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The rebrand to Columbus SC is not going over well.

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Seattle

We’re publishing two team previews every day this week until the NWSL regular season begins on Saturday. You can find all of them here. We’re starting off with two teams that went in very different directions in 2020. 2021 NWSL Season Previews: Houston Dash and OL Reign — American Soccer Analysis

Brisbane Roar has today announced the signing of Antonee Burke-Gilroy as an injury replacement for experienced defender Jack Hingert. His replacement, Burke-Gilroy, joins the Roar from NPL Victoria side Altona Magic until the end of the A-League 2020/21 Season. Squad update: Roar sign Burke-Gilroy as Hingert injury replacement | Brisbane Roar FC

USWNT superstar and NWSL legend, Megan Rapinoe stops by the Coolgians to talk about her recent visit to President Joe Biden’s White House, an update on the settlement between US Soccer and USWNT, and she breaks down what it was like shutting Trump down after winning the World Cup. FULL INTERVIEW: USWNT Megan Rapinoe Talks Visiting The White House, NWSL & The Joy Of Being "Petty" - YouTube

MLS

Major League Soccer announced on Monday the launch of Soccer For All week, which runs from May 10-16, to highlight the collective efforts and strategic partnerships taking place throughout the league to foster more inclusive and equitable communities. Soccer For All Week kicks off: Here’s what you need to know | MLSSoccer.com

The best time to fix this mess is as soon as possible. The rebrand is a mistake; ‘Columbus SC’ has two options to make things right - Massive Report

I know Cinci needs help but I’m not sure it is the right solution. A source confirmed to MLSsoccer.com the deal is close to completion. Report: Geoff Cameron close to signing with FC Cincinnati | MLSSoccer.com

No not that one, the one that the Sounders drafted. Memphis Adds Dominic Oduro to Midfield Corps

NWSL

Lloyd is mismatched with the forwards around her, requiring a change in tactics or personnel. Gotham FC needs to change the way they play Carli Lloyd - All For XI

KC NWSL has added a Portuguese international from OL in hopes of strengthening their attack. KC NWSL signs forward Jéssica Silva - The Blue Testament

Alex and Nastya Ovechkin join the Washington Spirit as more high-profile owners join NWSL. Washington Spirit announce Alex Ovechkin has joined ownership group - All For XI

USA

And, the times are set for the competition. Concacaf announces Nations League Finals provisional rosters - Stars and Stripes FC

In its latest Form 990, USSF reported nearly $19 million on outside legal expenditures between April 2019, and March 2020. That amounted to almost half of what the organization paid in wages and benefits for all its 868 employees over that same period. Team USA Legal Fees Have Exploded Since Last Olympics – Sportico.com

World

A protest by Birmingham fans against the club’s owners scored a spectacular own goal. The Blues Collective supporter group denied one banner was racist after a backlash from angry fans. Birmingham fans rage at Blues Collective supporter group over offensive banner | Daily Mail Online

Preparations for Tokyo Olympics have suffered another setback after a poll found that nearly 60% of people in Japan want them to be cancelled. Tokyo Olympics: poll shows 60% of Japanese people want Games cancelled | Olympic Games | The Guardian

Back to Portugal? Porto now favorite to host Champions League final as UEFA talks ‘falter’ for Wembley - We Ain't Got No History

Portugal is a strong candidate to host the Champions League final after Uefa did not gain guarantees of the exemptions it wants to move the game to Wembley. Champions League final: Portugal could host final rather than Wembley - BBC Sport

Juventus have been told they face expulsion from Serie A if they continue with the proposed European Super League. European Super League: Juventus told they face Serie A expulsion - BBC Sport

After winning the last nine titles, Juventus might not finish in Italy’s top four. What happened? Also: Spain’s title race is down to the wire. Juventus slip from Champions League spots in Italy, Spain's title race still wide-open, Chelsea beat Man City

Chelsea Women are closing in on a historic quadruple but it has taken a remarkable rebuild to get here. How Emma Hayes turned Chelsea from also-rans to all-conquerors | Chelsea Women | The Guardian

Football executive Lorna Falconer has never been on “The Apprentice,” but the story of how she got a foot in the door of an industry that is notoriously difficult to enter for women, especially Black women, has echoes of the hit television show. Lorna Falconer says she's faced racism and sexism in English football - CNN

What’s on TV?

10:00 AM - Manchester United v. Leicester City - Premier League - NBCSN

11:45 AM - Napoli v. Udinese - Serie A - ESPN+

12:15 PM - Southampton v. Crystal Palace - Premier League - NBCSN