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New owner watch: 77 days since the league took over the sale.

Starting next week there will be a change to the Roundup, for the rest of the off-season it will run just 2 times a week on Tuesday and Friday. When news items pick up it will return to a 3 day per week schedule.

The US U-23 team will face the 1st place team in Group B in Olympic qualifying at 4 PM MDT Sunday, if they win this game the USA will make the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

The USMNT will play a friendly match vs Northern Ireland Sunday at 10 AM MDT, broadcast on Fox.


INTERNATIONAL

  • Players from Norway took a stand on Human Rights violations in Qatar before their World Cup qualification match vs Gibraltar. [Guardian] FIFA will not penalize the team for the protest. [Guardian]
  • Cuba has long been a baseball stronghold, but soccer is gradually replacing it. [FIFA]
  • Paramount+ has bought the rights to broadcast Italian Serie A games in the US. [CBS]
  • April 1st will mark 600 days until the Qatar World Cup 2022. Confederations around the world are in a fixture crunch to fit qualifications in. [ESPN]
  • Following another long investigation, former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Jérôme Valcke have had additional sanctions imposed barring them from any football activity for an additional 6 years - after their current bans expire. [FIFA]
  • Last year’s Covid crisis in Europe has forced UEFA to go back to the drawing board on their Financial Fair Play rules. [Guardian]
  • Plenty to discuss here with the 100 best crests in soccer history. [FFT]
  • Brazil’s Football Association makes historic rule change limiting teams to one coaching change per season. [ESPN]

USA

  • USA nets 4 goals vs Jamaica to win friendly match. [ESPN]
  • Yunus Muisah explains why he picked USA. [CBS]
  • US-U-23 team lost their final group stage game 1-0 vs Mexico. [SBI] 3 things we learned from the match. [MLS]
  • 48 youth teams qualify for the national championships - including 7 Utah teams! [SocWire]
  • The NCAA D-1 playoff tournament will be held in Cary, NC. [USAT]
  • Megan Rapinoe and Margaret Purce visited the White House for Equal Pay Day. [WaPo]
President Biden Holds White House Event To Mark Equal Pay Day Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

MLS

  • Who are the underdogs of the Western Conference? [USSP]
  • Each MLS team’s potential breakout player for 2021. [MLS]
  • Grading the MLS Eastern Conference kits. [Multiplex]
  • Alphonso Davies of Vancouver Whitecaps has been named a UN Refugee Agency Ambassador. [MLS]
  • Seattle Sounders have unveiled their new kit - with a Jimi Hendrix vibe. [SAH]

FLASHBACK

  • [3/25/10] - Real Salt Lake 3-0 San Jose Earthquakes (recap with photos).
  • [3/27/11] - RSL 4-1 LA Galaxy (recap & quotes).
  • [3/27/13] - RSL’s AZ academy players travel to the Dallas Cup tournament.
  • [3/26/14] - Rimando, Beckerman and Gil named to USMNT roster vs Mexico.
  • [3/26/16] - RSL Draft pick Omar Holness was playing a match for the Real Monarchs on this date when he suffered a seizure on the field.
  • [3/29/17] - Mike Petke named as head coach for RSL.

MEDIA

The story behind #SaveTheCrew