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As the impact of coronavirus spreads, sports just get farther away.

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As governing bodies continue to take increasingly necessary steps to combat the spread of coronavirus, things just seem to get tougher. Whether your hours have been cut, or your employer closed, or maybe things are just getting uncomfortable as you and your partner or roommate both work from home, maybe this can be a little distraction for you.

Seattle/Tacoma

It’s an especially tough time for event and music venues. Tractor Tavern closes doors temporarily – My Ballard

The Seattle Sounders announced that there had been a confirmed case within their support staff, seemingly the first in an MLS organization. Seattle Sounders confirm member of support staff has COVID-19 | MLSsoccer.com

Your friends in the service and hospitality industries are probably having a tough time. Maybe take the opportunity to pick up dinner from your favorite place, or order something from that little shop you love’s web store. Washington Governor Inslee to Shut Down Restaurants and Bars Statewide for Dine-in Service Temporarily - Eater Seattle

MLS/USL

MLS has been suspended, but we’re still alive to do some gaming. Register now! Hudson River Blue presents: The HRB FIFA Invitational! - Hudson River Blue

A look at the decisions behind Roman Torres’s red card and the retaking of the Sounders’ penalty kick, among other VAR incidents, from PRO. Inside Video Review: Week 2 – Professional Referee Organization

Paying staff is the right thing to do. MLS teams considering possibility of providing financial aid to part-time workers – The Athletic

It’s going to be at least another week before MLS teams start holding regular training again. MLS extends training moratorium through March 20 | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Megan Rapinoe is featured along with five other women athletes on the wrappers of CLIF bars. CLIF Bar Replaces Climber With Six Women Athletes on Limited-Edition Packaging | NOSH

Lulu Barnes and Steph Catley both got the start as Melbourne City cruised by Western Sydney Wanderers in pursuit of the championship. Five-star City blow Wanderers away and book Grand Final ticket | Westfield W-League

New OL Reign player Sofia Huerta and Sydney FC topped Darian Jenkins and Melbourne Victory in the W-League semi final. ‘One of our best performances’: Juric praises Sydney FC’s Semi Final grit | Westfield W-League

USA

Cindy Parlow Cone is now acting president of USSF, but does that effectively change things between the fed and the team? Can Cindy Parlow Cone earn back the trust of the USWNT? - Stars and Stripes FC

The US Soccer president’s abrupt resignation could represent an opportunity for true reform and a shift in culture at the federation. After all, it’s hard to imagine it can get any worse Sexism and arrogance at US Soccer: Carlos Cordeiro's exit won't fix a thing | Football | The Guardian

With Carlos Cordeiro out, the federation and women’s players could become more likely, after everything, to settle out of court, for a number of reasons. US Soccer vs USWNT: How President's resignation alters equal pay fight - Sports Illustrated

U.S. Soccer used an academic study published by Doriane Lambelet Coleman in the brief they filed, which eventually resulted in Carlos Cordeiro’s resignation, and she’s not particularly pleased with their misuse or misinterpretation of her work. Doriane Coleman: What U.S. Soccer gets wrong in its argument over equal pay - The Washington Post

World

A report into the death of the footballer has found that neither the pilot nor plane had the required licence to operate commercial flights. Emiliano Sala: Pilot and plane did not have required licence to operate commercial flights | Sky Sports

After a slew of season and tournament cancellations due to the Coronavirus, one group of student athletes may be getting another chance. Report: NCAA To Grant Additional Season Of Competition To Spring Sports Athletes – CBS Pittsburgh

To adhere to social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, restaurants are turning to takeout, drive-thru, and wine delivery. How Fine Dining Restaurants Are Responding to Coronavirus - Eater

Uefa will consider moving Euro 2020 to December in a bid to allow the Premier League and other club competitions to catch up this summer following the unprecedented sporting chaos caused by coronavirus. Exclusive: Uefa consider staging Euro 2020 in December as major cancellations pile up

Soccer isn’t the primary concern when it comes to the coronavirus, but the game’s organizers in the U.S. and Mexico are working on what comes next. U.S., Mexico soccer's coronavirus response Assessing the potential impact on MLS, Liga MX

Sports were supposed to calm us, distract us. Will the hiatus lead to a reboot, a cleanse? Does Coronavirus Mean the End of Sports as We Know Them? - The New York Times

Austin Bold general manager Roberto Silva was among those let go. The rest of the team, including head coach Marcelo Serrano, was told it would be at least 10 days until training resumes. COTA closed, staffers laid off in wake of coronavirus cancellations - Sports - Austin American-Statesman - Austin, TX

Protests and fan violence, not the global pandemic, were the cause for ending the Chilean league’s season early. Chile's Copa Libertadores controversy an example of fixture chaos

Although a return in April had been the initial target, it seems that Serie A won’t be back anywhere close to that soon, with still even more players being confirmed with the novel coronavirus. Serie A set for May 3 return? | Football Italia

Liga MX has finally joined seemingly every major professional sports league in the world. Coronavirus: Liga MX, Mexico's top soccer league, will suspend play after Sunday's games - CBSSports.com

It’s honestly impossible to say. All any of us can do is wait, and hope that there’s still a chance to finish the season. West Ham chair wants to void entire Premier League season - Cartilage Free Captain

In the moment we find ourselves in, maybe we can at least appreciate the brief instances of wonder that sports can create, and allow that to provide some brightness and hope for the return of the pain and joy that come with fandom. Odion Ighalo’s goal reminds us what we’ll miss while sports are canceled - SBNation.com

Every team should immediately help its workers as they face a difficult time. Brighton will pay match-day staff during coronavirus cancellation, and the rest of the Premier League should follow - SBNation.com