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WE HAVE A POTENTIAL DATE to watch soccer on TV. Maybe. May 9th Bundesliga action is possible and Alphonso Davies has extended his stay through 2025 with Bayern Munich. Arsenal is cutting pay to players. And much more!

Seattle

Tacoma Defiance player Danny Reynolds is using his time at home to go back to school. #StayHome - Danny Reynolds - Tacoma Defiance Features

MLS

Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies has signed a contract extension until 2025, the club announced on Monday. Alphonso Davies signs new contract with Bayern Munich until 2025

Alejandro Irarragori has released a statement praising MLS’ model and the idea of a merger between the two North American top flights. An MLS-Liga MX super league? Santos & Atlas president sees mutual benefits | MLSsoccer.com

Players and coaches from around the league share stories about the teammates that had a large impact on them. ‘This is a guy I want to be like’: USMNT, MLS vets on their favorite teammates – The Athletic

You better believe Fredy’s goal in the MLS opener made the cut. Armchair Analyst: The most important goals in MLS regular-season history | MLSsoccer.com

WoSo

We didn’t get to have our scheduled NWSL opening weekend, but at some point fans will all see each other again. I miss NWSL, but our community will get back together soon - All For XI

And if so, what are the alternatives? Has the women’s soccer tournament outgrown the Olympics? - All For XI

The league was growing and had a new TV deal and everything but then we just hit pause. The NWSL Had Momentum Heading Into 2020 Season. Then The Coronavirus Pandemic Hit. . News | OPB

Going route one and scoring more free kicks — the stats that show how teams in the WSL set up differently to their EPL counterparts. How different are men’s and women’s football? – The Athletic ($)

Women are up to eight times more likely to suffer the injury than men. FA take groundbreaking action to halt ACL injury epidemic in women's football | The Telegraph

The WUSA’s Atlanta Beat played its first game on April 21, 2001 in front of more than 20,000 fans. The players look back at the first women’s professional soccer league in America and share what it meant to them. A look back at WUSA’s Atlanta Beat, 19 years after its inaugural match | AJC

USA

USSF and the USASA have applied for loans via the Payroll Protection Program that is part of CARES. USSF approved for government-backed loan due to COVID-19 crisis | ESPN

The Development Player League (DPL) has announced a new tier of competition for the 2020-2021 season called the Girls Academy League. Former U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs to join new Girls Academy League - SoccerWire

World

The number of footballers reporting symptoms of depression has doubled since the sport shut down due because of Covid-19, a survey by Fifpro has found. Number of footballers with depression symptoms doubles during shutdown | Football | The Guardian

Former Tottenham Hotspur and current Monterrey striker Vincent Janssen believes Liga MX is better than the Netherlands’ Eredivisie. Dutch striker Janssen- Liga MX better than Eredivisie

Some leagues are considering an increase in subs per game given the packed fixture list if the 2019-20 season finishes. Why not make it permanent? Soccer should expand substitutions permanently. PLUS: The problems with Italy, Germany's plans to resume 2019-20 season

La Liga and the Spanish FA have held talks with the Spanish sports ministry and a path is in place for the season to resume in early June. La Liga return in June possible - ProSoccerTalk | NBC Sports

Professional sport is frozen in time, with no hint of when or if it might come back to life. Perhaps it is time to stop hoping for a conventional ending and instead take pleasure in the journey. With sport frozen in time we need to find joy in the journey, not the destination | Jonathan Liew | Sport | The Guardian

All 20 Premier League teams will be represented in the upcoming FIFA 20 ePremier League Invitational tournament. While some teams, like Manchester United, will be represented by celebrities, others like Liverpool and Manchester City will be represented by players. Premier League stars to play in FIFA 20 tournament - Polygon

Fifa has confirmed that is promised $1bn investment into women’s football between 2019 and 2022 will not be reduced. Fifa says planned £800m investment in women's football will not be cut | Football | The Guardian

Both league commissioners seem to think there could be nothing better. Liga MX – MLS merger: More than a possibility? - FMF State Of Mind

A new chairman, club strategy and transfer policy are among the details that have leaked about how the club will be run under the new consortium. Details Continue to Emerge as NUFC Saudi Takeover Edges Closer - Coming Home Newcastle

Ghost games and widespread testing would be needed. Report: Bundesliga can return as soon as May 9th - Fear The Wall

Danish soccer club to set up video screens at MCH Arena so fans can watch safely. FC Midtjylland plan ‘drive-in’ for behind closed doors games - SportsPro Media

Belgian club Lokeren face going out of business after failing to find an investor to help them avoid the threat of bankruptcy. Lokeren: Belgian side face bankruptcy - BBC Sport

A government adviser says speculation over a possible link between coronavirus cases in Liverpool and the club’s Champions League match with Atletico Madrid last month is an “interesting hypothesis”. Coronavirus: Liverpool v Atletico Madrid virus link an 'interesting hypothesis' - BBC Sport

Arsenal’s first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta take a 12.5% pay cut to assist the club during the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus: Arsenal players and coaches take 12.5% cut to wages - BBC Sport