Tobin Heath, Catarina Macario of USWNT score in Women’s Champions League

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Put No. 77 on the board.

Tobin Heath’s unbeaten start to life at Arsenal now has a UEFA Women’s Champions League goal to go with it as the Gunners beat up on Hoffenheim 4-0 on Thursday.

Heath, the tricky 33-year-old attacker, has scored much more difficult goals in her day but this one will mean plenty.

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The New Jersey-born Heath is with her third European club with a stint at Portland Thorns coming between Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and now Arsenal.

Heath has 36 goals in 179 USWNT matches and is a three-time NCAA national champion. The world could do with more players with a soccer mind as creative as hers.

She’s not the only USWNT player to score in UWCL action on Thursday, as Lyon’s Catarina Macario bagged a penalty from the spot.

Let’s hope Macario, a bonafide talent, gets the chance to start some meaningful matches for Vlatko Andonovski after getting all of seven minutes during a disappointing Olympics.

USL’s new women’s league announces first president

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The United Soccer League has made an intriguing and experienced hire to lead its new professional women’s league, the USL Super League.

Amanda Vandervort has been tabbed to run the nascent outfit as president ahead of the USL Super League’s planned 2023 debut.

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Vandervort comes with players association experience, having served as FIFPRO’s chief women’s football officer after stints with Major League Soccer and FIFA.

She also played for the University of Wyoming and was the head coach of New York University’s women’s program.

Hers is a diverse resume and makes for an extremely promising hire.

Her duties, as per USLSoccer.com, will be:

As USL Super League President, Vandervort will lead all aspects of USL’s distinct youth-to-professional women’s soccer pathway, creating thousands of opportunities for players, fans, coaches and staff in the women’s game. Vandervort will work with communities, players, clubs, owners and partners to build the USL Super League into a financially sustainable, globally recognized sports entity. Under Vandervort’s leadership, the USL Super League will entertain fans throughout the United States and abroad with a competition model featuring top domestic and international players.

NBC Sports WSL 2021-22 schedule: How to watch, stream live, start times

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The 2021-22 Women’s Super League (WSL) is officially off and running, and below are details on how to watch some of the most important fixtures in the USA with the WSL schedule returning to our family of TV channels and digital platform.

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NBC Sports and ata football teamed in 2020-21 to present 50 Barclay’s FA WSL matches across their platforms. This season, NBC Sports’ coverage of Barclay’s FA WSL coverage increases to 57 matches, including two on NBC and the remainder across NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

(For the full release on NBC Sports’ exclusive partnership with ata football, click here)

In addition to their broadcast across NBC Sports properties, certain matches will be simulcast at atafootball.com. The site streams matches and exclusive highlights from around the world, as well as premium content via partners like Just Women’s Sports and The Equalizer, instructional videos, and virtual events. Users can subscribe to view live matches and gain unlimited content access at http://atafootball.com/members for $6.99/month or $4.99/month with an annual subscription.


The 2020-21 season was a banner campaign for the WSL, as the league’s profile grew considerably thanks in part to a title race that went down to the final day of the season in May.

Now, a year on from the first season of WSL fixtures on NBC Sports airwaves and digital platforms, two-time defending champions Chelsea will look to defend their title once again and become the first club (in the WSL era) to win back-to-back-to-back titles.

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Manchester City pushed the Blues from start to finish, but ultimately came up two points short (57-55) after 22 games played. In the end, the difference between the sides was Chelsea’s emphatic head-to-head victory in game no. 4. They drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture, when only a victory could have brought Manchester City closer, though they still would have trailed on goal difference.

If you remove the two head-to-head matchups from a season ago, Chelsea finish with a record of 17W-2D-1L (53 points); Manchester City were 17W-3D-0L (54 points). Thin margins, as they say.

It’s looking like another Chelsea vs Manchester City title race — and that’s something we can all get behind, based on the evidence of last season — though 4th-place finishers Arsenal might also have their say over the next nine months.


NBC Sports WSL schedule: Dates, fixtures, how to watch in USA, stream online

Matchweek 5 (Saturday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 10)

Manchester United 2-2 Manchester City – HIGHLIGHTS
Chelsea 2-0 Leicester CityHIGHLIGHTS
Brighton 2-1 Tottenham
Reading 3-0 Aston Villa
West Ham United 1-1 Birmingham City
Arsenal 3-0 Everton – HIGHLIGHTS


Matchweek 6 (Saturday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 7)

Aston Villa vs Chelsea — Saturday, 8:30 am ET
Arsenal vs West Ham United — Saturday, 11 am ET
Everton vs Brighton — Sunday, 8 am ET
Leicester City vs Manchester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Tottenham vs Manchester United — Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Reading — Sunday, 9 am ET


Matchweek 7 (Sunday, Nov. 14)

