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The two signed deals directly with the Thorns, not US Soccer and then to the Thorns.

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Seattle

Steph Cox, a longtime Reign defender who also helped the USWNT win Olympic gold in 2008, thought her playing career was over after retiring in 2015. After returning from retirement, Reign defender Steph Cox feels rejuvenated and ready for 2021 season | The Seattle Times

The city is considering changing the name of a section of Fourth Street to “Quincy Jones Way” or “Quincy Square.” City seeks input on renaming a portion of Fourth Street to honor Quincy Jones

MLS

Community kit reaches back to club’s history. LA Galaxy officially unveil retro-inspired secondary jersey - LAG Confidential

Go be angry, we aren’t on here. Doyle's top five teams in MLS as preseason begins | Extratime | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

Over the years, Crystal Dunn’s road to stardom has become legendary enough that her name is now synonymous with the very concept of overcoming adversity. Crystal Dunn is her own category of player – Equalizer Soccer ($)

Both were Thorns players, before, but neither were technically signed with the club. Instead, they had contracts with U.S. Soccer and were allocated to Portland. Why It Matters: Security, continuity at the heart of new Horan, Dunn deals | Portland Timbers

The two USWNT stars relinquished their NWSL allocations from U.S. Soccer to sign with the club. Portland Thorns FC sign Crystal Dunn and Lindsey Horan to three-year contracts - Stumptown Footy

NWSL expansion side teams up with entities around soccer world. Angel City FC co-found Anti-Racist Project to confront racism - Angels on Parade

She’s back and she wants to be better than ever...and swap some jerseys. NWSL preseason preview: Jennifer Cudjoe wants to score goals and swap jerseys - All For XI

USA

It’s the first time ever that CBS has done a deal with Concacaf, the regional governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Concacaf World Cup qualifying games in 2022 and 2023 streaming on Paramount+, CBS | Philadelphia Inquirer

This is bizarre—but it fits a pattern we’ve seen again and again in 2021. NBA Top Shot bubble: Highlights available free online are selling for thousands at auction.

Vlatko Andonovski said he was happy with how the U.S. “unlocked” Argentina on the way to a 6-0 win that clinched a 2nd consecutive SheBelieves Cup. USWNT worked as a unit to unlock Argentina - Vlatko Andonovski

Several teams, organizations, and supporters are joining forces for this effort. Anti-Racist Project seeks to take action against racism and inequality in American soccer - Stars and Stripes FC

Wendie Renard is one of the most dominant players in the world with her ability to defend and be a problem in the air. Black History Month: The dominance of The Fox - Stars and Stripes FC

Looks like it! Did the new U.S. Soccer jersey just leak? - Stars and Stripes FC

The Anti-Racist Project (ARP) aims to fund a toolkit that will see 5,000 coaches, 60,000 young people, and 115 staff trained in over 400 communities in the first year. US soccer clubs team with Common Goal to launch Anti-Racist Project | Sport | The Guardian

World

The FMF Disciplinary Committee issues no player suspensions and a fine for Atlético San Luis for racist and homophobic abuse during last week’s match against Santos Laguna. Disciplinary Commission releases findings, punishment for racist and homophobic incidents during Atlético San Luis match against Santos Laguna - FMF State Of Mind

Manchester United Treble winner Dwight Yorke has told ESPN that “taking the knee” before Premier League games has become a “token gesture.” Ex-Manchester United forward Yorke says kneeling has become a "token gesture"

Neil Lennon has gone from hero to zero in the eyes of Celtic fans. But his successes mean he will eventually be remembered as a club legend, writes Tom English. Celtic: Neil Lennon's successes will live on once anger over the ending subsides - BBC Sport

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka says fans who hurl personal abuse on social media are ‘not supporters of my club’. Granit Xhaka wants to sit 'eye to eye' with his social media abusers | Arsenal | The Guardian

Aston Villa have reported to West Midlands police ‘sickening and abhorrent’ online racist abuse of their teenage winger Tyreik Wright. Aston Villa 'appalled' by racist abuse of teenager Tyreik Wright on Instagram | Football | The Guardian

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