The English Premier League resumes today! The opening games are Aston Villa v Sheffield United at noon and Man City v Arsenal at 2:15, both on NBCSN. And empty stadiums aren’t the only difference from regular matches:

Players in the country’s top division, the Premier League, will have their names on their shirts replaced with the slogan Black Lives Matter for one round of games. London-based side Tottenham Hotspur just posted a picture of their squad taking the knee before

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Something to tide us over until that NWSL tournament: that little league in England may be back in a few weeks. Man City v Arsenal and (the big one) Aston Villa v Sheffield United “set to be played on a Wednesday night before a full round of action on 20 June.”

Stoppage Time 12/22/19

Charlotte joins MLS for 2021

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Nick Barbaro at the Chronicle has a couple of 2019 top-10 lists for Austin soccer:

For the third year in a row, the top two local stories are Austin’s two pro soccer teams, but boy, have things changed. Austin FC, set to become the city’s first major league sports team, went from nonexistence to breaking ground on their sold-out stadium, while Austin Bold FC

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Stoppage Time 10/26/19

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The MLS team on the other end of US 290 has a new coach: Tab Ramos is taking over in Houston:

Ramos, 53, joins the Dynamo after serving as the head coach of the United States Under-20 National Team since 2011 and as the U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director since 2013. During that time, he led the U-20s to the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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Stoppage Time 10/12/19

DaMarcus Beasley, legend

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Farewell to DaMarcus Beasley: a US star with no interest in the limelight. DMB is such a good guy; looking forward to see what else he’ll do to grow the game in the US.

Tim Howard is coming to Austin:

The former Blues goalkeeper will be making a first appearance in his new role [as the Club’s first International Ambassador in the US]

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Stoppage Time 9/20/19

NBC Sports Premier League Mornings Live

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  • NBC is hosting a live EPL Fan Fest in Austin next month – The stateside broadcasters will be set up in a mobile studio at Scholz Garden for the weekend of Oct. 26 & 27. They did this last season in a few New England cities, with 12,000 fans in attendance in Boston, for example. The events are free and open to the public, though
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2016: The Year Ahead for Austin Soccer Fans

The Aztex hiatus means that we won’t be able to attend professional games in Austin this year, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for soccer fans in central Texas to do. In fact, with a little travel and/or a TV, there’s a lot of footie in store for 2016.

Foreign Leagues: EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, etc.

now through mid-May, resuming in August

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Austin Chronicle on a New Bar Football Culture

Austin Spurs at Mister Tramps, 8/22/15

If you’ve spent much time at Aztex games, Scorpions matches, or the Austin Soccer Fan Zone on Facebook, you’ve probably run across Lee Nichols. He has an article in this week’s Austin Chronicle, Game Changer – A new football culture for Austin bars.

The season kicking off is soccer – the very first match of the 38-game English Premier League schedule that will last until May. This opening battle pits Manchester United (a team even the soccer-ignorant have

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