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USSF Development Academies shutting down, players take wage deferrals around the world, and World Cup qualifying will change.

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Puget Sound

A few members of the Cheney Stadium staff are using their extra time at home to refine their arts. Finding Zen in the Arts - We R Tacoma

MLS / USL

The Timbers shot stopper started writing children’s sports books through family and sports. How (and why) Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella became a children’s book author | MLSsoccer.com

The Sunshine State has added professional sports to its list of essential services. Locations hosting pro sports are still closed to the general public, though. Pro Sports Deemed ‘Essential Services’ in Florida — New Day Review

NWSL / women’s soccer

International stars Sarah Bouhaddi and Dzsenifer Marozsán are rumored to be considering leaving Olympique Lyonnais in order to sign with Utah Royals FC. Les Lyonnaises Bouhaddi et Marozsán vers Utah ? | SOFOOT.com (French)

Sources well in the know with Lyon also confirmed that they have heard the same. Rumor: Sarah Bouhaddi & Dzsenifer Marozsan to Utah? - RSL Soapbox

US soccer

A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Hermann’s name graces the trophy annually awarded to the best college soccer player in the country. ‘Mr. St. Louis’ — businessman, philanthropist and soccer-team owner Bob Hermann dead at 97 | stltoday.com

The boys’ DA has been around since 2007, while the girls’ program was just added in 2017. USSF to shut down boys and girls Development Academy programs – The Athletic ($)

The future of the girls’ DA was already in doubt, with several major clubs leaving for the rival ECNL in the last year. U.S. Soccer’s role in youth soccer will change dramatically. For better or worse? | Soccer America

Two March friendlies in Europe were canceled. World Cup qualifying could be delayed. But life, Berhalter says, “comes way before soccer.” Gregg Berhalter keeps USMNT setbacks in perspective | Yahoo Sports

Goodbye to the Hex? Changes to CONCACAF World Cup qualification format likely - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

If world soccer’s governing body — which has exorbitant cash reserves and every reason to be distrusted with them — wants to start repairing its image, now’s a great time. Coronavirus: FIFA and its riches can help soccer, but will it? | Yahoo Sports

Hopeful plans? Hopeless plans? Actual hope? We’ll see! English football targeting June 6 return, training in mid-May - We Ain’t Got No History

West Ham manager David Moyes fears a rash of injuries to players should there be a desperate rush to complete the Premier League season if the coronavirus relents sufficiently to allow the resumption of football. Hammers boss fears injury pile-up if Premier League resumes | Yahoo Sports

The Football League and players’ union have recommended wage deferral of up to 25%, with both organisations accepting they share ‘common problems’ owing to the coronavirus lockdown. EFL and PFA reach wage deferral deal for League One and Two players | The Guardian

The final memorial service scheduled to be held at Anfield in respect of the 96 Liverpool supporters who were killed at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the anniversary will be commemorated in other ways. Liverpool players to observe minute’s silence for Hillsborough at home | The Guardian

Amanda Staveley, who tried to buy Newcastle in 2017, is fronting the bid to buy the club from Ashley, who has been the owner since 2007. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in advanced talks to sell club for £310m | The Guardian

Broadcasters withholding TV rights payments during the coronavirus pandemic means Neymar and co are willing to make a sacrifice. ‘They want the clubs to survive’: Ligue 1 players ready to take 50% wage deferrals | The Guardian

The club showed their fans how the new Bernabeu will look once the construction ends. Real Madrid publish video showing new Santiago Bernabeu project - Managing Madrid

A growing number of online tournaments are raising funds and providing entertainment for locked-down football fans. Sancho v Rashford on Fifa: Shutdown gives esports mainstream moment | The Guardian

The club’s directors said that criticism of the decision had led them to change their stance. Bournemouth reverse furlough decision - BBC Sport

Culture

Dune Part I hits theaters everywhere on Friday, Dec. 18. Dune: Denis Villeneuve confirms his big screen adaptation will span two films