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The new youth development league is open, but apparently not to girls.

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The Seattle Sounders partnered with some local craftsmen/fans to benefit the Sounders FC Relief Fund. MLS has a pretty bad plan for returning to play, and Dell Loy Hansen has apparently had a series of bad ideas that has resulted in some of his employees having to pay some of his other employees’s paychecks. Elsewhere, the new MLS academy league is being fleshed out.

Seattle/Tacoma

The Sounders partnered with a couple of fans to create a shirt that will help to benefit the Sounders FC Relief Fund, and everyone that that organization supports. Sounders FC announces sale of "SFC At Home Together" t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts, benefiting club's COVID-19 relief fund | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

This really couldn’t look much worse for Dell Loy Hansen. RSL defender Nedum Onuoha spearheads effort to help those in organization affected by furloughs, layoffs - The Salt Lake Tribune

Przybylko’s video places a name to the previously anonymous first Covid-19 diagnosis for an MLS player. Kacper Przybylko posts video talking about his positive Covid-19 test and recovery

Famed referee Howard Webb chatted with reporters this week on what changes we might see. The man in charge of MLS referees weighs in on what to expect when soccer returns - Hot Time In Old Town

The plan appears to involve a round-robin tournament, which could probably be accomplished without requiring all 26 teams travel to Florida. More details emerge on MLS’s Orlando plan, players’ concerns about a return – The Athletic

Fredy Montero’s coffee shop, Santo, is great and you should buy some coffee from them. Vancouver Whitecaps' Fredy Montero talks rivalries, coffee and placekicking aspirations | MLSsoccer.com

As long as the new coach isn’t a racist, I think anyone would count as an improvement. FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp says club has likely candidate for new head coach | MLSsoccer.com

With 65 academies from outside of MLS, the new league still has plenty of room to grow, even once games start being played. Luchi Gonzalez: I wouldn't be surprised if new youth league adds more teams | MLSsoccer.com

David Estrada’s club launched a new foundation with a mission of “community transformation through art and sport.” New Mexico United Announces Somos Unidos Foundation

NWSL/WOSO

The new elite youth program is open to future girls involvement, but sadly that’s not a priority at the moment. Earthquakes GM on girls academy closure: “A very difficult decision” - Center Line Soccer

Eanet becomes the first female PA voice in Chicago. Red Stars name Lindsay Eanet the club’s new public address announcer - Hot Time In Old Town

Women’s professional soccer in New Orleans? Opinion: Forget minor league baseball in the Big Easy, think NWSL for NOLA | WDSU News

The England and Houston Dash defender lifts the lid on training in the NWSL during lockdown. No touching equipment and no retrieving loose balls - Rachel Daly reveals strict American training regime

USA

Beyond matching dollars, it’s about matching opportunity. After months of interviews and research, Peter Keating breaks down where those opportunities are, and the obstacles that stand in the way. What equal pay in sports really means, as the fight goes on for U.S. women's soccer | ESPN

American youth products around the world are joining new clubs, and Sebastian Soto is apparently the latest. Report: Sebastian Soto signs with Norwich City - Stars and Stripes FC

World

The Bundesliga is set to return this weekend. And while it might or might not set the stage for other leagues, we can’t wait. The Bundesliga returns amid uncertainty in European soccer

The Premier League has been told by the government it must show matches free-to-air and share more money as a condition for restarting. Premier League ordered to show free-to-air games and share money to restart | Football | The Guardian

Shouts to Troy Deeney for joining the chorus of players speaking out against the potentially reckless scramble to return to play. Watford captain Troy Deeney would rather be broke than put football above the health of his family | Daily Mail Online

Could Kalidou Koulibay be partnering with the best CB in the world in the future? Rumour Mongering: Liverpool, Man United, PSG Fight Over €100M Koulibay - The Liverpool Offside

Sci-fi pants pooping

Everybody in Denis Villeneuve’s 2020 Dune movie cast plays characters who poop their costume pants. In Frank Herbert’s legendary science fiction epic, Dune, many characters wear suits designed to collect all moisture from their bodies. Including poop. Timothée Chalamet’s Dune character poops his pants, if true to the book - Polygon