Everton vs Manchester United — Sunday, 8 am ET
Birmingham City vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 9 am ET
Tottenham vs Arsenal — Sunday, 9 am ET
Brighton vs Leicester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Chelsea — Sunday, 9 am ET
West Ham United vs Reading — Sunday, 9 am ET


Matchweek 8 (Sunday, Nov. 21)

Manchester United vs Arsenal — Sunday, 7 am ET
Leicester City vs Everton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 9 am ET
Reading vs Brighton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Chelsea vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 9 am ET
West Ham United vs Tottenham — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 9 (Sunday, Dec. 12)

Everton vs West Ham United — Sunday, 8 am ET
Brighton vs Manchester United — Sunday, 9 am ET
Reading vs Chelsea — Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Manchester City — 9 am ET
Arsenal vs Leicester City — Sunday, 10 am ET
Aston Villa vs Tottenham — Sunday, 1 pm ET


Matchweek 10 (Sunday, Dec. 19)

Manchester United vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 7 am ET
Tottenham vs Everton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Leicester City vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Reading — Sunday, 9 am ET
Chelsea vs West Ham United — Sunday, 9 am ET
Arsenal vs Brighton — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 11 (Saturday, Jan. 8. – Sunday, Jan. 9)

Aston Villa vs Everton — Saturday, 7:30 am ET
Chelsea vs Tottenham — Sunday, 9 am ET
Reading vs Leicester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Brighton vs Manchester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Arsenal — Sunday, 9 am ET
West Ham United vs Manchester United — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 12 (Saturday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 16)

Manchester United vs Birmingham City — Saturday, 7 am ET
Aston Villa vs Manchester City — Saturday, 7:30 am ET
Everton vs Chelsea — Sunday, 8 am ET
Tottenham vs West Ham United — Sunday, 9 am ET
Leicester City vs Brighton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Arsenal vs Reading — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 13 (Sunday, Jan. 23)

Manchester United vs Tottenham — Sunday, 7 am ET
Manchester City vs Arsenal — Sunday, 9 am ET
Brighton vs Chelsea — Sunday, 9 am ET
Leicester City vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 9 am ET
Reading vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 9 am ET
West Ham United vs Everton — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 14 (Sunday, Feb. 6)

Everton vs Reading — Sunday, 8 am ET
Chelsea vs Manchester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Leicester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Tottenham vs Brighton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Arsenal vs Manchester United — Sunday, 10 am ET
Aston Villa vs West Ham United — Sunday, 1 pm ET


Matchweek 15 (Sunday, Feb. 13)

Everton vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 8 am ET
Chelsea vs Arsenal — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Manchester United, Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Tottenham — Sunday, 9 am ET
Leicester City vs West Ham United — Sunday, 9 am ET
Brighton vs Reading — Sunday, 9 am ET


Matchweek 16 (Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 6)

Manchester United vs Leicester City — Saturday, 7 am ET
Aston Villa vs Brighton — Saturday, 7:30 am ET
Reading vs Tottenham — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Everton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Arsenal vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 10 am ET
West Ham United vs Chelsea — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 17 (Sunday, March 13)

Everton vs Leicester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Reading vs Manchester United — Sunday, 10 am ET
Birmingham City vs West Ham United — Sunday, 10 am ET
Brighton vs Arsenal — Sunday, 10 am ET
Chelsea vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 10 am ET
Tottenham vs Manchester City — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 18 (Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, March 27)

Arsenal vs Tottenham — Saturday, TBD
Aston Villa vs Reading — Saturday, 8:30 am ET
Manchester United vs Everton — Sunday, 7 am ET
Manchester City vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Leicester City vs Chelsea — Sunday, 9 am ET
West Ham United vs Brighton — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 19 (Sunday, April 3)

Manchester United vs Brighton — Sunday, 7 am ET
Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Everton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Chelsea vs Reading — Sunday, 9 am ET
Leicester City vs Arsenal — Sunday, 9 am ET
West Ham United vs Manchester City — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 20 (Sunday, April 24)

Everton vs Arsenal — Sunday, 8 am ET
Tottenham vs Chelsea — Sunday, 9 am ET
Brighton vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Leicester City — Sunday, 9 am ET
Reading vs West Ham United — Sunday, 9 am ET
Aston Villa vs Manchester United — Sunday, 1 pm ET


Matchweek 21 (Sunday, May 1)

Manchester United vs West Ham United — Sunday, 7 am ET
Everton vs Tottenham — Sunday, 8 am ET
Leicester City vs Reading — Sunday, 9 am ET
Manchester City vs Brighton — Sunday, 9 am ET
Birmingham City vs Chelsea — Sunday, 9 am ET
Arsenal vs Aston Villa — Sunday, 10 am ET


Matchweek 22 (Sunday, May 8)

West Ham United vs Arsenal — Sunday, 7:30 am ET
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City — Sunday, 7:30 am ET
Tottenham vs Leicester City — Sunday, 7:30 am ET
Chelsea vs Manchester United — Sunday, 7:30 am ET
Reading vs Manchester City — Sunday, 7:30 am ET
Brighton vs Everton — Sunday, 7:30 am ET


