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Major Link Soccer: Spotify’s CEO is leading the charge to buy Arsenal

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The Super League push and failure might lead to Stan Kroenke selling the Gunners.

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Seattle

Farming Reign nerds with Susie Rantz. 2021 OL Reign Preview – Susie Rantz, Sounder at Heart and Ride of the Valkyries – #126 – Nerd Farmer Podcast

Washington will face Grand Canyon for the first time in program history on May 2 at 1:00 pm. NCAA Tournament Coming Up - University of Washington Athletics

After closing out the conference season against its cross-state rivals, the Washington women’s soccer team will hit the road looking for success in the first game of the NCAA tournament. Huskies begin NCAA tournament, take on Liberty in first round | Local Sports | dailyuw.com

The official 2021 College Men’s Soccer Bracket for Division I. Includes a printable bracket and links to buy NCAA championship tickets. 2021 Division I Men’s Soccer Official Bracket | NCAA.com

MLS/USL

Not that they needed a reminder that they’re a long way from home, but Toronto FC players had an alligator crash their practice in Florida on Monday. Alligator crashes Toronto FC practice in Florida ahead of matchup with Cruz Azul - TSN.ca

The Hartford Athletic announced Monday that they will be allowing 100% capacity at Dillon Stadium for its soccer matches beginning May 29 in accordance with the lifting of COVID-19 business restrictions in Connecticut. Hartford Athletic to allow 100% capacity at Dillon Stadium starting May 29 - Hartford Courant

We’re now through Week 2 of the MLS season and plenty of early storylines have emerged as we look ahead to the rest of the marathon. Here are this week’s 27 takeaways, one for every MLS team, coming off the second week of action. 27 Takeaways: Observations on every team after MLS Week 2 | MLSSoccer.com

Toronto FC have acquired Venezuelan winger Yeferson Soteldo from Brazilian club Santos, the club announced Monday. Soteldo becomes the club’s third Designated Player and is under contract through 2025. Toronto FC sign Venezuela international Yeferson Soteldo from Santos | MLSSoccer.com

Before coaching one regular-season game, the Oakland Roots announced on Sunday evening that head coach Dario Pot was no longer in charge of the team. Uprooted: Oakland Roots, head coach Dario Pot part ways before season starts - The Beautiful Blog

NWSL

Yeah the internationals were back but I bet you still weren’t expecting that scoreline. NWSL Challenge Cup week 3: international players return! - All For XI

Nineteen days out from the start of the NWSL regular season, the schedule still has not been officially announced. How the NWSL schedule gets made, reasons for 2021's delay – The Athletic ($)

The NWSL returned to Kansas City for the first time in three and a half years as KC NWSL hosted the Houston Dash at Children’s Mercy Park. But KC drops its home opener, losing 3-1. KC NWSL loses home opener to the Houston Dash, 3-1 - The Blue Testament

USA

That Paramount+ sub might have a bit more value. NHL has deal with Turner Sports for "B" package - Sports Media Watch

World

A consortium led by Spotify owner Daniel Ek including three former Arsenal players is planning a bid to buy the club, sources have told ESPN. Spotify owner, Arsenal legends planning bid to buy club - sources

UEFA have appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct an investigation into Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zlatan Ibrahimovic investigated by UEFA for alleged ties to betting company

The Italian Football Federation approves a rule that would ban clubs who sign up to breakaway competitions from competing in Serie A. European Super League: New rule passed which would ban breakaway clubs from Serie A - BBC Sport

Sevilla and Granada players return to the pitch to finish their match after the referee blows for full-time 60 seconds early. Sevilla 2-1 Granada: Players return to pitch after full-time called too early in La Liga - BBC Sport

England’s record appearance holder Fara Williams announces she will retire at the end of the season. Fara Williams: England's record appearance holder to retire at end of season - BBC Sport

European Super League plans “were not discussed” when Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward attended a meeting at No 10, according to Downing Street. European Super League plans 'not discussed' with Man Utd's Ed Woodward - No 10 - BBC Sport

Members of the Liverpool supporters’ union voted 89% in favour of a move to have representation on the board, and SOS then said: ‘At present we cannot trust what the owners and board say’. Spirit of Shankly calls for elected fan representation on Liverpool board | Liverpool | The Guardian

On the eve of Chelsea’s semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel criticised the expansion of the Champions League group stage to 10 matches. Thomas Tuchel hits out at Uefa over new Champions League format | Chelsea | The Guardian

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker shared a screenshot of racist abuse he received on social media after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final. ‘When is this going to stop?’: Kyle Walker racially abused online | Manchester City | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

11:00 AM - Brentford v. Rotherham United - EFL Championship - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Real Madrid v. Chelsea - UEFA Champions League - CBS Sports Network, TUDN, Paramount+

4:00 PM - Washington Spirit v. Gotham FC - NWSL Challenge Cup - Paramount+

5:00 PM - Atlanta United v. Philadelphia Union - CONCACAF Champions League - FS1, TUDN

7:00 PM - OL Reign v. Chicago Red Stars - NWSL Challenge Cup - Paramount+

7:00 PM - Toronto FC v. Cruz Azul - CONCACAF Champions League - FS1, TUDN