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Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT opt for a nice round score, 8-0, in Olympic qualifying.

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Panama v United States: Group A - 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images

The Sounders made an impact signing, and one of the best teams in the world will have to figure out how to play without their best player. Stars and Stripes FC is observing Black History Month by sharing some remarkable stories, and the men’s and women’s national teams won, although one more convincingly than the other.

Seattle/Tacoma

A look at the highlights of Tacoma Defiance players participating in the Seattle Sounders preseason. Fast Defiance Facts From Sounders Preseason - Tacoma Defiance

It happened, it finally happened! Garth Lagerwey always gets his man, and this time around he’s a talented Brazilian midfielder. Sounders FC signs midfielder João Paulo as Designated Player | Seattle Sounders FC

Paulo joined the Sounders as January came to its close. The MLS champion has news: João Paulo leaves Botafogo and arrives at Seattle Sounders

MLS/USL

FC Dallas lost a preseason friendly to a team with no roster. Just in case you were wondering. MLS Preseason 2020: FC Dallas fall to Landon Donovan and San Diego Loyal | MLSsoccer.com

If you need a break from diving into the Sounders midfielders, here are three midfielders new to MLS who are worth taking a look at. MLS new arrivals: Three midfielders to watch this season – The Athletic

Could Manuel Castro be one of the replacements for the many Atlanta departures? Castro, a un paso de irse cedido al Atlanta United - Cielosports

Is the name supposed to be funny? Like, did they mean for this to be funny? Fort Lauderdale Club de Fútbol Announced as Name for Club’s USL League One Team | Inter Miami CF

Chicago are apparently willing to pay more than $2.77 million for a 22 year-old number 6. Chicago transfer: Ljubicic is allowed to leave, more money for Rapid | kurier.at

NWSL/WoSo

The FA WSL is fast-becoming the ultimate destination in women’s football, with international players increasingly tempted by the lure of the English premier division and top clubs in the league beating European teams to sign the best players in the game. The transfer market has arrived in women's football but at what cost? | Telegraph

Sadly this is more than just a figure of speech. Poor pitches and facilities leave women’s game stuck in the mud | Sport | The Times

#InterdireLesGenoux Ada Hegerberg’s ACL injury asks Lyon to replace the irreplaceable - All For XI

Pauline Bremer and Lauren Hemp scored Manchester City’s goals in a vital 2-1 win over Arsenal Manchester City give Nick Cushing perfect send-off with win over Arsenal | Football | The Guardian

Liverpool FC Women had an important game postponed as an over-used field suffers under the feet of two teams. Liverpool FC Women’s Match Postponed For Pitch Problems Again - The Liverpool Offside

USA

The USMNT put up a seriously young side in their January camp match against Costa Rica and the youngsters were able to walk away with a 1-0 victory. Here’s what we learned. USA vs. Costa Rica: What we Learned - Stars and Stripes FC

A good night for Lindsey Horan. USA scores 8 on Panama in Olympic qualifying - Stars and Stripes FC

Like the Patterson-Gimlin film, but photos of a soccer jersey Leaked photos show 2020 USA home and away kits - Stars and Stripes FC

Jesus Ferreira and Ulysses Llanez led the attack as a largely Olympics-eligible roster beat Costa Rica. Young US attackers Jesus Ferreira and Ulysses Llanez shine in victory over Costa Rica | MLSsoccer.com

Celebrating the Kaizer Chiefs and their Atlanta connection. Black History Month: A South African team with an Atlanta link - Stars and Stripes FC

Bobby Wood’s not coming to Cincinnati, but that doesn’t mean he’s staying with HSV. Come for the line “Wood-bye, Cincinnati...” but stay to see FC Cincinnati get dunked on by Bild.HSV: Bobby Wood stays - Cincinnati has too little coal - 2. Bundesliga - Bild.de

Bradford Jamieson joined Vendsyssel FF of the Danish second tier as a replacement for Seyi Adekoya. The former Sounders player left to join Balzan FC of the Maltese top flight. Aktivitet i Vendsyssel FF: Henter angriber | Nordjyske.dk

World

Political turmoil may have roiled Westminster. But on wet fields across Britain, a fourth-tier team shows what it looks like to just get on with it. A View of Brexit From the Soccer Field - The New York Times

What happens when a move falls through, and a player has to rejoin their team? How do you get over losing out on a dream? What really happens when transfer deals collapse – The Athletic

It’s amazing what a run of good games can do for a player. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Rediscovering Top Form - The Liverpool Offside

Steven Bergwijn announced his arrival in a big way against Manchester City. That’s good for probably everyone but Manchester City fans and anyone who doesn’t enjoy watching Liverpool win the league. Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Bergwijn scores on his debut as Spurs earn huge win - Cartilage Free Captain

Lucho Acosta scored an absolute golazo in a very MLS-heavy game between Atlas and Tijauna. (603) Gol de L. Acosta | Atlas 1 - 0 Tijuana | Liga BBVA MX - CL 2020 - Jornada 4 - YouTube

It hardly seems ideal to have your coach and...potentially the best player in the world in a fight. PSG : Tuchel et Mbappé, le point de non-retour ? - Le Parisien

Is MLS one of the best leagues when it comes to implementing VAR? That can’t be right. The great VAR debate: Scrap it or keep it? – The Athletic

Erling Haaland is a damn cheat code, and I’m glad that he didn’t go to Manchester United. Match Report: Dortmund Stroll to 5-0 Win Over Union Berlin - Fear The Wall

Culture

Until I looked around. Something extraordinary is unfolding for American female distance runners, and it’s making all of us better. Well into our 30s and 40s, we are performing at explosively high levels, levels that used to be unimaginable. Opinion | I Am 35 and Running Faster Than I Ever Thought Possible - The New York Times

The final list comprises our best recommendations for your consideration. There will be titles you loved that do not appear here; it happens every year. Any one of the recommending group would have built a different list, but this is the aggregate, compiled with great affection for the field. 2019 Locus Recommended Reading List – Locus Online

What’s on TV today?

11:30 AM - Bochum Vs. Hamburger SV (Bundesliga 2) - Fox Soccer Matchpass

11:45 AM - Sampdoria Vs. Napoli (Serie A) - ESPN+

5:30 PM - USA Vs. Costa Rica (Women’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying) - Fox Sports 1