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Goteborg FC folds shortly after Damallsvenskan win; Covid crisis in the EPL

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Puget Sound

Najee Harris first paid tribute to Megan Rapinoe last fall, capping his highlight-reel hurdle at South Carolina with the soccer star’s signature celebration. Najee Harris explains why he pays tribute to soccer star Megan Rapinoe - al.com

MLS / USL

MLS has informed its players union that it will invoke a force majeure clause that will terminate the CBA agreed in June, a source told ESPN. MLS informs players union that it will invoke force majeure clause to terminate CBA | ESPN

The MLSPA released a statement on the Force Majeure Notice. Statement on Force Majeure Notice | MLSPA

McKenzie, 21, moves on after three seasons as one of the best young centerbacks in MLS. He’s joining the club that developed global superstars Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois. Philadelphia Union to sell Mark McKenzie to Belgium’s KRC Genk | Philadelphia Inquirer

The latest transfer news keeps on rolling in as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to Tottenham Miami are some of the reports hitting the headlines. Messi, Suarez to Inter Miami in MLS - Latest transfer news | NBC Sports

NWSL / women’s soccer

The champions of the Swedish women’s league, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, has dissolved their senior side. ‘It’s tragic’: Swedish women’s champions dissolved after title win | The Guardian

In the past, women’s football has been assessed on the attention paid to it, but in 2020, it took a step beyond that. How women’s football in 2020 moved beyond the crowds – The Offside Rule

Personal factors influenced the trade, but it’s hard not to think Chicago won this one. Sky Blue trades Mal Pugh and Sarah Woldmoe to Chicago - All For XI

Midfielders at Arsenal and Chelsea and a dynamic Manchester United full-back are among those on the list. Five Women’s Super League rising stars to watch in 2021 | The Guardian

Kang is the first woman in the Spirit’s ownership group. Y. Michele Kang joins Washington Spirit ownership group - Black And Red United

World soccer

Raul Bobadilla could be suspended and/or fined for the incident. Paraguayan soccer player faces punishment for exposing penis during goal celebration - CBSSports.com

The Southampton boss had to quarantine at home after a potential coronavirus exposure. Southampton boss Hasenhuttl says attempting to manage from home was “horrible” after a goalless draw with West Ham - BBC Sport

Sheffield United have confirmed a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the Premier League club following the recent round of testing. Sheffield United confirm multiple COVID-19 cases among staff, players | NBC Sports

Wednesday’s Premier League fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham is in doubt after the Cottagers reported a number of positive COVID-19 tests. Tottenham - Fulham in doubt after COVID-19 increase | NBC Sports

The Premier League and Football League insist they have no plans to pause the season despite a spike in coronavirus cases. Premier League and EFL play down pausing season despite Covid surge | The Guardian

Allardyce says football needs a break after the Premier League returned a worrying number of positive coronavirus tests. Sam Allardyce calls for football ‘circuit break’ - BBC Sport

Perhaps Allardyce has other motives, as Leeds embarrassed West Brom, 5-0 and left him searching for his first win as Albion boss. Leeds show ruthless streak at Hawthorns - BBC Sport

Burnley’s recent Premier League improvement continues as they edged to a narrow 1-0 victory over bottom side Sheffield United. Ben Mee’s header continues Burnley’s recent improvement - BBC Sport

Prospective Burnley owners ALK Capital are confident of completing their takeover of the club by the end of the week. ALK Capital confident of completing Burnley deal this week - BBC Sport

Spain striker Diego Costa is a free agent after Atletico Madrid agree to end his contract six months early. Diego Costa ends contract early - BBC Sport

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the main contender to take over at Paris St-Germain after Thomas Tuchel’s sacking. Mauricio Pochettino main contender to replace Thomas Tuchel at PSG - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Brentford vs. AFC Bournemouth (English Championship) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Hibernian vs. Ross County (Scottish Premiership) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham (Premier League) — NBCSN (update: postponed due to Covid)

12:00 PM: Newcastle United vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — NBCSN

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

12:05 AM (12/31): Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets (A-League) — ESPN+