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The CBA is signed and we’re set to begin the MLS season on time. Plus all other happenings around Sporting KC and the league.

SOCCER: DEC 03 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinal - Minnesota United FC at Sporting KC Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Happy Friday, everyone. I hope you are dealing with the rumor of Felipe Gutierrez’s departure. Check out our article for a bit more info. But let’s get to the rest of the news & links from around Sporting Kansas City and MLS this week:

MLS 2021 Timeline
Now that we have a CBA agreement, a jam packed season is set for an opening weekend of April 17-20. This article shows the timeline for the whole year including the US Open Cup, USL season, and all the FIFA dates as well.

Inter Miami CF hire ex-Man U scout
David Beckham’s Inter Miami has been busy and now they’ve hired a Premier League front office scout. Mark Prizant will be the Director of Scouting after his role as a first team scout for Manchester United based in the US.

Davies adds Club World Cup to trophy haul
Bayern Munich defeated Tigres in the Club World Cup, giving Alphonso Davies his 6th trophy with the German giants.

Black History Month Series
Over at the other blog I contribute to, Donald Wine is again releasing stories each day that highlight some of the biggest moments in black American and world soccer history.

Brenden Aaronson scored a helluva first goal for RB Leipzig this week!

Can MLS realistically play winter soccer?
This is always a fun discussion about a topic that keeps MLS from following the FIFA schedule adopted by most leagues around the world.

ICYMI: 10 Things to know about Nicolas Isimat-Mirin
This is a good writeup, in case you missed it, about Sporting KC’s new centerback. A lot of experience, and titles, for the 29-year-old.

Two Years of Gregg Berhalter: Dual Nationals
SSFC digs into the Berhalter era for the USMNT. This one takes a look at the dual nationals and their impact on the team.

MLS Extratime