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Positive tests for coronavirus by Dynamo Dresden players isn’t enough to delay the Bundesliga’s return.

Rudolf Harbig Stadium in Dresden Photo by Robert Michael/picture alliance via Getty Images

Leagues around the world are putting their plans in motion to be able to play games by this Summer. The German Bundesliga is set to be the first prominent league to resume play, but are the risks to the health and safety of those involved worth it? Players from the 2. Bundesliga’s Dynamo Dresden have tested positive and will have to enter 14-day quarantine.

Seattle/Tacoma

Tacoma Defiance winger Shandon Hopeau wants to come out of the Stay Home phases of the pandemic in the best shape of his life. Pressing Towards the Full 90 - Shandon Hopeau | Tacoma Defiance

Jerry’s Tailgate Punch sounds delightful. Six Adult Beverages to Remind You of Cheney Stadium - We R Tacoma

OL Reign Academy will be playing in a newly founded academy league that aligns with their goals: providing an elite competition for female players. OL Reign Academy Joins the Girls Academy — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

Steph Cox, to put it mildly, is a goddess and a queen who is capable of literally doing anything except for permanently retiring from soccer, it would seem. Steph Cox on Balancing Motherhood and Professional Soccer — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

OL Reign’s selection of Kelcie Hedge represented a sort of homecoming for the dynamic midfielder. Not only did Hedge play for UW during her freshman year, but she’s also an alumni of Sounders partner club Spokane SC Shadow. Get to Know OL Reign Draft Pick Kelcie Hedge — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS/USL

The super league conversation happening in Europe has an analogous counterpart in North America. MLS, Liga MX merger vs expanded CCL: Concacaf's turf war - Sports Illustrated

Defiance wouldn’t be eligible, though. USL Championship seeks Concacaf Champions League place - Sports Illustrated

Adama Diomande, from MLS team Los Angeles Football Club, is adapting to our new self-quarantined reality by finding a new way to compete on the virtual pitch in professional FIFA tournaments. How one professional soccer player is adapting to life as a FIFA pro - The Verge

College sports will not resume until all students are back on campus, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Friday. NCAA president: Sports won't return until campuses reopen - Reuters

Clay Skipper’s task may have been easier than usual this time around as he got to experience what leg day is like for an MLS player. Leg Day Workout: How to Do It Like a Pro Soccer Player | GQ

Kyle Krause and the Pro Iowa group announced Friday the target date for completion of a multi-layered project that would give central Iowa a USL Championship soccer franchise has been pushed back to March 2023. Target date for Des Moines USL team pushed back to 2023; optimism remains for completion

Honestly, I’m pulling for an MLS Biodome, hosted by Pauly Shore. How will MLS return from COVID-19 hiatus? Detailing the league's plan to come back from the coronavirus

In two documents submitted to the USLPA, USL proposed steps to potentially return to play, and a significant pay cut to players. USL proposes blanket pay cut for Championship players – The Athletic

USL Championship’s next expansion destination appears to be Monterrey, California, with cities farther East close behind. USL’s Edwards: Monterey Close to Arrival of Championship Club

Anyone who wasn’t following the early years of MLS missed out on some undeniable wonders. Andrew Wiebe runs through a list of the things he most wishes he could have been there for. MLS early years: The best moments and players I wish I'd seen | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Sorry Gaby fans, but she is too pure to be assigned to any one team. NWSL teams as Bon Appetit test kitchen characters - All For XI

Utah was one of the first two NWSL teams to start individual training. Utah Royals begin voluntary individual training sessions - The Salt Lake Tribune

Former Sounders Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco welcomed their new child into the world on May 7. Alex Morgan, Servando Carrasco announce the birth of their first baby | MLSsoccer.com

USA

A guide for the new, and a refresher for the veterans. Which Americans can you watch in the Bundesliga? - Stars and Stripes FC

Gio Reyna could be the next great American player, so it’s worth taking a look at how he got to this point. The rise of Giovanni Reyna – The Athletic

Weston McKennie, like basically every soccer player ever, dreams of playing in the Premier League some day. Weston McKennie has sights on Premier League for next career move - Stars and Stripes FC

“It would be ten times worse if we started, shut down, started again, and then had to shut down a second time,” Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer said. “I think that would be catastrophic.” Coronavirus: Soccer leagues not playing in America during COVID-19 pandemic are doing it right

World

VAR can also be suspended under the rule. FIFA temporarily allows club competitions to have 5 substitutes - Stars and Stripes FC

The Bundesliga was keen to press ahead with plans to restart the season despite the Dynamo Dresden squad being quarantined. Bundesliga CEO adamant season will restart despite positive tests at Dresden | Football | The Guardian

On May 16, the German Bundesliga returns after a 61-day hiatus due to the coronavirus. But how will it work? This explainer lays it all out. German Bundesliga resumes after coronavirus outbreak - What matchday, player testing and safety will look like

La Liga has confirmed that five players in Spain’s first and second divisions have tested positive for the coronavirus. Coronavirus: Five La Liga, Segunda players test positive

Hertha Berlin has appointed former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to take Jürgen Klinsmann’s place on the Bundesliga club’s supervisory board. Hertha Berlin replace Jurgen Klinsmann with Jens Lehmann on board

Dynamo Dresden have been ordered into a 14-day quarantine after two new coronavirus cases, the Bundesliga 2 club announced on Saturday. Bundesliga 2 side Dynamo Dresden ordered to quarantine squad ahead of restart

The suspension of play resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Canada’s newest professional soccer club, a Spanish import, has yet to see the field. Atletico Ottawa: Meet Canada's newest club, who have never played a game - BBC Sport

It looks like Spanish soccer may be headed to Summer school! Does that make any sense? I don’t know, they’re apparently coming back in June. LaLiga avisa a los clubes de la fecha de vuelta: el 12 de junio - AS.com