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Puget Sound

Sounders entry, Adrian, leaps 9 spots. New York City FC take top spot as eMLS League Series One nears | eMLS Power Rankings |

The pink-haired star has produced multiple highlights and appears to be in peak form as the USWNT prepares for its first games of 2021. VIDEO: Megan Rapinoe USWNT return, highlights after 9-month hiatus - Insider


While his England women’s side have drifted, the outgoing coach could be falling on his feet again with his old pal David Beckham. Phil Neville’s Miami move would mark another door being held open for him | The Guardian

Colorado will soon add a third professional soccer team. Northern Colorado FC to join United Soccer League as expansion franchise in 2022 – The Denver Post

A soccer club based in Portland is bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and providing opportunities for free play for everyone. Maine soccer club brings together people from diverse backgrounds

NWSL / women’s soccer

It’s a 2.5 year deal for the young American. Catarina Macario signs pro deal with Lyon - Stars and Stripes FC

It’s all happening! NWSL commissioner announces Sacramento expansion team will enter league in 2022 - Indomitable City Soccer

Lisa Baird heard you wanted more info and decided to give you everything you ever wanted. Lisa Baird previews the NWSL 2021 College Draft and gives us information overload - All For XI

On the day before the draft, the commissioner dropped several news items. The five most important things NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said during her pre-draft press conference -

The much-anticipated news of Macario going to France instead of the NWSL raises the pressure on Baird’s league to increase salaries to match what European teams can offer. Catarina Macario signing for Lyon puts heat on NWSL’s Lisa Baird over 2021 draft rules

The club announced they will play 2021 with the new logo and take their time to develop a new brand. KC NWSL Team Reveals Inaugural Season Crest and Colors - The Blue Testament

No name, generic team vibes only. NWSL’s Kansas City team will remain unbranded for 2021 - All For XI

All the background info you need to get ready for tonight’s draft. The 2021 NWSL college draft guide - All For XI

For the first time, USWNT players are beginning to forego federation contracts in favor of larger deals with NWSL teams themselves. Thorns sign Dunn, Horan to six-figure NWSL allocation deals – The Athletic ($)

With Jepson’s departure, the club continue to show their disregard for the women’s team. Liverpool FC and Part Ways with Manager Vicky Jepson After 12 Years - The Liverpool Offside

The England forward grabbed a hat-trick in the first half and another goal eight minutes into the second period in a convincing 4-0 win for Chelsea at Reading. Fran Kirby scores four times in Chelsea’s emphatic WSL victory at Reading | Football | The Guardian

A combination of Covid infections and shallow squads has exposed the fragility at the top of the women’s game. Fallout from Dubai trips threatens civil war within WSL | Women’s Super League | The Guardian

US soccer

Proper protocol is being followed. U.S. Soccer announces positive COVID test, adds Kyle Duncan to U-23 roster - Stars and Stripes FC

CONFIRMED: Andrés Perea Gains FIFA Approval to Represent the United States | ESPN

World soccer

Genoa goalkeeper Federico Marchetti had his Ferrari 812 Superfast destroyed when he sent it to a car wash. Genoa goalkeeper Marchetti has Ferrari destroyed at car wash | ESPN

Sheffield United gained their first Premier League win of the season as they beat 10-man Newcastle United, 1-0. Blades gain first league win of season - BBC Sport

City Football Group announced Bolivia’s largest side Club Bolivar as their first partner club. Manchester City: Club Bolivar becomes City Football Group’s first partner - BBC Sport

Fulham manager Scott Parker says it is “scandalous” Wednesday’s match against Tottenham was only confirmed on Monday. Parker upset at short notice for rearrangement - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM (yes, an hour ago): Fiorentina vs. Inter (Coppa Italia) — ESPN+

8:45 AM: Napoli vs. Empoli (Coppa Italia) — ESPN+

9:45 AM: PSV vs. AZ Alkmaar (Eredivisie) — ESPN_

10:00 AM: Manchester City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (Premier League) — NBCSN

10:00 AM: Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona (Supercopa Femenina) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Holstein Kiel vs. Bayern Munich (DFB Pokal) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Juventus vs. Genoa (Coppa de Italia) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Feyenoord vs. PEC Zwolle (Eredivisie) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Real Sociedad vs. FC Barcelona (Supercopa de España) — ESPN Deportes

12:15 PM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham (Premier League) — NBCSN

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