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A wonder goal and two yellow cards is the full Lamela Experience.

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Seattle/Tacoma

Stefan Frei gets a well-deserved mention as one of the top goalkeepers in the league. Who are the top 5 goalkeepers in MLS? | Extratime | MLSsoccer.com

MLS/USL

There’s a new MLS2 in the USL Pacific. LAFC officially enter affiliate partnership with Las Vegas Lights FC - Angels on Parade

The city of Chicago has a new soccer team coming to town with the Chicago House AC joining the NISA for the upcoming 2021 season. Chicago House AC: The City's Newest Franchise | UrbanMatter

DeJohn had joined Pittsburgh with an understanding that the club wouldn’t keep him from pursuing an opportunity in MLS should a team express interest. Released from contract with Riverhounds SC, Alex DeJohn signs with Atlanta United | Pittsburgh Soccer Now

Former Sounders Academy player going to get some Omaha Stylee with the USL One side. Orange County SC loan Blake Malone to Union Omaha for 2021 season - Angels on Parade

Other USL sides are still waiting for clearance to host fans, but Trey Muse should have a crowd behind him. San Diego Loyal Hopes to See Red (Tier), Fans in May as Preseason Opens Saturday - Times of San Diego

A quick look at Phoenix, Colorado Springs, San Diego, RGVFC and Oakland. Five Western Conference Preseason Talking Points

The Olympic qualifying tournament for Concacaf’s men’s teams will undoubtedly have a bit of USL flavor. Current, Former USL Standouts Earn Selection for Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying

Who doesn’t love to see FC Cincinnati get waxed by a USL Championship team. LouCity Wins Preseason Opener against FC Cincinnati

NWSL/WoSo

What do you make of it? NWSL commissioner provides an update of sorts about Sacramento expansion - Indomitable City Soccer

Hege Riise has won gold as a player and coach at the Olympics - that experience could be crucial in helping Team GB in Tokyo. Riise has beaten and worked with the US at the Olympics - Team GB have made right call – The Athletic

Orlando Pride captain Ashlyn Harris said there’s been only one concern since adopting her daughter, Sloane — the expected lack of sleep. Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger navigate motherhood, Orlando Pride training on ‘zero hours of sleep’ - Orlando Sentinel

When a trophy’s on the line, some times you’ve just got to do it to ‘em. Kerr and Kirby star as Chelsea thrash Bristol City to win League Cup | Women's football | The Guardian

The risk of head injuries to female players is higher than their male counterparts and yet so little is known about the long-term effects. Female players are twice as likely to suffer concussion yet 'all research has been in men' – The Athletic

Real Madrid Femenino have made an impressive push towards the top of the league table in their short existence, so who are the players driving them to such heights? Statistical Analysis: Real Madrid Femenino’s Most Impactful Players - Managing Madrid

It’s profoundly strange to be hoping that a case of arson is just regular ol’ arson, and not sexist arson. Blaze at Everton women's football team stadium started deliberately - Liverpool Echo

Big wins are good, but LFC still sit ten points off of the top of the table. LFC Women Dominate Coventry United 5-0 For Their Third Win In A Row - The Liverpool Offside

Someone call the cops, there’s been a murder. Bristol City WFC 0-6 Chelsea FCW, Conti Cup Final: Post-match reaction - We Ain't Got No History

USA

There’s a little 253 in the Olympic qualifying roster. Hassani Dotson named to USMNT U-23 side ahead of Olympic Qualifying - E Pluribus Loonum

One of the great American players of her generation, Shannon Boxx discusses World Cup glory and pain, lupus, Hope Solo and race. Shannon Boxx discusses her incredible journey to World Cup glory beyond the debilitating impact of lupus

World

Athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics may have to do it without their families along for the journey. 'Difficult' to host athletes' families, says Tokyo 2020 chief | The Japan Times

There’s no ethical consumption in a capitalist society, but this World Cup really feels like a bridge too far. Qatar set to break World Cup hospitality sales mark; VIP-desert camp planned – The Athletic

Arsenal get the win as Lamela puts on two separate, but equally delightful shows. Arsenal 2 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 match report: Alexandre Lacazette penalty, Erik Lamela red - The Short Fuse

In the dawn of the Premier League, one of Liverpool’s rising stars was tragically lost. The untold tragedy of Ian Frodsham, Liverpool's lost star – The Athletic

Culture

You can watch Wade Webber, Ethan HD, and some Sounders at Heart play D&D as part of YachtCon. Dungeons & Dragons had its biggest year despite the coronavirus

What’s on TV today?

11:00 AM - Pumas UNAM vs Atletico San Luis (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN USA

12:45 PM - Gent vs Club Brugge (Belgian First Division) - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool (EPL) - NBCSN

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