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Silly season gets started in Europe; Copa America could be relocating to a stadium near you.

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Puget Sound

Hesitancy to get vaccinated against the coronavirus has justifiably drawn considerable attention because some counties and neighborhoods are lagging behind. Community immunity in reach for Northwest vaccination overachievers | KNKX

Seattle’s team is Space United, with amateur soccer players who are rocket scientists and such. 2021 Independent Cup | National Independent Soccer Association

The Defiant of 2019, Jesse Daley involved in every goal. Antonee Burke sees his first minutes. Highlights: Brilliant Brisbane put three past Premiers | Brisbane Roar FC

MLS / USL

The Big Apple was once a natural stop for players like Frank Lampard and Thierry Henry. But Red Bulls and NYCFC have changed tactics. From Pirlo to no-go: what happened to New York’s era of foreign MLS megastars? | The Guardian

Zlatan Ibrahimovic achieved a lot during his two seasons with the LA Galaxy, but he never quite got the name of one teammate in particular. Inside Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wild MLS exploits – The Athletic

An April Fool’s Day joke becomes a legit kit a few years later. The Quail Kit | Sacramento Republic FC

NWSL / women’s soccer

Samantha Mewis is back home in the National Women’s Soccer League following a stint overseas with Manchester City. She returned to practice Tuesday with the North Carolina Courage after officially re-signing with the club. Sam Mewis returns to Courage after European stint | AP

After years apart, the married Spirit and United midfielders call Washington home. Washington Spirit’s Andi Sullivan and D.C. United’s Drew Skundrich form soccer power couple - The Washington Post

US soccer

She learned soccer in Brazil and developed in the United States. Now a pro in France, the 21-year-old forward is proving she belongs alongside the world’s best players. USWNT’s Catarina Macario Is Just Getting Started - The New York Times

23 players to be whittled down to 18 for the Olympics. Vlatko Andonovski names USWNT roster for Summer Series - Stars and Stripes FC

Copa America could be switched to the USA this summer, as fears continue over the current coronavirus situation in South America. Copa America could be switched to USA from Argentina, says report

World soccer

Australia’s bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will finally resume next month when they take on Kuwait with several new faces in Graham Arnold’s squad. New faces as Socceroos prepare for first matches since 2019 | The Guardian

Uncapped Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale are named in England’s 33-man provisional Euro 2020 squad. England name provisional Euro 2020 squad: Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Johnstone in - BBC Sport

Gareth Southgate says England’s situation is “more complicated than any other country” after announcing a 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020. England boss says he does not have ‘ideal hand of cards’ for Euro 2020 - BBC Sport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says a Manchester United win over Villarreal in the Europa League final could be a “stepping stone for a big future”. Villarreal v Manchester United: Man Utd boss Solskjaer ‘quietly confident’ - BBC Sport

The Portuguese international says he has achieved what he set out to do with Juventus amid continued doubts about his future. Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I’ve achieved the goal I set myself when I arrived at Juventus’ - BBC Sport

The Blues defender was dismissed for violent conduct after appearing to catch Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in the face in the 89th minute on Sunday. Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has red card in Aston Villa game overturned after appeal - BBC Sport

Liverpool are pursuing a deal for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate as they look set to turn down the chance to sign Ozan Kabak permanently. Liverpool pursuing RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate as Ozan Kabak set to leave - BBC Sport

Bayern Munich’s departing manager Hansi Flick will become Germany boss after this summer’s European Championship. Hansi Flick to succeed Joachim Low as Germany boss after Euro 2020 - BBC Sport

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Spanish club. Real Madrid and Modric agree to new one-year deal - BBC Sport

Coverage Included 900+ live hours of studio shows and match windows. NBC SPORTS COMPLETES MOST EXTENSIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE PREMIER LEAGUE PRESENTATION EVER IN U.S. - NBC Sports Pressbox

Culture

The Dungeons & Dragons movie will be filming at historic Wells Cathedral in the United Kingdom in early June. Dungeons & Dragons to Film at Historic British Cathedral

When a Minnesota jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts he faced in the murder of George Floyd on April 20, the visceral reactions of relief, grief and continued frustration compounded in very specific ways in the sports world. A year after George Floyd’s death, the fight for accountability and justice continues - TSN.ca

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Köln vs. Holstein Kiel (Bundesliga) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Madrid CFF vs. FC Barcelona (Copa de la Reina) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Villarreal vs. Manchester United (Europa League final) — CBS Sports Network / TUDN / UniMas / Paramount+

4:00 PM: Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns (NWSL) — Paramount+

4:30 PM: Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash (NWSL) — Paramount+

5:00 PM: Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars (NWSL) — CBS Sports Network

5:00 PM: Birmingham Legion vs. OKC Energy (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Forward Madison vs. Union Omaha (USL League One) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: Austin Bold vs. Real Monarchs (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Toronto II vs. FC Tucson (USL League One) — ESPN+

2:05 AM (5/27): Macarthur vs. Central Coast Mariners (A-League) — ESPN+