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Major Link Soccer: Remembering Liverpool legend Ian St. John

Kit unveiling season comes to MLS; UK/Ireland bid for 2030 Men’s World Cup gains momentum.

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Washington

The Huskies women remain undefeated, moving to 3-0-1. Yates Brace Leads Huskies To 2-1 Win - University of Washington Athletics

The Huskies men racked up their third shutout of the year. Huskies Dominate Ball In 2-0 Win - University of Washington Athletics

Fantastic Thai food, great Vietnamese cuisine, one of the area’s best taco trucks, a buzzworthy coffee shop focused on African roasts, and more. 15 Excellent Dining Destinations in Renton

A new partnership proposal presented on Tuesday by Downtown Spokane Partnership and the USL has leaders in Spokane revisiting the possibility of a new stadium in downtown Spokane that would become the home of a USL League One club. USL, Downtown Spokane Partnership Announce New Proposal for Downtown Stadium

The 5,000-seat stadium would be home to Spokane Public Schools football and soccer games and bring a new professional soccer team to the city. Downtown Spokane stadium: Groups make another push with proposal | krem.com

Last year’s alternate site for the Mariners was Cheney Stadium, which hosted few Reign and Defiance matches. In 2021 it would be difficult to host Rainiers, Defiance, Reign, and the alt-site. Alternate, developmental sites to return for MLB teams in 2021, as AAA season gets delayed by at least one month, sources say | ESPN

MLS / USL

The Fresno-based club is hoping to acquire land to build their new home. Fuego FC Rallies Community for Stadium Development Support

And it’s pretty cool! NYCFC’s 2021 home kit officially revealed - Hudson River Blue

The Black & Gold unveiled its “Community” and “Heritage” kits for the upcoming year. The Columbus Crew reveal new kits for 2021 season - Massive Report

The new Hoop jersey is a nod to Vancouver’s 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl championship season. Vancouver Whitecaps launch their 2021 Hoop jersey, inspired by NASL days | MLSsoccer.com

We now know some specifics of what the new crest will—and won’t—include. An inside look at “Phase Two” of the Chicago Fire’s logo design project - Hot Time In Old Town

NWSL / women’s soccer

Michelle Betos is excited to see where Louisville — and the whole league — can go. NWSL preseason preview: Michelle Betos makes a promise to Louisville fans - All For XI

Former OL Reign midfielder Morgan Andrews has joined the club on trial. Washington Spirit head to Florida, update 2021 NWSL preseason roster - Black And Red United

Chelsea’s manager Emma Hayes said: ‘This is brilliant … the step everyone has worked towards’ as she prepared her side to host Atlético Madrid in last-16 first leg on Wednesday. Chelsea’s Emma Hayes hails extra WSL place in Women’s Champions League | The Guardian

“Normal” has taken on a whole new meaning for New Zealand star and former Seattle Reign FC player Rebekah Stott, after undergoing tests which revealed Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Rebekah Stott’s ‘positive mentality’ key after cancer diagnosis | ESPN

US soccer

VISTA has powered the broadcasts of NWSL and USL matches for a few years. NEP Group Acquires VISTA Worldlink; Move Expands Centralized Remote Production Capabilities

World soccer

Lazio’s match against Torino descended into farce as the visitors failed to show up at the Stadio Olimpico because health officials put them into quarantine. Serie A: Torino fail to appear to face Lazio because of travel ban - BBC Sport

Intense fixture congestion is here to stay. Expect fixture congestion in Premier League, Champions League for years - The Short Fuse

The iconic Liverpool legend scored 118 goals and won two titles over a decade with the Reds. Former Liverpool & Scotland forward Ian St. John dies at age 82 - BBC Sport

Ian St John, who has died aged 82, was one of the iconic figures in Liverpool’s history before going on to enjoy a hugely successful career in TV. Ian St John: 'An iconic Liverpool figure who went on to illuminate TV screens' - BBC Sport

The pair of Newcastle forwards have been ruled out until April after picking up injuries in Saturday’s draw against Wolves. Miguel Almiron & Allan Saint-Maximin out for Newcastle until April - BBC Sport

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is the “right time” to bid to host the 2030 World Cup and the plan is backed by football associations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. World Cup 2030: UK and Republic of Ireland associations back UK government support for bid - BBC Sport

The midfielder has become a Rovers legend since joining in 2004 and recently equalised aged 40 in a kit he designed. James Coppinger, surely the best £30,000 Doncaster have ever spent | The Guardian

PSV Eindhoven apologised to Ajax after Dusan Tadic had a coin thrown at his head by a supporter outside its Philips Stadium home ground on Sunday. PSV apologise to Ajax after coin thrown at captain outside stadium - BBC Sport

McDonald says he has chronic kidney disease and is due to have a transplant next month. Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald to have kidney transplant - BBC Sport

Marseille officially end the contract of former boss Andre Villas-Boas, who was suspended last month after a row over the club’s “sporting policy”. Marseille: Andre Villas-Boas contract terminated, Jorge Sampaoli set to take over - BBC Sport

Since the winter break, Leverkusen have been real bad. So what has caused this massive drop in form? A Bundesliga view: How Bayer Leverkusen’s season collapsed in just a few weeks - Bavarian Football Works

Sixteen clubs have been lost across the top three divisions in the past year after the bubble of big spending burst. Jiangsu’s demise is part of China’s wider football struggle | The Guardian

Read WST’s Paramount+ FAQ for soccer fans to find out all of the details you need so you can watch your favorite teams play. Paramount+ FAQ for soccer fans - World Soccer Talk

FuboTV grew its internet pay-TV subscriber rolls at a rapid clip last year — and it sustained heavy losses to get there. FuboTV Subscribers Up 73% in 2020, Net Loss Balloons to $570.5 Million - Variety

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Sassuolo vs. Napoli (Serie A) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Burnley vs. Leicester City (Premier League) — NBCSN

10:00 AM: Sheffield United vs. Aston Villa (Premier League) — Peacock

10:00 AM: Livingston vs. Rangers (Scottish Premiership) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Milan vs. Udinese (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Fiorentina vs. AS Roma (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Genoa vs. Sampdoria (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Atalanta vs. Crotone (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Cagliari vs. Bologna (Serie A) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Benevento vs. Hellas Verona (Serie A) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Barcelona vs. Sevilla (Copa del Rey) — ESPN+

12:15 PM: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United (Premier League) — Peacock

12:15 PM: Stoke City vs. Swansea City (English Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Juarez vs. Monterrey (Liga MX) — ESPN Deportes

5:00 PM: Querétaro vs. Guadalajara (Liga MX) — TUDN / UniMas

7:00 PM: Cruz Azul vs. Mazatlan (Liga MX) — ESPN Deportes / TUDN / UniMas

7:06 PM: Tijuana vs. America (Liga MX) — FS2

12:05 AM (3/4): Melbourne Victory vs. Western Sydney Wanderers (W-League) — ESPN+

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