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The competition will be at the senior level for the entire federation.

Netherlands v USWNT

Seattle

This week, the Seattle Sounders will travel to Columbus to play in their fourth Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup in five years. A few of the area’s top soccer historians/beat writers were polled on who are the five best players with Washington high school ties to win a North American Soccer League (NASL) or MLS title. Top 5 Washington high school boys soccer players who went on to win MLS or NASL titles - Washington High School Sports News, Scores, Rankings - SBLive Washington

MLS

Few people know what makes Brian Schmetzer and Caleb Porter tick as well as Steve Zakuani. What drives Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer and Columbus counterpart Caleb Porter to success | Steve Zakuani | MLSsoccer.com

After years of keeping quiet, Nick Rimando, the most effective penalty stopper in Major League Soccer history explains what made him so good. MLS legend Nick Rimando reveals his penalty-stopping secret – The Athletic

MLS Cup is this weekend. Here is the best XI from the two teams combined. MLS Cup: Columbus Crew SC, Seattle Sounders FC best combined XI | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Concacaf has today announced the structure of a new senior women’s national teams football calendar which will begin in 2021 and include major centralized summer tournaments in 2022 and 2024. Concacaf to launch new senior women’s national team competitions to benefit entire Confederation

Reading and Wales international Jess Fishlock has spoken out about the importance of the Rainbow Laces campaign. Reading and Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock on the importance of the Rainbow Laces campaign | NewsChain

The U.S. women’s national team will be part of a new CONCACAF tournament aimed to provide more matches for women’s teams in the region. USWNT learn World Cup qualifying format, to play in CONCACAF Nations League

A former coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team has been charged with multiple sexual offences spanning two decades, according to the BC Prosecution Service. Former Vancouver Whitecaps women's coach charged with sexual offences - NEWS 1130

Earlier this month, Fifa approved new maternity cover regulations, so what is it like to be a mother playing professional football? Maternity in women's football: What's it like becoming a mother while playing? - BBC Sport

USA/USL

In addition to increased seating, the stadium will include an enhanced video board, a larger press box, improved sound and a new family-friendly general admission section opposite the lively supporters’ area anchored by two of USL’s top fan groups - Los Bandidos and Red Fury. Expansion plans include a permanent ticket office, new locker rooms and an on-site administrative office. Phoenix Rising FC Moves Stadium and Professional Training Center to Wild Horse Pass

The US men’s soccer team ended a pandemic-shortened year with a blowout that raised confidence heading into a busy 2021. Mueller thinks US could compete for 2026 World Cup as young talent shines | USA | The Guardian

World

The president of Istanbul Basaksehir has called for a lifetime ban on a Romanian official who was accused of making a racist remark which sparked a mass player walkout in the club’s Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain. Basaksehir want Romanian official banned for life over racist remark

The fourth official, whose comment was at the centre of the suspension of the clash between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir has said he is not racist. Official at centre of PSG-Basaksehir Champions League suspension: I'm not racist

Rainbow flags will be allowed in stadiums at the 2022 World Cup after Qatar said it would comply with FIFA rules promoting tolerance and inclusion. 2022 World Cup: Qatar to allow LGBTQ displays, rainbow flags in stadiums

The France and Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has cut commercial ties with the Chinese tech giant Huawei. Griezmann cuts ties with Huawei citing fears over treatment of Uighurs | Football | The Guardian

Robinho’s nine-year prison sentence for sexual assault has been upheld in the Milan courts following an appeal. Robinho's nine-year prison sentence for sex assault upheld by Milan courts

Soccer’s most prestigious individual prize was canceled this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. We pick the players who deserved the award. Ballon d'Or 2020 was canceled this year, but who should have won? Our experts decide