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First games kickoff tonight

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Seattle

After a career in basketball and then as an Alaska Airlines flight attendant, Isom recently debuted Dat Creole Soul, an offshoot of his popular food truck. Former Pro Basketball Star Hampton Isom Opens Restaurant in Des Moines - Eater Seattle

MLS/USL

After a disastrous first season, David Beckham can leave nothing to chance or risk the one thing he’s spent a career avoiding: public embarrassment. David Beckham's Inter Miami could be a great team. But it has to win first

A preview of the Sounders’ first opponent from ASN. 2021 MLS Season Previews: Minnesota United, New England Revolution, and Orlando City SC — American Soccer Analysis

LA Galaxy star’s words and recent experience resemble Landon Donovan’s. Chicharito calls for media, fans to remember human side of pro athletes - LAG Confidential

Let’s talk about goals, shall we? To whet our appetite ahead of the new MLS season, we’re looking back at last year to see how five of the league’s best non-penalty goalscorers actually scored their goals in 2020 and what it means for 2021. How MLS’ top scorers get their goals and what it means for 2021 | MLSSoccer.com

MLS is back. Three words and nine letters I’ve been waiting to type for four months. The longer-than-normal wait is over, and I hope you’re ready for what comes next. When the clock hits 8 pm ET on Friday night and the whistle blows in Houston, there’s no turning back. Wiebe's weekend cheatsheet: Your guide to what to watch on MLS Week 1 | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

Sanchez’s 93rd minute volley gave the Spirit their first win of 2021. Ashley Sanchez stoppage time strike hands Washington Spirit 1-0 win over Racing Louisville - Black And Red United

The Independent Supporters Council and our members feel compelled to address two separate events surrounding the opening weekend of the NWSL Challenge Cup. These events clearly illustrate the need for prompt action to address and end systemic racial issues that are publicly surfacing with the NWSL. We condemn the racist treatment of Chicago Red Stars’ Sarah Gorden and her boyfriend by BBVA stadium security following the match in Houston, TX on April 9. ISC statement on recent incidents regarding racial discrimination around NWSL

USA

The CONCACAF Nations League semis and final will be held in Denver from June 3-6. Denver to host Nations League with U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica

World

Premier League side Tottenham announced a partnership with a paint supplier on Thursday, before the company appeared to mock Jose Mourinho’s team. Paint company aims trophy jibes at Spurs after partnership announced

The Twitter admin of Dulux Paints had some fun at Tottenham’s expense today. It didn’t go over well. Spurs painted into a corner by new sponsor’s deleted tweets - Cartilage Free Captain

Downing Street says an aide was asked to check the progress of the deal but not intervene. Newcastle United: Government 'not involved' in Saudi Arabia-backed takeover bid - BBC News

Fifpro and the PFA write to football’s lawmakers calling for temporary concussion substitutes to be included in current trials. Fifpro & PFA call for temporary concussion substitutes - BBC Sport

Manchester United have introduced black banners in the stands at Old Trafford after players said too much red was hindering them. Solskjær claims too much red at empty Old Trafford has confused his players | Manchester United | The Guardian

Mikel Arteta revealed that a group of senior Arsenal players asked him whether they could take a knee prior to their resounding Europa League quarter-final win at Slavia Prague. Mikel Arteta backs Arsenal’s players for taking knee before Slavia Prague win | Arsenal | The Guardian

The PFA and Fifpro have called on football’s lawmakers to consider trials into temporary concussion substitutes to better protect players who sustain head injuries. Footballers’ unions say concussion trial has jeopardised some players’ safety | Soccer | The Guardian

The penultimate round of Premier League matches will be pushed back so each team can play a home game in front of up to 10,000 fans. Premier League’s penultimate round pushed back to allow up to 10,000 fans | Premier League | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

10:00 AM - Reading v. Cardiff City - EFL Championship - ESPN+

11:30 AM - RB Leipzig v. Hoffenheim - Bundesliga - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Everton v. Tottenham - English Premier League - NBCSN

2:00 PM - Cruz Azul v. Chivas de Guadalajara - Liga MX Femenil - TUDN

5:00 PM - Houston Dynamo v. SJ Earthquakes - MLS - ESPN+

5:30 PM - Necaxa v. Queretaro - Liga MX - TUDN

6:30 PM - Sounders v. Minnesota United - MLS - FS1

7:00 PM - OL Reign v. Houston Dash - NWSL Challenge Cup - Paramount+

7:30 PM - Mazatlan v. Atlas - Liga MX - TUDN