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The silly season continues to build around MLS. The NWSL will soon expand again. There is so much more to read too which is good as you can’t ski this weekend.

MLS

The draft is Tuesday. Get ready.

MLS SuperDraft 2022 Eligible Players | MLSSoccer.com
Seven have played college locally and two are former Academy players.

2022 SuperDraft MLS Team Needs Checklist | MLSSoccer.com
You: Why hasn’t Seattle moved?
Doyle: They don’t have any need so there’s no rush here.

DC United open to trade offers for top scorer Ola Kamara – The Washington Post
Does anyone need a dedicated PK taker?

Rumor: Atlanta United interested in signing Will Bruin – Dirty South Soccer
The Five Stripes are said to be one of many clubs after the former Sounders striker.

LA Galaxy defender Kelvin Leerdam – LAG Confidential
The former Sounder signed a two-year contract with the club.

Why Ricardo Pepi left FC Dallas for German club Augsburg | FOX Sports
As Ricardo Pepi prepares for his Bundesliga debut, Doug McIntyre explains how he came to sign with FC Augsburg.

NWSL

The league will expand further, returning to where it was already operating.

Blitzer announces new ownership plans to bring back Utah Royals – RSL Soapbox
In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, new RSL owner David Blitzer shares his plans for the Royals.

Becky Sauerbrunn opens up about freezing embryos, ending the stigma
USWNT Captain Becky Sauerbrunn talks about freezing her embryos. “Bringing up the subject with the national team was pretty terrifying.”

Saori Takarada leaves Washington Spirit for Linköping FC – Black And Red United
The Spirit brought transfer fees as the Japan international leaves the DMV for Sweden

Houston Dash signs Mexican forward María Sánchez from UANL Tigres | Houston Dynamo
Houston Dash have signed a two-year contract with forward María Sánchez, the club announced today. Sánchez will join the squad for the start of the preseason on February 1.

Rutgers football star Gabby Provenzano to start professional career with Portland Thorns E! News UK
Gabby Provenzano has always dreamed of going pro; from his time at the Players Development Academy (PDA) to his years at Rutgers.

Kansas City Current Names Camille Levin General Manager – Kansas City Current
Kansas City Current announced today that Camille Levin has been named the club’s general manager, effective January 15. Levin will be responsible for the overall management of soccer operations and will report directly to the owner.

On its territory
Pushing boundaries and empowering women along the way. The On Her Turf podcast highlights amazing women – and their male allies – who are champions on and off the pitch and who motivate people to be the best versions of themselves. Lindsay Czarniak, Lolo Jones and MJ Acosta-Ruiz will host NBC’s first Olympic show dedicated to coverage of women’s sports at the Games. Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix, Alex Morgan, April Ross and Alix Klineman will be among the athletes presented.

American national teams

Former leaders, new rivals in busy week for United States National Women’s Football Team
A familiar, but not necessarily welcome, face is back in the race for his old job, as Carlos Cordeiro announced his candidacy for the US Soccer presidency this week.

Carlos Cordeiro is running for US Soccer president again after USWNT equal pay lawsuit scandal
The former Goldman Sachs partner led US Soccer from 2018-2020. He stepped down after a legal deposit with sexist language drew widespread criticism from players, sponsors and the MLS commissioner.

ASN article: Berhalter calls out mostly familiar names on January training camp roster

World football

An Afghan girls’ soccer team has rebelled to play the sport they love. Now they are refugees: NPR
The teenage girls of the Afghan national women’s football team are leaning on each other to adjust to a new life in Portugal, where they fled after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Kim Little – It’s time to recognize – Up to the Arsenal
It’s time to recognize the sparkle of Kim Little.

Announcement of the finalists for Best FIFA Women’s Coach and Best FIFA Men’s Coach
The final nominees in the coaching categories have been revealed.

Why FIFA’s push for a biennial World Cup is hurting women’s football
FIFA strives for a World Cup every two years, for obvious reasons, but they haven’t given any thought to how that would reduce, without helping, women’s football.

Culture tips

Books to read, D&D to play, a new series from our favorite cocktail doctor – oh, passes are closed.

New SFF for Young Adults for January and February 2022 | Tor.com

As COVID continues in Sitka, Dungeons and Dragons offer an escape – KCAW

heroes come from everywhere | Full moon tale
Who is your next zero-hero?

Go for the Liga MX double-header on TUDN tonight. The FA Cup is everywhere ESPN +, mainly on Saturdays – the magic of the cup. So on Sunday, watch Serie A and PSG.

Friday

11:30 am PT – Bayern München vs Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach on ESPN +

5:00 p.m. PT – Juárez vs Necaxa on TUDN

7:00 p.m. PT – Puebla vs. America on TUDN

Saturday

6:30 a.m. PT – Bayer Leverkusen vs. Union Berlin on ESPN +

Midi PT – Real Madrid vs Valencia on ESPN +

Sunday

7:30 a.m. PT – Napoli vs Sampdoria on Paramount +

9:30 a.m. PT – Roma vs Juventus on Paramount +

11:45 am PT – Olympique Lyonnais vs PSG on BeIN Sports