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Elliott could return this year; Miami to finally get kit sponsor.

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MLS / USL

With the U.S. Open Cup canceled for a second straight year, U.S. Soccer has had to consider what to do with the CCL spot that goes to its winner. US Open Cup CCL berth: What US Soccer is doing with vacated spot - Sports Illustrated

The South Florida side is set to announce a game jersey sponsorship deal on Wednesday, ending a long wait that stretched over multiple years. Sources: Inter Miami lands first sponsor for game jerseys - by Franco Panizo - Miami Total Futbol

NWSL / women’s soccer

The deal is part sponsorship, part collaboration to develop a long-term strategic plan for the league. The NWSL names Deloitte as the Official Professional Services Provider - All For XI

Members of the USWNT, both past and present, share their thoughts and personal experiences. What progress has meant for LGBTQ athletes in women’s soccer – The Athletic

No justice, no treats. Thorns Players Picket in Solidarity with Nabisco Workers – Rose City Review

World soccer

EA Sports has released its top player ratings for FIFA 22, with Cristiano Ronaldo dropping out of the top two for the first time in over a decade. FIFA 22 player ratings: Ronaldo bumped out of top two, Messi still No. 1 | ESPN

NBC will have a fight on their hands this time around. Premier League reportedly looking to double US rights fee, with NBC, ESPN, CBS, WarnerMedia all interested | Awful Announcing

Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott had successful surgery on his injured ankle and could return to action this season, the club says. Elliott has surgery on ankle injury in London on Tuesday - BBC Sport

Ronaldo scored on his Champions League return for Manchester United but it was not enough as Young Boys struck in stoppage-time to cap a remarkable comeback win. Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo scores but Red Devils suffer shock defeat - BBC Sport

Romelu Lukaku’s header gave Chelsea a winning start to the defence of their Champions League title with victory over Zenit. Chelsea 1-0 Zenit: Romelu Lukaku gives Blues win in Champions League - BBC Sport

Brazilian football legend Pele to be moved out of intensive care as he continues his recovery from surgery for a colon tumour. Pele to be moved out of intensive care - BBC Sport

Reverting to the long-ball game and being ‘scared to lose’ were factors in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat, according to a report by Uefa’s technical experts. Long balls and fear hampered England in Euro 2020 final, Uefa experts claim | The Guardian

Culture

It turns out when you have a wildly popular show, it brings in a lot of money. ‘Ted Lasso’ stars net huge payouts as Apple and Warner negotiate linear TV rights, season 4, more - 9to5Mac

What’s on TV?

Eight UEFA Champions League games and eight MLS games highlight a busy day of soccer, along with the Futsal World Cup, Champions League play on several other continents, and a ton of college soccer, among other games. Check out the link for full listings.

12:00 PM: Club Brugge vs. PSG (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / Paramount+

12:00 PM: Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+

4:00 PM: Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati (MLS) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: León vs. Pumas UNAM (Leagues Cup) — ESPN+ / TUDN

5:30 PM: Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United (MLS) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: Philadelphia Union vs. América (Concacaf Champions League) — FS1

7:00 PM: Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS) — ESPN+