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

1. The U.S. under-18 women's national team opened with a pair of wins at the Tricontinental Cup. The U-18s beat China, 2-0, on goals by Karly Reeves and Maggie Graham.  Michelle Cooper led the USA with a pair of goals in the 5-0 win over Norway on Tuesday night. Aislynn Crowder, Mollie Griswold and Reeves also scored for the USA, which closes out tournament play on Friday against the Netherlands at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

2. Tim Hanley, MLS's longest-serving coach through the 2018 season, is back in the league as assistant coach of the Columbus Crew. As a goalkeeper and assistant coach, he has been part of three MLS Cup titles, serving San Jose (1997-99, 2001-05, 2015-2017), Houston (2006, 2009-14), LA Galaxy (2007) and Philadelphia (2018). The Crew also hired former Sports Illustrated soccer writer Liviu Bird as a video analyst and McKenzie Bostic as player care coordinator.

3. MLS expansion team Austin FC hired Spaniard Juan Delgado as its academy technical director. Most recently, Delgado was head of scouting for the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar ,where he established and designed scouting strategy for the Qatari national team. Before that, he was technical director of Valencia's academy and director of coaching for its youth teams.
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