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Norway’s players protested the Qatar World Cup before their match.

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A literal ton of matches are on today and across almost every platform.

Seattle

Balcer talks about being seen for who you are off the field as well as on it. AfXI preseason preview: Bethany Balcer is glad to be seen as a whole human - All For XI

The two have a growing friendship thanks to social media. Megan Rapinoe and Maryland's Ashley Owusu are big fans of one another | RSN

Megan Rapinoe and Midge Purce made their cases for equal pay around Washington, D.C. today. Pinoe and Purce go to Washington - Stars and Stripes FC

MLS

The trend continued in February 2020, when LAFC owners bought half of minority owner Vincent Tan’s 20 percent stake in the club at an overall valuation reportedly north of $700 million. That’s a payment of more than $70 million for just 10 percent of the club. MLS team valuations: The factors making them soar – The Athletic

Why is Toronto FC’s designated player search taking longer than some fans expected? Bill Manning joined WTR Weekly on Tuesday to discuss. ‘It’s been brutal’: Bill Manning explains TFC’s (lack of) moves in the transfer market - Waking The Red

Doyle wants Seattle to use the empty bucket, but inverted wingers on both sides. Armchair Analyst: Each MLS team's breakout player candidate — and when to watch them | MLSsoccer.com

Andrew Wiebe highlights three things he’s particularly looking forward to from the 2021 MLS schedule. MLS schedule: What to look forward to in 2021 | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com

USA

Onto the semis. 2020 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Recap: United States 0-1 Mexico - A successful failure - Stars and Stripes FC

The US Under-23 men’s national team competed respectably and were already through to the semifinals, but they’ll have to accept being second-best to their border rivals, at least for now. Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Mexico at Estadio Jalisco leaves El Tri as Group A winners and the United States in second place at the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament. Three things from the US U-23s' 1-0 Olympic qualifying loss to Mexico | MLSsoccer.com

Christian Pulisic and Yunus Musah are at the heart of a new wave of talent representing the US men’s national team. USMNT's Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah talk youth movement, Olympic hopes | MLSsoccer.com

World

Cameroon have vigorously disputed the claim that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting missed out on a national team call-up because of an administrative error. Cameroon rejects Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's 'wrong email' claim

Johan Cruyff passed away on March 24, 2016 after a battle with cancer, but his ideas continue to dominate soccer’s biggest clubs and best coaches. Johan Cruyff's legacy, five years after his death: How he shaped Ajax, Barcelona, world soccer

Norway players marked the start of qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by protesting against the Gulf state’s alleged treatment of workers, Norway's Haaland, Odegaard take part in Qatar World Cup protest

Forward Khadija Shaw and Reggae Girlz ambassador Cedella Marley talk about developing women’s game in Jamaica. The Players podcast: Khadija Shaw and Cedella Marley on moving the women's game forward in Jamaica - BBC Sport

Players at two leading Premier League clubs are set to use special mouthguards in training to assess the impact of heading the ball. Premier League clubs to participate in mouthguard study - BBC Sport

Manchester City are to install 5,620 rail seats at Etihad Stadium this summer so they can create a safe standing area should rules around standing change. Manchester City to install 'safe standing' rail seating at Etihad Stadium - BBC Sport

Fifa bans ex-president Sepp Blatter from football until 2028 after giving him a new suspension of six years and eight months. Fifa gives former president Sepp Blatter additional ban of six years eight months - BBC Sport

Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela is expected to be questioned over accusations of racist abuse against Glen Kamara if he returns to the UK to face Arsenal, the Rangers player’s lawyer has said. Police to question Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela if he travels to Arsenal | Slavia Prague | The Guardian

Football clubs can usually bank on new season-ticket income at this time of year but Covid means they must be more cautious, Fans miss match days but clubs cannot take season-ticket cash for granted | Football | The Guardian

Getting the best out of Chelsea’s wildly talented squad. Emma Hayes has created a monster with Chelsea FCW - We Ain't Got No History

What’s on TV?

7:00 AM - England U21s v. Switzerland U21s - UEFA Euro U21 - TUDN, ESPN+

10:00 AM - USMNT v. Jamaica - International Friendly - ESPN2, TUDN

10:00 AM - Israel v. Denmark - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

10:00 AM - Bulgaria v. Switzerland - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

10:00 AM - Russia U21 v. Iceland U21 - UEFA Euro U21 - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Germany v. Iceland - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN2, ESPN+

12:45 PM - Spain v. Greece - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - TUDN, ESPN+

12:45 PM - Hungary v. Poland - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Sweden v. Georgia - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Andorra v. Albania - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Scotland v. Austria - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - England v. San Marino - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Liechtenstein v. Armenia - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Moldova v. Faroe Islands - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Italy v. Northern Ireland - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Romania v. North Macedonia - UEFA World Cup Qualifier - ESPN+

1:00 PM - France U21 v. Denmark U21 - UEFA Euro U21 - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Portugal U21 v. Croatia U21 - UEFA Euro U21 - ESPN+

2:00 PM - Haiti v. Belize - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier - Peacock, Paramount+

3:00 PM - Curacao v. St. Vincent’s & the Grenadines - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier - Paramount+

4:00 PM - Trinidad & Tobago v. Guyana - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier - Peacock, Paramount+

4:00 PM - El Salvador v. Haiti - Olympic Qualifying - FS1, TUDN

5:00 PM - Canada v. Bermuda - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier - Peacock, Paramount+

5:00 PM - Panama v. Barbados - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier - Paramount+, Universo

6:30 PM - Honduras v. Canada - Olympic Qualifying - FS1, TUDN

7:25 PM - El Salvador v. Grenada - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier - Paramount+, Universo

11:35 PM - Canberra United v. Sydney FC - A-League - ESPN+

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