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LAFC’s clash with Club America down in Orlando was highlighted by a scuffle.

Los Angeles FC v Club America: Semifinals - 2020 CONCACAF Champions League Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images

The roughhousing between LAFC and Club America was just a speed bump on LAFC’s trip to the CCL Final. Meanwhile, MLS teams are making signings and bringing in reinforcements, and NWSL teams are doing the same. Weston McKennie’s work to cement himself in Andrea Pirlo’s plans at Juventus helped to earn him an award, and the Seattle Sounders are giving back to the community.

Seattle/Tacoma

The University of Washington football program has elected to not pursue a bowl bid for the 2020 season due to medical reasons. UW Football Bowl Game Announcement - University of Washington Athletics

The Seahawks and Mariners called it home for 24 years, but now much of the city doesn’t even know the stadium existed. Mossback’s Northwest: The rise and fall of Seattle’s Kingdome | Crosscut

Legendary and beloved local TV performer Bob Newman, who played Gertrude and Boris S. Wart and other iconic characters alongside J.P. Patches on KIRO TV for decades, passed away earlier this week. Northwest TV legend Bob Newman has died

The Sounders donated a combined $1,104,340 to 134 small businesses and 785 individuals affected by fans’ absence on gamedays because of COVID-19. Sounders raise, donate more than $1 million to local restaurants affected by fans’ absence at games | The Seattle Times

The team’s not going anywhere, and they’re adding a couple players from the mothership. Statement from OL on the Future of OL Reign — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS/USL

The biggest priority could be done soon. Report: LA Galaxy nearing deal to hire Greg Vanney as head coach - LAG Confidential

CD Olimpia from Honduras and Club América of Mexico are out of the competition and the final is set. Concacaf Champions League Semifinals: Tigres UANL and LAFC Advance to Final - The Mane Land

Vamos Tigres. LAFC to play Tigres in Concacaf Champions League final on Tuesday - Angels on Parade

A chance the influential midfielder could be on the field? LAFC will try to appeal Atuesta red card before Champions League final - Angels on Parade

FC Dallas’s off-season moves attempt to temper youth with experience. Reports: FC Dallas set to sign new attacker and center back | MLSsoccer.com

It’s the true magic of the cup. Here’s what we know about the Miguel Herrera-Ante Razov scuffle - Angels on Parade

NWSL/WoSo

It’s looking more and more likely that Liverpool will spend another season in the second tier. Liverpool Fall 2-0 to Durham, Lose Ground In Race For Promotion - The Liverpool Offside

The Canadian midfielder signed a new contract that will keep her in Houston through 2022, with an option for 2023. Dash Re-Sign Sophie Schmidt to Multi-Year Contract

USA

Scurry talks USWNT, opportunity, tactics Q&A: Briana Scurry on USWNT, Black players, more - The Black Sportswoman

Playing as a more attacking midfielder, McKennie is a big part of Juve’s current success. How Weston McKennie became Andrea Pirlo’s most valuable midfielder - Black & White & Read All Over

It makes sense that if you earn a move to Juventus and then force your way into the starting lineup, you’ve done enough to win this award. Weston McKennie named U.S. Soccer Men’s Player of the Year - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Esports has been named as a full medal event for the 2022 Asian Games, a major step towards the mainstream for a sport that has long harbored Olympic ambitions. Esports will be medal event at 2022 Asian Games | The Japan Times

FIFPRO honors pioneering athlete activists. Discover Activists - FIFPRO World Players' Union

Christmas traditions are especially important - whether you’re making new ones or honoring old ones - during a difficult year. Liverpool Make Topping The Table A Christmas Tradition - The Liverpool Offside

What’s on TV today?

9:30 AM - Burnley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (EPL) - NBCSN

12:00 PM - Chelsea vs West Ham United (EPL) - NBCSN