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Major Link Soccer: Vanney departs Toronto FC

Covid outbreak sidelines Newcastle; UEFA Champions League could be radically restructured.

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A club legend has departed as Vanney says goodbye to a place he and his family have called home. Greg Vanney steps down as head coach of Toronto FC - Waking The Red

It seems like a perfect fit... Greg Vanney leaves Toronto FC. Hey, the LA Galaxy need a coach! - LAG Confidential

The Galaxy have declined contract options on Joe Corona, Emiliano Insua, Emil Cuello, Yony Gonzalez, Jonathan Klinsmann and Gordon Wild. LA Galaxy announce offseason roster moves - LAG Confidential

The Montreal Impact are reportedly preparing to rebrand as Montreal FC. L’Impact de Montréal deviendrait le Montréal FC | (French)

The Austin Bold FC defender was recognized off-the-field endeavors including A Frugal Athlete and the Ok U Go Foundation. Austin’s Amobi Okugo Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30

NWSL / women’s soccer

While removing Dell Loy Hansen was the moral thing to do, subsequently losing the Royals is not justice. Utah Royals in limbo: What will feel like a just outcome? – Equalizer Soccer

Terms of the trade were not immediately available, but O’Hara has desired to go to DC for some time. Washington Spirit acquires USWNT’s Kelley O’Hara in trade with Utah Royals - The Washington Post

One of the top young Nadeshiko prospects has come to Washington on a two-year deal. Washington Spirit sign Japanese attacker Saori Takarada - Black And Red United

Picking an XI is extremely hard, especially as pacesetters Manchester United’s success is very much a collective effort. Suzy Wrack’s Women’s Super League team of the season, so far | The Guardian

Scotland WNT was eliminated from contention for the 2022 Euros after an absolutely heartbreaking and slapstick final play in their match against Finland:

US soccer

The settlement includes revised policies regarding charter flights, venue selection, professional support and hotel accommodations, but the hot button issue of the lawsuit is about to return to the fore. USWNT settles with USSF over claims of unequal working conditions, clearing equal pay appeal path | Yahoo Sports

Finally, some good(ish) news. USWNT and USSF reach partial agreement on equal pay lawsuit - Stars and Stripes FC

Amaya will be replaced by Andrés Perea. Frankie Amaya removed from USMNT roster due to positive COVID-19 test - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

Players from European Union countries aiming to join English clubs must qualify for entry through a points-based system when the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. Brexit: New entry criteria agreed for EU players coming to England - BBC Sport

UEFA is to hold talks this week on a proposed new Champions League format that would involve clubs playing ten different opponents in the group stage in a dramatic shake-up of the competition. Ten group games against different teams in proposed Champions League shake-up | The Times

Newcastle United’s trip to Aston Villa on Friday has been postponed because of an outbreak of coronavirus among Steve Bruce’s squad. Newcastle match at Aston Villa postponed after coronavirus outbreak | The Guardian

Supporters have been told they will be allowed to drink alcohol without ordering a substantial meal when football stadiums reopen on Wednesday. Returning football fans to be allowed alcohol without a meal in stadiums | The Guardian

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has said players ‘from different cultures’ should receive education regarding racial issues. Solskjær says players need more education after Cavani’s Instagram post | The Guardian

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez says he hopes to “return to the pitch soon” in his first statement since fracturing his skull on Sunday. Raul Jimenez says he hopes to return soon in first statement since injury - BBC Sport

Ipswich have lost five of their past eight League One games and alarm bells are ringing loudly in a season crucial to their future. Paul Lambert battles for Ipswich future at a ghost club in rapid decline | The Guardian

Lionel Messi’s tribute to his fellow Argentinian was strangely moving, an acknowledgement of a debt owed to the previous generation of players. Does Maradona’s greatness really have to stand in opposition to something else? | The Guardian

Real Madrid’s hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 for a 24th consecutive season hang in the balance after defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk. Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane’s side fall out of qualification spots - BBC Sport

A goalkeeping error gifted Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Ajax which secured the Reds a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with one game to spare. Reds advance to Champions League knockout stage - BBC Sport

Manchester City had a late goal against Porto ruled out but a point was enough for them to secure top spot in Group C. FC Porto 0-0 Manchester City: Gabriel Jesus goal ruled out as City finish top of group - BBC Sport

Atletico Madrid must avoid defeat in their final group game at Red Bull Salzburg to ensure qualification for the Champions League last 16 after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bayern Munich. Atletico fate in balance as Bayern snatch late draw - BBC Sport

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Inter Milan kept their hopes of Champions League last-16 qualification alive with a 3-2 win against Borussia Monchengladbach. Lukaku brace keeps Inter's qualification hopes alive - BBC Sport

After dropping points to Benevento and mired with tactical issues, the Old Lady might be in trouble. The honeymoon between Andrea Pirlo and Juventus is officially over - Black & White & Read All Over

What’s on TV?

9:55 AM: Krasnodar vs. Rennes (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision / CBS All Access

9:55 AM: Istanbul Basaksehir vs. RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas / CBS All Access

11:45 AM: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Reading (English Championship) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Sevilla vs. Chelsea (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Borussia Dortmund vs. Lazio (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Club Brugge vs. Zenit (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Juventus vs. Dynamo Kyiv (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Ferencvaros vs. Barcelona (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision / CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Manchester United vs. PSG (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas / CBS All Access

2:15 PM: Palmeiras vs. Delfin (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

4:30 PM: Internacional vs. Boca Juniors (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

5:00 PM: Alajuelense vs. Real Esteli (CONCACAF League) — FS2

7:05 PM: Guadalajara vs. Leon (Liga MX) — Telemundo

7:15 PM: Olimpia vs. Motagua (CONCACAF League) — FS2

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