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Major Link Soccer: The USWNT we know and love

Rose Lavelle highlighted a strong performance from the USWNT against New Zealand.

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New Zealand v USWNT Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Vox Media shuttered pretty much all of the MLS (and hockey) SB Nation sites on Friday. It sucks, and it frankly hung like a dark cloud over the weekend’s football. Still, though, there was football. The USWNT played their second for two friendlies against New Zealand, European men’s football got fully back under way. In the FA WSL Chelsea vs. Liverpool got postponed, then kicked off, then almost immediately postponed again due to terrible field conditions. Still, probably a better game than the men’s match between the same teams.


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MLS/Domestic men’s soccer

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NWSL/Global women’s soccer

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The 22-year-old has already carved out an important role for the USWNT ahead of the 2023 World Cup. What makes Naomi Girma key for USWNT and an NWSL standout with San Diego - The Athletic

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Global men’s soccer

Expectation and reality seem to have aligned in north London, giving Mikel Arteta’s side a sense of unstoppable momentum. Arsenal strut past Manchester United with unmistakable aura of champions | Premier League | The Guardian

Things aren’t going well at Liverpool, but it provides a platform for the club’s younger players to perform. Jurgen Klopp on On Stefan Bajcetic and Harvey Elliott - The Liverpool Offside

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What’s on TV today?

9:30 AM - Bologna vs. Cremonese (Serie A) - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Inter vs. Empoli (Serie A) - Paramount+

12:00 PM - Fulham vs. Tottenham (Premier League) - USA

12:00 PM - Valencia vs. Almeria (La Liga) - ESPN+

3:00 PM - Toluca vs. Queretaro (Liga MX Femenil) - ViX

5:06 PM - Monterrey vs. Mazatlan (Liga MX Femenil) - FOX Deportes

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