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1. California teenager Edwin Lara made his debut for Leon in the Copa MX. Lara, 19, started in the 1-1 tie with Cruz Azul in the midweek Mexican cup competition. He played once for Pachuca in the Copa MX in 2017. Lara, who filed a switch of association to play for the USA after representing Mexico at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, moved from Pachuca to Leon in 2018 and has been playing for its U-20 team.

2. U.S. Soccer signed Deloitte as the title sponsor of its second annual SheBelieves Summit, which will take place on March 9 at Nike's Headquarters in New York. This year's summit will feature current and former U.S. women's national team members as well as other speakers, including Safra Catz, the Oracle CEO. The multi-year agreement will also make Deloitte U.S. Soccer's official professional services provider.

3. The Phoenix Rising has signed 16-year-old forward Ilijah Paul for the 2019 USL Championship season. Paul hails from Gilbert, Arizona, but attended the Real Salt Lake academy in Utah, where he has scored 10 goals in 13 games this season in the U-16/17 Development Academy. He's joined the Rising on a USL Academy Player contract. Earlier in the year, the Rising signed goalkeeper Brandon Keniston, just the second local signing in club history, to an academy contract. Academy contracts are for pre-college players who can play in the USL without losing their NCAA eligibility.
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