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All hail Daniel Batz, and Tim Howard unretires.

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Puget Sound

Through Defiance we claim our destiny. City of Defiance - We R Tacoma

MLS / USL

It couldn’t have happened without a chance meeting at a bar, Dan Majerle, and David Tyree. Really. The inside story of how the Chicago Fire landed Arlo White - Hot Time In Old Town

No surprise that the Sounders home opener drew big numbers in the Seattle area. LAFC-Inter Miami CF Nets Most-viewed MLS Season-opener on ESPN and ESPN Deportes since 2011 – Combined Viewership is Up 44 Percent - ESPN Press Room U.S.

He will become the 2nd player-owner in world history. Tim Howard comes out of retirement to sign with Memphis 901 - Stars and Stripes FC

Howard is now Memphis 901’s part-owner, sporting director and starting goalkeeper. Tim Howard: GK out of retirement to play for USL team he owns - Sports Illustrated

Women’s soccer

The club might be on the precipice of reaching its own limits within the current constraints of the league’s structure. Where to next for all-conquering Melbourne City in the W-League? | The Guardian

The team keeps bailing Neville out of situations he’s rushed into himself. Is Phil Neville the Scrappy-Doo of women’s football? - All For XI

Sauerbrunn will be the first to hold the newly created position as the USWNT Players Association reorganizes their leadership structure. Becky Sauerbrunn named first USWNTPA president | ESPN

World soccer

It’s the biggest upset in German Cup history. Semi-pro goalkeeper Daniel Batz saves 5 penalties to beat Bundesliga team - SBNation.com

All sporting events in Italy will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. No fans at Serie A matches, Italy sporting events until April 3 due to coronavirus | ESPN

The Portuguese attorney’s office conducted dozens of searches in connection with their investigation into tax evasion and money laundering at some of the country’s biggest clubs. Agent Jorge Mendes’ homes searched in money laundering investigation | The Guardian

Derby’s player-coach discusses the way back for Manchester United and why his second Everton exit rankles. Wayne Rooney: ‘As a kid every half-time I argued with Ferguson’ | The Guardian

Leko has criticised “Kick It Out” and the Professional Footballers’ Association for what he claims was their lack of support during his recent racism case against Kiko Casilla. West Brom’s Jonathan Leko lets rip at Kick it Out and the PFA | The Guardian

The Guardian takes a look at how the game in England has been influenced by teams, managers and players from the continent. From the Hungarians to Wenger – how Europeans shaped English football | The Guardian

Aston Villa made a £69m loss last season when winning promotion from the Championship under their new investor-owners, the club’s published accounts have revealed. Aston Villa announce £69m loss despite sale of Villa Park | The Guardian

The Tottenham striker has said he expects to be fit for Euro 2020 and is targeting a comeback for Spurs by mid-April. Harry Kane says he ‘definitely’ expects to be fit for Euro 2020 | Football | The Guardian

There are unsubstantiated rumors of racist abuse from Spurs fans being directed at Gedson Fernandes. Eric Dier confronts Tottenham fan in stands after FA Cup shootout loss to Norwich - Cartilage Free Captain

What’s on TV?

11:45 AM: Derby County vs. Manchester United (FA Cup) — ESPN+

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

11:55 AM: Saint-Étienne vs. Rennes (Coupe de France) — beIN Sports

12:00 PM: Granada vs. Athletic Club (Copa del Rey) — ESPN+

1:15 PM: Spain vs. Japan (SheBelieves Cup) — ESPN3

2:00 PM: Estudiantes Merida vs. Racing Club (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

4:00 PM: USWNT vs. England (SheBelieves Cup) — ESPN2

4:00 PM: Binacional vs. São Paulo (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

6:00 PM: Alianza Lima vs. Nacional (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports