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Puget Sound

Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe is among the nominees for the Sports Personality prize at the British LGBT Awards. Arsenal footballer Beth Mead, US soccer star Megan Rapinoe and racing driver Charlie Martin among British LGBT Awards nominees | NewsChain

MLS / USL

It’s official: Montreal Impact star Ignacio Piatti is heading back to Argentina to rejoin his former club San Lorenzo after more than five years in MLS. Ignacio Piatti moves from Montreal Impact to San Lorenzo, ending legendary MLS career | MLSsoccer.com

The elegant Argentine playmaker is returning to his beloved former club San Lorenzo after six years in MLS, but left an indelible mark on the league. Montreal Impact icon Ignacio Piatti deserves place among MLS greats | MLSsoccer.com

One of the biggest deals ever within MLS sees LAFC reap heaps of GAM but leaves them with a huge hole in defense. Official: Walker Zimmerman traded by LAFC to Nashville SC - Angels on Parade

The Florida native describes his leadership style and how he motivates players. Louisville City FC Coach John Hackworth says his coaching bug was fueled by tragedy - Louisville Business First

NWSL / women’s soccer

The XFL shows people are out of excuses to not invest in women’s sports. Losing $375 million in the name of men’s sports - Power Plays

US soccer

New head coach Vlatko Andonovski still has a few tough lineup decisions to answer, but the USWNT looks just as dangerous as it did during the 2019 World Cup. The USWNT won Olympic qualifying and proved that it’s still a machine - SBNation.com

The more than $50 million effort is aiming to create a one-stop platform for the U.S. soccer landscape, combining youth tournaments with content creators. $50 Million Soccer-Focused Fund Investing In The Lifestyle Side Of The Sport

World soccer

The new fund aims to provide financial support to players who have not been paid and have no chance of receiving the wages agreed with their clubs. FIFA set to launch global fund for player salary protection - FIFA.com

Teams in England’s top two divisions are taking sizeable loans from Macquarie, at times mortgaged against future TV earnings. Why Premier League clubs are turning to an Australian bank in big numbers | The Guardian

The Frenchman had a profound impact on Liverpool and arguably deserves more adoration from the Anfield faithful. Gérard Houllier: the man who nearly died making Liverpool great again | The Guardian

A mistranslated interview with the Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos after the Old Firm derby has led to a row between the club and the broadcaster. Celtic refusing to cooperate with Sky Sports after Morelos mistranslation | The Guardian

Manchester United have asked for permission to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford, and a trial could come this season. Man United could trial safe standing at Old Trafford this season - sources

Hertha Berlin head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has left his role at the Bundesliga club after less than three months in charge, citing a lack of board support. Jurgen Klinsmann leaves Hertha Berlin after less than three months in charge

There are unhappy and frustrated fans all around soccer, of course, but these 10 teams have had it particularly rough. Soccer’s Misery Index: featuring Man United, Malaga, Sunderland and Cruz Azul

Coutinho may wind up permanently staying with Bayern Munich or heading elsewhere in Europe, but his positive outlook never wavers. Philippe Coutinho: Bayern Munich loanee is always optimistic - Sports Illustrated

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Dijon vs. PSG (Coupe de France) — beIN Sports

11:45 AM: Internazionale vs. Napoli (Coppa Italia) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Millwall vs. Fulham (English Championship) — ESPN+

12:05 PM: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Olympique Marseille (Coupe de France) — beIN Sports

4:30 PM: Corinthians vs. Guaraní (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

5:00 PM: Pachuca vs. Toluca (Copa MX) — ESPN Deportes

7:00 PM: Dorados vs. Juarez (Copa MX) — ESPN Deportes