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BYU loses NCAA final in PK’s, Averbuch and Lee named NWSL GM and Asst., Carles Gil named MLS MVP, and more...

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave the annual State of the League address on Tuesday. Included were several items of note, including naming Las Vegas as a front-runner to be the next MLS expansion team, but does warn that it’s not 100% yet; Phoenix and San Diego are still in the running. As for the RSL ownership situation: “We continue to be engaged in discussions with potential owners,” but it appears the original timeline of end of 2021 will not be achieved.



  • [DN][SI][SocWire][APN] The NCAA Women’s final between BYU and Florida State went to PK’s after a scoreless draw. Florida pulled out the win 4-3.
  • [RSL] 2022 roster decisions announced.
  • [SBI] Former RSL Academy player Richie Ledezma returns to action for Jong PSV after a year off due to ACL tear.


  • [MLS][SI] Former New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC coach, Chris Armas has been named an asst. coach for Manchester United.
  • [FRS] Yael Averbuch West has been named as the new league GM with Stephanie Lee as asst. GM.
  • [MLS] The league has updated it’s policy for diversity in hiring.
  • [SI][FRS] New England Revolution’s Carles Gil has been named league MVP.
  • [NWSL] Orlando Pride name Amanda Cromwell as the head coach.
  • [SSD] San Diego Loyal make proposal for a 20,000 seat stadium as a bid to renovate the Pechanga Arena area. 4 other bids have also been made, the winning bid is expected to be named in the first half of 2022.


  • [SBI] Jordan Morris grateful to be able to return to USMNT after year off due to injury.


  • [TIAT] 49ers Enterprises increases stake in Leeds United to 44%, aiming for complete buyout by 2024.
  • [FFT] FA Cup 3rd round draw is complete. Here are the match-ups.
  • [USSP] What if FIFA gets it’s way with the bi-annual World Cup?