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Atlanta to have full capacity available; analytics arrives in the women’s game.

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Puget Sound

Defiance in at 30 of 31. They ended 2020 at 28 of 35. USL Championship Power Rankings - Week 1

MLS / USL

Another move toward normalcy. Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to operate at 100% capacity beginning May 15 - Dirty South Soccer

NWSL / women’s soccer

A lack of investment and poor infrastructure had left the women’s game behind in the analytics race, but as technology advances clubs are embracing it to gain advantages on and off the pitch. The rise of analytics in women’s football – The Athletic ($)

The defender is not satisfied with stopping the world’s best strikers. She is also using her platform to fight homophobia and change the game from within. Janelly Farias: Mexican soccer’s most outspoken and fearless player | The Guardian

World soccer

Asia Durr, a WNBA star, is struggling to return after being diagnosed with the coronavirus last year. Clemson football star Justin Foster quit football altogether. Athletes with long-haul covid struggle to return from the sidelines - The Washington Post

How you can do the same and help SVG! Saint Vincent’s soccer community lends a hand after La Soufriere eruption - Getting CONCACAFed

Manchester City scored twice in seven minutes to win at Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Paris St-Germain 1-2 Man City: Kevin de Bruyne & Riyad Mahrez give City advantage in Champions League - BBC Sport

Kane has yet to win a trophy at Spurs. Harry Kane reiterates desire to win trophies after Spurs’ Carabao Cup loss - BBC Sport

Ek says he has secured funds for a deal. Spotify founder Daniel Ek says proposed Arsenal takeover bid is ‘very serious’ - BBC Sport

Real Madrid’s Marcelo may miss their Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea because of polling station duty during local elections. Real Madrid’s Marcelo could miss Chelsea trip because of election duties - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Hamburger SV vs. Karlsruher SC (Bundesliga 2) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Villareal vs. Arsenal (Europa League) — Galavision / Paramount+

12:00 PM: Manchester United vs. Roma (Europa League) — TUDN / UniMas / Paramount+

3:00 PM: Omaha vs. UNC Greensboro (NCAA men) — ESPN3

3:00 PM: American vs. Jacksonville (NCAA men) — ESPN3

2:35 AM (4/30): Adelaide United vs. Western United (A-League) — ESPN+