Also in the soccer news, Barcelona's 4-0 loss at PSG creates another opportunity for hand-wringing about the Champions League. If a super club can lose so badly in a knockout round first-leg, what does this mean?US Soccer revealed the latest uniforms for the US National Teams. It's the USA version of the red template Nike used with Portugal and England. Portugal won Euro 2016 wearing a similar uniform. The US Women will be the first team to wear the new uniform with games on the schedule in early March. The USMNT will use the new uniform for the World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Mar 24.
That open ended "meaning" question is nothing new for the super level of European soccer. What does it mean for the Champions League as we know it? What does it mean for the future of the competition? What does it mean for a super league?
It's easy enough to dismiss most of this as hot take sports culture always angling for a quick talking point. Good teams lose important games, sometimes by a lot. What's harder to push aside was the lead-in to the knockout round. It wasn't just the NY Times wondering if we're already past peak interest in the same super clubs doing the same things.
PSG is without question a super club. They're not the Champions League equivalent of Lincoln City in this season's FA Cup. They're not disrupting the Champions League by taking a sizable lead over a bigger club at that lofty level where all of them operate. That's the biggest takeaway as we wait for a round of punditry for how Barcelona can still advance in a two-leg series.
The NY Times' Matt Pentz has Clint Dempsey saying that he has clearance to return to playing. The Washington Post's Steven Goff reports on the naming rights deal for DC United's new stadium. Top Drawer Soccer's Will Parchman talks to USL president Jack Edwards.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden asks if this might be the last chance for Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to win the Champions League. The Red Bulletin's Raphael Honigstein profiles Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The Guardian's Paul Wilson on an early exit in the FA Cup giving Premier League teams a chance to regroup with time off. The Independent's Ian Herbert asks why it's taking so long for English soccer authorities to look into heading and a link to dementia. World Soccer's Keir Radnedge has Turkey's bid for Euro 2024.
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