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Major Link Soccer: Becky Sauerbrunn going to Portland

COVID-19 contingency planning around the globe, Arlo White calling games in Chicago.

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The former Sounders FC play-by-play man will call Fire matches during the EPL off-season this summer. Arlo White, Tony Meola and Tyler Terens Headline Chicago Fire FC’s 2020 Broadcast Team | Chicago Fire FC

Chicago “feels like my home away from home,” White said. Chicago Fire name Arlo White, Tony Meola, Tyler Terens to broadcast team - Hot Time In Old Town

The Impact have made their second addition from Tottenham in 2020 with the addition of the DP midfielder. Victor Wanyama signed by Montreal Impact as Designated Player from Tottenham Hotspur |

Miguel Almiron pulled at the collective MLS and Atlanta United heartstrings Tuesday, celebrating with a tribute to Josef Martinez. Miguel Almiron pays tribute to injured Josef Martinez after ex-Atlanta United star scores for Newcastle United |

The goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer and considering a move to MLS. Claudio Bravo considering offer to join New York City FC in the summer | The Guardian

Around the country, from Providence to Phoenix to Louisville to Tacoma, new stadium plans are now commonly being centered around wider entertainment districts and developments that aim to revitalize and invigorate neighborhoods beyond gameday. USL Expansion Centered Around Stadium-Anchored Entertainment Districts

NWSL / women’s soccer

The national team defender had a desire to end her career in her off-season home. Utah Royals FC trades Becky Sauerbrunn for Portland Thorns’ Elizabeth Ball, allocation - RSL Soapbox

Sauerbrunn’s move to Portland Thorns FC should help a contending team get better, and a struggling team rebuild. Becky Sauerbrunn trade should be a win for the Timbers and the Royals -

The USWNT defender talks about why she requested the trade from Utah Royals FC, why she held off on doing so for so long, and what comes next after the move. ‘You have to bring your best’: Becky Sauerbrunn on her trade to Portland – The Athletic ($)

South Shields-born sports scientist who helped the USA win two World Cups explains her philosophy and why she rejoined England. Dawn Scott: England’s ‘secret’ weapon in push to be the world’s best | The Guardian.

US soccer

U.S. Soccer is taking a number of measures in coordination with the CDC — but dealing with public health emergencies is nothing new for the federation. How USSF is protecting against coronavirus during the SheBelieves Cup, from fist bumps to health assessments | Yahoo Sports

Changing the schedule of the games could have big impacts on club teams around the globe. Coronavirus Japan Update: Tokyo 2020 Games Could Be Postponed Until End of Year, Japan’s Olympics Minister Says | Newsweek

World soccer

Jurgen Klopp will surely end Liverpool’s long wait for a Premier League title, but he won’t match Arsene Wenger’s 2003-04 achievement this season. Liverpool’s failed unbeaten Premier League champions bid shows brilliance of Arsenal ‘Invincibles’

An independent FA regulatory commission suspended Kiko Casilla for eight games after being satisfied that the Leeds goalkeeper called Jonathan Leko “a f---ing ------” during a game at the Valley in September last year. Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla banned for using N-word | The Guardian

Spain’s cup competition has become less bloated and less predictable this season. Other countries should take note. The Copa del Rey has been revamped and revitalised this season | The Guardian

Decisive response to offensive banners about Hoffenheim’s owner jar with recent inaction when racism was involved. Chaos caused by Hopp banners raises questions about Bundesliga priorities | The Guardian

The Italian brought six of his trusted staff to Goodison Park when succeeding Marco Silva as manager in December and wants to break language barriers in the dressing room. Carlo Ancelotti orders Everton backroom staff to improve their English | The Guardian

The Premier League is discussing contingency plans regarding playing matches behind closed doors should the threat of the coronavirus lead to mass gatherings being banned. Premier League debates coronavirus contingency plans | The Guardian

In yet another change of plans, the Juventus-Milan Coppa Italia semi-final has been called off due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Official: Juventus-Milan postponed | Football Italia

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Union Berlin (DFB Pokal) — ESPN Deportes

11:45 AM: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Manchester City (FA Cup) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Leicester City vs. Birmingham City (FA Cup) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Norwich City (FA Cup) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Juventus vs. Milan (Coppa Italia) — ESPN+ (postponed)

11:45 AM: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Werder Bremen (DFB Pokal) — ESPNU, ESPN Deportes

12:00 PM: Mirandés vs. Real Sociedad (Copa del Rey) — ESPN+

12:10 PM: Olympique Lyonnais vs. PSG (Coupe de France) — beIN Sports

7:00 PM: Juárez vs. Monterrey (Copa MX) — ESPN Deportes

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