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Meet the new Hashtag United Women FC, and don’t film yourself shaking hands with teammates when you’re meant to be physically distancing.

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Puget Sound

The Sounders assistant coach reflects on his long career, his trademark move, and his favorites to watch in the league today. MLS Legends: Preki on his favorite MLS players to watch, his “chop” move, Seattle and more | MLSsoccer.com

MLS / USL

Proud husband, father ... and future NFL kicker? Getting to know Fredy Montero | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Jillian Sakovits describes her experience donating plasma after recovering from COVID-19 and details how others can help the fight against the pandemic. I recovered from COVID-19 and donated plasma. Here’s how you can help | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL / women’s soccer

The founder of Hashtag United, Spencer Owen, and the Basildon captain, Alex Bailess, discuss how they came to join forces. ‘Hours from folding’ – how AFC Basildon became Hashtag United Women FC | The Guardian

With her boyfriend on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, Short is eager to help healthcare workers in her hometown of Chicago. Nike’s COVID-19 relief efforts are personal for Casey Short – The Athletic ($)

US soccer

This whole dispute could potentially be resolved in a more equitable manner. Commentary: Gender pay equity in U.S. Soccer begins with combining player unions into one united force | Q13 FOX News

In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Rapinoe explained why she believes a federal judge’s ruling against the USWNT in their equal pay dispute is incorrect. USWNT equal pay: Megan Rapinoe explains why judge got ruling wrong - Outsports

Based on how the judge interpreted the case, the USWNT could’ve seized upon a couple of key points to potentially swing the outcome. USWNT equal pay case: Can appeal work? What were mistakes? | Yahoo Sports

The US women’s team have lost their lawsuit over equal pay. But they continue to make progress in the court of public opinion. USWNT may have lost the battle over equal pay but they will win the war | The Guardian

World soccer

Soccer analytics has always had a problem between the boxes, where the vast majority of play happens. Goals Added: Introducing A New Way To Measure Soccer — American Soccer Analysis

The former Watford forward thinks returning to the pitch should be a personal choice. Footballers must be allowed to refuse return to playing, says Marvin Sordell | The Guardian

Club safety officers fear a lack of consultation over the Premier League’s Project Restart could leave players and officials at risk. Safety officers claim their input is missing from football’s restart plans | The Guardian

In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear, the primary motivation for restarting the EPL season is about money, and where there’s money there’s controversy. Row brewing between EFL and Premier League over parachute payments | The Guardian

In the first of a week-long series on how coronavirus will change football, The Guardian talks to Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony. Hard choices in the EFL: ‘Football is a trillion-dollar industry. It can’t die’ | The Guardian

A plan has been approved by the Spanish health ministry for La Liga clubs to return to training, as a league statement provides further details. La Liga clubs can return to training - ProSoccerTalk | NBC Sports

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has terminated his loan contract at Besiktas after reporting them for not paying his wages. Liverpool’s Karius terminates loan contract with Besiktas | ESPN

Kalou has provoked anger after posting a video online showing him breaking a series of strict social distancing restrictions put in place amid the coronavirus outbreak. Salomon Kalou causes uproar with video showing him flouting coronavirus rules | Goal.com

Newcastle United will have to pay Tottenham £12.5 million if they want to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as manager this month. Tottenham due £12.5m if Pochettino joins Newcastle now - sources

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has hinted that he could leave the club if their two-year Champions League ban is upheld. De Bruyne: I could leave if Champions League ban is upheld | ESPN

Although the Leipzig forward has a release clause in his contract, Liverpool wants to monitor the ongoing impact of coronavirus on global transfer markets before committing. Liverpool ask for more time in pursuit of £52.7m target Timo Werner | The Guardian

The president of the Haitian football federation is alleged to have sexually abused young female footballers at the national training center. Human rights groups in Haiti call for inquiry into football sexual abuse claims | The Guardian

A decade later, what’s the real legacy of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup? 2010 World Cup left African football no better off - Sports Illustrated