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The pots were drawn yesterday and the groups will be drawn today.

UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Group Stage Draw Photo by Richard Juilliart - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Seattle

Quinn’s Olympic medal with Canada’s soccer team was historic, but they say there is still much to be done in the fight for trans inclusion. Quinn cites 'mixed feelings' after winning historic Olympic gold – The Athletic

MLS/USL

Wednesday’s All-Star Game in L.A. is the latest instance of the two leagues working together, but in the matches that matter, one is still far superior. MLS, Liga MX and the competitive gap as their partnership grows - Sports Illustrated

The Tower of Power earns Tacoma’s 3rd Team of the Week recognition of the season. USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 18

LOS ANGELES – It took penalties to settle, but in the first of a new era for the MLS All-Stars facing off against the Liga MX All-Stars, FC Dallas rising star Ricardo Pepi scored the final spot-kick to win the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Wednesday night. Recap: MLS All-Stars 1 (3), Liga MX All-Stars 1 (2) | MLSSoccer.com

LOS ANGELES – The 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target brought the celebration, intensity and entertainment value that the occasion demanded, with MLS ultimately beating Liga MX on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. MLS netted three spot-kicks compared to two from Mexico’s top dogs. Five moments that defined the 2021 MLS All-Star Game pres. by Target | MLSSoccer.com

Even the most stubborn All-Star Game skeptic surely had to give at least a grudging nod on Wednesday night after the best of MLS and Liga MX cut and thrust across the pitch at Banc of California Stadium in front of a rambunctious. Three Takeaways from MLS' dramatic win in the 2021 All-Star Game pres. by Target | MLSSoccer.com

Halftime of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target produced encouraging news for US men’s national team fans, with FS1’s Stuart Holden reporting that FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi will be on the Yanks’ roster for September’s World Cup Qualifiers. Report: Ricardo Pepi will join USMNT for September 2021 World Cup Qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

She’s near the top of the NWSL scoring charts, but Onumonu’s journey there included many moments of doubt along the way. Q&A: Gotham FC's Ifeoma Onumonu gets philosophical – The Athletic

World

The final three places in the Champions League were sealed on Wednesday evening, completing the pots for Thursday’s group-stage draw. Champions League group-stage pots set ahead of Thursday's draw

FIFA reduced Mexico’s ban for the anti-gay chant to one match. Mexico-Jamaica WCQ will be played without fans at Azteca on Sept. 2. FIFA reduces Mexico ban for anti-gay chant to 1 match; WCQ vs. Jamaica on Sept. 2 to be played without fans

Pep Guardiola says he will leave Manchester City when his contract runs out in 2023 before managing a national team. Manchester City: Pep Guardiola says he will leave club when his contract expires in 2023 - BBC Sport

Nice will play their next home game behind closed doors after fans stormed the pitch as Sunday’s match with Marseille was abandoned. Nice to play next home game behind closed doors and Marseille physio suspended - BBC Sport

Gentleman’s agreement or not, Kane should never have assumed he could force through a move to Manchester City. Harry Kane finds out the hard way Daniel Levy is not for turning | Tottenham Hotspur | The Guardian

The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has appealed to clubs in England and Spain to release players for international duty in red-zone countries. Gianni Infantino asks English clubs to release players for international duty | Fifa | The Guardian

A cleaner who works at the Mauritius FA has claimed she found a mobile phone in recording mode in the women’s toilets in May. Mauritius FA looks into claim recording device seen in women’s toilets in May | Soccer | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

8:00 AM - Alashkert vs Rangers - Europa League - Paramount+

9:00 AM - UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 Group Stage Draw - Paramount+

9:00 AM - HJK vs Fenerbahçe - Europa League - Paramount+

10:00 AM - København vs Sivasspor - Europa Conference League - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiakos Piraeus - Europa League - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Tottenham Hotspur vs Paços de Ferreira - Europa Conference League - Paramount+

12:00 PM - Legia Warszawa vs Slavia Praha - Europa League - Paramount+

7:00 PM - Atlético Morelia vs Correcaminos UAT - Liga de Expansion MX - TUDN

A ton of Men’s and Women’s College Soccer throughout the day on ESPN+ starting at 10:00 AM through 7:00 PM.