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Guardiola concerned about international break; James McClean has faced years of abuse.

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The Washington native opens up on why he left his hometown team for a new project in South Florida. Inter Miami’s Chris Henderson on why he left Seattle – The Athletic ($)

As the championship star above their crest and “team is the star” tradition attest, RSL are accustomed to punching above their weight. Kurt Schmid, Real Salt Lake get to work on restoring club's homegrown success |

With both the start of MLS preseason and opening day delayed, the US men’s Primary Transfer Window has been pushed back nearly a month. 2021 MLS Primary Transfer Window dates amended |

NWSL / women’s soccer

Two daughters of former U.S. Presidents, a former Olympic gymnast and more big names will become the latest celebrity owners of NWSL team. Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush, Dominique Dawes buy Spirit stake – The Athletic ($)

Serena Williams, part-owner of Angel City FC, is excited by her involvement — and Naomi Osaka’s recent investment — in the NWSL. Serena Williams, in Australian Open quarterfinal, praises NWSL | USA Today

Wait, how many cleats does Jess McDonald go through in a year? AfXI preseason preview: Jess McDonald - All For XI

Some big upsets shook up the Clausura table going into the international break. Liga MX Femenil, Clausura Week 7: San Luis, Juárez notch huge victories – Equalizer Soccer

England’s most-capped player, Fara Williams, is looking forward to getting back on the pitch in good health. Reading’s Fara Williams reveals she has been diagnosed with kidney condition | The Guardian

World soccer

Patrick Vieira used vision, tenacity, and technical ability to become one of the best box-to-box midfielders ever. Black History Month: Vieira’s Vision - Stars and Stripes FC

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright says he is “embarrassed” by the abuse faced by female football pundits, who have made him “up his game”. Ian Wright ‘embarrassed’ by abuse faced by female football pundits - BBC Sport

Mbappe scored a stunning hat-trick as Paris St-Germain ripped Barcelona apart in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp. Kylian Mbappe hat-trick powers PSG past Barcelona after Lionel Messi opener - BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side defied many people’s expectations with their first-leg victory over RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League. Liverpool defied expectation, says Klopp after Salah and Mane secure win over Leipzig - BBC Sport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the Premier League “should be concerned” about a potential rise in Covid-19 cases following March’s international break. Pep Guardiola warns international break could cause rise in Covid-19 cases - BBC Sport

Striker Mason Greenwood has extended his contract with Manchester United until June 2025, with the option of a further year. Mason Greenwood signs two-year extension to 2025 - BBC Sport

The midfielder has shone since change of manager but must prove against Atlético Madrid he can do it on the toughest nights. ‘Super-reliable’ Kovacic repaying Tuchel’s love in new model Chelsea | The Guardian

David Alaba confirms he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract. Defender David Alaba to leave Bayern Munich at end of the season - BBC Sport

The Republic of Ireland winger has gone through “nine years of constant abuse” since moving to England. Stoke City winger James McClean’s wife reveals full extent of abuse he has faced - BBC Sport

Erling Braut Haaland feels Borussia Dortmund have “no chance” against Sevilla in the Champions League if they “play like we did” in recent games. Haaland says Borussia Dortmund must improve - BBC Sport

Lionel Messi’s future has led to family tears and accusations of a lack of respect between two European superpowers who meet this week. Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future in focus with PSG waiting in Champions League - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

10:00 AM: Burnley vs. Fulham (Premier League) — NBCSN

12:00 PM: Porto vs. Juventus (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas / CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:15 PM: Everton vs. Manchester City (Premier League) — NBCSN

12:15 PM: AFC Bournemouth vs. Rotherham United (English Championship) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Tigres UANL vs. Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — TUDN

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