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Major Link Soccer: US Soccer walking away from youth development in 2020

This is all due to financial constraints.

SOCCER: MAY 12 Women’s - USA v South Africa Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Seattle

It’s impossible to mask our appreciation for the stories of people and companies across Seattle and the Pacific Northwest going out of their way to help in any way possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Face it, these mask-making efforts during the COVID-19 crisis reveal who we really are – GeekWire

MLS/USL

D.C. United’s homegrown holding midfielder is apparently making his move to Belgium a permanent one. Report: D.C. United, Sint-Truiden reach deal on Chris Durkin transfer - Black And Red United

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

If we can’t have a regular NWSL season, then maybe we can have a 2020 NWSL decathlon with champions. The 2020 NWSL season can be whatever we want it to be - All For XI

Fifpro has called on governing bodies and the game’s stakeholders to protect players and “to build a more solid foundation” for women’s football. Women's football faced with 'existential threat' from coronavirus pandemic | Football | The Guardian

USA

San Jose police on Thursday announced the arrest of a youth soccer coach and professional soccer player on suspicion of sending pictures of his genitals to a 16-year-old girl. San Jose soccer coach sent lewd photos to teen, police say

U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program was inefficient and too often ineffective. Now, something better can take its place. U.S. Soccer closing the Development Academy may not be a bad thing - SBNation.com

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, US Soccer is largely stepping away from youth development in 2020 due to financial constraints. Report: US Soccer to shut down most youth national teams until 2021 - Stars and Stripes FC

When Henry Bethell heard a gay slur in an NCAA soccer match for the second time last season, he took matters into his own hands. A gay slur. A punch. Now a queer NCAA soccer player is suspended. - Outsports

World

Hard to see past the negative repercussions of this decision. Can Anything Good Come from the Disappearance of the Ascenso MX? - FMF State Of Mind

With several clubs at all levels struggling to cope financially since play was suspended, Bloom said the situation raised questions over the sustainability of a model. Brighton chairman Tony Bloom hopes coronavirus pandemic is a catalyst for change in football | Daily Mail Online