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Footy Digest: Luton Town’s Cinderella story has all the good feels

Plus: Chile just might qualify for the World Cup, every MLS player sorted by manager, Alex Morgan is a beast

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


Eight years ago, Luton Town was a non-league team; in a few days, they will be playing for promotion to the English Premier League. —The Guardian

• So much for the False 9: Manchester City decide to change their stripes and sign Erling Haaland to beef up the front line. Does he get a gap year like Jack Grealish? — ESPN FC

Celtic snatch another Scottish Premiership from Rangers FC. Want to join in on the celebration? Check out these scenes —The Jersey Doesn’t Shrink

• Never fun to see a PK decide a game, but that Ivan Perišić rocket was a satisfying way for Inter Milan to secure the Coppa Italia. —Black & White & Red All Over

• Could a new format see new contenders fight for the Champions League title? —90min

New York

ICYMI: Alex Morgan beat Gotham FC 4-0. —Nets Republic

• A little midweek madness for New York City FC fans: The team make an effort in the US Open Cup, and win their US Round of 32 math against Rochester NY FC. —Hudson River Blue


The Athletic shows more love for MLS with a manager-by-manager breakdown of when every player in the league was signed. For example, a full 13 of NYCFC’s current players were signed under Ronny Deila—and five are holdovers from the Patrick Vieira years. Good fun. —The Athletic


• A tale of two halves, as NC Courage rise above Washington Spirit in the NWSL Challenge Cup Final. —All for XI

A multi-year deal will see a new name show up in the NWSL Challenge Cup, and no, it’s not an expansion team. —All for XI

US Soccer

• A blow to Atlanta United looks to be a blow to the USMNT as Miles Robinson looks out due to a serious injury. —Dirty South Soccer

• A star on the rise for the USWNT, Benefica’s 23-yer-old goalkeeper Katelin Talbert is finding themself in Portugal. —The Equalizer


Chile launch an official complaint against Ecuador over World Cup Qualifying for fielding an ineligible player. If FIFA follow precedence Chile will be awarded six points, and leapfrog Peru to get the automatic qualifying spot currently held by Ecuador. Are Ecuador at risk of their spot in Qatar? Will CONEMBOL be shaken up? —The Washington Post

FIFA and EA’s relationship may have lasted longer than most marriages, but they sadly announced their divorce this past week. —

Games to Watch

Saturday, May 14

Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (Championship Promotion Semifinal), 10 am ET — ESPN+

Chelsea vs Liverpool (FA Cup Final), 11:45 pm ET — ESPN+

NYCFC vs Columbus (MLS), 7 pm ET — ESPN+, YES App

Sunday, May 15

West Ham vs Man City (EPL), 9:00 AM ET — USA, TUDN

Milan vs Atalanta (Serie A), 12:00 PM ET — CBS Sports Network, Paramount+

Monday, May 16

Huddersfield vs Luton Town (Championship Promotion Semifinal), 2:45 pm ET — ESPN+

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

Tuesday, May 17

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United (Championship Promotion Semifinal), 2:45 pm ET — ESPN+

Southampton vs Liverpool (EPL), 2:45 pm ET — USA, UNIVERSO

Wednesday, May 18

Frankfurt vs Rangers (Europa League Final), 3 pm ET — Paramount+, TUDN

DC United vs NYCFC (MLS), 7:30 pm ET — ESPN+

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