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1. Clint Peay is the latest head coach to leave U.S. Soccer's boys national team staff. He has been hired as an assistant coach at North Carolina FC, joining new head coach Dave Sarachan, assistant coach John Bradford and assistant general manger and goalkeeper coach Nic Platter. Peay, who most recently worked as the head coach of the U-15 national team, won four NCAA Division I titles as a player at Virginia and three MLS Cup titles and one Open Cup trophy with D.C. United and played on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.

2. Nashville’s MLS team has hired Chance Myers as chief scout and Ally Mackay as assistant general manager. Myers, the No. 1 overall pick in 2008 SuperDraft, had a 10-year MLS playing career, the first nine years with Sporting KC, where he won one MLS Cup title (2013) and two Open Cup titles (2012 and 2015). Mackay has worked as a player agent for London-based Stellar Group for the last five years. He will work under Nashville GM Mike Jacobs.

3. BeIN Sports, locked in a battle with major cable and satellite distributors, has received a boost from the Barcelona-Real Madrid pairing in the Copa del Rey semifinals. The first of three Clasicos in less than four weeks drew 820,000 total viewers, 235,000 on beIN Sports and 585,000 on beIN Sports en Espanol, more than triple the viewership in the previous six weeks in the same time slot. Comcast and AT&T did not to renew their distribution agreements with beIN Sports. AT&T's DirecTV and most DirecTV Now packages dropped beIN Sports last summer.
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