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Major Link Soccer: A wild weekend in Philly

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Philadelphia Union kept the good times rolling as they claimed the Supporters Shield.

New England Revolution v Philadelphia Union Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Sounders ended the MLS regular season with a solid performance, but still fell short of first place in their conference. Over in the Eastern Conference Philly picked up their first piece of silverware as they claimed the Supporters Shield, and both of this year’s expansion teams made the playoffs. Across the Atlantic, the WSL’s top team is a recent addition with two prominent Americans on the books.

Seattle/Tacoma

Henry Wingo went from the Sounders bench to starting in Europa League games in a matter of months. American Henry Wingo getting Europa League run at Molde – The Athletic

Lesle Gallimore, commissioner of the Girls Academy, discusses the value and importance of the partnership. Girls Academy Partners with MLS, U.S. Youth Soccer — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

They hit their fundraising goal! Cascadian Gamers - Fundraising For Extra Life

Seattle made it clear why they’re headed to the playoffs and San Jose’s season is over. Seattle Sounders down San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 on Decision Day, finish second in Western Conference | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

“Today we find ourselves in a world-wide community beset by a pandemic and we are unexpectedly forced to make a tough decision. I am heartbroken to let go of Reno 1868 FC and I apologize to all who are disappointed that we are ending our participation in the USL Championship.” Reno 1868 FC to Cease Operations

David Villa maybe shouldn’t be put in a position of power within a soccer team. NYCFC reports 'unacceptable' behavior after investigation into sexual harassment allegations

It was one hell of a weekend for Pennsylvanians. Philadelphia Union win 2020 MLS Supporters' Shield on regular season's final day | MLSsoccer.com

This first piece of silverware is more than just a proof of concept for the Union. History in Chester; Union win the Supporters’ Shield - Brotherly Game

Is it getting too easy for expansion teams? Inter Miami become 7th MLS expansion team to qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs in debut season | MLSsoccer.com

I just love to see Fredy Montero thriving. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3, LA Galaxy 0 | 2020 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

The FA seeking to monetise a domestic broadcast partnership for the first time. WSL rights set to be snapped up by Sky Sports, says report - SportsPro Media

The biggest untapped opportunity for women’s soccer in the United States is one which helped proliferate the popularity of major men’s sports. Women’s soccer is the huge opportunity that legal U.S. sportsbooks are largely ignoring – Equalizer Soccer

For Watt and the Red Stars, the Fall Series was an opportunity to rewrite their story for 2020. Kealia Watt reflects on Fall Series success, new position with the Red Stars

An absolute banger from Chelsea’s newcomer. WATCH: Pernille Harder finds top bins to make it 4-0 for Chelsea against Everton - We Ain't Got No History

A real statement win puts Manchester United on the top of the table. Ella Toone sinks Arsenal and sends Manchester United top of WSL | Football | The Guardian

USA

The recent USMNT call-up hasn’t exactly taken the usual path to this point in his career. Wolves' US Burberry model who started playing football at 14 – The Athletic

World

There is a universal lesson in Patrick Bamford’s story, a reminder that judging players is often not quite so straightforward as decreeing some good enough and others not good enough. There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Player - The New York Times

Roberto Mancini has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Italy’s upcoming fixtures against Estonia, Poland and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Roberto Mancini tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Italy fixtures

Arsenal invited Villa into their home and got absolutely mugged in return. Arsenal v Aston Villa: Villa dominate on the road - 7500 To Holte

What’s on TV today?

11:30 AM - Holstein Kiel vs Hamburger SV (2.Bundesliga) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Oxford City vs Northampton Town (FA Cup) - ESPN+

1:45 PM - América vs Querétaro (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN

4:00 PM - Juarez vs Tigres UANL (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN