Tuesday morning: What's in the news ...

1. Russ Sauer, who has served as U.S. Soccer's chief outside counsel for many years, is retiring from Latham & Watkins, the California law firm where he has worked since 1980. He made the announcement in filing a motion to withdraw as U.S. Soccer's counsel in the NASL's antitrust suit that has entered its third year in U.S. district court in Brooklyn. He has been the chair of Latham & Watkins' litigation & trial department in Los Angeles. The firm will continue to represent U.S. Soccer in the NASL suit. It has worked extensively with U.S. Soccer since former partner Alan Rothenberg became U.S. Soccer president in 1990. MLS president Mark Abbott, AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis and agent Richard Motzkin, who heads Wasserman's global soccer division, are all Latham & Watkins products.

2. Oregon hired Graeme Abel, the U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper coach for the past five years, as its new women's head coach. Abel was on head coach Jill Ellis's staff for runs to World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. He has had college jobs as a goalkeeper coach at Nevada (2005-07), Oklahoma (2008-10, 2012-15) and Washington State (2010-12). He began coaching as a graduate assistant at NAIA school Brescia, his alma mater, in 2004. Abel started out his college career at NAIA powerhouse Lindsey Wilson after arriving from England, where he grew up in the Everton youth system.

3. Sunday's Club America-Monterrey match to decide Liga MX's Apertura title averaged 3.3 million viewers on Univision and TUDN, making it the highest-rated club match on U.S. television in 2019 and the highest-rated Liga MX Apertura contest since 2016. Univision networks finished the year with 21 of the top highest-rated 25 club matches with adults 18-49.
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