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Major Link Soccer: The USSF/USWNT lawsuit gets nastier

World’s oldest player scores; a look back at Roman Torres’ red card.

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Puget Sound

The first-known U.S. case offers lessons in how and how not to fight the outbreak. How Coronavirus Spread From Patient Zero in Seattle - Bloomberg


The success of last year’s small event has led MLS to expand it to five skills and a 90-minute festival for 2020. 2020 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge to feature MLS and Liga MX competing across five skills |

Did DCU deserve their man advantage? VAR Review: A referee’s perspective on Roman Torres’ red card against D.C. United - Black And Red United

Santa Clara County order made to restrict spread of coronavirus. San Jose Earthquakes announce they will comply to limit mass gatherings - Center Line Soccer

May be the first step if virus continues to spread. MLS announce locker room access to be restricted due to coronavirus - Angels on Parade

NWSL / women’s soccer

The SheBelieves Cup has been another example of Press’s growing role on the national team. Christen Press emerges as a USWNT star under Andonovski - Sports Illustrated

Neville praised Ellen White after the England No 9 came to the Lionesses’ rescue in New Jersey against Japan in the SheBelieves Cup. Phil Neville says Ellen White is rising above disrespect at SheBelieves Cup | The Guardian

The women’s manager has praised the support he has received from the FA as England prepare to face Spain in SheBelieves Cup. Phil Neville says he will know when time is right to walk away from England | The Guardian

US soccer

“The job of an MNT player carries more responsibility within US Soccer than the job of a WNT player,” US Soccer argued in a court filing. USWNT Equal Pay Lawsuit: US Soccer Argues Women Less Skilled Than Men | Buzzfeed News

There are plenty of factors at play, but it’s an issue U.S. Soccer and the USWNT shouldn’t just write off with a $66 million check. Equal pay dispute: U.S. Soccer, USWNT must figure out issue | Yahoo Sports

The events of the past few days show that the distance has only widened between the federation and the players. U.S. Soccer could still win equal pay lawsuit in court, but public opinion has long been lost – Equalizer Soccer

The battle between the USSF and USWNT has all the bitterness of the nastiest divorce. Is It Time To Boycott U.S. Soccer? | Backline Soccer

Does U.S. Soccer really want to win this way? Equal pay: U.S. Soccer’s sexist argument vs. USWNT is damning | Yahoo Sports

We head to Texas to crown a Nations League champion. Concacaf Nations League playoff dates, locations set - Stars and Stripes FC

As the spread of coronavirus worsened all events where more than a thousand visitors were expected to attend were suspended, including all upcoming professional football matches. The USMNT is scheduled to play in the province against the Dutch. Coronavirus: Noord-Brabant cities cancel all major events; 4% hospital workers may be infected | NL Times

World soccer

On March 9, many women in Mexico, including employees of every Liga MX team, did not attend their routine activities as part of a protest movement against gender violence and related issues. El 9M causó un gran impacto en los equipos de la Liga MX | (Spanish)

A 74-year-old grandfather became the oldest footballer in the world to score a goal in an official match on Saturday. Oldest footballer in the world scores goal in debut match | ESPN

Analysis of the goals scored in Europe’s biggest soccer matches in recent years offers some clues on how the world’s best teams go about their work. Be Quick, Press High, Cut Back: How to Score in the Champions League - The New York Times

Football and art rarely come together, but when they do it’s a thing of beauty. Ever wondered what art made of football boots looks like?

The takeover of Charlton Athletic has descended into chaos with the main promised investor announcing he has now pulled out, and a furious public disagreement between the new owners. Charlton takeover in chaos after public disagreement between new owners | The Guardian

The number 24 has often been shunned in Brazilian culture, but a new generation of players are changing old attitudes. How a football shirt number is being used to oppose homophobia in Brazil | The Guardian

The 52-year-old is the first person directly connected with a team known to have contracted the virus. Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has coronavirus - BBC Sport

Some Arsenal players are in two-week quarantine after coming into contact with Marinakis following their game against Olympiacos. Manchester City match postponed |

Matches in Spain’s and France’s top two divisions are to be played behind closed doors because of coronavirus concerns. Coronavirus: La Liga, French club matches & Barca Champions League game behind closed doors - BBC Sport

The Free State of Bavaria has prohibited major events until mid-April, and other German states have followed suit. Official: Bayern Munich to play Chelsea, Dortmund, and more without fans - Bavarian Football Works

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he would prefer matches to be postponed rather than played behind closed doors. Coronavirus: Pep Guardiola prefers postponing games to keeping fans out - BBC Sport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd side are taking on the Austrian side LASK in the Europa League last 16 with an empty stadium greeting them for the first leg on Thursday. LASK vs Manchester United confirmed behind closed doors due to coronavirus - Manchester Evening News

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe has returned a negative test for the coronavirus, according to ESPN sources. Mbappe’s coronavirus test comes back negative, in doubt for PSG-Dortmund | ESPN

UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA asking governments to ensure Euro 2020 goes ahead | Associated Press

The Italy women’s national team have pulled out of the Algarve Cup final and will be flying home on Wednesday amid concerns disruption to flights would have left them stranded in Portugal. Italy women pull out of Algarve Cup final due to coronavirus disruption | The Telegraph

What’s on TV?

12:30 PM: Manchester City vs. Arsenal (Premier League) — NBCSN (postponed)

1:00 PM: PSG vs. Borussia Dortmund (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision, B/R Live

1:00 PM: Liverpool vs. Atlético Madrid (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN, B/R Live

1:15 PM: England vs. Spain (SheBelieves Cup) — ESPN3

4:00 PM: USWNT vs. Japan (SheBelieves Cup) — ESPNews, TUDN

5:00 PM: NYCFC vs. Tigres UANL (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2, TUDN

3:15 PM: Colo-Colo vs. Atlético PR (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

5:30 PM: Flamengo vs. Barcelona (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

7:00 PM: Tacoma Defiance vs. San Diego Loyal (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:30 PM: América vs. Atlanta United (Concacaf Champions League) — FS2, TUDN

8:00 PM: Monterrey vs. Juarez (Copa MX) — Fox Deportes

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