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The extra subs will be trialed in MLS and NWSL this year.

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MLS

The LA Galaxy have reached an agreement to sign Kevin Cabral from French second-division club Valenciennes, sources have told ESPN. Sources: LA Galaxy near deal for French youngster Kevin Cabral

Columbus Crew SC have announced a community partnership to make New Crew Stadium and all of the programs and events to be hosted at the club’s under-construction venue sensory inclusive. Columbus Crew announce partnership to certify new stadium as sensory inclusive | MLSSoccer.com

In a leading step to promote player health and safety, Major League Soccer announced Monday the league will take part in a pilot program to trial the implementation of concussion substitutes. MLS' concussion substitute trial puts player health and safety at the forefront | MLSSoccer.com

The San Jose Earthquakes and PayPal Holdings Inc. have entered into a 10-year sponsorship agreement, which includes naming rights to the club’s soccer-specific stadium, PayPal Park, the Quakes announced Monday afternoon. San Jose Earthquakes introduce PayPal Park as part of 10-year sponsorship agreement | MLSSoccer.com

Hello, PayPal Park! San Jose Earthquakes announce stadium naming rights deal with PayPal - Center Line Soccer

Thank you for everything Jeff! Jeff Larentowicz announces his retirement from professional soccer - Dirty South Soccer

The fortunes handed out for a spot in the league have always been based on the future worth of soccer in North America. But Covid-19 may cause some to reassess. Investors have paid $325m for a place in MLS. But for how much longer? | MLS | The Guardian

Inter Miami, the MLS team co-owned by David Beckham, arranged for its players to get vaccinated at the club’s stadium on Monday. Inter Miami players get COVID-19 vaccine | Miami Herald

Their panel of experts predicts Seattle to finish between 1 and 4 in the West. Seattle Sounders 2021 Season Preview | MLSSoccer.com

The LAFC affiliate now has a tiny roster. LIGHTS FC ANNOUNCE INITIAL SET OF PLAYER SIGNINGS FOR 2021 SEASON

NWSL/WoSo

The Houston Dash unveiled the 2021 Luv Ya Dash secondary kits this morning, honoring NASA and Houston’s contributions to America’s space exploration, and marking the debut of the first alternate jersey to include the new hexagonal crest as well as the club’s quasar element from the crest. Houston Dash unveil 2021 Luv Ya Dash secondary kits | Houston Dynamo FC

Not to be outdone by their Florida counterparts, the Houston Dash today unveiled their 2021 secondary kits, with a nod to NASA and Houston’s contributions to America’s legacy in space. Space race is on: Houston Dash unveil 2021 NASA-inspired secondary kits | The Striker Texas

Canada women’s soccer team needs to improve in front of goal as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, according coach Bev Priestman. Priestman: Canada needs “ruthless streak” in front of goal – Total Soccer News

Despite setbacks, this season might be one to remember for the Red Stars forward — a well-traveled pro at just 22. Mallory Pugh looking at 2021 as a fresh start - Chicago Sun-Times

Sydney Leroux said both of her children’s symptoms were severe — high fever, vomiting, exhaustion and “an awful cough.” Orlando Pride star Sydney Leroux’s young children struggled through COVID-19 symptoms - Orlando Sentinel

Exclusive: Players complain over budget and lack of medical support but club insist it is doing its best ‘on and off pitch’. Special WSL report: Birmingham Women hit out at club for 'preventing us doing our jobs'

A Telegraph special report revealed frustration by players over the budget and lack of medical support. Football unites to support Birmingham Women players after complaints about working conditions

In episode #320 , Jen Cooper catches up with two NWSL reporters about the Thorns and OL Reign, the clubs that make up “NWSL Northwest.’ NWSL Northwest - Beautiful Game Network

Which clubs have built the strongest benches? The latest NWSL rosters heading into the Challenge Cup - All For XI

USA

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Christian Pulisic suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 5-2 home defeat against West Brom. Chelsea's Pulisic felt hamstring 'would not survive game' vs. West Brom - Tuchel

“That is a great question, should be correct,” the Packers quarterback said with a laugh. 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Trolls Guest Host Aaron Rodgers With Green Bay Packers Ding | HuffPost

I can say that FIFA considers that the new Club World Cup will be played in North America in 2025 , a year before the World Cup that the territory organizes and it would serve as a set-up for the structure that mounts that World Cup . CONCACAF would host that first Club World Cup with 24 teams . A Club World Cup in the USA and a richer Concachampions, in prizes

World

Cadiz’s Juan Cala, accused of racially insulting Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby this weekend, said he deserves to be presumed innocent.

Cadiz's Cala, accused of racially insulting Valencia's Diakhaby, wants 'presumption of innocence'

The alleged racist abuse of a Valencia player on Sunday was “two steps back in this fight against racism”, says the club’s president Anil Murthy. Mouctar Diakhaby: Valencia president says alleged racist abuse shows football must change - BBC Sport

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3:00 PM - Marathon v. Portland Timbers - CONCACAF Champions League - FS1, TUDN

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