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Online racial abuse getting worse; DC taking long look at cherry blossom kits

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Previewing the new MLS season by the people who know their teams best. MLS preview 2021: Where every team stands heading into season -

Hamburger SV terminated Wood’s contract effective immediately, and he is set to join up with RSL after his wife gives birth to their second child. Bobby Wood set to join RSL early after HSV terminates contract - RSL Soapbox

With Brad Guzan suspended for the return leg and Alec Kann still recovering from offseason surgery, Novo was brought back for the second leg. Atlanta United signs first leg hero Rocco Rios Novo to another Short-Term Agreement for Alajuelense return fixture - Dirty South Soccer

Austin FC is hoping to hit the ground running. Austin FC preview: Bigger in Texas -

The concept, a version of which was discarded for the 2019 cycle, would come in response to fan requests and a new front office outlook. D.C. United tentatively planning a cherry blossom kit – The Athletic ($)

NWSL / women’s soccer

By not allowing 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie to play in the NWSL until she turns 18, American soccer’s single-entity structures could soon be under legal threat. Olivia Moultrie presents challenge to NWSL, MLS structures – The Athletic ($)

Rodman’s NWSL debut showed that the future is bright for both player and club. Trinity Rodman made her Washington Spirit debut one to remember - Black And Red United

Morgan Weaver will be available for selection vs. Chicago after Portland Thorns FC’s successful appeal. NWSL Disciplinary Committee rescinds Weaver’s red card, fines Klingenberg - Stumptown Footy

Panic at the NWSL DisCo! NWSL opens investigation of Houston incident, issues fines and suspensions for Portland-KC melee – Equalizer Soccer

The first attempt at a professional women’s league in the united states kicked off 20 years ago today. The Lowdown: Remembering the WUSA, 20 years later – Equalizer Soccer

OL Reign’s Jess Fishlock scored the equalizer for Wales as they held Denmark to a 1-1 draw. International friendly: Wales 1-1 Denmark - Fishlock goal earns draw - BBC Sport

Northern Ireland made history by reaching the Euro 2022 finals courtesy of a 2-0 win on the night and a 4-1 aggregate play-off win over Ukraine. Euro 2022: Northern Ireland make history by beating Ukraine to reach finals - BBC Sport

England’s women suffer a second friendly defeat in the space of four days with two defensive mistakes contributing to a 2-0 loss to Canada. England 0-2 Canada: Lionesses suffer second successive defeat - BBC Sport

New Zealand’s national women’s football team have not played a game in 400 days, and that period of inactivity looks set to continue for at least 100 more. Football Ferns could go 500 days without a game before Tokyo Olympics |

After its inaugural season in 2011, the domestic professional league has become best in the world as the English game continues its rise. Ten years of the WSL: How top players and iconic moments changed the face of the game

US soccer

USA tightened up after a rough game against Sweden, but also faced a weaker opponent. USWNT defeats lackluster France 2-0 - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

The former Arsenal, Chelsea and England star will front the flagship football show after Walker leaves at the end of the season. Alex Scott to replace Dan Walker and become first female host of BBC Football Focus - Mirror Online

Chelsea are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 after a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto. Champions League quarter-finals: Chelsea 0-1 FC Porto - BBC Sport

Paris St-Germain fell to Bayern Munich on the night, but claimed an away-goals victory over the title holders that takes them through to the last four of the Champions League. PSG beaten on night but into Champions League last four - BBC Sport

Hansi Flick has won the Champions League with Bayern Munich - but could he walk away to manage Germany? Hansi Flick: The Bayern Munich boss who could walk away - BBC Sport

Celtic centre-half Leo Hjelde has been deemed “the next Virgil Van Dijk” as John Hughes says Leeds United were interested before he joined Ross County on loan. Celtic’s Leo Hjelde tipped as ‘next Van Dijk’ as Leeds United interest is revealed - BBC Sport

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will both have 2,000 fans at Wembley for the EFL Cup final on 25 April, but no one under 18 will be admitted. Man City & Tottenham to have 2,000 fans each at Wembley for Carabao Cup final - BBC Sport

The 49-year-old is alleged to have sent an offensive message on social media. Man charged after West Brom player Romaine Sawyers racially abused online - BBC News

Online racist abuse is “spiralling out of control”, a leading anti-cyberbullying charity says after more footballers are targeted. Online racist abuse ‘spiralling out of control’ says anti-bullying charity - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

12:00 PM: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / Univision / Paramount+

12:00 PM: Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision / Paramount+

3:00 PM: Toronto FC vs. León (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1

4:00 PM: Orlando Pride vs. Gotham FC (NWSL Challenge Cup) — CBS Sports Network

5:00 PM: América vs. Olimpia (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2 / TUDN

5:00 PM: Philadelphia Union vs. Deportivo Saprissa (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1

7:00 PM: Juárez vs. Tigres UANL (Liga MX) — TUDN

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