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Major Link Soccer: MLS postponing return to at least June 8th.

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The league is planning on postponing matches till at least early June now.

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Happy Thursday! Yes, I am still using links to track days of the week. Leagues are starting to consider when are they are returning to play and if fans will be involved. Arsenal is pushing pay cuts while US Soccer is firing executives and laying off other staff.

Seattle

Breanna Stewart, the No. 1 WNBA draft pick in 2016, welcomes projected No. 1 pick Sabrina Ionescu to the exclusive club. This counts as Seattle because 1. Breanna Stewart plays for the Storm and 2. because I go to University of Oregon, so Go Sabrina! (yes I’m a duck...I’m also a Husky so...) Dear Sabrina -- Breanna Stewart's advice on life as the No. 1 WNBA draft pick

MLS

MLS is planning to postpone matches through June 8 due to the spread of the coronavirus, according to sources. MLS to postpone matches through June 8 due to coronavirus - sources

NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila shares his thoughts on potentially playing games without fans and being more prepared than ever. NYCFC's Ronny Deila: We'll play without fans if it brings MLS back sooner, but we'll miss them | MLSsoccer.com

MLS announced the creation of a new elite youth competition platform intended to provide high-level matches for academy sides after the U.S. Soccer Development Academy ceased operations. Major League Soccer launches new elite competition for youth academies | MLSsoccer.com

Even in undeniably trying times, Ayre sees some silver linings in Nashville SC’s current situation, not the least of which is that the club’s new ground is under construction on schedule. Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre: Stadium has been "guiding light" during coronavirus break | MLSsoccer.com

USA

The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing legal issues have resulted in a financial downturn for the federation. U.S. Soccer Federation laying off staff members – The Athletic ($)

U.S. Soccer Federation executives Brian Remedi and Tonya Wallach have been fired, sources confirmed to ESPN. U.S. Soccer Federation axes Brian Remedi, Tonya Wallach - sources

Today we have another mass addition of advanced stats you can now access on player pages. Goal Creation, Possession, Passing and More Advanced Stats on FBref | Sports-Reference.com

World

The Hall of Fame is a concept as old as sports itself but the English Premier League finally has a pantheon in 2020. We’ve picked the first class. Premier League Hall of Fame - Introducing ESPN's inaugural class

Football will “no doubt” return behind closed doors but it is “impossible” to know when that will be, according to a body for major leagues. Coronavirus and football: 'Impossible to know' when restart will be - BBC Sport

Dundee vote in favour of proposals to end the Scottish lower-league season, the SPFL confirms. Dundee Utd, Raith & Cove win titles and reconstruction talks start after Dundee vote - BBC Sport

A Newcastle United takeover takes a step closer after new documents show that owner Mike Ashley has entered into a charge agreement with potential buyer Amanda Staveley. Newcastle United takeover deal worth £300m close - BBC Sport

Arsenal want players to take a 12.5% pay cut, applying if they did not qualify for the Champions League, but that suggestion has been rejected. Arsenal players reject pay cut to aid club and demand wage deferral or bust | Football | The Guardian

“For too long I’ve avoided confrontation with inoffensive platitudes and nostalgia – now I’m here for clicks and retweets.” René Higuita’s scorpion kick is a thing of beauty – so let's debunk it | Max Rushden | Football | The Guardian

Remembering Lionel Messi’s wildest season ever. Lionel Messi’s 73-goal season was a triumph ... and a disaster for Barcelona - SBNation.com

Arsenal defender David Luiz told ESPN Brasil he and his teammates were frightened after learning Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus. Arsenal's Luiz: Arteta coronavirus test scared players home assignments like 'school'