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Megan Rapinoe’s Instagram is just what America needs.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up every part of the soccer world. Folks are taking the opportunity to get especially nostalgic for the start of MLS, and with no sports to get excited about it’s tough to blame them. Megan Rapinoe had a chat with AOC, but not the one from Tacoma Defiance.

Seattle/Tacoma

OL Reign star Jodie Taylor discusses her globe-trotting career. Jodie Taylor - Sport Grill

Tom Douglas is getting back in the game with a new venture in Ballard. Tom Douglas to open SeriousTakeOut in Ballard – My Ballard

Beer delivery options in Washington during the COVID-19 shutdown. This list features only those breweries and other businesses offering some form of beer delivery. Beer delivery options in Washington during the COVID-19 shutdown – Washington Beer Blog

That night in Portland was one for the ages. On This Date: Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers produced scintillating 4-4 draw | MLSsoccer.com

This is the content we actually need. Megan Rapinoe talked to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to explain the $2 trillion bailout bill - SBNation.com

MLS/USL

Like a lot of things happen in 2020, the mutual fandom between FC Tulsa and Wigan Athletic FC started with a tweet. On a quest to be a global brand, FC Tulsa rekindled a friendship with English club Wigan Athletic FC | Sports | tulsaworld.com

Armchair Analyst: The 6 biggest on-field stories from the 1996 MLS season Armchair Analyst: The on-field stories that defined the first MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

Developments could bode well for Sacramento Republic’s entry to top flight. Wynalda on USL’s growth mirroring MLS: “We’re all in this together” - Indomitable City Soccer

A Liga MX-style split season isn’t my favorite option, but I don’t think it’s a bad one. MLS will have half a year to play a full season after Covid-19. Here’s how they can do it - Black And Red United

More “classic” MLS action for you today. ESPN2 to air eight-hour MLS marathon on April 6 anniversary of first game | MLSsoccer.com

“Ragtag” and “shoestring” aren’t the only words that you could use to describe the beginnings of MLS, but they’re among the most fitting. Inside the buildup to MLS's first-ever game: "We all kind of had one shot at this" | MLSsoccer.com

A conversation with Chad Kolarcik, Head of Performance for the Colorado Rapids. Kolarcik was with the Sounders prior to joining Colorado. How the Rapids are trying to maintain their fitness during the break - Burgundy Wave

NWSL/WoSo

Brands just started offering men’s sizes for sports stars like Sabrina Ionescu, Megan Rapinoe, and Jonquel Jones. And fans are snapping them up in droves. Why Men Started Wearing Female Athlete Jerseys | GQ

USA

Our better USMNT is taking shape, slowly but surely. What happened Year 1 of building a better USMNT in ‘Football Manager 20’ - SBNation.com

The 2020 US Open Cup is currently suspended along with the rest of American professional soccer with questions over whether or not it can happen. The 2020 US Open Cup and a test of US Soccer's will | US Soccer Players

Occasional USMNT player Romain Gall will be playing for a new team when soccer starts again. Romain Gall headed to Stabaek on loan - Stars and Stripes FC

Players won’t have to worry about aging out of the Olympics because of the event being delayed. Report: FIFA to change rules to keep 23-year-olds eligible for Olympics - Stars and Stripes FC

Concacaf has suspended the Nations League playoffs, among other competitions. FIFA may still cancel the June international fixture window. Official: Concacaf to suspend Nations League playoffs due to coronavirus - Stars and Stripes FC

World

The league doesn’t know when play can resume, but is helping its community in the meantime. Premier League donates £125 million to lower leagues, £20 million to NHS - SBNation.com

MLB Network and NHL Networks will pay their freelancers through April at least, say sources. The two networks previously committed only from March 13-28. MLB, NHL Networks To Pay Freelancers Through April

The players should probably take a pay deferral for the long-term sustainability of the game, but let’s not forget that most people who own Premier League clubs are literally billionaires Premier League owners should take a pay cut first—then ask the players. - The Short Fuse

When will sports return? That’s the wrong question to be asking amid the fight against COVID-19 We're asking the wrong question about the return of sports

The Champions League and Europa League could be abandoned if coronavirus restrictions remain in place into September, according to Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin. Champions League and Europa League could be abandoned if coronavirus restrictions remain in September, says Uefa president - BBC Sport

With a transfer window (possibly) approaching and a pandemic preventing games or travel, teams around the world are being forced to take a new approach to scouting potential signings. How the world of football transfers has been turned on its head – The Athletic

Culture and Entertainment

Role-playing games let you tell a story with your friends, and most are available to play online. Tabletop RPGs 101: How to play Dungeons & Dragons and other games, online or offline - Vox

Memphis, Tennessee: Home of the Blues AND destination retail. The world’s 10th-tallest pyramid is a Bass Pro Shops megastore - SBNation.com

I’m choosing to believe that Mewtwo is the name of the Mew second team. SB Nation reviews: Mewtwo - SBNation.com

You’ve got free time, so accept a movie recommendation from Natalie Weiner. ‘Quarterback Princess’ is the best sports movie about a girl playing football - SBNation.com