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Major Link Soccer: USWNT grab a narrow win over Canada

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It was a tough match but the USWNT got off to a good start in the She Believes Cup

2021 SheBelieves Cup - United States v Canada Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

MLS/USL

From a myopic — dare I say selfish — view, it felt as if Major League Soccer had a huge role in the January transfer window across the globe. FIFA study: MLS, American teams in global top 10 in total transfers, fees received in January | MLSsoccer.com

The recent draw revealed the matchups and bracket, now the matches are solidified into the schedule. Concacaf Champions League 2021 Round of 16 schedule revealed | MLSsoccer.com

The preseason is just a couple of weeks away, which means it’s time once again to update our pecking order of the best American players Major League Soccer has to offer. Top 10 American players in MLS for the 2021 season | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com

CF Montréal have launched their new adidas primary jersey ahead of the 2021 MLS season. CF Montréal launch 2021 primary jersey as part of identity change | MLSsoccer.com

The USL-1 club is now independent. FC Tucson Announces Transfer of Ownership from Phoenix Rising FC

NWSL

LA native talks about her soccer journey so far, message from Abby Wambach. Arrival of Angel City FC ‘big relief’ for local teen Nayelli Barahona - Angels on Parade

New Kansas City COO Amber Cox is jumping headfirst into a club that has had to build a team in a few months. For new Kansas City chief operating officer Amber Cox, the goal is always keeping it 100 - All For XI

Sources say the five-year pact is a high seven-figure deal, making it the NWSL’s largest jersey sponsorship to date. NWSL's Angel City Secures DoorDash As Jersey Sponsor | SBJ Daily

Club, company will also team up to provide food for those in need. DoorDash to be Angel City FC’s inaugural main jersey sponsor - Angels on Parade

USA

Regardless of philosophy, style, principles, and game model, a club’s on-field strategy should focus on maximizing goals scored and minimizing goals conceded. Where Goals Come From — American Soccer Analysis

There isn’t much diversity, equity and inclusion in the American soccer construct as things stand. Here’s how the USSF is going about changing that. U.S. Soccer seems to finally be taking diversity seriously. Will it work? | Yahoo Sports

A look at how the pandemic continues to impact the college and professional games with soccer leagues trying to stick to schedules. American soccer at all levels still grappling with COVID-19 | US Soccer Players

There were some real hold-your-breath moments in this one, but the US came good in the end. SheBelieves: USA beats Canada 1-0 in tight-ish game - Stars and Stripes FC

Perseverance’s Twitter account, @NASAPersevere, has grown an audience of more than 1.2 million followers since its first tweet in March 2020. NASA Perseverance rover has Twitter account. Here's what it's saying.

World

After an ugly game against San Luis it comes out that Félix Torres was racially abused. Santos Laguna shows unity against alleged racist abuse against Félix Torres - FMF State Of Mind

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has said that taking a knee before every game is “degrading” and called for tangible change. Palace’s Zaha: Kneeling before games is ‘degrading,’ ‘box-ticking’

Yan Dhanda has hit out at ‘selfish’ social media companies and criticised Facebook for not contacting him after he was racially abused on Instagram. Swansea’s Dhanda takes aim at ‘selfish’ and ‘silent’ Facebook after racism | Swansea City | The Guardian

Chilean side Colo-Colo avoided relegation for the first time in the club’s 96-year history with a 1-0 win at Universidad Concepcion. Colo-Colo avoid first relegation in 96-year history of club

The “importance” of managers to clubs has “increased” during the coronavirus pandemic, the League Managers Association says. Manager stability 'increasingly important' in pandemic, says League Managers Association - BBC Sport

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has “not given up hope” that fans can return to grounds this season. Premier League chief Richard Masters 'not given up hope' of fans return this season - BBC Sport

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has become the youngest chairman in English football after his protracted takeover of Sunderland was finally approved by the English Football League on Thursday. EFL confirms takeover of Sunderland by 23-year-old Frenchman Louis-Dreyfus | Sunderland | The Guardian

The referee Darren Drysdale has been removed from Saturday’s League Two fixture between Southend and Bolton, the EFL has confirmed. Referee Darren Drysdale removed from League Two game after FA charge | League Two | The Guardian

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said UEFA’s proposed changes to the Champions League do not respect the “sporting merit” of the competition. Proposed Champions League changes dilute 'sporting merit' - Wenger

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM - Mohun Bagan v. East Bengal - Indian Super League - ESPN+

9:30 AM - Fiorentina v. Spezia - Serie A - ESPN+

10:00 AM - Jacksonville v. The Citadel - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

11:00 AM - Virginia Tech v. VCU - NCAA Men’s Soccer - ESPN+

11:30 AM - Arminia Bielefeld v. Wolfsburg - Bundesliga - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Cagliari v. Torino - Serie A - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Watford v. Derby County - EFL Championship - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Wolves v. Leeds United - English Premier League - Peacock

1:00 PM - Southern Miss v. LSU - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Kentucky v. Duke - NCAA Men’s Soccer - ESPN+

5:30 PM - Necaxa v. Monterrey - Liga MX - TUDN

7:30 PM - Juarez v. Mazatlan - Liga MX - TUDN

9:05 PM - Newcastle Jets v. Melbourne Victory - W-League - ESPN+

10:05 PM - Western United v. Macarthur - A-League - ESPN+