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MLS fans and Olympics fans alike have new jerseys to love or hate.

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It was a busy day for fans of jerseys and sporting attire in general as the 26 MLS teams released their new jerseys and Nike unveiled their Olympics uniforms. The Sounders played a closed-door scrimmage and signed a very good center back, and John Rooney is playing on a remarkable non-League Football team nicknamed ‘Barrowcelona’.

Seattle/Tacoma

It turns out a bunch of the really good players on the Sounders are...really good, and that makes the team better. Seattle Sounders 2019: Statistical analysis of the team - scout report

Do you have a crowded soccer schedule and still want to catch Tacoma Defiance matches? Come to these four matches at Cheney Stadium. Four Home Tacoma Defiance Tests You Cannot Miss

Whether you like the new jersey or not, it’s hard to argue with striving to be carbon neutral. Forever Green jersey pays home to club's commitment to environmental sustainability | Seattle Sounders FC

Yeimar Gómez Andrade seems like an ideal partner for Xavier Arreaga, as the Sounders fill the Colombian CB-shaped hole that’s existed since the days of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Sounders FC signs defender Yeimar Gómez Andrade | Seattle Sounders FC

Maybe most interesting of all was the Nico Lodeiro impression that Harry Shipp did, and the fact that Danny Robles ended up having to play for Sacramento due to an injury on their side. MLS Preseason 2020: Seattle Sounders top Sacramento Republic 6-2 in 120-minute encounter | MLSsoccer.com

MLS/USL

The kit design process can be a complicated one that includes a variety of decision makers — not all of whom are experts in the field. Who deserves blame for bad kits? An inside look at MLS and Adidas’ design process – The Athletic ($)

City set to host AD San Carlos in New Jersey. NYCFC Set to Play CCL Home Fixture at Red Bull Arena - Hudson River Blue

Some of the jerseys are bad, some are boring, and even more are actually pretty good. 2020 MLS Jerseys: All 26 new kits for the league's 25th season | MLSsoccer.com

New York Red Bulls II have just added another young gem to their wealth of treasures, as they sign a 16 year-old who most recently played in the Barca Residency Academy in Arizona. New York Red Bulls II Sign Midfielder Caden Clark | New York Red Bulls

If MLS wants to be a selling league, they probably need to start doing more, you know, selling. MLS aims to be a ‘selling league,’ but recent activity suggests it’s not there yet – The Athletic

NWSL/WoSo

The boom in women’s football is threatened by a lack of coaches, the Football Association’s director of women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell has admitted FA admits it lacks coaches to deal with women's football boom | Football | The Guardian

It looks like we’re all getting another subscription if we want to watch NWSL this year (which we do). CBS poised to secure NWSL broadcast rights | SportBusiness

USA

Alex Morgan says she’ll be back to full training for the Olympics in May, and after watching this video I believe her. How is Alex Morgan still this good while 7 months pregnant? - SBNation.com

The USWNT will play two tough opponents on the road to Tokyo–qualification pending–while there’s been a twist in U.S. Soccer’s CEO hunt. US Soccer news: USWNT next matches; Berhalter out of CEO search - Sports Illustrated

Gio Reyna scored a really great goal, but all goals scored by Americans in Europe bow at the altar of Clint Dempsey’s chip against Juventus. After Gio Reyna's stunner, ranking the top 10 goals by Americans in Europe | MLSsoccer.com

World

RBNY legend John Rooney is still playing, and he and the beautiful style of Barrow AFC are on a path that would take them to League Football. ‘Barrowcelona’ – the non-League team led by Rooney, influenced by Guardiola and playing beautiful, ballsy football – The Athletic

Port Vale forward Tom Pope has been charged by Football Association over an allegedly anti-Semitic social media post. Tom Pope: Port Vale striker charged by FA over social media post - BBC Sport

A former Champions League quarterfinalist from earlier this decade is in serious financial trouble, and could be punished for it. Spanish club Malaga facing potential administration - ProSoccerTalk | NBC Sports

Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was sent off in the defeat at Schalke only minutes after receiving racial slurs. Hertha defender Torunarigha sent off after receiving racist abuse

Christian Eriksen says he was “the black sheep” at Tottenham for being “very honest” over running his contract down at the club. Christian Eriksen: I was the black sheep at Spurs - BBC Sport

Absent Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is “delighted” as the youngest team in the club’s history beat Shrewsbury 1-0 to reach the FA Cup fifth round. Liverpool 1-0 Shrewsbury: Absent Jurgen Klopp 'delighted' with FA Cup win - BBC Sport

Premier League clubs are expected to make changes to the transfer window when senior officials of all 20 teams meet on Thursday. Premier League: Summer transfer window expected to change - BBC Sport

Brescia have sacked Eugenio Corini as manager for the second time this season, three days after expressing their ‘full confidence’ in him. Brescia sack manager Eugenio Corini for the second time this season | Football | The Guardian

The hiatus enables clubs to focus on their football-adjacent core functions – in association with their official partners, of course Who needs football when Premier League winter break provides prime content? | Marina Hyde | Football | The Guardian

The Guardian’s cartoonist takes a look at the sunlit uplands that are doubtlessly in store for football after Brexit. David Squires on … what football can expect in the aftermath of Brexit | Football | The Guardian

It’s good news for Liverpool fans when it comes to next season’s Nike kit. Nike Promise No Template for Liverpool 2020-21 Kit - The Liverpool Offside

The US jerseys are actually good, although not nearly as good as Korea or Nigeria’s, but even those jerseys can’t compare to the glory of the various uniforms Nike developed for skate boarding at the Olympics. Nike unveils 2020 Tokyo Olympics uniforms - TheStreet

I don’t think Neymar is what you’d call self-actualized, but there’s a lesson to be taken from someone whose learning that it’s okay to simply be himself. Neymar finally looks like he's having fun at PSG and is no longer burdened with chasing Messi, Ronaldo

This feels a little bit like Pep and Messi broke up, but Pep kept following Messi on Instagram knowing that he and his new boyfriend wouldn’t last. Now Messi and his boo are on the rocks and Pep’s ready to swoop in once they actually break up. Man City monitoring Lionel Messi situation after public spat with Barcelona board | London Evening Standard

Maybe, if we’re all very lucky, this will lead to a dude who looks like Barry Bonds loaded up on steroids and running around on the soccer field for Benfica. Benfica SF Giants Partnership ISMA - SL Benfica

What’s on TV today?

6:00 AM - Mumbai City vs Jamshedpur (Indian Super League) - ESPN+

10:00 AM - Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad (Copa del Rey) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Athletic Club Bilbao vs Barcelona (Copa del Rey) - ESPN+