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Major Link Soccer: Jill Ellis joining Sacramento’s front office.

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The former USWNT boss is going to be working with both the MLS and NWSL sides.

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Seattle

Sad to see the soccer bar close. "Thank you all. It was a pleasure." Fado irish Pub Seattle is closing for good.

The YSC hosted the Dryside Supporters of ECS. Nearly a year into COVID-19 pandemic, Yakima's Sports Center shuts down for good | Local | yakimaherald.com

Hint: it’s bad Here’s what it’s like to be a Seattle Mariners fan - SBNation.com

Redhawks Topple Falcons Thursday - Seattle University

A bill that would give local governments and public agencies the ability to offer retail internet services appears headed to a floor vote in the Washington. In a world of ‘remote everything,’ Washington state sees new push for public broadband networks - GeekWire

How KSE’s long-running fight with Comcast and Dish kneecaps the team... and how it will end. Backpass: If a soccer team falls in the forest... - Holding the High Line

MLS

It’s reported that former USWNT head coach Jill Ellis has taken a front office position in Sacramento, where she will work with both the incoming NWSL and MLS expansion teams. Jill Ellis Takes Sacramento NWSL/MLS Front Office Role - Stars and Stripes FC

Two-time World Cup winner could play a key role for Sactown’s teams. Report: Jill Ellis set to take role with Sacramento MLS and NWSL teams - Indomitable City Soccer

An offer from an Championship club to take Aaron Long on loan has been turned down by NYRB, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Source: New York Red Bulls turn down Championship loan offer for Aaron Long

Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Tor Saunders was drafted by Nashville SC in the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 22. CCU goalkeeper Tor Saunders drafted by MLS's Nashville SC | Myrtle Beach Area News | postandcourier.com

NWSL

Tennis and soccer collide in North Carolina. Naomi Osaka becomes the first investor of the North Carolina Courage - Dirty South Soccer

Just under a year ago the sports world was rocked when March Madness was cancelled, the Olympics postponed and almost every other major sporting event upended. However, for women’s professional sports in the U.S., TV and media coverage, viewership, and sponsorships increased dramatically in 2020. Start covering women’s sports, fans will follow - The Mac Weekly

Chris Long, one of the owners of the new Kansas City NWSL club, is gearing up for his first year as an NWSL owner. Chris Long of Kansas City NWSL talks new season, expectations

American soccer fans who’ve hoped to see the women’s club game grow at lower-division levels like the men’s game could soon be getting a boost. NISA, United Women's Soccer plan second-division pro league to launch in 2022

Ahead of her first tournament since winning the US Open, World No.3 Naomi Osaka reveals her inspiration for investing in women’s soccer. Inspired by BJK and Serena, Osaka gives back with NWSL move

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka joins the ranks of NWSL ownership after choosing to invest in the North Carolina Courage. Naomi Osaka is a new part owner of the NC Courage - All For XI

The global tennis star tells The Athletic why she chose to invest in women’s soccer. Naomi Osaka buys stake in NWSL's North Carolina Courage – The Athletic

The 26-year-old will transfer from Bristol City Women. KC NWSL signs Australian midfielder Chloe Logarzo - The Blue Testament

Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has signed defender Emily Menges to a three-year contract. Thorns FC re-sign defender Emily Menges | Portland Timbers

The NWSL team owner speaks on his “world’s-best” ambitions, drafting Trinity Rodman and more. Q&A: Washington Spirit owner Steve Baldwin – The Athletic ($)

USA

United States manager Gregg Berhalter, as well as the USMNT players, aren’t letting up in their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. USMNT committed to Black Lives Matter movement - Gregg Berhalter

There were a lot of goals. 2021 January Friendly: USA 7-0 Trinidad & Tobago - the Stars and Stripes win by a touchdown - Stars and Stripes FC

Bayern Munich’s American defender will look to find minutes at his new club. Chris Richards will move on loan to TSG Hoffenheim - Bavarian Football Works

World

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Garissone Innocent collapsed and was rushed to hospital during a Ligue 2 match - after the opposition goalkeeper was also knocked unconscious and required a brain scan. Keepers from both teams collapse on pitch and are rushed to hospital during Ligue 2 clash between Caen and Chambly

Lionel Messi and Barcelona will take legal action after a Spanish newspaper released the full details of the forward’s record-breaking contract. Barcelona, Messi to take legal action over €555m contract leak

The Duke of Cambridge calls for racist abuse aimed at footballers to stop, calling it “despicable”. Duke of Cambridge: Football Association president calls for racist abuse of footballers to stop - BBC Sport

This season is on course to see the most goalless draws between sides that traditionally make up the Big Six, so why have their games become more conservative? Premier League: Have games between the Big Six teams become boring? - BBC Sport

Mesut Özil, one of the most gifted playmakers in European soccer, got his wish: a transfer to Fenerbahce. The club is asking fans for financial support to help pay for it. Want to Sign a $20 Million Soccer Star? A Turkish Club Tries Crowdfunding - WSJ

Turns out there’s a wrong way to be a fan. Marseille fans spark fiery riot, storm training ground in protest; Alvaro Gonzalez hit by flying projectile - CBSSports.com

Dude, you’re getting a Dell. Volpi sta per cedere lo Spezia: closing con Dell la prossima settimana | Goal.com

Club América announced his departure and Santos announced his signing in the 10th minute of their match. Andrés Ibargüen goes from Club América to Santos Laguna during the Santos-América match - FMF State Of Mind

Liga MX is about to centralize kit sales and branding. Liga MX buscará paquetear derechos comerciales como NFL, NBA o MLB

What’s on Today?

6:00 AM - Odisha v. Jamshedpur - Indian Premier League - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Club Leon v. Atletico San Luis - Liga MX - TUDN