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Major Link Soccer: Ronaldo is making a new name for himself at Real Valladolid

The difference between equality and equity in US Soccer HOF voting; I M A New Crest; is it time to shrink Serie A?

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The OL Reign midfielder joins the Fearless Women podcast to talk about speaking up for social justice. Jess Fishlock: How female athletes are using their platform for social justice — fearless women

Wales’ most capped player Jess Fishlock has spoken of how football helped her navigate her struggles as a gay teenager and the importance of there being “visibility” for young people. Wales’ Jess Fishlock says football helped her with struggles as a gay teenager | FourFourTwo


Here we are again, with the most important and controversial list of the MLS preseason. Best-dressed MLS coaches of 2021 |

With vaccination eligibility now open in Georgia, Atlanta United players receive their shots. Atlanta United players receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine - Dirty South Soccer

The Dynamo and Dash received their first round of COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, after vaccine eligibility in the state was expanded to all adults, helping to promote the safety and availability of the vaccine to other Texans. Kroger & Houston Dynamo Football Club team up to vaccinate players & staff | Houston Dynamo FC

They’re also on a mix of over-the-air stations. Austin FC to stream matches for free via team website, app

Owners of the Charlotte Independence told CBJ on Tuesday that a possible sale is unrelated to backlash by some fans against lead investor Dan DiMicco. Charlotte Independence considering multiple options for sale of team, investors say - Charlotte Business Journal

NWSL / women’s soccer

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor has told his players to be brave as they bid to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League. Be brave, Taylor tells Manchester City Women before Barcelona return leg | The Guardian

“I understand now how far behind we’ve slipped in recognizing a bunch of deserving women of U.S. Soccer.” Confession from a Hall of Fame Voter | FC Dallas

US soccer

For as important as the USWNT’s voice has been in the fight for gender equality, it’s been less pronounced on the issues of race. Over the last year, that’s changed. USWNT expands activism to racial issues and social justice | Yahoo Sports

World soccer

I M underwhelmed. Official: Inter Unveil New Logo - Serpents of Madonnina

Wales have sent Hal Robson-Kanu, Tyler Roberts and Rabbi Matondo home after they breached squad protocols. Wales trio sent home after breaching squad protocols at team hotel | The Guardian

Not to be outdone by their Welsh brethren, five Rangers players who breached Covid-19 rules have been given a six-game suspension by the Scottish FA. Five Rangers players given suspension for party Covid-19 breach - BBC Sport

The move was necessitated by international coronavirus restrictions. Both Chelsea-Porto Champions League quarter-final games to be played in Seville - BBC Sport

Brazilian great Ronaldo went from mononymic majesty to just another guy with a familiar handle. Now he’s making a new name for himself in La Liga—as an owner. Ronaldo at Real Valladolid: Inside Brazilian legend’s reinvention - Sports Illustrated

A decision on a planned new Champions League format, with a 10-match first phase from 2024, is delayed. Champions League 2024: Decision on new format with 10-match first phase delayed - BBC Sport

Rebecca Welch has become the first female referee to be appointed to an English Football League match. EFL appoint Rebecca Welch as first female referee | ESPN

Angry reactions to an Aston Villa post about Passover are not “controversial,” but rather “anti-Semitic.” Aston Villa site 7500 to Holte responds to “controversial” Birmingham Mail headline - 7500 To Holte

Karim Benzema will face trial in October for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena over a sex tape. Benzema to stand trial in October for alleged blackmail | ESPN

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is set to miss the Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain with a knee injury. Robert Lewandowski out for a month with knee injury - BBC Sport

Salah has said he feels ‘special motivation’ for Liverpool’s first encounter with Real Madrid since he was injured in the 2018 Champions League final defeat. Mohamed Salah admits to ‘special motivation’ before facing Real Madrid | The Guardian

We examine the pros and cons of a shrunken Serie A. Serie A’s TV revenues are declining. Should the league return to 18 clubs? - Viola Nation

Daniel James’ late header gave Wales victory over the Czech Republic in a fiery World Cup qualifier in which both teams had a man sent off. World Cup 2022 qualifying: Wales 1-0 Czech Republic - BBC Sport

Diogo Jota and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to help spare Portugal’s blushes and deny Luxembourg another major World Cup 2022 qualifying win. Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal: Jota and Ronaldo rescue European champions - BBC Sport

The Republic of Ireland failed to secure a first win under manager Stephen Kenny as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw with Qatar. Qatar 1-1 Republic of Ireland: Kenny’s winless run continues after friendly draw - BBC Sport

It was a bit of a lopsided affair. Mongolia 0-14 Japan: Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino scores in one-sided World Cup qualifier - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

We’ve got another Wednesday filled with international matches, entirely in UEFA this week, plus some Argentine Primera Division action in the afternoon and a pair of late matches in Australia for the night owls.

8:45 AM: Sweden vs. Estonia (Men’s international friendly) — ESPN3

9:00 AM: Armenia vs. Romania (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Spain vs. Kosovo (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: England vs. Poland (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN2

11:45 AM: Greece vs. Georgia (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Moldova vs. Israel (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Andorra vs. Hungary (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Austria vs. Denmark (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Lithuania vs. Italy (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: San Marino vs. Albania (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN3

11:45 AM: Ukraine vs. Kazakhstan (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Scotland vs. Faroe Islands (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Germany vs. North Macedonia (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Northern Ireland vs. Bulgaria (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. France (UEFA Men’s World Cup Qualifying) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Switzerland vs. Finland (Men’s international friendly) — ESPN3

4:15 PM: Banfield vs. Vélez Sarsfield (Argentine Primera) — Paramount+

11:35 PM: Western United vs. Melbourne City (A-League) — ESPN+

1:40 AM (4/1): Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United (A-League) — ESPN+

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