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Thomas Tuchel appears to be the new the boss. The former Dortmund and PSG boss will have his work cutout for him.

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Seattle

Washington will play 15 games in total, including 13 against Pac-12 teams, beginning in late February and ending in April. Huskies Release 2021 Schedule - University of Washington Athletics

SU to face regional non-conference schedule including a date at the University of Washington in March. Men's Soccer Announces Non-Conference Slate - Seattle University

MLS/USL

An attempt to see how the divisions would shake out. Here’s what the USL Championship’s 2021 division alignment might look like - Indomitable City Soccer

From lunches with Johan Cruyff to copying FC Basel training sessions, MLS coaches have learned a lot from peeks inside foreign clubs. What MLS coaches have learned from Barca, Basel and more – The Athletic

The club needs to do something so I guess this is it. FC Cincinnati reportedly make offer for Atalanta attacking midfielder Papu Gomez | MLSsoccer.com

Austin FC’s under-construction soccer-specific stadium has its new name, as the 2021 expansion side announced Monday it has entered into a multiyear stadium naming rights partnership with Q2 Holdings, Inc., an Austin-based financial experience company. Austin FC’s stadium will be known as “Q2 Stadium,” which will become one of 20 soccer-specific stadiums featured within MLS in Austin FC announce stadium naming rights partnership with Q2 Holdings Inc. | MLSsoccer.com

Might have to start classifying teams as Independents, MLS2, and international2 at this point. Hartford Athletic and Leyton Orient Announce Partnership

Unrelated but I still love the New Mexico United jersey. New Poll Shows New Mexico United Stadium & Cultural Center Proposal Draws Widespread Support

His five year run in Chicago is over. “I always tried to do what was best for the Club.” Nelson Rodriguez resigns as Chicago Fire president - Hot Time In Old Town

New York Red Bulls midfielder Caden Clark has reportedly found his pathway to Europe. The 17-year-old is reportedly close to signing with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig according to The Athletic, a deal that would keep him with the Red Bulls for the 2021 MLS season. Report: Caden Clark to join RB Leipzig in 2022 | SBI Soccer

USA

It’s been on the cards for weeks, and now The 49ers have officially upped their stake in Leeds United. San Francisco 49ers increase Leeds United stake to 37% - Through It All Together

Billy Beane had been seeking to buy a minority stake via his SPAC, but the price wasn’t right. The deal also would’ve grabbed a piece of Liverpool. Scoop: Boston Red Sox strike out on deal to go public - Axios

Tobin Heath will miss an unknown about of time with a foot injury. USWNT News: Heath to miss time with foot injury

Gregg Berhalter praised the play of forward Jozy Altidore, saying the Toronto FC striker has had a “great” January camp with the USMNT. USMNT's Berhalter praises Altidore, excited for Morris at Swansea

This doesn’t guarantee a full move to Peacock, though. American EPL viewers can expect NBCSN to shut down by end of year - Cartilage Free Captain

A full roster forms. Gregg Berhalter announces USMNT roster for January Camp friendly - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Roman Abramovich and his heartless board are fortunate that supporters are not allowed into Stamford Bridge given pandemic restrictions. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will be remembered as the man who shot Bambi after firing Frank Lampard | Sport | The Times

Super Frank to the end. Frank Lampard statement on Chelsea sacking - We Ain't Got No History

Europe’s big football clubs are expected to miss out on over €2 billion in revenue by the end of the 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus impact. Barcelona tops list but big clubs' revenue drops €2b after pandemic

Four players from the Brazilian football club Palmas died in a plane crash after flying separately to a game because of positive Covid-19 tests. Four Palmas football players and club president killed in Brazil plane crash | Football | The Guardian

More insight into the weird world of football behind closed doors has arrived from Austria, where research into Red Bull Salzburg matches found a lack of fans off the pitch coincided with a lack of arguments on it Anger management: study suggests lack of fans has made players calmer | Football | The Guardian

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