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Major Link Soccer: USMNT slaying their demons in search of Olympic redemption.

The US men’s U-23s could be two games away from a trip to the Olympics.

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The US is one step closer to qualifying for the Olympics, finally. Women’s leagues around the world are showing their value and drawing increased investment, while putting a legitimately great product on the field and the screen. The situation with Angel City FC, NWSL and the allegations against David Dobrik is still murky as hell, but it’s not looking particularly good for anyone involved.

Seattle/Tacoma

Leyva is making up for lost time after injury and the pandemic took much of his 2020 season away from him. After an injury derailed his 2020 season, Sounders’ youngster Danny Leyva is determined to prove himself in 2021 | The Seattle Times

A panel of elite, professional soccer players – Seattle Sounder Cristian Roldan (formerly UW Husky), OL Reign Samantha Hiatt (Kirkland local), Seattle Sounder Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way local), Portland Thorn Morgan Weaver (University Place local), and retired Portland Thorn Katherine Reynolds (Medina local) will share what it takes to reach the next level of competition, on and off the field. ‘Learning from the Pros’ – Washington State Legends of Soccer Webinar Series

Diaz has been in camp with Puerto Rico as they prepare for World Cup Qualifying, while Nouhou is joining Cameroon as they attempt to qualify for African Cup of Nations. Nouhou and Alec Díaz called into international duty | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

The ground-blessing ceremony was held at Wild Horse Pass, where Phoenix Rising’s new stadium site will open in six weeks. Gila River Indian Community Welcomes Phoenix Rising to Wild Horse Pass with Traditional Ground-Blessing Ceremony

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says a merger between Liga MX and MLS could produce “the best league in the world.” Potential MLS-Liga MX merger would be seen 'in a positive light' - Infantino | ESPN

Get ready to hear some flex puns. Looks like LAFC have a new jersey sponsor for 2021 - Angels on Parade

Mexico U17 international Miguel Avalos has signed a pro contract with LA Galaxy II of the USL Championship, the player has confirmed to ESPN. LA Galaxy II sign Mexico youth Avalos 16 to professional contract

Justin Dhillon is alive and flicking down in San Antonio. San Antonio Downs North Texas in Preseason Clash

Ongoing sexual assault case in Argentina leading to apparent pause. LA Galaxy appear to be tapping brakes on Cristian Pavón pursuit for now - LAG Confidential

NWSL/WoSo

Reddit co-founder and Angel City FC lead investor Alexis Ohanian sees ‘greater brand value’ in women’s soccer than MLS. Angel City FC's Alexis Ohanian: NWSL a better investment than MLS

The victim alleges that Dobrik’s Vlog Squad teammate raped her while she was drunk. Angel City investor David Dobrik accused of facilitating rape - All For XI

Arsenal Women have had a frustrating season but victory over Manchester United Women means a Champions League spot is still possible. Tiny tweaks, Little leadership and 'mammoth' display: Arsenal Women back on track for CL – The Athletic

Surely, at some point, they’ll get tired of winning. Juventus Women beat Fiorentina, set Serie A record with 18th straight win - Black & White & Read All Over

As Jean-Ralphio Saperstein once said, “get, get-get-get, get that paper.” 'A huge step forward': WSL announces record-breaking deal with BBC and Sky | Women's Super League | The Guardian

Adelaide smashed the W-League attendance record on Sunday, proving — unequivocally — the untapped potential of the women’s game in Australia. History is what happens when you market the W-League properly

USA

Who ya gonna call? SLUMP BUSTERS! Haunted by the past? US Under-23s take patient approach in Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying | MLSsoccer.com

Amid a grueling club season, the familiar setting provided by national team camp can offer a welcome reset. USMNT camp a respite for players amid club setbacks, struggles - Sports Illustrated

Watch Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm return in an updated version of their iconic 1997 Gatorade commercial this time with Abby Wambach and Usain Bolt. Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm return in remake of 1997 Gatorade commercial

Dest is the first American man to score a brace in La Liga. Sergiño Dest’s Barcelona Brace Features Assist From Messi - Stars and Stripes FC

Another win for the US ahead of their group stage meeting with Mexico. 2020 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Recap - USA 4-0 Dominican Republic: late goals are better than no goals - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Fire Cristiano Ronaldo into the sun. The Cristiano Ronaldo experiment has failed. Now it has to end. - Black & White & Read All Over

New approaches to data mean new ways to measure the sport. Soccer Is Learning To See The Whole Game | FiveThirtyEight

Five regular members of the side, including captain and goalkeeper Andre Blake of US Major League Soccer team Philadelphia Union and central defender, Damion Lowe, who plays for Al-Ittihad in the Egyptian Premier League, have rejected the contract offered by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). 6 new English-based players in Reggae Boyz squad for USA friendly | Loop News

StatsBomb held a virtual event to present their newest products, including an advanced contextual event dataset, StatsBomb 360. Westfalenstats: StatsBomb Unveil a New Frontier in Football Analytics - Fear The Wall

“I don’t feel the same that I did before I had it,” Tatum says beneath his mask. Some NBA players feel COVID effects long-term - TrueHoop

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