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Major Link Soccer: Sacrament-oh no!

The money man behind Sacramento’s MLS bid has backed out.

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MLS: Press Event at The Bank D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento’s MLS dreams are left hanging as their financial backer pulls out of the project, meaning a passionate fan base is left with questions and hurt feelings. Elsewhere a disgusting, racist rant at the USSF board meeting raises serious concerns about how serious the federation is about equity and diversity, and how much deeper the issues that have come to light really run.

Seattle/Tacoma

Seattle, WA-Based Pro Development Team Joins Cascadia Division for Spring Season. UPSL Announces Washington Expansion with Cultures United FC | UPSL Premier Division

Now KEXP & Vita are collaborating on the very first KEXP coffee blend, with $2 from each bag donated to Keep Music Live with all donations matched by Caffe Vita. KEXP Blend – Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co.

The new location is expected to open late this year. Dick’s Drive-In to Open New Bellevue Restaurant at the Crossroads Shopping Center - Eater Seattle

MLS/USL

Club recognizes “anger, disappointment and frustration” of news. Sacramento Republic release statement after Ron Burkle abandons MLS team - Indomitable City Soccer

Wolde Harris and Chris Little join Robin Fraser’s coaching staff. Colorado Rapids announce addition of two assistant coaches - Burgundy Wave

The fans deserve so much better than what they’ve gotten so far in Sacramento’s MLS ambitions. 916 & Heartbreak: Sacramento fans left holding bag on MLS quest - Indomitable City Soccer

Nashville SC have officially launched the “Vibe II” kit as their away jersey for the 2021 and 2022 MLS seasons. Nashville SC launches "Vibe II" as their 2021/22 away jersey - Broadway Sports Media

Getting Josef Martinez back should help in making Atlanta not bad again. Josef Martinez on track to return for Atlanta United’s season opener - Dirty South Soccer

Less than two years since introducing its ‘Fire Crown’ crest, the Major League Soccer club is asking fans for input as it will rebrand its primary crest and brand identity ahead of the 2022 season. Chicago Fire FC Reinventing Its Identity With Help Of Fan-Focused Crest Project

First reaction from Republic FC after Burkle’s departure. Sacramento Republic owner Nagle vows to keep fighting for MLS expansion - Indomitable City Soccer

Out of seemingly nowhere, Sacramento’s money man is gone. Ron Burkle pulls out as MLS expansion team owner in Sacramento - Indomitable City Soccer

NWSL/WoSo

Amber Cox returns home as the COO of the NWSL expansion club in Kansas City after four years with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Amber Cox on leaving WNBA's Sun for NWSL's Kansas City – The Athletic

There’s no roster, but a year out from their first NWSL game Angel City are already generating buzz and building a brand. The Angel City FC Experience, or How to Build a Soccer Club From the Ground Up - Urban Pitch

The journey to this point has not been easy for pro soccer player Sydney Miramontez, but she’s glad she returned to the game. The healing continues. Kansas City NWSL soccer: Sydney Miramontez and mental health | The Kansas City Star

Katrina Gorry developed an eating disorder while playing professional football. It consumed her for two years, until she sought help. Now she’s speaking out about it, and how her first pregnancy is helping her to heal. Matildas star Katrina Gorry opens up about her eating disorder and using pregnancy to heal - ABC News

USA

The new VP of US Soccer is from Idaho. This was his campaign website. MEET BILL TAYLOR

The federation must be better prepared to confront racism from both without and within in the future. US Soccer Annual General Meeting shows DEI has long way to go - Stars and Stripes FC

Seth Jahn is no longer on the Athlete’s Council.

USSF board meeting: USWNT, USMNT schedules; 2026 World Cup – The Athletic
The federations semiannual board meeting also unveiled plans for youth identification camps, DEI efforts and 2030 goals

We got some clarity on the schedule. U.S. Soccer confirms USMNT World Cup qualifying dates - Stars and Stripes FC

The talent pool from which Gregg gets to pull has improved over the course of his tenure, and it only seems to be getting better. Two Years of Gregg Berhalter: The Talent Pool - Stars and Stripes FC

Two brothers from Rhode Island made history together as Black pioneers in American soccer history. Black History Month: The Watsons of American soccer - Stars and Stripes FC

World

What could an early sale make possible for Dortmund? Erling Haaland is Dominating Europe. Should BVB Consider Selling a Year Early? - Fear The Wall

Dundalk was the club that Chino Perez was seemingly about to join before his tinder fiasco sent him packing and ultimately playing for Tacoma Defiance. Jesus Perez signs for Dundalk - Dundalk Democrat

Alec Diaz is in good hands. Former USMNT Interim Manager, Dave Sarachan, Takes Puerto Rico Job - Stars and Stripes FC

The world governing body insists that discrimination of any form will not be tolerated while turning a blind eye to the plight of the LGBT community. Qatar World Cup 2022: Fifa is naive or lying if it thinks hosting the tournament will drive change | iNews

The former Minnesota United midfielder has been vociferous on the recent spate of violence against women in TT and called on men to do better. Molino: Sportsmen must support women

Culture

AL is the best way to begin D&D play when you don’t know someone else to help guide you. The AL program just got a major update from Wizards and Baldman Games. Adventurer’s League changes expand playing options | Full Moon Storytelling

What’s on TV today?

11:30 AM - St. Pauli vs Hamburger SV (2.Bundesliga) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Everton vs Southampton (EPL) - NBCSN

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

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