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Ligue 1 season opener delayed by positive COVID tests; looking back on the 35th anniversary of the USWNT’s debut.

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Puget Sound

Two local programs are in the top 20, with the Huskies at 13 and Redhawks at 18. Best 25 NCAA men’s soccer programs of the past 5 years - SoccerWire

Wales’ most capped player is set to join Women’s Super League club Reading on loan. Jess Fishlock: Wales midfielder to return to WSL with Reading - BBC Sport

MLS / USL

The USL is adding two new media rights deals with SiriusXM and Caribbean broadcaster Flow Sports as it looks to grow its fanbase and reach. USL Looks to Reach New Fans with SiriusXM & International TV Deal | Front Office Sports

From MLS theme park plans to a mysterious dog in sunglasses, North American soccer entities have trademarked some weird stuff. Beats, cleats and eats: 10 strange North American soccer trademarks – The Athletic ($)

NWSL / women’s soccer

Another huge signing for Man City. World’s Best Midfielder Signs For Manchester City - Welcome Rose Lavelle - Bitter and Blue

Players are searching for meaningful game minutes anywhere they can get them. NWSL news roundup: why not think about trades to come? - All For XI

US soccer

On August 18, 1985, the USWNT suited up for the very first time, facing Italy in a small international tournament on the Adriatic Coast dubbed the “Mundialito.” USWNT Turns 35: By The Numbers – Part 1 | Keeper Notes

The 17-year-old American isn’t tempering expectations for himself. He isn’t arrogant, either. He simply belongs. Gio Reyna: Dortmund, USMNT rising star is ready right now - Sports Illustrated

Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021-22 academic year and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will not be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. NCAA announces eligibility flexibility | Top Drawer Soccer

World soccer

Paris Saint-Germain reached their first men’s Champions League final after shutting out RB Leipzig, 3-0. PSG’s superstars sweep Leipzig aside to reach first Champions League final | The Guardian

The opening match of the French top-flight season is postponed after four positive tests for coronavirus at Marseille. Four Covid-19 cases postpone Ligue 1 opener - BBC Sport

The Brazilian defender is also wanted by Napoli. Arsenal wait on Gabriel Magalhães decision after agreeing fee with Lille | The Guardian

The Argentine is reportedly keen to move to the Premier League. Leeds and Brighton interested in Stuttgart forward Nicolás González | The Guardian

The former Liverpool striker talks about battling back from serious injury and how he found redemption in an unlikely place. Michael Ngoo: ‘There was a lot going on in my mind – I was depressed’ | The Guardian

The former England goalkeeper will provide competition for Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga. ‘I feel like I am starting again’: Tottenham sign free agent Joe Hart | The Guardian

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare does not have “respect for the man” after former Manchester City midfielder David Silva joined Real Sociedad. Lazio sporting director angered by Silva’s Real Sociedad deal - BBC Sport

Rudi Garcia has led Lyon to the Champions League semi-finals while ignoring his sporting director’s expensive signings. Lyon’s Champions League success creates a problem behind the scenes | The Guardian

Culture

The Ignyte Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre. The 2020 Ignyte Awards Ballot – FIYAHCON 2020

What’s on TV?

12:00 PM: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Bayern Munich (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / Univision

2:00 PM: LA Galaxy II vs. Phoenix Rising (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: North Carolina FC vs. Charleston Battery (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Loudoun United vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Philadelphia Union II vs. Hartford Athletic (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Miami FC. vs Atlanta United II (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: FC Tulsa vs. Austin Bold (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Louisville City vs. Sporting KC II (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Union Omaha vs. Forward Madison (USL League One) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Fort Lauderdale vs. North Texas (USL League One) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: San Antonio vs. OKC Energy (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Real Monarchs vs. New Mexico United (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:30 PM: Las Vegas Lights vs. Tacoma Defiance (USL Championship) — ESPN+

3:00 AM (8/20): Guangzhou Evergrande vs. Jiangshu Suning (Chinese Super League) — ESPN+