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Messi runs afoul of Covid protocols in Spain; growing the NWSL Challenge Cup into a bigger event.

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Puget Sound

The redshirt junior is having the best statistical season ever for a UW goalkeeper after transferring from California. UW goalkeeper Olivia Sekany’s dream season continues after her penalty kick sent Huskies to Sweet 16 | The Seattle Times

This year, the Sounders are applying more aggressive pressure on the ball. How Seattle look so good, so early with their new formation |

OL Reign overcame an early deficit to defeat Kansas City on the road and finish the tournament second in the West. Late goal lifts OL Reign over Kansas City in Challenge Cup finale – Just Women’s Sports


Among those who have been offered Luiz’s services is a club in MLS, sources told CBS Sports, but the 34-year-old’s salary means that they viewed a move for him as unlikely even as a designated player, who would not count against the league’s salary cap. David Luiz plans for possible Arsenal exit as he approaches final weeks of Gunners contract -

The Black & Gold head coach will pay for what he said regarding the referees in the CONCACAF Champions League. The Crew’s Caleb Porter fined after comments about CONCACAF officiating - Massive Report

The Las Vegas Lights begin their fourth United Soccer League season May 5 with a different—and likely better—on-the-field product. Brighter Lights: A new partnership could bring fresh success to Las Vegas’ professional soccer team - Las Vegas Sun News

NWSL / women’s sports

I am once again asking you to give us slightly more information. NWSL’s investigation into Houston stadium security is a missed opportunity for transparency - All For XI

Look me in the eye and tell me you don’t want to shoot one time. Challenge Cup week 5 roundup: where did the goals go - All For XI

Chicago announced a new round of ownership buy-in on Tuesday, with 18 new names being added to the team’s growing number of investors. Red Stars see new investment as opportunity to change pro sports lexicon – Equalizer Soccer

The NWSL and U.S. Soccer should make the NWSL Challenge Cup the U.S. Challenge Cup, similar to the U.S. Open Cup on the men’s side. NWSL Challenge Cup Should Be Permanent — With One Big Change | The 18

The World Cup champion, author and investor talks about progress since the 2019 championship—and what still needs to be done. Abby Wambach Breaks Down What’s Next for Women’s Soccer - WSJ

The father of Republic of Ireland player Tyler Toland urges the FAI to mediate in the stand-off between his daughter and team boss Vera Pauw. Tyler Toland’s dad says FAI must act in row with Republic of Ireland boss Vera Pauw - BBC Sport

Harvey won three titles as Arsenal boss before leaving the club in 2012. Kelly Smith believes former boss Laura Harvey could be perfect fit for Arsenal | BT Sport

NWSL Players have elected new officers, player representatives, and created an advisory board. STATEMENTS | NWSL Players

The WNBA announced its broadcast and streaming schedule on Monday. WNBA: League working with ESPN, CBS to televise games nationally - Swish Appeal

World soccer

If you say you saw this one coming, you’re a liar. Official: José Mourinho is Roma’s Next Manager - Chiesa Di Totti

Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Manchester City sealed an aggregate win over Paris St-Germain to reach their first European final in 51 years. Man City 2-0 Paris St-Germain (4-1 agg.): City into first Champions League final - BBC Sport

Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas will pilot a Citroen C3 during his maiden World Rally Championship event in his native Portugal. Andre Villas-Boas enters Rally Portugal - BBC Sport

Lukaku reignited his feud with Zlatan after Inter Milan won Serie A. Romelu Lukaku appears to taunt Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Inter Milan title win - BBC Sport

La Liga is set to investigate Monday’s party as a potential breach of Covid regulations. Barcelona in hot water over Messi lunch? - Barca Blaugranes

FOX Sports’ six-year agreement with CONMEBOL kicks off in June with Copa América. FOX Sports Becomes the Home of South American National Team Soccer with Long-Term Conmebol Deal | Fox Sports PressPass

Eight people involved in the the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19—the latest sign of trouble for Japan. Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay Hit With COVID-19 | Time

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea (Women’s Super League) — NBCSN

12:00 PM: Chelsea vs. Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League) — CBSSN / TUDN / Univision / Paramount+

3:00 PM: Panama vs. Mexico (Concacaf Futsal Championship) — TUDN

5:00 PM: Monterrey vs. Columbus Crew (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2 / TUDN

7:15 PM: América vs. Portland Timbers (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1 / TUDN

7:30 PM: LA Galaxy II vs. Las Vegas Lights (USL Championship) — ESPN+

2:05 AM (5/6): Melbourne Victory vs. Macarthur (A-League) — ESPN+

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