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OL Reign have acquired Rose Lavelle, or at least her NWSL rights.

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OL Reign have acquired the rights to one of the best players in the world, but she’s headed across the ocean. The new UEFA Champions League format has been a hit, even as big teams crash out of it, and England’s Women’s National Team has a new manager.

Seattle/Tacoma

Hardly an inspiring performance as Tacoma Defiance lose on the road to Sacramento Republic FC. TACOMA DEFIANCE DROPS 3-1 ROAD RESULT AT SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC - Tacoma Defiance

It won’t be any time soon, but Rose Lavelle could be playing in an OL Reign kit in the future. OL Reign Acquires Midfielder Rose Lavelle — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

Some perspective on the Rose Lavelle trade from the side she’s leaving. Washington Spirit trade Rose Lavelle to OL Reign - Black And Red United

MLS/USL

Early in the morning of August 13, officers with the Portland Police Bureau punctured four of the No Pity Van’s tires while we were complying with their orders to leave the area. 107 Independent Supporters Trust - An Update on the No Pity Van

The league suspended its season in March, resumed it in July and is looking to complete it in October. USL Championship’s return to play safer, more complete than other, bigger leagues. Here’s how they did it.

I haven’t heard that name in a long time. T2 Sign Defender Futty Danso

Another casualty of the pandemic is the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing soccer competition in the USA that had been contested for the last 106 years. U.S. Open Cup Canceled As a Result of Pandemic | Sports Illustrated

With games at Cashman Field remaining empty due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, players with local ties adapt to distant support. Las Vegas Lights’ local players adapt to an empty Cashman Field | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Yony Gonzalez hasn’t exactly found success anywhere so far, but maybe the change of scenery in Carson is what he’s needed? Reports: LA Galaxy set to sign Colombian winger on loan from Benfica | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Sarina Wiegman’s likely appointment by England could mean Australia push harder for Jill Ellis, with Phil Neville as a back-up. Wiegman, Ellis, Neville and the international merry-go-round – The Athletic ($)

USA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization on Saturday allowing public use of a saliva-based test for the coronavirus developed at Yale University and funded by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Saliva-based coronavirus test funded by NBA, NBPA gets emergency authorization from FDA

World

According to Esporte Interactivo’s Barcelona-based Marcelo Bechler, Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona before his contract expires in 2021. REPORT: Lionel Messi Threatens To Leave Barcelona

The captain wants to leave now. Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants out - report - Barca Blaugranes

Sevilla really do love Europa League. Sevilla 2-1 Manchester United: Reds’ season ends in Europa League semifinal defeat - The Busby Babe

It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving team. Manchester City Collapse v Lyon, 1-3: Reaction & Tweets - Bitter and Blue

Long live the single-legged CL format, it’s fun as hell! Clubs discuss repeat of single-legged CL format… but it won’t be here to stay – The Athletic

What’s on TV today?

12:00 PM - Internazionale vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (Europa League) - TUDN, CBS All Access

7:00 PM - León vs. Tijuana (Liga MX) - TUDN