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Major Link Soccer: DC’s offering up their PK expert

The Magic of the Cup fills ESPN+ all weekend.

MLS: D.C. United at New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Silly season continues to build around MLS. The NWSL is going to expand again soon. There’s so much more to read too, which is good, because you can’t go skiing this weekend.


The Draft is Tuesday. Prepare yourself.

MLS SuperDraft 2022 eligible players |
Seven played college locally and two are former Academy players.

Cheat sheet for team needs in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft |
You: Why hasn't Seattle made moves?
Doyle: They have no needs so there’s no urgency here.

D.C. United open to trade offers for leading scorer Ola Kamara - The Washington Post
Anyone need a dedicated PK taker?

Rumor: Atlanta United interested in signing Will Bruin - Dirty South Soccer
The Five Stripes are said to be one of several clubs after the former Sounders attacker.

LA Galaxy sign defender Kelvin Leerdam - LAG Confidential
The former Sounder has signed a two-year deal with the club.

Why Ricardo Pepi left FC Dallas for German club Augsburg | FOX Sports
As Ricardo Pepi prepares for his debut in the Bundesliga, Doug McIntyre details how he came to sign with FC Augsburg.


The league is going to expand again, by going back to where it was already working.

Blitzer says new ownership plans to bring back Utah Royals - RSL Soapbox
In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, new RSL owner David Blitzer shares plans for the Royals.

Becky Sauerbrunn opens up about freezing embryos, ending stigma
USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn opens up about freezing her embryos. "Broaching the subject with the national team, that was kind of terrifying."

Saori Takarada departs Washington Spirit for Linköping FC - Black And Red United
The Spirit brought in a transfer fee as the Japanese international moves from the DMV for Sweden

Houston Dash sign Mexican forward María Sánchez from UANL Tigres | Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dash have signed forward María Sánchez for a two-year deal, the Club announced today. Sánchez will join the team for the start of preseason on February 1.

Rutgers Soccer Star Gabby Provenzano To Start Pro Career With Portland Thorns - Jersey Sporting News
Gabby Provenzano has always dreamed of going pro; from her time at the Players Development Academy (PDA) to her years at Rutgers.

Kansas City Current Names Camille Levin General Manager - Kansas City Current
The Kansas City Current announced today that Camille Levin has been named General Manager of the club, effective Jan. 15. Levin will be responsible for the overall management of the soccer operations and will report directly to ownership.

On Her Turf
Pushing boundaries and empowering women along the way. The On Her Turf podcast highlights amazing women- and their male allies- who are champions on and off the field and who motivate people to be the best versions of themselves. Lindsay Czarniak, Lolo Jones and MJ Acosta-Ruiz will host the first NBC Olympics show dedicated to covering women’s sports at the Games. Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix, Alex Morgan, April Ross, and Alix Klineman will be among athletes featured.

US National Teams

Old Leaders, New Rivals In A Busy Week For The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
A familiar, but not necessarily a welcome face is back in the running for his former job, as Carlos Cordeiro announced his candidacy for the presidency of U.S. Soccer this week.

Carlos Cordeiro running for U.S. Soccer president again after USWNT equal pay lawsuit scandal
The former Goldman Sachs partner headed U.S. Soccer from 2018-20. He resigned after a legal filing with sexist language prompted widespread criticism from players, sponsors, and MLS's commissioner.

ASN article: Berhalter calls up mostly familiar names on the January training camp roster

World Soccer

An Afghan girls soccer team rebelled to play the game they love. Now they're refugees : NPR
The teenagers on the Afghan girls national soccer team lean on each other as they adjust to a new life in Portugal, where they fled after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Kim Little – Time To Recognise – Up The Arsenal
It's time to recognize the sheer brilliance of Kim Little.

Finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach and The Best FIFA Men’s Coach announced
The final nominees in the coaching categories have been revealed.

Why FIFA's push for a biennial World Cup hurts the women's game
FIFA is eager for a World Cup every two years, for obvious reasons, but it has not considered how it would squeeze, not help, the women's game.

Culture stuff

Some books to read, some D&D to play, a new series by our favorite cocktail doctor — oh, the passes are closed.

New Young Adult SFF for January & February 2022 |

As COVID continues in Sitka, Dungeons and Dragons offers an escape - KCAW

Heroes Come From Everywhere | Full Moon Storytelling
Who is your next zero-to-hero?

What to Watch

Go for the Liga MX double-header on TUDN tonight. The FA Cup is all over ESPN+, mostly on Saturday — the magic of the cup. Then Sunday watch Serie A and PSG.

And, for those with BeIN Sports, AFCON kicks off on Sunday. The month-long contest to see which nation dominates the continent is in Cameroon, who features Sounders centerback Nouhou.

How To Watch AFCON In USA 2022 (2021 Africa Cup Of Nations) And Streaming Options
How to watch AFCON in USA 2022 (2021 Africa Cup of Nations) with information on TV channels, streaming options, dates, times and a preview of the tournament.


11:30 AM PT — Bayern München vs Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach on ESPN+

5:00 PM PT — Juárez vs Necaxa on TUDN

7:00 PM PT — Puebla vs América on TUDN


6:30 AM PT — Bayer Leverkusen vs Union Berlin on ESPN+

Noon PT — Real Madrid vs Valencia on ESPN+


7:30 AM PT — Napoli vs Sampdoria on Paramount+

7:55 AM PT — Cameroon vs Burkina Faso on BeIN Sports XTRA

9:30 AM PT — Roma vs Juventus on Paramount+

11:45 AM PT — Olympique Lyonnais vs PSG on BeIN Sports

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