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Darwin Jones moves to the OC, and too much shagging in Bucharest

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Puget Sound

Federal Way native joins Darwin Jones in Southern California. Orange County SC Signs Former League MVP Sean “Ugo” Okoli — Orange & Black SoccerCast

MLS / USL

This winter the relationship between MLS and Liga MX took on a new tenor as the flow of talent northward reached unprecedented rates in both numerical and financial terms. Liga MX to MLS: What’s behind the unprecedented influx of talent | MLSsoccer.com

MLSS ranks the Top 50 players in MLS heading into the 2020 season. Top 50 MLS Players: Our 2020 ranking ahead of the season kickoff | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL / women’s soccer

Manager Jayne Ludlow is confident Jess Fishlock will be “flying fit” to play in Wales’ key Euro 2021 qualifiers. Jess Fishlock: Wales midfielder’s experience will help recovery - Jayne Ludlow - BBC Sport

Wales manager Jayne Ludlow has named a 24-player squad for a friendly against Estonia ahead of Wales’ Euro 2021 qualifiers in April. Wales captain Sophie Ingle hailed as one of the best and Jess Fishlock on track for injury return as key Euro 2021 qualifiers loom - Wales Online

Sydney Leroux admits she spent more money on babysitters and nannies for her children than she made last year playing for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL. What The NWSL Can Learn From The WNBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement | Forbes

US soccer

The USA midfielder scored a standout goal in last year’s final. Her belief that the game should be fun has helped her throughout her career. Rose Lavelle: ‘Who do I want to thank for winning the World Cup? Everyone’ | The Guardian

World soccer

The owner of Bucharest football club FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, thinks he knows what is to blame for his team’s recent poor run in the Romanian league. Too much sex: Club chief explains poor form

Pep Guardiola believes City are due a change in their Champions League luck and pointed out key moments against Spurs and Liverpool. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola hopes Real Madrid tie is ‘fair for both sides’ | The Guardian

Bayern Munich are on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Chelsea 3-0 away in the first leg of the last-16 tie. Bayern Munich and Gnabry drive Chelsea towards Champions League exit | The Guardian

Twenty years after winning La Liga, the club are battling to avoid relegation to the third tier. How did it come to this? Where did it all go wrong for Deportivo La Coruña? | The Guardian

Bradford have complained to the FA over taunts mocking the 1985 Valley Parade fire tragedy, during the League Two game at Newport on Saturday. Newport apologise to Bradford over fans’ taunts mocking Valley Parade fire | The Guardian

Manchester United have announced their net debt has risen £73.6m to £391.3m and have backed Ole Gunnar Solskjær to implement ‘our footballing vision’. Manchester United’s net debt rises £73.6m to £391.3m in three months | The Guardian

This columnist thinks fans can’t complain about multiple things at once! Rather than ranting about VAR, why not focus on tackling game’s real problems | Jonathan Liew | Football | The Guardian

Jürgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s record-breaking campaign as ‘incredible’ after the unbeaten Premier League leaders beat West Ham 3-2. ’The numbers are incredible,’ says Klopp after record-equalling West Ham win | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM: Sporting Braga vs. Rangers (Europa League) — TUDN

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

12:00 PM: Real Madrid vs. Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN

12:00 PM: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Juventus (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision

3:00 PM: NYCFC vs. San Carlos (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2, TUDN

5:00 PM: Tigres UANL vs. Alianza (Concacaf Champions League) — TUDN, Fox Soccer Plus

5:00 PM: Montreal Impact vs. Deportivo Saprissa (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2

7:00 PM: America vs. Comunicaciones (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2, TUDN

12:30 AM (2/27): Adelaide United vs. Newcastle Jets (W-League) — ESPN+