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1. Matt Miazga debuted for struggling English League Championship club Reading in its 1-1 tie at Bolton Wanderers. The 23-year-old defender, loaned to Reading by Chelsea after a nightmare spell at French club Nantes in the fall, was one of three newcomers who started for the Royals, who find themselves in a battle for survival. They remain 22nd in the 24-team second division, one point inside the drop zone.

2. Michael Harrington, who played in MLS for 11 seasons, has retired after playing for the USL's North Carolina FC in 2018. He played for the USA at the 2013 U-17 World Cup and 2015 U-20 World Cup before an MLS career (249 games) that took him to Sporting Kansas City, Portland, Colorado and Chicago. He'll return to the University of North Carolina to finish his degree and serve as an assistant with the Tar Heels' men’s team.

3. The North Carolina Courage's Abby Erceg is one of three players who have come out of international retirement to rejoin New Zealand. Katie Duncan, Emma Kete and Erceg are all returning to the Football Ferns for the upcoming Cup of Nations in Australia following the departure of head coach Andreas Heraf and the hiring of former U.S. women's national team coach Tom Sermanni. Other NWSL call-ups: Rosie White (Chicago) and Katie Bowen (Utah). Also picked was University of California sophomore Daisy Cleverley.
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