2021-22 FA WSL results

Matchweek 1 – (Friday, Sept. 3 – Sunday, Sept. 5)

Manchester United 2-0 Reading – HIGHLIGHTS
Everton 0-4 Manchester City – HIGHLIGHTS
Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City
Tottenham 1-0 Birmingham City
Arsenal vs Chelsea — Sunday, 7:30 am ET [ HIGHLIGHTS ]
Brighton vs West Ham United — Sunday, 9 am ET


Matchweek 2 (Saturday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 12)

West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa – HIGHLIGHTS
Chelsea 4-0 Everton – HIGHLIGHTS
Leicester City 1-3 Manchester United
Birmingham City 0-5 Brighton
Reading 0-4 Arsenal
Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham – HIGHLIGHTS


Matchweek 3 (Saturday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 26)

Everton 3-1 Birmingham City – HIGHLIGHTS 
Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea – HIGHLIGHTS
Brighton 0-1 Aston Villa
Tottenham 1-0 Reading
West Ham United 4-0 Leicester City
Arsenal 5-0 Manchester City – HIGHLIGHTS


Matchweek 4 (Saturday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 3)

Chelsea 3-1 Brighton – HIGHLIGHTS
Aston Villa 0-4 Arsenal
Manchester City 0-2 West Ham United
Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham
Reading 0-3 Everton
Birmingham City 0-2 Manchester United – HIGHLIGHTS

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WSL wrap: Arsenal, Chelsea win; Solidarity shown with NWSL players

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Arsenal and Chelsea are enjoying the view at first and second on the Women’s Super League table after a Tottenham loss joined a Manchester derby draw in the fifth week of action.

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But fans and players in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League will also enjoy shows of solidarity from WSL teams.

Several WSL teams circled up and joined arms like their American peers did following allegations of severe misconduct from several authority figures including coaches Paul Riley and Richie Burke as well as resigned commissioner Lisa Baird.

Arsenal 3-0 Everton

Arsenal has a three-point lead on Chelsea and Spurs as Katie McCabe, Lotte Wubben-Moy, and Frida Maanum scored in a decisive win (video atop page).

USWNT star Tobin Heath went 64 minutes for the Gunners in her third appearance for Arsenal after a cameo in a win over Man City two weeks ago and an assist versus Aston Villa last week .

Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City

The hosts only allowed four shots and not a single shot on target but needed 83 minutes to get on the board in London.

Pernille Harder scored the opener and Fran Kirby added another deep in stoppage time as the Blues got just desserts for 72% possession and a 22-4 advantage in shots.

Matchweek 5 results

Manchester United 2-2 Manchester City – HIGHLIGHTS
Chelsea vs Leicester City – HIGHLIGHTS
Brighton 2-1 Tottenham
Reading 3-0 Aston Villa
West Ham United 1-1 Birmingham City
Arsenal 3-0 Everton – HIGHLIGHTS

Barcelona to play away from Camp Nou during stadium renovation

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BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona will play at another stadium for up to a year when the club starts its planned renovation of Camp Nou stadium, president Joan Laporta said Friday.

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Laporta said that he wants to begin the long-delayed overhaul of Camp Nou in the summer of 2022. He added that the work will last three to four years, but that the team will only need to find another home for a maximum of 12 months.

“We are considering different possibilities, but the strongest candidate is the Johan Cruyff Stadium,” Laporta told Catalan radio Rac1 on Friday.

Johan Cruyff Stadium is where the women’s team plays and forms part of the club’s training complex on the outskirts of Barcelona.

With a capacity to seat only 6,000 spectators, Laporta said the club wants to increase that to 50,000 if the men’s team plays there.

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Another option, Laporta said, would be for the team to play at the city’s Montjuic Stadium. The municipal facility hosted the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympics and was home to Barcelona rival Espanyol for several years.

Camp Nou is already Europe’s largest soccer stadium with 99,000 seats. The club wants to increase its capacity to 110,000 while also refurbishing its surrounding area, which includes a pavilion for the club’s other sports, the museum and stores.

To finance the operation, Barcelona is in talks with Goldman Sachs for the investment bank to loan the cash-strapped club $1.74 billion. The financing plan needs to win a vote by the club’s members.

Goldman Sachs was heavily involved in the financing of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

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Laporta inherited a club near bankruptcy when he won elections in March. He had also led the club from 2003-10.

“(The new Camp Nou) is fundamental for the viability of the club and its immediate future,” Laporta said. “The impact it will have for Barca is critical so that we can compete with our competitors who have already done what is needed.”

Real Madrid took advantage of last year’s pandemic lockdown, when no fans could attend matches in Spain, to spruce up its Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona’s plans to redo Camp Nou have met with several delays over the past decade.