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Clubs in the top two divisions will be able to trial it out, Tottenham built its stadium with this in mind.

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Seattle

Between Wednesday’s Leagues Cup Final in Las Vegas and Tuesday’s announcement of the expanded format that will see every team from both leagues participate in a reimagined tournament starting in 2023, rivalry talk surrounding MLS and Liga MX has shifted front and center in recent days. Seattle Sounders seek statement and more history in Leagues Cup Final | MLSSoccer.com

MLS

While English-language broadcasters have made it harder for viewers to access their offerings, Univision has grown by doing the opposite. ‘Univision is becoming the home of soccer’: How the Spanish-language network is growing its viewer base in the U.S. – The Athletic

LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese is receiving serious interest and offers from Liga MX clubs, MLSsoccer.com has learned. Chivas Guadalajara are among those targeting him. Sources: LA Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese targeted by Chivas, multiple Liga MX clubs | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

Here’s how the 10 clubs stand as we approach the final quarter of the 2021 season. The Lowdown: How is each NWSL team positioned for the homestretch? – Equalizer Soccer

Kansas City NWSL to Play 2022 Home Matches at Children's Mercy Park - KC NWSL

The investigation comes on the heels of abuse allegations against the team’s former coach, and as the NWSL undergoes a reckoning over player treatment and the representation of women and people of color in a league that has been dominated by White male coaches, executives and owners. Women describe ‘old boys’ club’ culture at Washington Spirit, as NWSL probes franchise - The Washington Post

CONCACAF

Suriname vice president Ronnie Brunswijk made history by becoming the oldest player, at 60, to play in an international club competition. Suriname vice president, 60, becomes oldest player in international club competition

World

UEFA has intensified its opposition to FIFA’s push for a biennial World Cup system, demanding “genuine consultation” over the proposals. UEFA criticises FIFA biennial World Cup plans, demands a say in proposals

The tense battle between Barcelona president Joan Laporta and manager Ronald Koeman is tearing the club apart, writes Guillem Balague. Barcelona: The toxic battle ripping apart a European giant - BBC Sport

Premier League and Championship clubs have been asked for expressions of interest to pilot safe standing this season. Premier League and Championship clubs invited to trial safe standing - BBC Sport

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was built with two sections that can be converted to accommodate safe standing. UK football to trial safe standing, with Tottenham expected to be front of line - Cartilage Free Captain

Liverpool’s plans to increase Anfield’s capacity to more than 61,000 are due to begin next week. Liverpool ready to start work on expanding Anfield’s capacity to 61,000 | Liverpool | The Guardian

In today’s Fiver: grabbing the Carabao by the horns, Sarina Wiegman’s high standards and a love letter for David Squires. The Caffeine Cup remains a trophy well worth winning | Soccer | The Guardian

Plus: more long spells in sole possession before scoring, international players refusing to celebrate goals and more. Which football teams could cut travel by joining another nation’s league? | Soccer | The Guardian

Derby County have gone into administration and have been deducted 12 points by the English Football League (EFL). Football news - Derby County: Championship club enter administration and are handed 12-point deduction - Eurosport

The playmaker has gone to Qatar after becoming an expensive spare part at a club both right and wrong to sign him. James Rodríguez and Everton was always a beautiful doomed marriage | Everton | The Guardian

Arteta has found it tougher since he stepped up from being Guardiola’s No. 2 at Man City. He’s not alone in struggling with that transition, either. Arteta's Arsenal struggles aren't unique: Why top assistants often struggle as managers

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM - Torino v. Lazio - Serie A - Paramount+

9:30 AM - Sampdoria v. Napoli - Serie A - Paramount+

10:00 AM - Hammarby v. IFK Göteborg - Allsvenskan - ESPN+

10:30 AM - Osasuna v. Real Betis - La Liga - ESPN+

10:30 AM - Granada v. Real Sociedad - La Liga - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Roma v. Udinese - Serie A - Paramount+

11:45 AM - RSC Anderlecht v. KAA Gent - Belgian First Division - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Celtic v. Raith Rovers - Scottish League Cup - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Dundee United v. Hibernian - Scottish League Cup - Paramount+

12:00 PM - Twente v. AZ Alkmaar - Eredivisie - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Cádiz v. Barcelona - La Liga - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Santa Lucía v. Deportivo Saprissa - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2

7:00 PM - Universitario v. Motagua - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2

7:00 PM - Pachuca v. Necaxa - Liga MX - TUDN

A ton of college women’s soccer from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM on ESPN+ and BTN+.