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Major Link Soccer: N’golo Kante skips training over coronavirus concrens

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Kante, understandably so, is not joining Chelsea, among other players, are the team returns to training.

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Yesterday was a bit of a slow news day....but 8 players testing positive for COVID-19 on Santos Laguna and multiple players not training in England, like Kante, are throwing a major wrench into the restart plans.

Seattle

R Hat R City is back, and this time, we’re adding Tacoma Defiance hats to the equation. That means, if you check out the online We R Tacoma Team Store, buy any hat you see, $5 is going straight to Hero Meals, which means Tacoma restaurants stay in business and local workers stay fed. R Hat R City: Hero Meals - We R Tacoma

Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium and its three occupants – the Rainiers, Defiance and Reign – are playing a waiting game during the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 pandemic wears on, Rainiers and Tacoma’s soccer teams playing waiting game | Tacoma News Tribune

MLS

The league’s proposed return-to-play plan could act as an interesting prelude to negotiations over a new domestic TV deal. How MLS’s Orlando tournament could impact current, future broadcast deals – The Athletic

Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya likened MLS’ plans for a tournament in Orlando to restart the season to a “luxurious prison.” Major League Soccer's tournament plan like a 'luxurious prison' - Union's Bedoya

NWSL

After being praised by Kobe Bryant at a young age, Rodman has shown the talent, versatility and the mentality necessary to succeed. Trinity Rodman is making her own way in soccer, finding success with the USYNT – The Athletic

The NWSL could be back soon and Utah, not Florida like everyone else, could play host. Utah Royals to host summer NWSL tournament as league makes plans for return to play - The Salt Lake Tribune

USA

US men’s national team midfielder Weston McKennie on “awkward” return to Bundesliga play Weston McKennie: US national team will have to adapt to however World Cup qualifiers look | MLSsoccer.com

World

The midfielder was granted leave to miss Chelsea training because of his concerns about coronavirus. N'Golo Kanté granted compassionate leave by Chelsea over Covid-19 fears | The Guardian

Eight Santos Laguna players have tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing Liga MX’s plans to restart the 2020 Clausura season into doubt. Liga MX restart in doubt after eight Santos players test positive for coronavirus

When the Chelsea captain calls time on his career, he’ll still have plenty of football in his life thanks to his thriving esports team, the Falcons. Chelsea 'boss' Cesar Azpilicueta lining up life after football with his own esports team

Championship players will have to conduct coronavirus tests themselves at home after the first batch of testing at club, according to the EFL’s return to training protocol. Championship players to conduct coronavirus tests themselves, says EFL's return to training protocol - BBC Sport

Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz announces his retirement from professional football, aged 39, to have hip replacement surgery. Aritz Aduriz: Spain's oldest goalscorer to retire at 39 - BBC Sport