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Major Link Soccer: Real Madrid fall to FC Sheriff Tiraspol

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The Spanish giants lost 2-1 to the Moldovan side.

Real Madrid v FC Sheriff: Group D - UEFA Champions League Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

MLS/USL

As his time with the New England Revolution nears its end, Tajon Buchanan is playing some of the best soccer of his career. Tajon Buchanan’s confidence continues to skyrocket - The Bent Musket

With a shift both in the atmosphere and results around Atlanta United since Gabriel Heinze’s departure, Blank assesses recent events. Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank on the ‘longer period of transition’ for coaches who are new to MLS and hiring Gonzalo Pineda – The Athletic

After a legendary playing career with the USMNT and in MLS, Donovan wants to be judged as a manager on the job’s own terms. Two days with Landon Donovan, the lower-division coach – The Athletic

New England beat a team by one goal, Portland overperformed their expected goals numbers and Philadelphia made Atlanta look like they’d never even seen ... um ... the round thing? That you kick? Towards like a net or whatever? Power Rankings: Philadelphia Union stake top 10 claim after Week 27 | MLSSoccer.com

An aggressive young newcomer helped lift the flagging fortunes of the league’s newest club, a homegrown extended his hot streak with some Hudson River Derby heroics and a new Earthquake rumbles out west. Top young-player performances in MLS Week 27 | MLSSoccer.com

In a fast-paced world, it’s never too early to start weighing up the effectiveness of transfer window signings, so that’s precisely what we’re doing in selecting the best quick-fixers from the summer market. Top 5 impact signings from the MLS Secondary Transfer Window | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

Richie Burke has been fired “for cause,” while the Spirit have been barred from league governance indefinitely. NWSL announces update on Washington Spirit investigation - Black And Red United

The NWSL launched the investigation after The Post detailed allegations of verbal and emotional abuse against former coach Richie Burke. The probe eventually widened to include the club’s culture under controlling owner and CEO Steve Baldwin. Washington Spirit disciplined, former coach fired after NWSL investigation - The Washington Post

OL Reign made the best out of an NWSL weekend that saw the Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage lose on the same day for the first time since July 1, 2017. NWSL Round-up: OL Reign win, Thorns and Courage lose :: Live Soccer TV

NWSL players see safety, compensation and freedom of movement as related issues in their first collective bargaining agreement negotiations. ‘This is a systemic issue that we really need to deal with’: NWSL players making safety a top priority in CBA negotiations – The Athletic

World

Lionel Messi scored, but with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also keen to get on the scoresheet, PSG’s attack looked less than the sum of their parts. Messi opens PSG account vs. Man City, but could his partnership with Neymar and Mbappe actually hinder Les Parisiens?

European Championship winners Italy will face Copa America winners Argentina in June 2022, it was announced on Tuesday. European champions Italy to face Copa America winners Argentina in 2022

Sheriff Tiraspol produce one of the great Champions League shocks by beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff Tiraspol: Champions League debutants snatch win - BBC Sport

Sheriff Tiraspol are the ‘kings’ of Moldovan football, but their power and backing comes from a disputed territory on the Ukraine border. Sheriff Tiraspol: Champions League team from an unrecognised state - BBC Sport

The A-League has been renamed A-League Men in a decision designed to promote gender equality and inclusivity. Australian football scraps W-League brand for gender-neutral A-Leagues | A-League | The Guardian

Thomas Tuchel has questioned whether footballers have a moral duty to lead the way on vaccinations after N’Golo Kanté tested positive for Covid-19. Tuchel defends Kanté after Covid-19 rules Chelsea player out of Juve trip | Champions League | The Guardian

Uefa has called for the removal of the Madrid judge at the centre of its legal dispute with the European Super League. Uefa calls for removal of European Super League court case judge | European Super League | The Guardian

Manager is facing an injury crisis ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester, carried over from last season. Manchester City’s Gareth Taylor upset over FA’s player registration rules | Women's FA Cup | The Guardian

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