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Major Link Soccer: Manchester is ... red?!?

Manchester United came out of the Manchester Derby with a surprising 2-0 win.

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Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The Manchester Derby was the most exciting derby of the weekend, and not just because it was the most surprising result of the bunch. Seattle’s college teams are pretty much all off to a solid start of their seasons, while Major League Soccer’s Canadian teams are preparing for the start of yet another strange season on the road.

Seattle/Tacoma

Seattle U’s men’s team picked up their third win of the season in a shutout ahead of their cross-town matchup with UW. Hussen, Barry Score in Road Shutout - Seattle University

The Huskies women’s team traveled away from home for the first time as they continue to push for the top of the PAC-12 table. Washington Rolls 3-0 In First Road Game - University of Washington Athletics

UW’s men’s team earned a late victory courtesy of a penalty from Sounders Academy product Dylan Teves at the start of over time. High Drama Ends In 3-2 Husky OT Win - University of Washington Athletics

MLS/USL

The Reds will begin the 2021 season in Orlando and could also play games in Tampa. Official: Toronto FC to start 2021 MLS season in Florida - Waking The Red

St. Louis is building something largely unseen in MLS, locating their stadium as well as training grounds and team facilities in the city’s downtown. St. Louis CITY SC crafting "extremely unique" downtown "campus" in construction of new stadium | MLSsoccer.com

It was a busy week for the Rapids, bringing in plenty of young players for Chris Little to help grow. In one week, Colorado Rapids announce 2 assistant coaches, 4 new signings, and 2 contract extensions - Burgundy Wave

A walk down memory lane to consider the profoundly strange coaching history of Montreal. Good Coach, Bad Coach - How the Impact Men Stack Up - Mount Royal Soccer

The move is finally over the line. Cameron Harper joins Red Bulls from Celtic on permanent transfer - Once A Metro

The Wilfs had been keenly interested in getting involved with the league back when Minnesota was joining as an expansion team. Report: Flavio Augusto da Silva in Discussions to Sell Orlando City SC to Wilf Family - The Mane Land

Vancouver appear to be taking a more radical approach to having to play much of their season away from home, and are working to create a more permanent-feeling solution. Whitecaps hoping to make Utah a home away from home for players and their families as another tough MLS season awaits Canadian teams – AFTN

Attendance for sporting events, live music and theme parks will vary at the county level based on COVID-19 infection rates. Only in-state residents will be allowed to attend. California Set To Open Ballparks, Arenas And Theme Parks In April : NPR

NWSL/WoSo

Sports media platform Just Women’s Sports and media rights holder Ata Football and have partnered to increase coverage of women’s soccer. Just Women’s Sports and Ata Football Partner To Boost Women’s Soccer – Sportico.com

Simone Charley found her place on the field in Portland in 2020, but more importantly she found her voice as well. ‘Soccer is important, but what are you doing to better the community with it?’ - Stumptown Footy

Two Brits are striving to help AC Milan earn the first trophy in the club’s history. AC Milan women: Natasha Dowie & Christy Grimshaw making a mark in Italy - BBC Sport

At least one Madrid club won this weekend. Match Recap and Highlights: Real Madrid Femenino 4 - 1 Espanyol - Managing Madrid

USA

The player on loan from Orlando is doing his best to make his price tag seem reasonable. WATCH: Daryl Dike scores an absolute rocket for Barnsley - Stars and Stripes FC

Honestly, I have no idea, but Arsene Wenger knows a whole lot more about soccer than any of us do. Arsene Wenger backs US men's national team for success in 2026 | MLSsoccer.com

World

Yet another reminder that trying to do, you know, any of this during a global pandemic is just a ridiculously bad idea. CONMEBOL suspend World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 travel restrictions - We Ain't Got No History

Another classic Der Klassiker, just how they drew it up. Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick appreciates “sensational comeback” in win over Borussia Dortmund - Bavarian Football Works

The former Aussie captain has committed himself to something much bigger than the sport he made a career out of. Craig Foster, the former footballer saving refugees and asylum seekers' lives – The Athletic

Someone was, of course, eventually going to beat Manchester City, but I was certainly surprised that it was Manchester United. Manchester City 0-2 Manchester United: Derby win bolsters Reds’ top four hopes - The Busby Babe

What’s on TV today?

10:00 AM - Chelsea vs Everton (EPL) - NBCSN

11:30 AM - Hamburger SV vs Holstein Kiel (2.Bundesliga) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Internazionale vs Atalanta (Serie A) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - West Ham United vs Leeds United (EPL) - Peacock

12:00 PM - Bristol City vs Reading (Championship) - NBC Sports

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