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Top players like Jan Vertonghen are available on a free for next season

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Sports are either coming back very soon or very far away...so...umm...optimism? Read some cool stuff about former Sounders, what CONCACAF will do for the next world cup, and much more.

Seattle

Brad Evans, former Sounders and U.S. teammate: I remember once in Dallas, he got fouled and the whistle had blown, and in my mind, I thought he was hurt toward the end of the game. So I go up to him, ‘You good?’ And he turns to me, ‘Are you good??‘ and got in my face like we were going to fight on the field. I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m just asking if you’re ok or not.’ And then you go in the locker room and everything is fine. A ‘ruthless’ player who makes a mean jambalaya: Clint Dempsey in untold stories – The Athletic

The team’s bevy of international players have found plenty of reason to feel at home in this city of transplants. Why the Sounders’ Global Roster Embraces Seattle | Seattle Met

The NBA, NFL and MLB are dreaming up ways to play amid a pandemic, with talk of isolating players in Arizona or Las Vegas or maybe on the moon. It all sounds great, until you talk to people who actually know science. Bursting the Bubble: Why Sports Aren’t Coming Back Soon - Sports Illustrated

MLS/USL

Nick Ragain is no stranger to Colorado’s recreation industry, and his next finished project figures to be his biggest. Springs Spotlight: Nick Ragain leads Switchbacks' efforts to reshape downtown | Sports Coverage | gazette.com

Atencio came in second in week 1’s voting. Fix that. USL eCup Fans' Choice Goal of the Week - Week 2

MLS commissioner Don Garber said the league is exploring alternative formats to completing the season, including a tournament and neutral sites. MLS mulling tournament format, neutral site games if season returns

MLS is eyeing plans for “getting in as many games as possible,” whenever the coronavirus suspension ends, per Garber. ”From tournament formats and neutral locations, ultimately playing an abridged regular season, [we’re] doing everything to get as many games,” Garber said. Report: MLS Considering Postseason Tournament, Hopes to 'Get as Many Games' Possible | Sports Illustrated

Harrison explained why he had found himself deleting his Twitter account during a rough first season at Leeds. In the process, he payed his former supporters in The Bronx a major compliment. Jack Harrison praises positivity of NYCFC and MLS fans relative to England | MLSsoccer.com

First things first: I stole this idea from the great Bill Barnwell, who did the top 100 English Premier League transfers of all time for ESPN last week. Second things second: I am not as brave as Bill, so I won’t be doing outright rankings. Armchair Analyst: The best imports in MLS history, broken down by tier | MLSsoccer.com

USA

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says that qualifying for the 2022 World Cup from the region may have to change due to the coronavirus crisis. CONCACAF boss: World Cup qualifying process could change amid coronavirus

World

Liverpool supporter Kjeld Rinfeldt has transformed his home in Denmark into a glorious tribute to his beloved Reds and their famous Anfield stadium. This Is Anfield: Liverpool superfan turns his home into shrine complete with 'You'll Never Walk Alone' gate

The coronavirus’s historic impact means we need to be creative about resuming. It can’t just be about money. PLUS: Germany has a bold plan. Football needs creative solutions to resuming in England. PLUS Breaking down Bundesliga's bold plans

Tottenham reverse their decision to use the Government’s furlough scheme for some non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis following criticism from supporters. Tottenham Hotspur reverse furlough decision for non-playing staff - BBC Sport

Southampton vice-captain James Ward-Prowse says the players wanted to help the club and “repay” the local community when taking wage deferrals. James Ward-Prowse says Southampton players wanted to 'repay' community - BBC Sport

The SPFL wanted clubs to end the season but Dundee’s missing vote has resulted in Rangers and Hearts questioning the role of the game’s governing body. How Scottish football's voting farce led to open warfare breaking out | Football | The Guardian

From Vertonghen to Cavani, there are a lot of players in Europe who do not know if they will finish the season with their clubs. Time running out: footballers whose contracts expire on 30 June | Football | The Guardian

Spain appears to be turning the corner. New coronavirus cases and deaths falling in Spain, but football is still far from coming back - Barca Blaugranes

Leagues may start as early as May, while continental competitions may not be played until August. Champions League to be decided by single matches behind closed doors in neutral venues - report - Barca Blaugranes

Like all Bundesliga sides, Wolfsburg have returned to practice and former LA Galaxy Academy attacker is joining them. Wolfsburg promote Ulysses Llanez - “Want to show him that we have a vision for him” | Transfermarkt