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A buyer emerges for Wigan; looking back on the USWNT’s victory one year ago

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MLS / USL

The concern surrounding the MLS Is Back Tournament, the next team that’s on notice for a withdrawal and what to watch in terms of the actual soccer. MLS tournament: Bubble status and top storylines in Orlando - Sports Illustrated

Chicago Fire fans probably won’t like this. Here’s the quickest way to fix MLS is Back without canceling the tournament - Hot Time In Old Town

NWSL / women’s soccer

The NWSL Players Association is adamant about “sticking to protocols that have been put in place” for the Challenge Cup, “and that means no fans.” NWSL headed towards conflict with players over fans at Challenge Cup - Insider

Wednesday’s Challenge Cup matches show off two completely different ideas for how to build a team. Possession vs. direct play: Welcome to NWSL’s philosophical battle - All For XI

Lindsey Horan is an important piece in Thorns, but how dependent is the team on her? Are the Thorns Horan-dependent? - NWSL Analítica

Hayes talks about how she managed the player to coach transition as she joins Minnesota’s staff. Maya Hayes on climbing the coaching ladder - All For XI

US soccer

One year ago, the USWNT won the World Cup in Lyon. Seattle photographer Nikita Taparia was there to document their journey. My World Cup Journal: Musings from a Photographer — Just Women’s Sports

Another one! Watch: Christian Pulisic scores another goal for Chelsea - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

Kick4Life FC in Lesotho hope their move will serve as an inspiration and help to drive social change across the world. ‘Powerful message’: the top-flight club paying men and women the same | The Guardian

Onel Hernandez is Cuba’s most successful footballer, but many fans in his homeland have never even heard of him. Onel Hernandez: Norwich City winger and his country’s curious football scene - BBC Sport

Chelsea further strengthened their position in the Premier League’s top four with victory over Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea: Blues beat Palace despite Wilfried Zaha stunner - BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho secured his 200th Premier League victory. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Everton: Hugo Lloris & Son Heung-min clash in Spurs win - BBC Sport

So much for any rumors of Messi coming to MLS. Lionel Messi: Barcelona striker will ‘end his career’ at club - Bartomeu - BBC Sport

Moyes is frustrated by fixture congestion as his team battles to stay out of the relegation zone. West Ham manager David Moyes unhappy with Premier League schedule - BBC Sport

The rugby league club already shares the stadium. Wigan Warriors aim to buy troubled football neighbours Wigan Athletic | The Guardian

Autograph have worked in iconic theatres for 40 years. Now they are restoring the atmosphere at Loftus Road. The theatre company who are bringing back crowd noise for QPR | The Guardian

Both Melbourne sides and Western United failed to make it into NSW before the border closed. Three teams stranded in Melbourne as A-League establishes NSW hub | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM: West Bromwich Albion vs. Derby County (English Championship) — ESPN+

9:30 AM: Utah Royals vs. OL Reign (NWSL Challenge Cup) — CBS All Access

10:00 AM: Manchester City vs. Newcastle United (Premier League) — NBCSN

10:30 AM: Fiorentina vs. Cagliari (Serie A) — ESPN2

10:30 AM: Genoa vs. Napoli (Serie A) — ESPN+

12:15 PM: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — NBCSN

12:45 PM: Torino vs. Prescia (Serie A) — ESPN+

12:45 PM: Roma vs. Parma (Serie A) — ESPN+

12:45 PM: Atalanta vs. Sampdoria (Serie A) — ESPN+

12:45 PM: Bologna vs. Sassuolo (Serie A) — ESPN2

1:00 PM: Barcelona vs. Espanyol (La Liga) — beIN Sports

5:00 PM: Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami (MLS) — ESPN

7:00 PM: Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash (NWSL Challenge Cup) — CBS All Access