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Jason Kreis and the USMNT U23s failed to qualify for the Olympics.

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Dominican Republic v USA - 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images

Another Olympic qualifying campaign, another disappointing performance from a US Men’s U23 team. At this point it’s a tradition. At least the US will still be represented by the best the nation has to offer in the USWNT in Tokyo. It looks like we could see the introduction of a Women’s Club World Cup in the not-so-distant future, and FIFA appears set to allow the transfer of players aged 16 and older.

Seattle/Tacoma/WA

Events have moved swiftly since March 2, when Mark Richard, President and CEO of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, held a news conference proposing that the district scrap plans for the Albi site and built a $31 million stadium downtown instead. Spokane Public Schools survey shows public division on stadium issue | The Spokesman-Review

“What was expected to be an on-field challenge of playing in MLS and learning a different country became a life-altering experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” ‘We’re all equal’: Sounders’ Yeimar meets challenge of adapting to U.S. amid COVID-19 pandemic, racial reckoning | The Seattle Times

Megan Rapinoe, given a national stage, consistently hits dingers. Opinion | Megan Rapinoe: Transgender kids should be allowed to play sports like all other children - The Washington Post

MLS/USL

Will Minnesota be good? Can they improve on their 2020 Wester Conference Finals appearance? Are there Clear Skies Ahead for the Loons? - E Pluribus Loonum

The Rapids crushed the backstory and concept behind this one, but the kit itself is a dud. Colorado Rapids release green C5 kit and here’s what we think about it - Burgundy Wave

Memphis 901 FC signs Roland Lamah. Winger Brings Premier League, La Liga and MLS Experience to Memphis

Twice in a lifetime the Cosmos killed a league and tried to come back, and failed. Use, first time without the Cosmos. And the fans fear that Commisso will abandon them

The combined league would be behind only the Premier League in total valuation. Fusión Liga MX-MLS sería la segunda liga más valiosa del mundo, por arriba de España e Italia

I think I can safely say that we’re all hoping that Hendrickson is okay and is able to make a full recovery from whatever he’s dealing with. Columbus Crew’s Ezra Hendrickson takes medical leave of absence - Massive Report

NWSL/WoSo

Cruel timing saw the youngster’s Olympic dreams shattered 90 minutes before a game for her club - but Hampton is used to overcoming setbacks Hannah Hampton: I've no issue not being selected. The problem is receiving so much hate – The Athletic

Forty-five minutes into the last North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur stadium, a record 38,262 people packed the stands and an inspired Spurs side went into the break level at 0-0. Arsenal waltz to victory in the derby and expose gulf in class with Tottenham

19 year-old stamps her mark on club’s history books, scoring against West Ham on the Man Utd Women team’s first-ever Old Trafford appearance. Manchester United teenager Lauren James the star of the show at the Theatre of Dreams

The European Club Association chief executive, Charlie Marshall, has talked up the prospect of a women’s Club World Cup starting ‘fairly soon’ as its first women’s football strategy is launched. Women's Club World Cup could happen 'fairly soon', says ECA chief executive | Women's football | The Guardian

It’s good that WSL games are being played in these stadiums, especially as we all too often see WSL games called off or postponed due to field conditions, but doing it without the ability to feel the stadiums feels like a performative gesture. Why does putting WSL games in big stadiums feel so hollow right now? - All For XI

Who doesn’t want to see Rose Lavelle lift a trophy? Manchester City Defeat Reading 1-0, Go Top of FAWSL - Bitter and Blue

Juve are good, it turns out. Juventus Women storm past Pink Bari to move one step closer to another Scudetto - Black & White & Read All Over

USA

Donations may be made in Beverly Cleary’s name to the Library Foundation of Portland, Oregon, or the Information School at the University of Washington. HARPERCOLLINS MOURNS THE LOSS OF BELOVED CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR BEVERL – HarperCollins

Someone should tell the US men’s program that they don’t get better draft picks for tanking. United States 1, Honduras 2 | Olympic Qualifying Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com

World

The Athletic just keeps expanding (and then laying off staff, then expanding again). US sports website The Athletic prepares for Australian launch

When the pandemic hit, Benevenuto quit his daytime job and applied for a position at the coronavirus wing of a small hospital, working there between April and October last year. Working as COVID nurse changes Brazilian referee's outlook

The top story lines from the current campaign so far. Liga MX headlines to this point - FMF State Of Mind

Allowing international transfers of players over 16 could have huge implications around the world, including in MLS. CBF diz que Fifa vai autorizar venda de jogadores de 16 anos

I’m sure this will be a serious punishment, and won’t be rescinded later. It’s definitely going to lead to real change. FIFA threatens sanctions for Mexico after anti-gay chant reemerges

Liverpool U18s head coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson discusses the philosophy behind the club’s academy. Liverpool’s Youth Philosophy: Trying to Find Elite Behaviours On the Pitch and Off Of It - The Liverpool Offside

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