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Footy Digest: Carlo Ancelotti linked to Canada

Plus: Kevin Durant is into Gotham FC, Montréal ditch a badge nobody ever liked, Seattle win a cup

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

Europe

Real Madrid pull off a comeback for the ages, or one that you would only expect at 2 am in a game of FIFA. —ESPN FC

• Since we know Kylian Mbappe is a devoted reader: When you FINALLY decide to say where you’re going, please don’t make a self-fulfilling, preachy video. —90min

Relegation is a tough pill to swallow: Birmingham City will see themselves playing football outside of the WSL next season. —90min

New York

What do the Nets and Gotham FC have in common? (Hint: He’s a baller, and his initials are “K” and “D.”) —ESPN

Keaton Parks is so good at soccer that he should be on the radar of the USMNT—and in contention to play in the World Cup. —CBS Sports

• Ranking the Power Rankings: MLS.com’s Power Rankings place New York City FC at #2, while ESPN.com puts them at #5. Who’s right? Also: Who cares? —MLS.com, ESPN.com

MLS

• Didja hear? Seattle Sounders won a trophy last night. —Sounder at Heart

CF Montréal is scuttling the gray snowflake badge just two years after its introduction. No tears here. Please bring back the name “Impact” next? —CF Montréal

• A deep dive from The Athletic on why 17-year-old goalkeeping wunderkind Gaga Slonina might get snatched up by a European club, and the Polish national team. —The Athletic

NWSL

Local goalkeeper makes good: Long Island native Phallon Tullis-Joyce is now the starter for OL Reign. —All for XI

International

Will Carlo Ancelotti be the next head coach of Canada? The BBC quoted the Madrid manager as entertaining the idea: “Certainly not for this World Cup. World Cup 2026, why not? I’d love to, sure.” —BBC.com

US Soccer

• Gregg Berhalter is looking to fine-tune one of the best USMNT teams ever assembled. Is he an expert mechanic recalibrating the engine, or a guy putting in a shift at the local garage? —Washington Post

Games to Watch

Saturday, May 7

Liverpool vs Tottenham (EPL), 2:45 pm ET — USA, Universo

Nice vs Nantes (Coupe de France - Final), 3:00 pm ET — beIN Sports

NYCFC vs Sporting KC (MLS), 7:00 pm ET — ESPN+, YES App

Sunday, May 8

Manchester City vs Newcastle (EPL), 11:30 pm ET — Telemundo, USA

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (La Liga), 3:00 pm ETpm ET — ESPN+

Wednesday, May 11

Juventus vs Inter (Coppa Italia - Final), 3:00 pm ET — CBS, Paramount+

NYCFC vs Rochester New York FC (US Open Cup), 7:00 pm ET — ESPN+

Thursday, May 12

Tottenham vs Arsenal (EPL), 2:45 pm ET — USA, Universo

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