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Footy Digest: Tammy Abraham getting it done in Serie A

A backup keeper plays striker, Stella McCartney + adidas for Arsenal, George Bello’s time to shine, and more soccer news you can use from around the world

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AS Roma v SS Lazio - Serie A
Give the man a hand: Tammy Abraham is shredding up Serie A.
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Footy Digest Weekly is a roundup of the headlines, stories, and games you should follow, curated for the Hudson River Blue community.

International

• When the USMNT and Mexico mix it up tonight in front of 85,000 fans at the Azteca here’s what to look for. —Stars and Stripes FC

• Now that Sergiño Dest is down will George Bello step up for the USMNT? —Stars and Stripes FC

• Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay can all still qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with just two games left to play, but only three teams will join Argentina and Brazil in Qatar. —The 18 Fútbol

New York

• The Gotham FC squad is good at down time. —Gotham FC

• Oyster Bay United of the United Premier Soccer League is ripping up the US Open Cup, with three wins in three games. Not bad for a club that got their start just eight months ago, and that was so short-handed they could only field 10 players to start one game and turned their backup goalkeeper into a striker. —TheCup.us

Europe

• Superstar fashion designer Stella McCartney and adidas released a smoking-hot capsule collection for Arsenal. —Footy Headlines

English international Tammy Abraham is on a tear in Serie A: Roma’s new striker has netted 21 goals in all competitions so far this season. —The Guardian

• The Chelsea saga keeps on keeping on. It looks like the club could fetch close to $4 billion, making it the most expensive price tag for a sports franchise in the world—just last week, it looked like Chelsea was going to be a fire sale. —The Athletic

• Los Blancos get rolled by the Blaugrana twice, first in La Liga and then in the Women’s Champion League in an El Classico-filled week. —Barca Blaugranes, 90Min

MLS

• Always good to see an OG like FC Dallas start the MLS season strong—and smash the Portland Timbers. —Big D Soccer

• Charlotte FC get first win in club history against our old pals New England Revolution —The Bent Musket

• Breakdown, comeback, wonder strike, and more as Atlanta United tussle with CF Montréal. —Dirty South Soccer

NWSL

• The first goal in San Diego Wave FC history has been scored and logged: Take a bow Kaleigh Riehl! —LAG Confidential

• Here’s your NWSL Challenge Cup round-up: Rockets, saves, Pugh (not the Florence kind), and more. —All for XI

US Soccer

When MLS NEXT Pro opens their inaugural season tomorrow there will be no draws. Instead, tied games will go straight to a penalty shootout. —Hudson River Blue

Games to watch

Thursday, March 24

Italy vs North Macedonia (UEFA World Cup Qualifying), 3:45 pm ET — ESPN+

Portugal vs Turkey (UEFA World Cup Qualifying), 3:45 pm ET — ESPN+

Uruguay vs Peru (CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying), 7 pm ET — fuboTV

Brazil vs Chile (CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying), 7:30 pm ET — fuboTV

Mexico vs USMNT (CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying), 10 pm ET — CBSSN, Univision, TUDN, Paramount +

Friday, March 25

Egypt vs Senegal (AFCON World Cup Qualifying), 3:30 pm ET — fuboTV

Ghana vs Nigeria (AFCON World Cup Qualifying), 3:30 pm ET — fuboTV

Gotham FC at Washington Spirit (NWSL Challenge Cup) 7:30 pm ET — Paramount+

Sunday, March 27

USMNT vs Panama (CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying), 7 pm ET — CBSSN, Univision, TUDN, Paramount +

Tuesday, March 29

Senegal vs Egypt (AFCON World Cup Qualifying), 1 pm ET — fuboTV

Nigeria vs Ghana (AFCON World Cup Qualifying), 1 pm ET — fuboTV

Wednesday, March 30

Gotham FC at Orlando Pride (NWSL Challenge Cup), 7 pm ET — Paramount+

Costa Rica vs USMNT (CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying), 9 pm ET — CBSSN, Univision, TUDN, Paramount +

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