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Puget Sound

Defiance forward Alec Diaz played 80 minutes in the 1-0 victory. Next match is against Guatemala on Jan 22. Historic victory of Puerto Rico against the Dominican Republic - Puerto Rican Football Federation


Parker comes to Houston from the New York Red Bulls in a trade for allocation money. Dynamo strengthen defense with acquisition of Tim Parker - Dynamo Theory

The Timbers completed the transfer of Chilean forward Felipe Mora from the Liga MX club Pumas UNAM and signed him to a new contract. Portland Timbers sign Chile forward Felipe Mora from Liga MX’s Pumas

Real Salt Lake staff release “The RSL Way” document, which outlines the club’s culture and philosophy moving forward. RSL looks to reset club culture with release of ‘The RSL Way’ document | Salt Lake Tribune

The former Sounders draftee continues his dual career as airman and soccer player. Republic FC Sign Midfielder Tucker Bone

NWSL / women’s soccer

It’s like the International Champions Cup, but not. Tournament featuring Champions League, Chicago Red Stars and Racing Louisville FC to be played in August - Chicago Sun-Times

Eckerstrom played in Portland for four seasons. Thorns goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom announces retirement - Stumptown Footy

The 57 year old manager succumbed to COVID-19. Santos Laguna Femenil manager Martín Pérez passes away due to COVID-19 - FMF State Of Mind

Norway great Hege Riise will lead England on a temporary basis after Phil Neville’s departure as Lionesses manager. Hege Riise to lead Lionesses on temporary basis - BBC Sport

Former U17 and U20 coach will now helm the Senior NT, while Maribel Domínguez takes over the U20s and Ana Galindo will lead the U17s. Mónica Vergara named México Women’s National Team manager - FMF State Of Mind

US soccer

The US men bring in a familiar opponent. USMNT to play Trinidad & Tobago to conclude January Camp - Stars and Stripes FC

From her toughness to her cheese banter, Becky Sauerbrunn has displayed a wide range of qualities to justify her USWNT captaincy. Why Becky Sauerbrunn deserved the USWNT captaincy – The Athletic ($)

World soccer

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says there will be “no excuses” when his team play Manchester City, despite not playing for 19 days after a coronavirus outbreak. Dean Smith warns other clubs after ‘uncontrollable’ Covid-19 outbreak at Aston Villa - BBC Sport

The number of new positive Covid-19 cases in the English Football League fell significantly over the past week. Covid-19 cases in EFL drop substantially - BBC Sport

Rumors that Snodgrass was omitted due to a handshake agreement between the two clubs prior to his transfer are being investigated by the Premier League. Robert Snodgrass: Premier League investigates West Brom signing’s omission against West Ham - BBC Sport

Leicester go top of the Premier League as goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison secure victory against Chelsea. Leicester top Chelsea, 2-0, to go top of Premier League - BBC Sport

Great front-runners and a well-oiled machine, why Leicester must now be considered serious contenders in an unpredictable Premier League title race. Why Leicester must be taken seriously as Premier League title contenders - BBC Sport

Manager Frank Lampard admits he is worried by Chelsea’s form after they suffered a fifth defeat in eight Premier League games. Lampard ‘worried’ after fifth defeat in eight Premier League games - BBC Sport

Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic said he believes he “grew the most as a player” during last season’s Premier League ‘Project Restart’. Chelsea’s Pulisic: I ‘grew the most’ with no Premier League fans | ESPN

Exiles goalkeeper Tom King scored the first goal of his career to help his side split the points against Cheltenham Town. Newport County keeper King scores from goal-kick in League Two - BBC Sport

Frank Lampard has warned there could be tough times ahead for Chelsea in attack as their young forwards lack consistency. Chelsea’s forwards not yet at level of Hazard and Costa, warns Lampard | The Guardian

Mohamed Salah said he wants to stay at Liverpool as long as he can while Thiago Alcântara said a goal drought has affected the team’s confidence. Mohamed Salah says his long-term future lies in the hands of Liverpool | The Guardian

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club need striker Sergio Aguero back rather than possible replacement signings. Pep Guardiola wants Sergio Aguero back ‘as soon as possible’ - BBC Sport

Crystal Palace are close to signing striker Jean-Philippe Mateta on an 18-month loan from Mainz. Crystal Palace close to loan deal for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta - BBC Sport

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi is suspended after being sent off for the first time for his club during the Spanish Super Cup final. Barcelona to appeal against Messi ban after Spanish Super Cup red card - BBC Sport

According to a report from Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan – which is formally known as Football Club Internazionale Milano – is set to change its name and crest in the coming months. Inter Milan Will Reportedly Change Crest, Name – SportsLogos.Net News

Fortnite has been one of the most popular games in the world for more than three years, and collaborations have played a big part in its success. Football in Fortnite: New sport collaboration is ‘just the start’ - BBC News

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Schalke 04 vs. Köln (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (Premier League) — NBCSN

10:00 AM: Norwich City vs. Bristol City (English Championship) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Córdoba vs. Real Sociedad (Copa del Rey) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: RB Leipzig vs. Union Berlin (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Freiburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Arminia Bielefeld vs. Stuttgart (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Juventus vs. Napoli (Supercoppa Italiana) — ESPN2

12:00 PM: Alcoyano vs. Real Madrid (Copa del Rey) — ESPN+

12:15 PM: Fulham vs. Manchester United (Premier League) — NBCSN

12:15 PM: Livingston vs. Celtic (Scottish Premiership) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Deportivo Saprissa vs. Arcahaie (CONCACAF League) — FS2

7:15 PM: Alajuelense vs. Olimia (CONCACAF League) — FS2

12:05 AM: Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar (W-League) — ESPN+

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