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Major Links Soccer: USWNT im-Press with another win

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Goals from Press and Rapinoe powered the US to a win over Brazil.

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The USWNT kept things rolling with their second win the the SheBelieves Cup. Goals from Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe were among the highlights, but the team’s approach to the anthem and the presentation of Crystal Dunn and Press for the post-game press availability raised understandable questions about support for the team’s Black players as the federation continues to drop the ball on the topic, including exclusively using white women to promote their games.

Seattle/Tacoma

A little bonus nugget in here is that Celia has gotten her green card, and will no longer occupy an international roster spot. Fishlock and Celia Recalled from Loans with Reading and OL — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

Azriel Gonzalez is one of 31 USL pros to work on his C license this winter. USSF C License Opens Doors For Current USL Players To Prepare For Coaching Ranks

Danny Leyva is looking to follow Jordan Morris’s example in how he returns from injury setbacks. Homegrown midfielder Danny Leyva eager to bounce back in 2021 | Seattle Sounders FC

This city prides itself on its patties. Where to Order Some of the Best Burgers In Seattle

MLS/USL

Former Sounders David Estrada and Micheal Azira are now on the New Mexico Academy staff. NEW MEXICO UNITED ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF FIRST TEAM ASSISTANT COACH AND ACADEMY HEAD COACH PAUL LEESE

Surely this is the signing to take Miami’s defense to the next level. Inter Miami CF Signs Defender Ryan Shawcross | Inter Miami CF

Knowledge is power, so be the nerd who can explain niche MLS rules to their friends who don’t want to hear about it. MLS's new under-22 initiative explained – The Athletic

The rights are expected to be worth between $2 and $4 million per year. Earthquakes, PayPal Finalizing Naming Rights Deal for MLS Stadium

Vancouver has been in a near-constant state of makeover since they entered the league, but that process is under new direction now. How Vancouver Whitecaps FC's recruitment set to be overhauled by an analytics innovator | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

USL sides continue to push stadium projects forward, even in the pandemic world. ‘Live, Work, Play’: Tormenta FC’s Stadium Coming to Life

The Lions are in the process of completing a move to bolster the attack. Report: Orlando City Finalizing Deal for Dutch Winger Silvester van der Water - The Mane Land

Andrew Wiebe with something he’s looking forward to seeing in 2021 from all 27 teams in MLS. MLS 2021 season: One thing to look forward to for every club | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com

The reasons are myriad. Don’t expect a speedy resolution to the Cristian Pavón transfer saga - LAG Confidential

The Reds will certainly begin their MLS season in Florida, but could the Young Reds tag along as well? Sources: Toronto FC, TFC II will call Florida home to start 2021 - Waking The Red

The Montreal stalwart is going to continue to work with the club’s academy and young players. CF Montreal | Patrice Bernier leaves his position as assistant coach | La Presse

Curtis is the lone Black GM in MLS, and one of worryingly few Black individuals working in such a position in the greater world of sports. Toronto FC's Ali Curtis discusses experience of being only Black general manger in MLS | MLSsoccer.com

This could be the first big signing of the Hernan Losada era. Reports: D.C. United interested in Levski Sofia forward Nigel Robertha - Black And Red United

NWSL/WoSo

The México women’s senior national team gets a historic 3-1 win over Costa Rica. 2021 international friendly match recap: México 3, Costa Rica 1 - FMF State Of Mind

There’s no “someday” for these two; they’re creating the world they want right now, and they’re doing it with NWSL. Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka show NWSL’s future is now - All For XI

The Arsenal midfielder has inspired others to overcome their Covid fears and seek treatment for breast cancer by going public with her own diagnosis. Jen Beattie on her breast cancer diagnosis: 'I wanted to normalise it' | Arsenal Women | The Guardian

With Marta’s career in its final stages, the NC Courage’s intense environment have helped to groom her most likely successor Debinha: How NWSL play shaped her into Brazil's next star – The Athletic

At 24, Viens is finally getting the chance to represent her nation. Evelyne Viens' long soccer journey culminates in shot with Team Canada - TSN.ca

For 17 years, LeBlanc helped to make the Canadian Women’s National Team world class. Black History Month: The LeBlanc Effect - Stars and Stripes FC

USA

Dear Rose, please come to Tacoma. Rose Lavelle remains a star for USWNT in SheBelieves Cup - The Washington Post

Another win for the US, and a goal from Rapinoe. SheBelieves recap: USA defeats Brazil 2-0, still looks rough - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Radrizzani talked with ¡Qué Golazo! about returning to the Premier League, and his hopes for Marcelo Bielsa’s return. Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani explains his team's success, welcomes San Francisco 49ers investment, and more - CBSSports.com

The Special One loves buses, although he’s usually parking them. Jose Mourinho just threw his Spurs team under the bus. Again. - Cartilage Free Captain

Recovery is seldom linear, and that’s especially been true for Diogo Jota. Diogo Jota’s Slow Progress Explained - The Liverpool Offside

What’s on TV today?

11:30 AM - Greuther Furth vs Holstein Kiel (2.Bundesliga) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Juventus vs Crotone (Serie A) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Club Brugge vs OH Leuven (Belgian First Division A) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace (EPL) - NBCSN

7:00 PM - Pachuca vs Guadalajara (Liga MX) - ESPN Deportes