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The NWSL Challenge Cup, the US Open Cup, every men’s pro league in the US — there’s a ton of soccer to watch this weekend.

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David Olsen in 2018 with S2, his last year as a pro.

MLS and lower division AmSocc

Training Quotes | #MINvSEA | Minnesota United FC
Wil Trapp on approaching the game this weekend given the international break…“It’s really just about the guys that are here, us focusing on what the game plan is."

Portland Soccer Feels the Power of Protest | The Nation
A movement to remove franchise owner Merritt Paulson could send shock waves beyond the Rose City.

North Texas SC downs Minnesota United II 3-1 in MLS Next Pro debut - Big D Soccer
Thoughts about NTX’s big win and how the players performed.

David Olsen Brings More Goal-Scoring Prowess To Richmond’s Front Line - Richmond Kickers
The former S2 forward returns to the pro ranks.

NWSL and WoSo

Growing pains: Portland Thorns 3, Angel City FC 0 - Angels on Parade
Taking our lumps this Challenge Cup

Canadian striker Janine Beckie returning to NWSL with Portland Thorns: Sources - The Athletic ($)
Beckie was selected with the No. 8 pick by the Houston Dash in the 2016 college draft and played two seasons with the club before a trade ahead of the 2018 season to Sky Blue FC (now NJ/NY Gotham FC).

Washington Spirit rookie Tinaya Alexander carries late father with her
Since her final season at LSU, Tinaya Alexander has worn a shirt honoring her father, who was killed by a police officer when she was 11.

Moving the Goalposts: welcome to our new women’s football newsletter | Soccer | The Guardian
Guardian Sport is expanding its women’s football coverage with insight from some of the biggest names in the game

Barcelona 5-2 Real Madrid: The forgotten goals - All For XI
About those two Real goals…

México releases roster for final Concacaf W Qualifiers against Anguilla and Puerto Rico - FMF State Of Mind
México releases their roster ahead of critical Concacaf W Qualifiers against Anguilla and Puerto Rico.

Ada Hegerberg and DAZN partner to grow the game - All For XI
Ada Hegerberg spoke to AllForXI on the importance of visibility and role models in women’s football

Ada Hegerberg Wants to See How Good She Can Be - The New York Times
The world’s best women’s player lost nearly two years to injury. Now she’s back and eager to get herself, Lyon and maybe even Norway to the top.

US National Teams

Berhalter setting early goals for USMNT at World Cup - SBI Soccer
Gregg talks about his hopes prior to the Draw.

‘It’s unbelievable’: Sounders stars Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan excited for chance to play for Team USA in World Cup | The Seattle Times
Sounders stars Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan are part of the USMNT that just qualified for its first World Cup in eight years.

Finally: USMNT navigate Octagonal path back to World Cup | US Soccer Players
“The media has classified us as the golden generation and the generation that’s going to qualify for the next World Cup. So I think we do carry a lot of that weight on our shoulders. And you know, this qualifying for the World Cup is not only for us, it’s for the group before. It’s for the Clints [Dempseys], it’s for DeAndre [Yedlin], it’s for Jozy [Altidore], all the guys that didn’t get to do it again, we’ve now taken up that role to get the job done.”

Global soccer

FIFA scolded in damning speech by Norwegian FA president before World Cup draw | The Independent
The former international spoke at length at the game’s governing body not taking a tough enough initial stance on key human rights issues.

World Cup Supreme Committee accused of failing to respond to requests from LGBTQ+ organisations - The Athletic ($)
The Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of the World Cup has been accused of failing to respond to eight action requests set out by LGBTQ+ focused organizations 15 months ago.

Culture

Playing Dungeons And Dragons With My Kids Has Me Fearing For My Life
I decided to introduce my son to Dungeons And Dragons over lockdown. He's a monster. Someone send help.

How Colorblind NHL Players See The Game | FiveThirtyEight
When Seattle Kraken goalie Philipp Grubauer was preparing for his first physical with the new franchise, there was one step he could skip. While everyone else on the team was taking their vision tests, he finished early. The German goaltender has color vision deficiency, more commonly known as colorblindness, and he’s known that since he was a child.

What to Watch

There’s Open Cup action; Challenge Cup action, every men’s pro league, and a wide array of EPL on cable this weekend.

Friday

2:45 PM PT — América vs Juárez in Liga MX Femenil play on TUDN.

4:30 PM PT — FC Motown vs West Chester United in US Open Cup action on ESPN+. This is a replay due to an illegal substitute.

Saturday

From 4:30 AM PT to nearly Noon — the EPL is on USA Network/Universo. Massive clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Leicester City will be featured.

1:00 PM PT — San Diego Wave vs Angel City FC on CBS/Paramount+.

1:00 PM PT — Toronto FC vs New York City FC on ESPN+. Watch this on a second screen so you can prepare for next week’s CCL match.

3:30 PM PT — Richmond Kickers vs FC Tucson of USL League One on ESPN+.

4:00 PM PT — Utica City FC vs Tacoma Stars of the MASL on YouTube.com.

5:00 PM PT — Minnesota United vs US on FOX 13/Prime Video/Univision Seattle/ESPN+ if out of market/WUCW if in the Twin Cities.

7:00 PM PT — Defiance vs North Texas at Starfire and on MLSNextPro.com.

7:00 PM PT — Thorns vs US on Paramount+.

Sunday

6:00 AM PT — 10:00 AM — Even more EPL on USA Network/Universo.

11:45 AM PT — Juventus vs Internazionale on CBS Sports Network.

2:00 PM PT — San Diego Loyal vs El Paso Locomotive on ESPN+.

2:00 PM PT — Harrisburg Heat vs Tacoma Stars of MASL on YouTube.com.