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The USSF is trying to apologize but it too late

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Coronavirus is a real problem, the NBA is suspending the season, the NCAA is playing behind closed doors, in addition to a Juventus player testing positive. US Soccer meanwhile is doing everything they can to look terrible in its suit against the USWNT.

MLS

As a member of USL’s Communications department, the Communications & Social Media Coordinator supports League Two and Women’s Soccer initiatives. Job Title: Communications & Social Media Coordinator

Midfielder lets loose about former LA Galaxy player. Sebastian Lletget says it was “very difficult” to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammate - LAG Confidential

Leo Suarez and Henry Martin scored stylish goals two minutes apart early in the first half, Bruno Valdez added a third nine minutes before halftime, and Club America completed a 3-0 victory over Atlanta United in Leg 1 of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal. Club America 3, Atlanta United 0 | 2020 Concacaf Champions League Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com

Eduardo Vargas scored on a rebound in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, and New York City FC saw their Concacaf Champions League hopes dealt a critical blow with a 1-0 loss to Tigres UANL. NYCFC 0, Tigres UANL 1 | 2020 Concacaf Champions League Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

So you don’t know what Twitch is - we’re here to help. An explainer for NWSL fans who don’t know what Twitch is - All For XI

Despite having an inside track to the content via its partnership with CBS Sports, William Hill hasn’t made NWSL sports betting in NJ a goal at this time. William Hill Says No NJ Sports Betting On NWSL Matches | PlayNJ

The NWSL announced a significant new television deal with CBS on Wednesday, changing both the way fans can view the league and providing stability for a vital revenue stream. Takeaways From new NWSL TV Deal | Forbes

USA

U.S. Soccer disgracefully claimed the USWNT should not be paid as much as the men’s team because the job of a men’s player requires more skill and ability. USWNT: Carlos Cordeiro must resign as US Soccer president - Sports Illustrated

U.S. Soccer might save money in the short term by winning the equal pay lawsuit, but not in the long term as it continues to lose in the court of public opinion. U.S. Soccer’s sexism damages its business even if it wins USWNT lawsuit - SBNation.com

A Coca-Cola spokesperson said they are demanding to meet with US Soccer officials to express their concerns about the “unacceptable and offensive comments.” Coca-Cola And Other Sponsors Blast US Soccer For Equal Pay Arguments | BuzzFeed News

U.S. Soccer claims in equal pay legal filing that women’s World Cup isn’t as competitive as men’s version — disregarding the four USWNT Cup titles. US Soccer insults all women with its ‘argument’ in equal pay lawsuit

Don’t worry though, U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro apologized for language used in legal filings in the lawsuit brought by the USWNT. U.S. Soccer chief apologizes for 'offense and pain' as USWNT protests

Not soccer but a big deal in sports. The NCAA announced Wednesday that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be played in arenas without fans because of the coronavirus crisis. NCAA hoops tournaments will be played without fans

The NBA announced that it has suspended its season until further notice after the completion of Wednesday night’s games after a member of the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus. Maybe Rudy Gobert shouldn’t have touched all the mics and recorders... NBA suspends season until further notice after player tests positive for the coronavirus

World

Talks are ongoing regarding the suspension of La Liga for the next two weeks, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Coronavirus: Talks ongoing over La Liga suspension - sources

Liverpool’s hopes of defending their Champions League title are over after a 4-2 aggregate defeat by Atletico Madrid in the last 16. All of Atleti’s goals came in extra time. Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (2-4 agg): Holders out of Champions League - BBC Sport

Dietmar Hopp is the man at the center of a controversy that is dominating German football. Why is he the focal point for so much hate? Dietmar Hopp: Bundesliga protests focus on Hoffenheim owner, but is it all about him? - BBC Sport

Juventus announce that Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus. Coronavirus: Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani tests positive for virus - BBC Sport

Did the decision to cancel all sporting activities come too late? Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tests positive for coronavirus - Black & White & Read All Over

A wild night and how Paris St-Germain’s behind-closed-doors Champions League win will live long in the memory. Wild celebrations, fireworks and flares - PSG's memorable European night - BBC Sport

Hannover 96 defender Timo Hubers was tested after attending a local event locally, where he learned he was in contact with another person who had tested positive. Coronavirus: Bundesliga player becomes first footballer in Germany to test positive for Covid-19 | The Independent

Marcos Llorente scored twice in extra time to give Atlético an historic 3-2 victory over Liverpool. Cometh the hour, cometh Llorente: Atlético rally at Anfield - Into the Calderon

What’s on TV?

10:55 AM - Eintracht Frankfurt v. FC Basel - Europa League - Galavision, B/R Live

10:55 AM - Basaksehir v. Kobenhavn - Europa League - B/R Live

10:55 AM - LASK Linz v. Manchester United - Europa League - TUDN, B/R Live

1:00 PM - Olympiakos v. Wolverhampton - Europa League - TUDN, B/R Live

1:00 PM - Rangers v. Bayer Leverkusen - Europa League - Galavision, B/R Live

1:00 PM - Wolfsburg v. Shakhtar Donetsk - Europa League - B/R Live

7:30 PM - LAFC v. Cruz Azul - Concacaf Champions League - FS2, TUDN