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From possible player transfers to the supposed elimination of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the lack of actual games - or practices, for that matter - has the sports world all a-gossip. If it’s not actual rumors, it’s wild speculation or daydreaming. What else do we have to do?

Seattle/Tacoma

How the pets of the Tacoma Defiance and the Tacoma Rainiers staffs are handling having their people home. Our Furry Friends Are Keeping Us Company - We R Tacoma

Applications for the first round of grants are open now through the 16th of April, with two week cycles running as long as the resources are available. First grant cycle open for Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

Dennis Te Kloese says coronavirus shutdown makes prospects “very challenging.” LA Galaxy’s Dennis Te Kloese not optimistic about full 2020 MLS season - LAG Confidential

Chris Durkin never quite seemed to fit in D.C., but he may have found a home in Belgium. Report: D.C. United discussing permanent transfer for Chris Durkin to Sint-Truiden - Stars and Stripes FC

The sports dietitian from the Houston Dynamo gives some insight into how he makes sure the team is doing more than just eating candy and ice cream during isolation. Diet and Nutrition 101 during the coronavirus pandemic: Dynamo expert shares his gameplan | MLSsoccer.com

With three new hires in their scouting department, it’s clear that Charlotte intend to focus on European players when they start to build out a roster. Charlotte continues building out its scouting department with three European-based hires | MLSsoccer.com

Will David Beckham bring a friend to Miami for Rodolfo Pizarro? Miguel Layun hopes for Inter Miami move, highlights draw of David Beckham | MLSsoccer.com

David Beckham is evidently to be lauded for his active role as an owner because he...uh, told the team the league was being suspended? That seems like a pretty low bar. Lewis Morgan explains David Beckham's hands-on Inter Miami role as former Celtic winger praises players for COVID-19 response - Daily Record

Josh Atencio is holding down the no. 4 spot on the USL eCup Power Rankings, which I don’t understand in the slightest. USL eCup Power Rankings – Week 2

NWSL/WoSo

Although she remains optimistic that the season will resume in late June, Duffy emphasized the importance of safety and adaptability for the league. Orlando Pride EVP Amanda Duffy confident NWSL will play full season despite coronavirus | Pro Soccer USA

Crystal Dunn is raising a brood of chickens in her own backyard. Crystal Dunn loves her chickens (and they love her) - All For XI

Megan Rapinoe, Cristen Press, Tobin Health, and Meghan Klingenberg’s new company creates clothing with a message—that just happens to be ideally suiting to the self-isolating lifestyle. The Stars of the USWNT Have a Smart Solution for Your WFH Style | Vogue

USA

Jordan Morris figured prominently, but Cristian Roldan can’t even get a mention... Armchair Analyst: Blue Sky daydreaming about the 2022 US men's national team | MLSsoccer.com

The litigation concerns a period of years where U.S. Soccer sold jerseys with names and numbers and players allege they received nothing. Among USSF’s defenses is that they were apparently unaware that their own website sold custom jerseys. U.S. Soccer, men’s players’ association in arbitration over jersey license fees – The Athletic

How we finessed the MLS salary cap in ‘FM20’ to acquire two potential USMNT superstars: Jordan Morris and Efrain Alvarez. How to build a better USMNT in ‘Football Manager 20’: Crush the offseason - SBNation.com

COVID-19 has opened up an opportunity for U.S. Soccer to shutter the Development Academy in the absolutely least disruptive way possible. OPINION: COVID-19 provides opportunity for U.S. Soccer to shut down Development Academy - SoccerWire

Dest seems set a fullback tandem with Alphonso Davies next season, but there’s apparently at least a chance that he becomes the first American to play for the Barcelona first team instead. Report: Bayern favored to sign Dest amid Barcelona interest - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Burnley’s captain on getting the #PlayersTogether fund in place and why Premier League footballers are determined to help As footballers worked to do our part, people tried to make villains of us | Ben Mee | Football | The Guardian

As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year — even with the long delay. Tokyo Olympic CEO hints games could be in doubt even in 2021 | AP

The club have real boardroom issues More chaos at Barcelona as six directors resign - Barca Blaugranes

The goat of Nickelodeon shows is timeless. 10 sports that ‘SpongeBob’ invented, ranked - SBNation.com

Sounders vs Timbers comes in at no. 48 on the list. Ranked! The 50 biggest derbies in world football | FourFourTwo

Serie A and the Bundesliga are trying to get soccer going again, but they’re not interested in putting fans at risk in doing so. Coronavirus: Serie A to join Bundesliga 'not letting fans in stadiums until the start of NEXT YEAR' | Daily Mail Online

Jack, no one’s move to West Ham has worked out particularly well recently. 'It hasn’t worked out for me at West Ham' - Wilshere reflects on decision to leave Arsenal | Goal.com

no way to scout potential signings in person right now, more and more teams are turning to Wyscout to get the information that they need.How Wyscout allows clubs in lockdown to scout, analyse and prepare for (eventual) return of football

Paul Pogba is one of many players for whom the COVID-19 suspension of sports leagues provides an opportunity to return from injury. Paul Pogba: Manchester United midfielder determined to return stronger after injury nightmare | Football News | Sky Sports

I’d give someone, like, $2 to see pictures of that little muscle cube with the Fenomeno haircut. Shaqiri: I had the Ronaldo triangle haircut & cried when Brazil lost 1998 World Cup final | Goal.com