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Major Link Soccer: The world pauses

Hard decisions coming for many competitions, and Cordeiro is out at USSF

Celtic vs FC Copenhagen (UEFA Europa League) Photo by Bill Murray / SNS Group via Getty Images

Sports are both frivolous and powerful in the time of a pandemic. Canceling sports over coronavirus sends an important message to the world -

We were supposed to have sports in our lives for these exact moments. So what do we do now? Sports might be canceled for a while, so now what? - Dirty South Soccer

US soccer

The president of U.S. Soccer resigned Thursday night following a wave of backlash against the federation. Carlos Cordeiro resigns over sexism in USWNT equal pay lawsuit -

Megan Rapinoe has said US Soccer has done “irreparable” damage to their relationship with the US women’s national team with their recent court filings. Megan Rapinoe marshals US women’s soccer protest as equal pay rift escalates | Football | The Guardian

There will be no US March or April friendlies. USSF cancels March and April women’s and men’s friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC

The USMNT defender revealed that his failed medical with AC Milan revealed an irregular heart rhythm. USMNT’s Antonee Robinson to undergo procedure for irregular heart rhythm |

World soccer

The CONCACAF Champions League has been postponed, while Mexico’s friendlies in the U.S. against Greece and the Czech Republic have been called off. CONCACAF Champions League suspended and Liga MX takes coronavirus measures | ESPN

All elite football in Britain is suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus. Premier League and EFL suspended in England - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland halt games - BBC Sport

UEFA has postponed the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg games scheduled for next Tuesday. Real Madrid Juventus UCL games postponed over coronavirus

Three unnamed Leicester City players are in self-isolation after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, manager Brenden Rodgers has said. Coronavirus: Leicester City trio in self-isolation after showing symptoms

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United would back suspending the Premier League and European competitions to combat the spread of coronavirus. Manchester United back Premier League suspension for coronavirus - Solskjaer

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus. Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager tests positive for coronavirus - BBC Sport

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating after being tested for coronavirus, sources have told ESPN. Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy self-isolating after coronavirus test - sources

The ultras would prefer games be canceled altogether rather than played behind closed doors. Bayern Munich ultras call for all matches to be cancelled amidst COVID-19 fears - Bavarian Football Works

It seems very strange for players and fans alike, but protecting people’s health and containing the spread of coronavirus is more important than money. Football in empty stadiums is something we will have to get used to | The Guardian

UEFA is reportedly nearing a decision to postpone the European Championship by a year to 2021 as the continent grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, which could affected the Women’s European Championship currently scheduled for that year. AP source: UEFA to decide on plan to postpone Euros a year

Uefa have called an emergency meeting in which the possibility of postponing Euro 2020 by one year is an option being discussed. Euro 2020: Uefa to discuss possibility of postponing tournament by one year - BBC Sport

The EFL’s review detailed how Bury were spending 140% of turnover on player wages with the dire results meaning a ‘review of the financial ecosystem’ is needed. Bury’s demise shows Football League must tighten FFP rules, review says | Football | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

Almost everything is postponed, but a few games are still happening in Mexico and Australia (at least as of writing).

8:00 PM: Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC (W-League playoffs) — ESPN+

8:00 PM: Morelia vs. Querétaro (Liga MX) — TUDN

8:10 PM: Tijuana vs. Pachuca (Liga MX) — ESPN Deportes

11:00 PM: Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory (A-League) — ESPN+

1:30 AM (3/14): Melbourne City vs. Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) — ESPN+

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