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Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Sky Blue, hello Gotham FC

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Things get heated at Chelsea training; more laughable MLS preseason rankings.

NJ/NY Gotham FC

Puget Sound

In conjunction of the launch of the “Since ’96” retro-inspired apparel collaboration, several players from the 1996 championship Sounders team sat down to reminisce about the season. Former Seattle Sounders Wade Webber, Marcus Hahnemann reflect on 1996 A-League title-winning team | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS / USL

Portland earned two away goals in the first leg of their CCL matchup against the Honduran side. Timbers draw CD Marathon 2-2 in Honduras - Stumptown Footy

A red card to Brad Guzan late in the first half didn’t prevent Atlanta United from securing a result they’ll be extremely pleased to take into the second leg in Kennesaw next week. LD Alajuelense 0-1 Atlanta United: Player Ratings and Reaction - Dirty South Soccer

The 2021 Major League Soccer season is just around the corner, so ESPN ranks every club’s new kit from 1 to 27. 2021 MLS jersey Power Rankings: Philadelphia captures lightning in a bottle, Seattle hits the right note | ESPN

NWSL / women’s soccer

Sky Blue is dead, long live Sky Blue. Welcome to NWSL Gotham FC - All For XI

The new name — and accompanying crest and colors — is meant to tie the team specifically to the New York metro area, important branding which Sky Blue lacked since its inception over a decade ago. Sky Blue rebrands as NJ/NY Gotham FC, hoping formal New York-area ties will launch team to new heights – Equalizer Soccer

NJ/NY Gotham FC will continue using the club’s blue, white and black color scheme while adding a new crest that features the Statue of Liberty’s iconic crown. Sky Blue FC unveils NJ/NY Gotham FC rebranding - The Athletic

The Washington Spirit forward may have got her sporting genes from her father but it is her mother who she credits as her role model. Trinity Rodman: ‘My mom wasn’t in the NBA but she’s my role model’ | The Guardian

The other Sky Blues have a season-deciding date with Melbourne Victory after a 3-0 semi-final win at Netstrata Jubilee Oval. Ally Green stunner steers Sydney FC past Canberra into W-League grand final | The Guardian

World soccer

Liverpool need to produce another huge European display at Anfield if they are to reach the last four of the Champions League after a crushing quarter-final first-leg loss to Real Madrid. Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool: Reds outclassed in quarter-final first leg - BBC Sport

Phil Foden scored a late winner as Manchester City beat Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Etihad. Man City 2-1 Dortmund: Foden scores late as City take control of Champions League tie - BBC Sport

With their recent performances showing some signs of wear and tear, is there a problem with the tactical setup? Analysis: Breaking down Chelsea’s tactical evolution - VAVEL International

Tuchel says “things got heated” in a “serious situation” between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger on Sunday. Chelsea boss Tuchel admits ‘things got heated’ between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger - BBC Sport

Christian Pulisic will be a part of the Chelsea squad that travels to Seville for their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto. Porto v Chelsea: Christian Pulisic fit to travel for Blues - BBC Sport

Holders Bayern Munich could be without winger Serge Gnabry for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris St-Germain. Bayern Munich v Paris St-Germain: Serge Gnabry could miss quarter-final first leg - BBC Sport

Premier League leaders Manchester City reported a loss of £126m for the 2019-20 season, which was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Manchester City post £126m loss for disrupted 2019-20 season - BBC Sport

Sutton has opened up about the struggle of watching his dad, footballer Mike Sutton, suffer with dementia. Chris Sutton: ‘I believe heading a football killed my dad’ - BBC Sport

The one-match ban issued to Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela “does little to instill confidence” in Uefa’s approach to eradicating racism, says Rangers player Glen Kamara’s lawyer. Ondrej Kudela suspended as Uefa examines racism allegation - BBC Sport

Mouctar Diakhaby and Juan Cala have spoken publicly for the first time since Valencia’s players walked off the pitch. Valencia hit back as Juan Cala denies racial abuse of Mouctar Diakhaby | The Guardian

Lille beat PSG 1-0 at the Parc des Princes over the weekend to take the lead in a fascinating title race in France. Lille’s win over PSG shows that fame only takes you so far in Ligue 1 | The Guardian

The captain’s armband that Cristiano Ronaldo angrily threw to the ground during Portugal’s World Cup qualifier in Belgrade last week has been sold to an unidentified bidder for €64,000. Cristiano Ronaldo’s discarded armband raises €64,000 to help Serbian baby | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM: Akhmat Grozny vs. Ufa (Russian Cup) — ESPN3

9:00 AM: Zhemchuzhina Sochi vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (Russian Cup) — ESPN3

12:00 PM: Porto vs. Chelsea (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision / Paramount+

12:00 PM: Bayern Munich vs. Paris St. Germain (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas / Paramount+

3:00 PM: Deportivo Saprissa vs. Philadelphia Union (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1

5:00 PM: Leon vs. Toronto FC (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1

7:00 PM: Olimpia vs. America (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1