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Another wild weekend of Major League Soccer in the books.

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The Seattle Sounders played to what in hindsight seems like a drab 1-1 draw against LAFC. The rest of the season was full of goals and drama, including a chaotic second consecutive loss for Minnesota United. The UWCL is heating up as the final draws nearer, and things are about to get silly in German soccer.

Seattle/Tacoma

It’s probably the most top heavy division in the USL Championship, and Tacoma Defiance are far from favored at this point. 2021 PREVIEW – Western Conference, Pacific Division

The scoop on Washington State’s USL Championship team. Pacific Division preview: Tacoma Defiance - Indomitable City Soccer

Getting the wingbacks into the kinds of position that Smith scored from is all part of the plan in the new formation. Brad Smith equalizer against LAFC ‘by design’ as Seattle Sounders wingbacks make greater attacking push in new formation | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

Seattle is among Twellman’s list, and while I can’t exactly argue with his picks it feels like a kind of strange group. Who are MLS' "super teams"? Here's who Taylor Twellman picked | MLSSoccer.com

The partnership will involve a weekly hour-long program. United Soccer League and SiriusXM Announce New Weekly Program

It was an absolutely wild weekend of MLS action. Austin doing it right, Montréal strike it lucky and more from Week 2 | MLSSoccer.com

It seems like the Galaxy may finally have the Chicharito they thought they were getting back when they signed him. Chicharito "on fire" as hat trick propels LA Galaxy to perfect start to 2021 | MLSSoccer.com

It seems safe to say that David Ochoa isn’t likely to have much of a fan club in Minnesota. RSL vs. Minnesota United: Four winners, two losers - RSL Soapbox

NWSL/WoSo

Can the women’s game avoid a similar fate? Super League round table: what can the women’s game learn from this mess - All For XI

A devastating injury that snatched one dream away from Melissa Ortiz took her on to a new career, including an exciting soccer-themed coffee culture brand. The Perfect Blend — clubeleven

BBC’s nauseating coverage of England’s mistakes against Canada creates the feeling of a place where people win, but no one seems to lose. Pundits need to criticise – 'patronising' TV coverage is holding women's sport back

The group of players getting a jump on their professional sports sponsorships is no secret any more. Secret announces 2021 NWSL Rookie Class

An absolute peach from Hanna Glas put the game to bed, but maybe Chelsea can turn it around in the second leg. Bayern Munich 2-1 Chelsea FCW, Women’s Champions League: Post-match reaction - We Ain't Got No History

USA

Des Moines, WA native Cindy Gordon was a mainstay of the first US Women’s National Team, but her career soon unraveled due to lingering trauma from an all-too-common source — sexual abuse by a powerful and trusted coach. National Teamer: My Story of Sexual Abuse | Raising Tomorrow's Champions

The 2005 Portland Pilots may have been the best college soccer team of all time, with future legends Christine Sinclair and Megan Rapinoe leading the way. Best College Soccer Team Ever? How About 2005 Portland Pilots | The18

World

Owners of the 12 Super League clubs underestimated the power of the fan, and it was supporters’ voices that brought down the money-spinning venture. Super League collapses - How fan reaction, revolt helped end English clubs' breakaway

Messi to Miami, luxury living, confirmed Lionel Messi compra apartamento de lujo en Sunny Isles | El Nuevo Herald

This sucks really bad. IOC: Taking knee, raising fist during Olympics will bring punishment – Boston 25 News

Man City’s newest signing is Kayky, and he’s sure to make ‘em clap. Manchester City Confirm Deal for Kayky - Bitter and Blue

Allan Saint-Maximin, Sadio Mane defender, has logged on. Allan Saint-Maximin Defends Sadio Mané On Social Media - The Liverpool Offside

Hansi Flick is leaving Bayern, but how that goes down is going to create plenty of chaos. Report: Bayern Munich will let Hansi Flick leave, but wants a fee - Bavarian Football Works

What’s on TV today?

9:30 AM - Torino vs Napoli (Serie A) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Lazio vs Milan (Serie A) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Leicester City vs Crystal Palace (EPL) - Peacock

3:00 PM - Racing Louisville FC vs North Carolina Courage (NWSL) - Paramount+

5:30 PM - Kansas City NWSL vs Houston Dash (NWSL) - Paramount+