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Las Vegas Lights are getting a Hollywood connection, with LAFC stepping in.

Las Vegas Lights v New Mexico United Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

LAFC is apparently getting their own affiliate team, but the arrangement with Las Vegas Lights could be a bit of a gamble. In the Pacific Northwest, Seattle-based college soccer teams have kicked off their season after their 2020 hiatus. Farther from home, Chris Richards has started the latest phase of his career, Tigres UANL are making history, and the US knows what their potential path to the Olympics looks like.

Seattle/Tacoma

The Washington state Legislature is discussing a proposal to ban the use of Native American names and symbols as public school mascots, logos or team names. Bill to ban Native mascots, logos and symbols in public schools is debated in the Washington state Legislature | The Seattle Times

The Sounders FC minority owner already won a Super Bowl, and now he wins recognition for his charitable works. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Named Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

Jess Fishlock’s an unparalleled Welsh athlete, that she’s also a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community only makes her more of an icon. MBE Jess Fishlock’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community. – BT Sport Reports

The former Humboldt State goalkeeper starts the preseason with the NWSL’s OL Reign Katelin Talbert goes for the goal – The Lumberjack

The Huskies men’s team is off to a 2-0 start to their season, with another game before they start PAC-12 competition. The women’s team kicks their season off on Friday. Huskies Shutout Gonzaga 3-0 In Home Opener - University of Washington Athletics

Seattle U dominated, but had nothing to show for it. Redhawks Drop WAC Opener - Seattle University

MLS/USL

Good for the player. Good for the club. But what about the fans? Arnold: Reynolds move worth celebrating, but will FC Dallas fans enjoy the rewards?

Andy Najar could be headed back home after a brief stint in LA. Report: DC United exploring move for former star Andy Najar | MLSsoccer.com

A reminder from JC Banks and his father that “life is short, make the most of it.” From the Pitch - The Clock is Ticking

The affiliation would make a kind of sense, but poses some unique problems. Report: LAFC to make affiliate arrangement with Las Vegas Lights FC - Angels on Parade

Dustyn Richardson chats with the University of Washington product. Getting to know new Dynamo defender Ethan Bartlow - Dynamo Theory

If you thought the Montreal name change was frustrating, just imagine how their fans feel. Name-Change: Ultras In For The Long Haul - Mount Royal Soccer

The Commerce Corporation board approved some $50 million in state incentives for a proposed $280 million soccer stadium and residential and commercial development on the Seekonk River in Pawtucket. RI Commerce OKs $50 million state incentives for Pawtucket stadium

Chris Richards made his debut on loan to Hoffenheim. It went well for him, not so much for Hoffenheim. FC Dallas academy product Chris Richards makes debut for Hoffenheim | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Yet another honor for the Canadian star. Christine Sinclair included in 2021 Top 25 Women of Influence list - Stumptown Footy

Deanne Rose highlights a full and wild year ahead for women’s soccer in Canada. Canada's Deanne Rose ready for 'emotional,' whirlwind 2021 soccer season | CBC Sports

The former Reign goalkeeper has a new contract with her new club. Casey Murphy Signs Two-Year Deal with NC Courage

Everyone has to lose eventually. Chelsea FCW 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion WFC, WSL: Post-match reaction - We Ain't Got No History

With a possible rebrand ahead, Sky Blue have to settle on their identity. A tale of two states as Sky Blue nears rumored rebrand - Once A Metro

NWSL schedule for Challenge Cup and 2021 season timeline: Key dates, what you need to know and how to watch - CBSSports.com

USA

WNBA player Layshia Clarendon argues why trans people belong in sports after backlash from President Biden’s executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. WNBA Star Layshia Clarendon on Why Trans People Belong in Sports

The pandemic created financial uncertainty for many, but for billionaire sports team owners, pockets deepened. Team Owner Wealth Grows 30% During COVID - Front Office Sports

The United States kicks qualifying off on March 18 against Costa Rica. Concacaf confirms schedule for 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying

World

Too many still need to get the message. Why we need to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day - Angels on Parade

Mexico will be in Group A and will start to the tournament on March 18th against the Dominican Republic. CONCACAF announces schedule for 2021 Olympic qualifying tournament - FMF State Of Mind

An ever-growing injury list has left Newcastle stretching for answers. Newcastle’s Current Torso and Head - Coming Home Newcastle

Tigres are headed to the Club World Cup Final. Tigres UANL make Concacaf history, advance to Club World Cup final | MLSsoccer.com

What’s on TV today?

10:00 AM - Al Ahly vs Bayern Munich (FIFA Club World Cup) - FS2

11:30 AM - Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Holstein Kiehl (2.Bundesliga) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Leeds United vs Crystal Palace (EPL) - NBCSN

1:45 PM - Cruz Azul vs Pumas UNAM (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN

5:00 PM - Tigres UANL vs Necaxa (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN