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Major Link Soccer: Two NWSL clubs connected to visa fraud case

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Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers (RIP) are both named in the case.

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A far-reaching visa fraud case involving a huge player in youth soccer in the US also has tentacles reaching into the professional game, including a current and former NWSL team. The title race in the Premier League seems likely settled at this point, with the weekend’s results. In MLS, the open transfer window means teams are looking to South America for new players.

MLS/USL

Maybe he’s found himself, maybe not, but it’s going to take a lot of change to make Chicharito and the Galaxy successful in 2021. Galaxy's Chicharito may have found himself after lost season - Los Angeles Times

Danita Johnson is the first Black person, and only the third woman to serve as president of an MLS club. Black History Month: Danita Johnson speaks on D.C. United and being Black in the boardroom - Stars and Stripes FC

Unsurprisingly, Atlanta offer the rest of MLS a look at how the new U-22 initiative can be used. Atlanta United signs Santiago Sosa | Atlanta United FC

Maybe this latest change to the Vancouver front office will finally be the one to fix things. Whitecaps FC welcomes Nikos Overheul as director of recruitment | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Orlando bring in another former Brazilian star as they make it known that they’re firmly in the “Duck Season” camp. Orlando City SC sign Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato as free agent | MLSsoccer.com

TFC are joining in the race for the Palmeiras target as the seemingly annual rush on River Plate’s roster continues. Toronto FC reportedly linked with Colombian international forward at River Plate | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

The Boston Breakers allegedly were among teams paid to submit visa petitions for people who were supposed to work for them but never did. Feds charge youth soccer executive in probe of visa practices with pro teams - The Boston Globe

Sky Blue are named as well in the case. Alleged youth soccer visa fraud case has ties to 2 NWSL clubs - All For XI

Kikuko Okajima is pleased that the now-former Tokyo 2020 president brought attention to the issue of gender equality in Japan. WE League chair 'grateful' for Yoshiro Mori's sexist remarks | The Japan Times

The teenage prospect will join Canada as they take part in the ill-advised SheBelieves Cup. Exclusive: 16-year-old standout Olivia Smith a prototype for the future of Canadian soccer - Waking The Red

Eudy Simelane loved soccer with a remarkable devotion, but her life was tragically ended in 2008 in a horrendous hate crime. LGBT+ History Month: Eudy Simelane - the international footballer murdered for being gay - BBC Sport

USA

Could this latest move be what Johannsson needs to take Pole position for first choice striker in Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT? Aron Jóhannsson signs for Lech Poznań - Stars and Stripes FC

Mewis will remain in England as she continues to recover from injury. Midfielder Jaelin Howell Replaces Samantha Mewis on U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for the 2021 Shebelieves Cup

World

Social media platforms are finally taking some steps to act against abuse, but it’s arguably too little too late. English soccer at breaking point over abuse on social media

It’s important to make a commitment to your club’s identity. David Luiz set for Arsenal contract extension after impressing Mikel Arteta | The Independent

A great day for Brendy Rodgers’ side, but Liverpool’s nightmare just keeps going. Five Things We Learned From Leicester v Liverpool - Fosse Posse

Culture

I’m imagining a mashup of the movies Strange Brew and the Mummy. Egypt: Archaeologists unearth ancient beer factory in Abydos

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