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Royal Roundup: RSL well represented on Concacaf Olympic qualifier rosters

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Premier League may allow fans back, MLS parity problems, questions for new MLS coaches, and more.

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The final Wednesday of February! Get ready for the unpredictable weather of March, at least it should be warmer.


INTERNATIONAL

  • Everton received city council approval for a new 52,888 seat stadium in Liverpool’s waterfront. The decision now rests with the UK local government. [Guardian]
  • Premier League teams will vote to decide whether or not to allow fans to attend the final game of the season. [Guardian]
  • US International Christian Pulisic may be heading back to Bayern Munich. [SportsLens]
  • A look at Thierry Henry’s 6 best moments with Arsenal. [FFT]
  • Aston Villa may ban it’s players from participating in fantasy leagues due to insider information allegations. [Balls]

USA

  • All of the players for the US Women’s team stood for the National Anthem in their game vs Brazil for the first time in over a year. When asked about the decision Crystal Dunn replied: “I think we decided that moving forward we no longer feel the need to kneel because we are doing the work behind the scenes.” [USAT]
  • The 50-man preliminary roster for the U-23 USMNT has been announced. RSL is well represented among all the Concacaf teams. [RSL] Full USMNT list here. [NBC] Links to rosters for all teams here. [Concacaf]
  • The final match of the She Believes Cup kicks off 5 PM tonight (Wednesday) on FS1 as the USWNT face Argentina. [USSOC]
FBL-WOMEN-USA-BRAZIL-SHEBELIEVES Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images

US LEAGUES

  • Columbus Crew hope to break the MLS curse in 2021. Only 3 teams have ever won back-to-back MLS Cups. [USSP]
  • NWSL ownership reads like a who’s who of A-list celebs, CEO’s, sports stars and of course foreign investors. [WaPo]
  • USL Championship expansion team Monterey Bay FC is renovating an old football stadium on the campus of Cal STate University. [USL]
  • MLS has a problem with maintaining parity, and it’s linked with geography. [USSP]
  • Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns have announced TikTok as a sleeve sponsor for 2021. It will include a weekly content partnership on the platform with Crystal Dunn and Eryk Willimson as club creator-ambassadors. [NWSL][MLS]
  • Chicago’s NISA team finally has a name - Chicago House Athletic Club. [FRS]
  • A look at the three new head coaches joining MLS this year. Can they perform as hoped in a league where new coaches often need a year or more to show results? [WFBI]
  • FC Buffalo becomes the 6th team to join the growing United Women’s League. [FRS]

FLASHBACK

  • Eleven years ago it wasn’t a lockout that threatened to disrupt the league, it was a possible player strike. [2/24/10]
  • As preseason ends, we looked at which players on the Real Salt Lake roster impressed the most. [2/25/13]
  • A look at RSL’s midfield as the preseason friendly games wind down. [2/25/14]
  • RSL beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in a foul-ridden game. [2/25/15]
  • The first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals had RSL lose 2-0 to Tigres UANL. [2/24/16]
  • Five of RSL’s young players to watch (none are still with the team...) [2/24/17]

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