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Footy Digest: Serie A Femminile to go pro

Plus: How Madrid create chaos, Paris walks out on PSG, Houston has a problem, Seattle get MLS’s first favorable call in Champions League History

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Sara Gama of Juventus Fc looks on during the UEFA...
Il futuro è femminile.
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Footy Digest is a global roundup of the headlines, stories, and matches that make the beautiful game so beautiful.

Europe

Another one bites the dust: Poch may have a full head of hair once again, but he’s rumored to be at a loss for a job. —Eurosport

Only 40,000 tickets for the Champions League Final in the 75,000-capacity Stade de France will be made available to fans, 20,000 for each club. The rest go to the corporate friends of FIFA. —The Athletic

Italy now has a top-flight league for women: Serie A Femminile goes pro. —All for XI

This is what a decade of Bundesliga dominance looks like: Dortmund’s defeat in der Klassiker sees Bayern win their tenth consecutive league title. —90min

The title doesn't mean as much in France: Another Ligue 1 trophy title wasn’t enough to keep ParisSaint-German’s ultra from walking out on their most recent match —90min

• Anatomy of a game: A deep dive on how Real Madrid created chaos and scored goals against Manchester City. Has diagrams! —The Athletic

• Chelsea may not be the only megaclub up for sale: Serie A frontrunners, AC Milan, are being courted by Investcorp. Never heard of them? Find out now! —90min

New York

• What’s with the Frisco-to-NY soccer pipeline? Taryn Torres, Texas native and Gotham FC’s Newest Midfielder, gets the full profile treatment from Jenna Tonelli. —Nets Republic

• What do consecutive wins for NYCFC II, a last-minute winner, and a 3-2 game mean? The CFG plan is in full effect —Hudson River Blue

MLS

• Will Seattle Sounders be the first MLS club to win the CONCACAF Champions League? Seattle drew 2-2 in Mexico thanks to an unexpected 90+9’ penalty—since when does an MLS team get that kind of call? —Sounder at Heart

NWSL

• Houston has a problem: Houston Dash suspend Head Coach and General Manager, James Clarkson, following an investigation into allegations of abuse. —90min

Only good vibes coming from the Golden State as Angel City FC record their first-ever win. —Angels on Parade

• What do you mean the NWSL regular season is about the start, but the NWSL Challenge Cup is still going on? Here’s the NWSL season, explained. —Angels on Parade

US Soccer

USMNT will return to the CONCACAF Nations League with a game against Grenada on June 10 at Q2 Stadium in Austin. —Stars and Stripes FC

• But first, the USMNT will face Uruguay on June 5 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City as the team prepare for World Cup-caliber competition. —Stars and Stripes FC

Games to Watch

Saturday, April 30

Houston vs Austin FC (MLS), 1:30 pm ET — ESPN+, TUDN

Sunday, May 1

Tottenham vs Leicester (EPL), 9 am ET — Peacock

West Ham vs Arsenal (EPL), 11:30 am ET — USA

NYCFC vs San Jose (MLS), 1 pm ET — ESPN+, YES app

Marseille vs Lyon (Ligue 1), 2:45 pm ET — beIN

Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union (MLS), 4 pm ET — ESPN+

Tuesday, May 3

Villareal vs Liverpool (Champions League), 3 pm ET— Paramount+

Wednesday, May 4

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

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

Thursday, May 5

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

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

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

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

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