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TFC getting another stadium expansion, and some soccer even happened yesterday.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup: Semi Final Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Things are seemingly changing by the minute as the new European Super League proposal self-destructs, so apologies in advance if half of the news stories about it in today’s links are already woefully out-of-date, despite all being written in the past 24 hours.

MLS / USL

Plus an update from Bill Manning on the Toronto FC Designated Player hunt! BMO Field to expand to 45,000 seats ahead of 2026 World Cup - Waking The Red

NWSL / women’s soccer

The Top 10 Most Underrated Players in the NWSL – Just Women’s Sports

Women’s sport in the UK has the ability to generate £1bn in revenue by 2030 but needs the visibility to succeed, says a new study. Women’s sport could generate £1bn revenue by 2030 - BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor says the Women’s Super League clash against Chelsea is one of those “moments we should cherish”. Manchester City v Chelsea: ‘A moment we should cherish’ as Women’s Super League top two meet - BBC Sport

World soccer

Manchester City were the first to step back from the proposal, with Chelsea soon behind, and the other four English clubs quickly followed suit. European Super League: All six Premier League teams withdraw from competition - BBC Sport

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to stand down at end of 2021 - BBC Sport

Super League fallout and potential collapse the cause. Breaking News - Ed Woodward resigns as United chairman - The Busby Babe

At least one of Europe’s biggest club’s will definitely not be participating in the now infamous super league. A win for football. Official: Bayern Munich says NO to the European Super League! - Bavarian Football Works

Gianni Infantino “strongly disapproves” of the European Super League and says the 12 clubs will have to live with the consequences of their actions. Fifa boss Gianni Infantino ‘strongly disapproves’ of breakaway league - BBC Sport

Sassuolo coach planning no-show against Milan in protest of Super League. Sassuolo coach planning no-show against Milan in protest of Super League | JOE.co.uk

The chairman and co-owner of FC Helsingør on why 12 of European soccer’s elite clubs want to break away and how it could have disastrous consequences for everyone else. Jordan Gardner | A soccer club owner’s perspective on the European Super League - SportsPro Media

English opposition to the Super League intensified on Tuesday when the Premier League threatened to sanction the six rebel clubs. PM Johnson vows to stop Super League as Guardiola speaks out | AP

Most fans in Asia would still follow their teams in a different competition. But kick-off times could be a problem. Would football fans in Asia embrace a potential European Super League? | The Guardian

Chelsea drew with Brighton to climb into the Champions League places on a dramatic night for the future of European football. Chelsea 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: Hosts held on dramatic night for European football - BBC Sport

Ryan Mason says he feels “immense pride” after being named head coach at Tottenham until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking. Ryan Mason named head coach of Spurs for rest of season - BBC Sport

Bayern Munich need one win from their remaining four league games to claim a ninth successive Bundesliga title after a comfortable victory against Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Hosts need one win for ninth successive title - BBC Sport

Culture

42nd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards Nominations – The Emmys

What’s on TV?

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

10:00 AM: Chelsea vs. Manchester City (Women’s Super League) — NBCSN

10:00 AM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton (Premier League) — Peacock

10:00 AM: Rotherham United vs. Middlesbrough (English Championship) — ESPN+

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

10:00 AM: Madrid Femenino vs. Real Madrid (Copa de la Reina) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Stuttgart vs. Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Werder Bremen vs. Mainz 05 (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Borussia Dortmund vs. Union Berlin (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

11:30 AM: Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

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

11:45 AM: Juventus vs. Parma (Serie A) — ESPN+

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

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

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

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

12:15 PM: Aston Villa vs. Manchester City (Premier League) — NBCSN

3:30 PM: Chicago Red Stars vs. Kansas City (NWSL Challenge Cup) — Paramount+

4:00 PM: Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit (NWSL Challenge Cup) — Paramount+

7:00 PM: Portland Thorns vs. OL Reign (NWSL Challenge Cup) — CBS Sports Network