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Washington Spirit start concerning partnership with Qatar; meet the designer behind viral kit unveilings.

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Puget Sound

Washington State Legends of Soccer talks soccer with Sandi Gordon Yotz and her contributions to soccer in Washington State. (280) Conversations with a Legend - Sandi Gordon Yotz - YouTube

MLS / USL

Claudio Reyna and Josh Wolff continued work on Austin FC’s first MLS roster with Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft. Austin FC takes five players in MLS Expansion Draft, trades one | Yahoo Sports

The Crew signed the influential player at the perfect moment and the union paid off with the MLS Cup. The Columbus Crew and Lucas Zelarayan were perfect fits for each other - Massive Report

With Gabriel Heinze reportedly on his way, Darren Eales’ promised “relaunch” is looking bright. Atlanta United’s 2021 “relaunch” is off to a promising start - Dirty South Soccer

Heinze has reportedly lined up Boca Juniors midfielder Agustin Almendra as an early transfer target at Atlanta United. Report: Agustin Almendra to follow Gabriel Heinze with move to Atlanta United FC | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL / women’s soccer

Because of, you know, the slave labor, among other things. Washington Spirit partnership with Qatar is troubling - All For XI

An absolute masterclass from both teams as Rayadas equalize at the death but Tigres prevails on penalties. Liga MX Femenil Final 2020 Guard1anes match recap: Tigres UANL defeats Rayadas in penalties for their third Liga MX Femenil title - FMF State Of Mind

Arsenal’s big game failings are again open for debate after another disappointing performance. Arsenal Women’s problems against WSL’s best are tactical, not mental. - The Short Fuse

US soccer

Appalachian FC begins play in the fourth tier of the U.S. Soccer pyramid next spring. If they’re successful, the college soccer model could be starting to shift before our eyes. Soccer: COVID cut App State soccer, so they started a semi-pro club | Yahoo Sports

Two years after their historic World Cup match, USA and Iran met again in 2000. It was supposed to build bridges — but not everything went to plan. USA v Iran: The historic 2000 friendly match planned to bring countries together - BBC Sport

World soccer

Tokyo’s governor said she can see “no circumstances” under which the virus-postponed 2020 Olympics will be cancelled, despite rising coronavirus infections in Japan and continued public scepticism. Tokyo governor sees ‘no circumstances’ for cancelling Olympics | Yahoo News

Liga MX has reported that 35% of its registered players (165 of 459) tested positive for COVID-19 at some point during the 2020 Guard1anes season. Liga MX - 35 percent of players contracted COVID-19 during 2020 campaign

Bruce has not named those who are still suffering, or how many tested positive. Coronavirus: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce says two players ‘not well at all’ - BBC Sport

The EFL had agreed to call off Bristol Rovers’ next two games before Sunderland were made to play against Wimbledon. Covid-hit Sunderland upset with EFL after failing to agree postponement | The Guardian

Benfica’s Jan Vertonghen has said a blow to the head suffered with Tottenham last year left him dizzy and suffering from headaches for nine months. Jan Vertonghen reveals head blow led to nine months of dizziness and headaches | The Guardian

Goals from Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto saw Wolves come from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux. Wolves sink Chelsea after Pedro Neto fires brilliant injury-time winner | The Guardian

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says “you have to win games like this” after his side are held by struggling West Brom on a frustrating night. Manchester City held to frustrating 1-1 draw against West Brom - BBC Sport

On the other side of that match, West Brom manager Slaven Bilic could be sacked as early as Wednesday, despite the Baggies’ draw with Manchester City. West Brom boss could be sacked on Wednesday - BBC Sport

Tottenham’s manager José Mourinho has downplayed talk of a Liverpool injury crisis and tried to pin the pressure on Jürgen Klopp’s team. Mourinho disputes idea of Liverpool injury crisis before Anfield visit | The Guardian

Aston Villa’s captain Jack Grealish has been sentenced after crashing his high-powered £80,000 Range Rover during the Covid-19 lockdown in March. Jack Grealish banned from driving for nine months after lockdown crash | The Guardian

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says his team must accept criticism and put their “face and body on the line” to reverse their poor form. Arsenal manager says Gunners must be ‘brave’ to reverse poor form - BBC Sport

Youssoufa Moukoko has set another record. At 16 years and 25 days, the Dortmund striker is the youngest-ever player to start in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund’s Moukoko becomes Bundesliga’s youngest starter | ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he prefers watching boxing or UFC over to football in his spare time. Ronaldo: I prefer watching boxing, UFC over football | ESPN

Mediapro agreed to pay Ligue 1 clubs €3.25bn over four seasons. They did not even keep up their payments for four months. Ligue 1 clubs stare into financial abyss after huge TV deal collapses | The Guardian

Remember the teams that went viral for their jerseys made to look like a tuxedo, the human anatomy and even The Hulk? Meet their visionary designer. Soccer’s craziest kits: Meet the designer behind jerseys based on a tuxedo, human anatomy and The Hulk | ESPN

Culture

After an extended battle, including several years in the courts over a rights dispute, a film version is moving forward. Chris Pine To Star In ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ – Deadline

The decision comes amid a wider push for sports teams to stop using Native American names and imagery as team names and mascots. Cleveland’s Baseball Team Will Drop Its Indians Team Name - The New York Times

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9:30 AM: Juventus vs. Atalanta (Serie A) — ESPN+

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10:00 AM: Arsenal vs. Southampton (Premier League) — NBCSN

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11:30 AM: Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

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12:00 PM: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League) — NBCSN

12:00 PM: Reading vs. Norwich City (English Championship) — ESPN+

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5:00 PM: Atlanta United vs. América (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2 / TUDN

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