Not a surprise, but another small step forward anyway: U.S. Soccer repeals ‘anthem policy,’ apologizes to Black community.

The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality, and the systematic oppression of Black people and people of color in America. It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.

And there it is:

The NWSL will be the first American professional sports league to return when they begin competitive matches at the end of June.

What US Soccer needs is a much larger overhaul. Heather O’Reilly, who was on the Athlete Council that voted for Cordeiro, said US Soccer should go through “a lengthy process of reorganization”. She’s right, but the federation has resisted it for this long – why should anything change now?

The Guardian

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Austin Bold FC’s 2020 roster is taking shape:

The Austin Bold filled the most glaring hole in its roster on Tuesday, announcing the signing of left back Ismaila Jome.

Jome, who played for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in 2019, will add a new dimension to the Bold, providing balance with his 6-foot-1 frame, speed and accurate left foot… The Gambia native grew up near

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The Statesman’s Chris Bils kicks off our first update of the new year with Bold 2020 news:

Mark your calendars. Austin Bold will begin its 2020 season at home, with the opener against New Mexico United set for 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Bold Stadium.

The Bold will also have a new weapon in year two, with longtime Austin rival Billy Forbes joining up

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Giovanni Reyna, the 17-year-old son of Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna, is following in his father’s cleat-steps. He’s even been making waves with Borussia Dortmund’s U19s:

Reyna scored two goals and registered two assists, helping Dortmund to a 5-1 win over Slavia Praha. With the win, Dortmund advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament, the youth version of the UEFA

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Austin FC announced plans for a large training facility in Northeast Austin:

The center, home to Austin FC and its academy teams, will encompass four full-size soccer fields along with 30,000 square feet where players, coaches and other soccer operations staff will work, train, eat, watch film, recover and receive medical care. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the team’s first

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