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MLS / USL

In the big picture, Russell’s playing career may only have been precursors to the truly important phase of his professional career as an Emergency Room physician. Robbie Russell, former MLS defender, describes his life as an ER intern in era of COVID-19 | MLSsoccer.com

In this very special edition of Off the Crossbar, the hosts spoke with former RSL defender Robbie Russell about his career in medicine, COVID-19, and that penalty kick. Off the Crossbar Special Edition: Dr. Robbie Russell interview - RSL Soapbox

Among the sports to which DAZN holds rights in various international markets are: MLS, MLB, Champions League, WTA Tour and MotoGP. DAZN To Withhold Rights Fees For Canceled Content

USL Championship coaches offer their unfiltered takes on the league, its players, and what they think should come next. The 2020 USL coaches survey: the best, worst of the American second division – The Athletic

“We’re in daily conversations about how we can all work together give our clubs as many games as possible,” Nash said to ProSoccerTalk. USL League Two exec: ‘Still our intent to play in 2020’

USL Championship coaches offer their unfiltered takes on the league, its players, and what they think should come next. The 2020 USL coaches survey: the best, worst of the American second division – The Athletic

NWSL / women’s soccer

Barnes’s loan to Melbourne City from OL Reign ended with a championship won a frantic scramble to return home amid the coronavirus outbreak. Lauren Barnes wins W-League title, then escapes home just in time - Sports Illustrated

The World Cup champion had it all planned out: train full-throttle to be ready for the Tokyo Olympics less than three months after she gives birth this spring. She didn’t plan for an Olympic postponement, or the reality of giving birth in the midst of a global pandemic. Alex Morgan Finds the Silver Lining | Glamour

Female athletes deserve representation in video games, too. The continued exclusion of women’s soccer in Football Manager is indefensible - Power Plays

US soccer

The 2019 edition was more attack-oriented, but 2015 had Hope Solo in goal. So which team has the edge? 2015 USWNT vs. 2019 USWNT: Who wins hypothetical matchup? | Yahoo Sports

The USWNT’s lawsuit against U.S. Soccer is scheduled to begin in May. U.S. Soccer admits USWNT has same skill as men

Tuesday’s filings also included potential witnesses for both sides, including Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn. U.S. Soccer tones down language in new USWNT equal pay court filings | ESPN

The postponement of the 2020 Olympics has a number of domino effects, one of them being the eligibility of a number of players hoping to show out in a world championship. Olympic men’s soccer age cutoff decision looms large for players - Sports Illustrated

World soccer

FIFA is looking to tap into its vast financial reserves to assist a football industry ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA, sitting on $2.7 billion, looking to help football industry impacted by coronavirus

Senior football executives throughout Europe contemplating how to deal with the crisis caused by Covid-19 are now talking about June being optimistic as a time to restart the game. Football authorities fear season is unlikely to resume before start of June | The Guardian

More than 100 non-league clubs sent an open letter to the Football Association, calling for it to “urgently” reconsider expunging their seasons. Non-league clubs send letter to FA over expunging season - BBC Sport

The growing uncertainty in the days leading up to the lead shutdown lead to some suggested workarounds. ‘Secret Plan’ to Let Liverpool Lift Trophy Before League Shutdown Revealed - The Liverpool Offside

Tottenham, whose owners have a combined net worth of over $6 billion USD, have reduced the wages of their 550 non-football staff by 20% in response to the coronavirus crisis. Daniel Levy calls on Premier League managers and players to take pay cuts | The Guardian

The Villa captain probably was not the only 24-year-old to ignore the lockdown last weekend in order to go socialising, but he was the only one to do so almost immediately after lecturing hundreds of thousands of followers on social media about the importance of staying at home to keep people safe. Jack Grealish needs to show he really has grown up this time | The Guardian

The Aston Villa goalkeeper revealed he endured ‘endless minutes of fear’ after being left unable to breathe. ‘For 25 minutes I ran out of oxygen’: Pepe Reina on battling coronavirus | The Guardian

The former prodigy is running classes to help wannabe footballers develop skills and resilience, and says he is happy at last. How Sonny Pike, the wonderkid who fell to earth, is guiding young players | The Guardian

BBC Sport speaks to the amateur football team who are representing England on the European stage by a fluke. Mountain Village Euros: The team competing as ‘England’ in 2020... by chance - BBC Sport

A friendly between two lower league sides in Sweden had to be cancelled on Monday after bets could be placed on the game, causing “people from all over the world” to contact players and staff of the two teams. ‘This is sick’ – seventh-tier Swedish club cancels friendly after betting mayhem | The Guardian

Football in Belarus is gaining worldwide coverage with 10 new broadcast deals, as it continues during the coronavirus outbreak. Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity | The Guardian