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Major Link Soccer: Gerard Houllier, OL Reign Technical Director, passes away at 73.

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The Technical Director of Lyon and OL Reign passed away yesterday, Houllier managed Liverpool as well.

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Seattle

A new free COVID-19 test site will open at Bellevue College on Tuesday, December 15. This site will expand COVID-19 testing on the Eastside and complement existing free test sites already in operation in Renton, Auburn, Tukwila, Federal Way, Des Moines, and Enumclaw. As cases surge, first free high-volume COVID-19 test site comes to King County’s Eastside - King County

As OL Reign and Olympique Lyonnais Féminin’s Technical Director, Houllier contributed immensely to the mission of promoting gender equality in sports. OL Reign Mourns the Loss of Gérard Houllier — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

Houllier won the FA Cup, League Cup, Uefa Cup and Uefa Super Cup at Anfield, and was most recently named technical director of OL Feminin and OL Reign. Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool manager, dies aged 73 | The Telegraph.

MLS

The club grabbed five new players before heading into the Expansion Draft. Austin FC make moves to build inaugural roster in half-day trade window | MLSsoccer.com

Reminder the MLS Expansion Draft is today at 3PM Seattle time and no Sounders can be taken by Austin FC. 2020 MLS Expansion Draft: Official list of players eligible for selection | MLSsoccer.com

Ahead of Tuesday’s event, it’s worth looking back at some of the biggest success stories from Expansion Draft history The Top 5 picks in MLS Expansion Draft history | MLSsoccer.com

This is pretty cool. Tyler Adams forms UPSL team in Hudson Valley - Stars and Stripes FC

WoSo

CBC Sports teamed up with The GIST to review what was a huge year for women’s sports. Here’s the stories and headlines that made our list, from the NWSL lead. What were the biggest women's sports stories of 2020? // CBC Sports and The GIST present The List - YouTube

In an exclusive interview, Casey Stoney, the Manchester United manager, talks about pressure being a privilege and being a strong role model. Casey Stoney: ‘I got my work ethic from my mum. She had three jobs a day’ | Women’s football | The Guardian

World

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty remembers the career of Gerard Houllier, who has died at the age of 73. Gerard Houllier: ‘A fine decent man, destined to manage Liverpool’ - BBC Sport

Liverpool will face RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Chelsea are pitted against Atlético Madrid. Champions League: Liverpool face Leipzig and Chelsea land Atlético | Champions League | The Guardian

Manchester United will face David Silva’s La Liga leaders Real Sociedad in the last 32 of the Europa League. Europa League: Man Utd face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad - BBC Sport

On Dec. 14, 2000, Barcelona agreed a deal that would bring Lionel Messi to Spain and change the course of soccer history. Here’s how they did it. Barcelona, Lionel Messi and the napkin: Oral history of his transfer, arranged 20 years ago

Petr Cech returned to the pitch for Chelsea’s U23 side in a match that saw 30-year-old Danny Drinkwater spark a brawl with a 16-year-old. Chelsea vs. Tottenham: Cech returns, Drinkwater sparks brawl in odd U23 game

Chinese tech giant Huawei wants to talk to Barcelona and France star Antoine Griezmann about its human rights record. Huawei wants to discuss human rights record with Griezmann after public split

Fans of Brazilian club Corinthians have spotted a strange statistical quirk - their team have never lost immediately before or after a Taylor Swift album comes out. Corinthians fans celebrate latest application of the 'Taylor Swift rule' - BBC Sport

Sporting events in London will not have fans attending from Wednesday after the capital is moved into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions. London in Covid tier three: Football, darts & rugby union hit as fans not allowed - BBC Sport

Frank Lampard has said Premier League clubs should not have to stop allowing fans into stadiums if their regions are placed under tougher Covid-19 restrictions. Frank Lampard says fans should still be allowed in as London heads to tier 3 | Chelsea | The Guardian

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