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Major Link Soccer: Thorns Academy player suing NWSL

A Thorns academy player is suing to allow underage players to play in the NWSL.

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Steph Cox initially retired with an Olympic gold medal and a decorated career. After a few years of coaching, she decided to get back on the field with the Reign and she remains an integral part of that team at age 35. She discusses the comeback, her love for coaching and decorated career on the latest Kickin’ Back. Kickin’ Back with Steph Cox – Equalizer Soccer

$31 million stadium project in downtown Spokane to pave the way for USL League One Expansion Team. New Downtown Spokane Stadium Development Approved by Public School Board


Columbus Crew SC were bounced from the 2021 Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday evening, dropping their second leg matchup 3-0 at CF Monterrey to lose their quarterfinal series 5-2 on aggregate. Recap: CF Monterrey 3, Columbus Crew SC 0 |

The Portland Timbers were eliminated from the 2021 Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday, falling 3-1 to Liga MX giants Club America in Leg 2 of the Quarterfinals matchup between the sides on a rainy night at Estadio Azteca. Recap: Club America 3, Portland Timbers 1 |


With Oregon Governor Kate Brown returning 15 counties to “High Risk” on Tuesday, both clubs announced fans will be able to attend matches this weekend. Fans will be allowed at Timbers and Thorns matches this weekend - Stumptown Footy

Canadian midfielder Victoria Pickett was in a self-described “dark place” in April of 2019. While playing in a spring game for her college team at Wisconsin she suffered a devastating knee injury: a torn ACL, MCL, MPFL, PCL and lateral meniscus, along with a dislocated knee and bone impact fracture. Johnson: NWSL rookie Victoria Pickett thriving in return from serious knee injury -

The Chicago Red Stars are thrilled to announce the second group of individuals who have joined the team’s groundbreaking ownership group. Chicago Red Stars Announce Expanded Ownership Group

Here’s an exciting new collaboration beer coming from Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT. Harpoon Teaming Up With US Women’s Soccer Players Kristie & Sam Mewis for Team Mew-S-A - - Bringing Good Beers & Good People Together...

Olivia Moultrie is suing the National Women’s Soccer League on anti-trust grounds over its refusal to allow her to play because of her age. Portland Thorns teen Olivia Moultrie files suit against NWSL over age restrictions

Olivia Moultrie, 15, contends the league’s so-called “Age Rule,” which the league has asserted sets the minimum age limit at 18 for players, violates antitrust law, harms her development as a soccer player and delays the likelihood of her being invited to play on the U.S. Women’s National Team or an Olympic team. Moultrie now practices and plays in unofficial scrimmages with the Portland Thorns. 15-year-old soccer phenom Olivia Moultrie sues for right to compete in National Women’s Soccer League -

Moultrie is asking the court to let her succeed or fail as a pro without age restriction. 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie sues NWSL to be allowed to play pro soccer - All For XI


Many athletes struggle for purpose when they retire. But the former USWNT defender has helped battle Covid-19 on the US-Mexico border. ‘I translated my passion’: Rachel Van Hollebeke’s road from Olympic champion to doctor | USA women's football team | The Guardian

The Olympics continue to ban athlete protests and could punish athletes who choose to protest anyway. That means raising a fist or kneeling during the national anthem as many professional U.S. athletes have done over the past year risks punishment. Those athletes could even be sent home. Olympics bans ‘Black Lives Matter’ apparel, could punish athletes for social protests | WTRF

U.S. international Konrad de la Fuente says it’s been difficult to bounce between Barcelona’s first team and “B team” this season. Barcelona's Konrad: Switching between first and second teams not easy

The friendly will take place after the Nations League Finals. USMNT will play Costa Rica in a friendly to close out Nations League window - Stars and Stripes FC


Amanda Vandervort will be stepping down from her role at FIFPRO as Chief Women’s Football Officer as of May 31, 2021. Amanda Vandervort departs FIFPRO; New role for Sarah Gregorius - FIFPRO World Players' Union

Chelsea defeat Real Madrid to set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City on 29 May in Istanbul. Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid (agg 3-1): Thomas Tuchel's side set up all-English Champions League final - BBC Sport

Tough decisions proven correct. Tuchel explains decision to start Havertz, applauds Pulisic for using his ‘anger’ positively - We Ain’t Got No History

Manchester United’s postponed home Premier League match with Liverpool is rearranged for Thursday, May 13. Manchester United v Liverpool: Premier League game rearranged for Thursday, 13 May - BBC Sport

Raheem Sterling has been the target of racist abuse on Instagram after Manchester City’s win over Paris Saint-Germain. Raheem Sterling racially abused online 48 hours after social media boycott | Raheem Sterling | The Guardian

The final two rounds of Premier League matches will be open to home fans only, the league has announced. No away fans allowed at final Premier League games of the season | Premier League | The Guardian

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9:30 AM - Hertha Berlin v. Freiburg - Bundesliga - ESPN+

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12:00 PM - Roma v. Manchester United - Europa League - TUDN, UniMas, Paramount+

2:35 AM - Adelaide United v. Wellington Phoenix - A-League - ESPN+

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