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Major Link Soccer: Sonia Bompastor takes the reins at Olympique Lyonnais

Pulisic scores in Chelsea’s CL draw; the lasting legacy of Fara Williams on English women’s soccer


Puget Sound

Athletes don’t stop repping the UW after they leave Seattle. Welcome to this week’s edition of Pro Husky Highlights, where The Daily recaps the exploits of former Washington athletes. Pro Husky Highlights: Soccer stars at home and abroad, Woodruff sets new record |


A professional soccer-specific stadium is coming to New York’s Five Boroughs, and it’s going to be in Queens. Queensboro FC Unveils Plans For New York City’s First Professional Soccer-Specific Stadium

NWSL / women’s soccer

Despite the return of fans at Audi Field, the Spirit couldn’t find the breakthrough in their final Challenge Cup match. Washington Spirit can’t solve NJ/NY Gotham FC, settling for 0-0 draw - Black And Red United

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League season schedule. NWSL schedule release, 2021 playoff format explained: Racing Louisville-Kansas City to kick off new season -

Plus an NWSL regular season calendar just for you. Is the NWSL schedule out? YES! - All For XI

Olympique Lyonnais have appointed Sonia Bompastor as their new coach, making her the first woman to lead the 14-time reigning French women’s champions. Lyon: Sonia Bompastor replaces Jean-Luc Vasseur as French champions’ coach - BBC Sport

Women’s football is to receive a four-fold increase in financial support from Uefa’s revamped Champions League. Women’s Champions League: New model to bring four-fold increase in financial support - BBC Sport

Williams overcame homelessness to become a pioneer in the women’s game and one of England’s finest players. Fara Williams’ retirement means loss of role model and link to amateur past | The Guardian

Teenage girls face almost double the risk of concussion playing football compared with teenage boys – and typically take two days longer to recover, a study has found. Teenage girls face almost double the concussion risk of boys playing football | The Guardian

“I hate myself.” These are words I uttered this past weekend, under my breath, assuming no one else heard. A friend noticed and said, “Don’t ever say that again.” Her daughter was right beside her. S E L F - T A L K | Bethany Balcer

US soccer

Against Real Madrid! Christian Pulisic becomes first American to score in Champions League semifinal - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

Chelsea produced a composed performance to secure a draw and put themselves in a promising position after their Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. Champions League semi-final: Karim Benzema earns Real Madrid draw against Chelsea - BBC Sport

As part of Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours, making it difficult for footballers to maintain energy levels. Leicester’s clash with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night took place as the sun set, and Wesley Fofana and Cheikhou Kouyate were permitted to break their fast mid-game. Wesley Fofana: Leicester defender thanks Premier League after being allowed to break Ramadan fast mid-game | Sky Sports

Bayern Munich’s move for RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is one designed to show dominance and destroy hope. Julian Nagelsmann: Bayern Munich’s move for RB Leipzig coach is ‘demonstration of pure dominance’ - BBC Sport

Neymar says the current season is his happiest at PSG, amid speculation over his future. Neymar: Paris St-Germain striker his happiest this season amid transfer speculation - BBC Sport

Stan and Josh Kroenke say they remain “100% committed” to the Premier League club and “are not selling any stake”. Arsenal: Owners Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke ‘100% committed’ to Gunners - BBC Sport

Teams will be allowed to select a 26-player squad instead of the usual 23 at this summer’s European Championship. Euro 2020: Teams permitted to select 26-player squads - BBC Sport

Guardiola wants his team to enjoy the pressure. Guardiola urges Manchester City to treat PSG semi-final like a friendly | The Guardian

The president of the DFB, Fritz Keller, has apologised publicly for making a Nazi reference when talking to his vice-president during a board meeting. ‘A grave mistake’: German FA president apologises for using Nazi reference | The Guardian

Less than a week after the team was attacked by its own fans following relegation from the Bundesliga, the club announced a player and staff member tested positive for coronavirus. Schalke reports 2 cases of COVID-19 after attack on team

What’s on TV?

If you subscribe to Fanatiz or get beIN Sports, there’s a lot of African, Central American and South American action today, in addition to the games highlighted below — click the heading for full listings.

12:00 PM: PSG vs. Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) — CBSSN

3:00 PM: Tepatitlan vs. Cimarrones de Sonora (Liga de Expansion) — TUDN

5:30 PM: Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey (CONCACAF Champions League) — FS2 / TUDN

7:30 PM: Portland Timbers vs. América (CONCACAF Champions League) — FS1 / TUDN

2:05 AM (4/29): Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets (A-League) — ESPN+

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