what they don’t see. I think it’s good fun for everyone.” Toby Alderweireld out of Ludogorets game but abductor injury not as bad as first feared. Jose Mourinho: Tottenham boss says he has taken up social media to open up his world to fans | Football News | Sky Sports

Schalke’s crisis continues, with the departure of technical director Michael Reschke and the exiling of players Amine Harit, Nabil Bentaleb and Vedad Ibisevic. It’s the latest low for a club without a win in 24 games. Bundesliga: What’s going wrong at Schalke? | Sports| German football and major international sports news | DW | 25.11.2020

Arsenal have been offered a chance to sign Christian Eriksen in a deal worth less than Inter Milan paid Tottenham last year, sources have told ESPN. Arsenal offered Eriksen in cut-price deal - sources

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says the return of supporters to games provides “a good feeling” for his players and for the “passion of the fans”. Return of fans to football a 'good feeling' - Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho - BBC Sport

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor is to stand down at the end of the season. Gordon Taylor: PFA chief executive to stand down at end of season - BBC Sport

How does it feel when two Hollywood actors try to buy your football club? Excited, optimistic, shocked and a little cautious. 'Where the hell did that come from?': Wrexham fans on the takeover | Wrexham | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

5:00 AM - Torino v. Virtus Entella - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

8:00 AM - Sampdoria v. Genoa - Coppa Italia - ESPN+

9:55 AM - Molde v. Arsenal - UEFA Europa League - UniMas

9:55 AM - Lille v. AC Milan - UEFA Europa League - TUDN

9:55 AM - Maccabi Tel Aviv v. Villarreal - UEFA Europa League - Galavision

12:00 PM - Napoli v. Rijeka - UEFA Europa League - UniMas

12:00 PM - AZ Alkmaar v. Real Sociedad - UEFA Europa League - Galavision

12:00 PM - Tottenham v. Ludogorets - UEFA Europa League - TUDN

5:00 PM - Tigres UANL v. Cruz Azul - Liga MX - TUDN, Univision

7:06 PM - Pachuca v. Pumas UNAM - Liga MX - TUDN, Univision