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FC Cincinnati is truly the Skyline chili of MLS teams.

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FC Cincinnati haven’t even stepped on the field for their second MLS season, and somehow this one’s already even worse than their inaugural season which saw them post the worst record in the league. Other things happened yesterday, but nothing really tops the Ron Jans fiasco or Darren Mattocks’s insurance fraud.

Seattle/Tacoma

Another mom-and-pop spot in Washington state earns this particular James Beard Award. Oriental Mart at Seattle’s Pike Place Market wins an ‘America’s Classics’ James Beard award | The Seattle Times

Roldanito’s not going anywhere, at least not for 2020, so that’s the answer to the question of who’s the backup right back behind Kelvin Leerdam. Sounders FC re-signs defender Alex Roldan | Seattle Sounders FC

Reign FC players Morgan Andrews and Sophia Huerta both scored for their Australian teams. US Soccer News - USMNT & USWNT - Yanks Abroad: Seven Goals & Four Assists - Stars and Stripes FC

MLS/USL

The Philadelphia Union’s stadium has a new name, with the club entering a multi-year stadium naming rights partnership with Subaru of America, Inc. Philadelphia Union stadium renamed Subaru Park as part of multi-year partnership | MLSsoccer.com

More details have emerged regarding the felony charges that FC Cincinnati forward Darren Mattocks is facing. FC Cincinnati's Darren Mattocks' insurance fraud arraignment set for Feb 27

The ISC is pleased with the direction the new MLS Fan Code of Conduct has moved.ISC Statement Regarding Updates to MLS Fan Code of Conduct

MLS released its revised Fan Code of Conduct (FCC) on Tuesday in an attempt to address concerns raised by supporter groups last year. Major League Soccer releases new fan code of conduct

Preki and Guevara were both highly skilled players in their time, but the two may have been too similar to coexist in one team with Preki as an assistant coach and Guevara as a player. Amado Guevara, Preki and the rift between two MLS greats – The Athletic

There’s a Sounder at just about every spot, but the absence of Xavier Arreaga and Gustav Svensson at either of their positions is frankly insulting to me, personally. Analyzing the top 5 MLS players at every position ahead of 2020 | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com

FC Cincinnati held a press conference to address the departure of Ron Jans, and it really didn’t make them look any better. The talking points from Tuesday’s press conference | FC Cincinnati

NWSL/WoSo

Japan’s new fully-professional women’s league will kick off in September 2021, and will require at least one female executive at each club. Japan confirm details of new professional women's football league

The WSL is getting stronger, and it’s doing so with the help of Aussies like Sam Kerr. Why are so many Australians headed for WSL and other European leagues? - All For XI

USA

Are you really concerned with humility? Or are you more concerned with policing women’s behavior? Heather O’Reilly calls out USSF member for disrespecting the USWNT - Stars and Stripes FC

It’s impressive that the kid who often looked out of place and lost with the US U-17s at the World Cup is the same one who appeared in the Champions League and had the game-winning assist for Borussia Dortmund. Gio Reyna assists Erling Haaland for Borussia Dortmund winner on Champions League debut | MLSsoccer.com

World

From Lewandowski to Pulisic to Sancho, there is no team that spots value like Borussia Dortmund. European Soccer’s Smartest Stock Pickers - WSJ

The video assistant referee (VAR) “didn’t get it right” in Chelsea’s loss against Manchester United and it was “soul destroying” for the fans, says Blues boss Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard: VAR decisions 'soul destroying' for Chelsea fans - BBC Sport

How did RB Leipzig go from Germany’s fifth tier to the Champions League last 16 in a decade, and why are they so divisive among fans? RB Leipzig: How did Red Bull build a Champions League side from scratch? - BBC Sport

The Champions League returns with the knockout stages, so will it finally be PSG’s year? And can Erling Braut Haaland continue his goalscoring spree? Champions League: What to look out for in the knockout stages - BBC Sport

The young Canadian star is drawing interest from Premier League teams, but if the interest from RB Leipzig is real that’s probably the smartest career move for him. Report: Arsenal, Everton and Leicester interested in Gent attacker Jonathan David

Florian Zahn switches to FC Bayern right before Round of 16 clash with Chelsea. Bayern Munich hires scout away from Champions League opponent - Bavarian Football Works

Arsène Wenger is going to try to fix the offside rule. New offside rule could be used at Euro 2020 | Sport | The Times

Chelsea have issued a statement regarding the use of a homophobic chant at their game on Monday night. Club statement on discriminatory behaviour | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club

Barcelona should just give them the money, they’ve probably got that in their couch cushions. Santos asks Barça for 4.5 million euros for "breach" of the signing of Neymar | sports

It really seemed like Chelsea would make more sense once they were able to make some signings in the transfer window, but then they didn’t actually do that. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Are Premier League’s Strangest Question Mark - The Ringer

I can’t imagine supporting a club that was even suspected of paying a firm to trash talk their players. Barcelona deny report they hired firm to promote Bartomeu & attack Messi and Co. - Barca Blaugranes

A 1-0 loss away to Atletico Madrid is hardly the worst result. Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson Remain Confident Despite Champions League Loss to Atletico Madrid - The Liverpool Offside

What’s on TV today?

6:00 AM - Jamshedpur vs. Goa (Indian Super League) - ESPN+

11:30 AM - Manchester City vs. West Ham United (Premier League) - NBCSN

12:00 PM - Atalanta vs. Valencia (UEFA Champions League) - Galavision, B/R Live

12:00 PM - Tottenham Hotspur vs. RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League) - TUDN USA, B/R Live

5:00 PM - Deportivo Saprissa vs. Montreal Impact (Concacaf Champions League) - Fox Sports 2

7:00 PM - Comunicaciones vs. América (Concacaf Champions League) - Fox Sports 2