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The Argentine’s running the show in Paris now.

Paris Saint-Germain Training Session Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images

We’ve officially hit the time of year when the coaching carousel starts to spin a little faster in Europe, as hot seats get hotter. One club has already made their move as Mauricio Pochettino has become the new manager for PSG. That won’t mean Frank Lampard breathes any easier, though.

Seattle/Tacoma

18 static testing sites, to include Cheney Stadium Testing Information | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

MLS/USL

Kyle Beckerman’s retirement marks a dividing line between generations and a longevity that includes many of the high moment marks in American soccer. Beckerman, the end of an era and hopes of a brighter tomorrow | US Soccer Players

Yes, the Z is for GenZ. No, it doesn’t make sense. A NEW YEAR: A new name, a new crest for NJ Teamsterz FC - Front Row Soccer

Mark your calendars, here are most of the dates not directly tied to the MLS schedule that you might need. 2021 Soccer Almanac: Key dates and major tournaments in busy year ahead | MLSsoccer.com

Tanner Tessmann and FC Dallas are making continued use of the team’s partnership with Bayern Munich. FC Dallas Homegrown midfielder Tanner Tessmann reportedly set to train with Bayern Munich | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Lots of work still to be done for the NWSL expansion side. Angel City FC provides updates ahead of busy 2021 - Angels on Parade

Honestly, it’s just really cool that the Guardian is tracking this. Women's transfer window January 2021 – every deal in Europe's top five leagues | Football | The Guardian

USA

The folks over at Stars and Stripes put some predictions out there without getting totally galaxy brain about it. Bold USMNT predictions for 2021 - Stars and Stripes FC

Atlanta United players are encouraging others to make their voices heard ahead of a pivotal vote. All Eyes on Georgia: Miles Robinson and George Bello on the importance of voting | Atlanta United FC

You may not have heard, but Zack Steffen got his first start in the Premier League as his Manchester City side put the smackdown on Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea teammates. USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen earns first Premier League start for Manchester City against Christian Pulisic's Chelsea | MLSsoccer.com

World

Look, this one is what the title says. I Watched an A-League Game Last Night

I don’t know, it might not be a good idea to keep trying to do sports during a pandemic. EPL woes deepen with lockdown party breach, another game off

RIP Gerry, you’ll never walk alone. Gerry Marsden, Singer Of Liverpool’s Famed Anthem, Passes Away At 78 - The Liverpool Offside

Quite the comeback, that one. Three and a half observations from Bayern Munich’s 5-2 comeback win against Mainz - Bavarian Football Works

Frankie Says Relax, but I don’t think he means it. Lampard’s job ‘under serious threat’ as Chelsea explore ‘alternative plans’ - We Ain't Got No History

With three wins in a row, we have to wonder if Arsenal might actually not be bad. Arsenal 4 - West Bromwich Albion 0 match report: three wins is a streak - The Short Fuse

It’s actually good that social media has made everything about “silly season” even weirder. Fake news: how social media changed the transfer window – The Athletic

Pochettino has a new job, which means that troubled managers at clubs around the world have one less specter to worry about. Mauricio Pochettino joins PSG: New manager explains plans with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, more on star-laden club - CBSSports.com

What’s on TV today?

12:00 PM - Southampton vs Liverpool (EPL) - NBCSN