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Wednesday Kickoff: Arsenal, Barcelona top groups, Southampton scandal, and more

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It was an exciting Tuesday of UEFA Champions League action, as several more teams booked their passage through to the knockout rounds.

One of those clubs is Arsenal, who will finish on top of their group for the first time since 2011/2012 after defeating FC Basel, 4-0. (REPORT)

Also finishing atop their group is Barcelona, who completed a UCL record 993 passes while dispatching Borussia Monchengladbach. (REPORT)

Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier has come forward against ex-Southampton coach Bob Higgins, joining six other former Saints in pedophilia claims against the former manager. (REPORT)

Bolivian authorities have arrested Gustavo Vargas, the man in charge of LaMia airlines, in relation to his role in the plane crash that killed 71 people, including most of the Brazilian football side Chapecoense. (REPORT)

Real Madrid has released a short statement in defense of Cristiano Ronaldo, regarding his involvement in the recent European tax evasion scandal. (REPORT)

TUESDAY REWIND

U.S. Soccer has postponed its decision on lower-division sanctioning as it continues negotiations with the USL and NASL. (READ)

Mix Diskerud’s NYCFC future remains in doubt as club looks to add new pieces. (READ)

MLS Defender of the Year Matt Hedges has signed a new contract with FC Dallas through 2020. (READ)

After claiming MVP honors, NYCFC’s David Villa hopes to continue making history in MLS. (READ)

Landon Donovan is reportedly unlikely to return to play in 2017. (READ)

The NASL’s Carolina Railhawks rebrand as North Carolina FC while announcing MLS, NWSL aspirations. (READ)

New York City FC’s David Villa named 2016 MLS MVP. (READ)

Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey,  and Bobby Wood headline nominees for U.S. Soccer awards. (READ)

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