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Footy Digest: Erik ten Hag to take over Manchester United

What could go wrong? Plus: Two MLS coaches exit stage right, US Open Cup upsets, a Europa Conference League primer

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Footy Digest is a global roundup of the headlines, stories, and matches that make the beautiful game so beautiful.

Europe

• Welcome to the hot seat, Erik ten Hag: The Ajax gaffer agreed to take over at Manchester United starting in the Summer. What could go wrong? —The Guardian

Wait, you don't know what the Europa Conference League is exactly? Neither did we; good thing Rory Smith does. —New York Times

• Remember that no good, terrible, horrible idea of a Super League? We’re a year out from the uproar and here’s where things stand —ESPN

If Atalanta’s co-owner Stephen Pagliuca’s bid for Chelsea is successful, it could mean a partnership between the two sides—will bantam-weight Atalanta run the show, or the Super League’s Chelsea? —90min

New York

• New Jersey Red Bulls passed the test but just barely, beating second-tier Hartford Athletic 2-1 in the US Open Cup. Now for some fun: New Jersey will be in NYCFC’s draw group for the Round of 32. —Once a Metro

More news from Harrison: Red Bulls are winless at home this season. —Once a Metro

NYCFC II notched their first league win in style, rolling over Inter Miami II by the score of 7-0. —Hudson River Blue

New York City are sobering up. —Hudson River Blue

Gotham FC are good at merch. —Gotham FC

MLS

• It was a collapse for the ages: DC United let a two-goal lead slip away in the final ten minutes of regulation time as Austin came back to win it 3-2 at the death. Ugly. —Black and Red United

A slow start for DC United sees head coach Hernán Losada lose his job: That disastrous performance against Austin helped him take the title of First Sacking of 2022. —Black and Red United

San Jose Earthquakes have parted ways with head coach Matias Almeyda. Was he pushed, or did he jump? Hard to say. As J. Sam Jones put it, “Goodnight, you beautiful, possibly delusional king.” —MLS.com

NWSL

The NWSL Challenge Cup match between OL Reign and San Diego FC was a goal-fest: Check out the incredible shots that decided the game. —All for XI

International

• As the Women’s Euro 2022 gets ready to ramp up, here’s a ranked guide to all the teams that does a good job of handicapping the contenders. —90 min

US Soccer

• The US Open Cup is good, clean fun—especially when the upsets roll in: Congratulations, Northern Colorado Hailstorm for beating Reals Salt Lake, and San Antonio FC for beating Austin FC. —MLS.com

Is this a “Golden Generation” for the USMNT? A friendly against fellow World Cup participants Morocco in June to be held in Cincinnati might give us a clearer picture of what the kids can do. —Stars and Stripes

Games to Watch

Saturday, April 23

Arsenal vs Manchester United (EPL), 7:30 am ET — USA, TUDN

Inter vs Roma (Serie A), 12 pm ET — Paramount+

Bayern München vs Dortmund (Bundesliga), 12:30 pm ET — ESPN+, ESPN Reportes

Dallas vs Houston (MLS), 3 pm ET — ESPN+, TUDN

Sunday, April 24

Chelsea vs West Ham (EPL), 9 am ET — USA, TUDN

Liverpool vs Everton (EPL), 11:30 am ET — USA, TUDN

Lazio vs Milan (Serie A), 2:45 pm ET — Paramount+

NYCFC vs Toronto FC (MLS), 5 pm ET — YES, ESPN+

Tuesday, April 26

Man City vs Real Madrid (Champions League), 3 pm ET — Paramount+, CBS, TUDN

Wednesday, April 27

Liverpool vs Villarreal (Champions League), 3 pm ET — Paramount+, CBS, TUDN

Pumas vs Seattle Sounders (CONCACAF Champions League), 10:30 pm ET — FS1

Thursday, April 28

Man United vs Chelsea (EPL), 2:45 pm ET — Paramount+, TUDN

RB Leipzig vs Rangers (Europa League), 3 pm ET — Paramount+, TUDN

West Ham vs Frankfurt (Europa League), 3 pm ET — Paramount+, TUDN

Feyenoord vs Marseille (Europa Conference League), 3 pm ET — Paramount+

Leicester vs Roma (Europa Conference League), 3 pm ET — Paramount+

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