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Tigres is the first CONCACAF side to reach the final.

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Seattle

The chef, who grew his reputation from Capitol Hill restaurants Adana and Taku, appears on the show’s 18th season, airing in April. Shota Nakajima Will Be a Contestant on the Upcoming Season of ‘Top Chef: Portland’ - Eater Seattle

On 5 April 2017, Jess Fishlock became the first Welsh player (female or male) to earn 100 caps for the national team. The midfielder was also named Welsh footballer of the year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019 as well as being a two times Champions League winner. MBE Jess Fishlock’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community. – BT Sport Reports

MLS/USL/Open Cup

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There’s still a long way to go before St. Louis City SC kick off their MLS expansion season in 2023, but sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel has already established himself as one of the league’s most interesting characters. St. Louis City SC sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel talks plans for hiring club's first head coach | MLSsoccer.com

Fischer was also VAR for the MLS Cup Final. MLS official Drew Fischer appointed Video Match Official for FIFA Club World Cup | MLSsoccer.com

Midfielder is officially introduced at Al-Taawoun while New York monitors the situation. Saudi FA President responds to Red Bulls’ Kaku dispute: “I do not think there is a mistake” - Once A Metro

After the cancellation of the 2020 competition, the USOC is slated to return in 2021 in a compressed format. US Open Cup 2021: US Soccer's plan, format for competition - Sports Illustrated

A host of MLS players flooded to Europe during the recent January transfer window, but which one will have the biggest impact for their new club? Every major MLS-to-Europe January transfer ranked by potential impact | Squawka

North Texas Soccer Club has announced the signing of two new players on loan, one of whom had been linked to the club and was, therefore, kind of expected. North Texas SC adds two players on loan - 3rd Degree

Someone better play an Open Cup match here. Gansevoort Peninsula Park | Uncrate

USA

A U.S. Court of Appeals is letting a Nevada judge decide claims by a woman suing Cristiano Ronaldo over a rape case hush-money settlement from 2010. Ronaldo hush-money case kept with US judge in Nevada

World

FC Bayern will face CONCACAF Champions League winners Tigres UANL of Mexico in the FIFA Club World Cup final on 11 February. Bayern to face Tigres UANL in Club World Cup final

Tigres got a 1-0 victory over Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras to get the Liga MX team to the FIFA Club World Cup final. History! Tigres becomes first Concacaf finalist in a FIFA Club World Cup, defeating Palmeiras 1-0 on an Andre-Pierre Gignac penalty - FMF State Of Mind

Japanese infectious disease specialist Atsuo Hamada wants to see the Olympics happen in Tokyo this summer, but admits if they were being held anywhere else, he’d probably support a cancellation. Japan pledges safe Olympics, medical experts aren't so sure

Isaac Drogba, son of former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier, has signed a deal with Italian fourth division side Folgore Caratese. Issac Drogba, son of Didier, signs with Italian lower-tier side Folgore Caratese

Manchester City’s first leg Champions round-of-16 tie against Borussia Monchengladbach has been moved to Budapest, UEFA announced on Monday. Man City's Champions League clash moved; Man United await decision

Tony Collins, ex-Man Utd chief scout and the Football League’s first black manager at Rochdale, dies at the age of 94. Tony Collins: Football League's first black manager dies at 94 - BBC Sport

Wave of abuse directed at players on social media is part of a deep societal crisis but perhaps football can provide a solution. English football is consumed by racism and hatred. Can the cycle be broken? | Football | The Guardian

The PFA has launched the Asian Inclusion Mentoring Scheme, giving youngsters in academies access to professional players. 'We’re not talking about it, we’re doing it': Aims takes inclusivity action | Football | The Guardian

Mike Dean has stood down from officiating at a Premier League game this weekend after he and his family received death threats on social media. Referee Mike Dean reports death threats to police and takes weekend off | Football | The Guardian

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marcus Rashford decided to stand up and fight for the children of the United Kingdom. Black History Month: Marcus Rashford feeds a nation - Stars and Stripes FC

Two extra substitutes until the end of the season at least. Not perfect, but better than nothing? Premier League concussion substitutes trial begins - We Ain’t Got No History

FIFA extended an easing of its rules on Friday that frees clubs during the coronavirus pandemic from obligations to release all players to national teams. FIFA extends exemptions for players to skip national call-up

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