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Major Link Soccer: Two more MLS players test positive for COVID-19

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A player from each of Atlanta and Miami appear to have been infected.

As the American soccer leagues prepare for a return to action, mostly in single site tournaments, the EPL is preparing to possibly have fans in stadiums this Fall. The potential of such a turn of events in the US is complicated by the fact that players keep testing positive. On a semi-related note, it appears that Las Vegas Lights parted ways with Wynalda over a failure to follow COVID-19 guidelines. There’s soccer to watch today, mostly in England and Russia.

Seattle/Tacoma

Who doesn’t want a statistical look at OL Reign? NWSL Mini-Previews: OL Reign, Portland Thorns, and Utah Royals FC — American Soccer Analysis

Harry Shipp was loved by fans and teammates alike. Sounders players and staff reflect on Harry Shipp's career, wish him well in his next chapter | Seattle Sounders FC

Kelvin Leerdam sounds confident in his teammates ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament. Kelvin Leerdam discusses the MLS is Back Tournament on the latest episode of Winging it with Zak and Brad | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

The Miami Freedom Park stadium project for David Beckham’s Inter Miami has entered a new phase. Beckham's Inter Miami take next step in stadium project

Would you pay to watch a game on a projector outside the stadium? Mercedes-Benz Stadium to potentially open tailgate area for drive-in Atlanta United viewings - Dirty South Soccer

Roughly on the same level as USL-2 the UPSL has no teams in Washington at this time. They do have a division in Alaska and a team in Boise. ELP Brands Acquires UPSL with Vision to Play a Vital Role in U.S. Soccer | UPSL Division I

The Vancouver Whitecaps parted ways with CEO Mark Pannes on Tuesday, only six months into his four year contract. The Incoherence of the Philosophers | The Vancouver Whitecaps Reasoning for Parting With Mark Pannes Fails on Every level - Eighty Six Forever

Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda was fired for a rules violation and not because of financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, owner Brett Lashbrook said.Eric Wynalda fired as Lights FC coach for rules violation | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The club announces the first positive COVID-19 case among its first team players. Unnamed Atlanta United player tests positive for COVID-19 - Dirty South Soccer

This positive test brings the total of MLS players to test positive up to five. Inter Miami CF Player Tests Positive for COVID-19 | Inter Miami CF

Two MLS teams have joined the chorus of voices declaring that Juneteenth should be a national holiday, and they’re right. LAFC launches petition to recognize Juneteenth as national holiday | MLSsoccer.com

There’s an added expectation on athletes like Cobi Jones that they be a role model. Maybe it’s better if they not always feel that pressure. Former LA Galaxy star Cobi Jones: I didn't realize I was a role model | MLSsoccer.com

The USL is nearing an agreement to resume play in home markets, but the stipulations for doing so are numerous and detailed. Regulations, precautions for USL restart outlined in internal documents – The Athletic

Imagine the thing that you love most. Orange County SC loves signing US youth players from other academies more. ORANGE COUNTY SC SIGNS U.S. U17 INTERNATIONAL KOBI HENRY

NWSL/WoSo

#CoveringtheCoverage returns, and the data paints a devastating picture. During the pandemic, mainstream media forgot about women's sports - Power Plays

This isn’t a pleasant journey, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone else. The Outsiders | By Nadia Nadim

USA

Amid budget cuts at Boston’s WBUR, NPR’s only sports program, ‘Only a Game,’ will end production after 27 years on the air. NPR's 'Only a Game' sports program to end production in September amid WBUR budget restructuring NPR's 'Only a Game' sports program to end production in September amid WBUR budget restructuring

Bruce Arena’s a bit of a Luddite who I’d have figured for a coffee guy, but apparently he’s got the tea. Bruce Arena addresses 2018 USMNT player pool, Gregg Berhalter's managerial style | MLSsoccer.com

World

Diversity is strength. Diversity and Dungeons & Dragons | Dungeons & Dragons

British culture secretary says there have been ‘productive dicussions’ over when the game will no longer have to be behind closed doors Football fans could return to UK grounds by September - Royal Blue Mersey

Larian Studios head Swen Vincke says the Early Access first act of Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3) will be bigger than the entirety of Divinity: Original Sin 2. The First Act of Baldur's Gate 3 Is Larger Than All of Divinity: Original Sin 2

Honestly, the Mariners comp hurts and it’s accurate, or it hurts because it’s accurate, I don’t know, but it hurts. The Premier League is back: Which football club should MLB fans support? – The Athletic

I think we all remember the excitement and nervousness that we experienced ahead of our first game with Paul Pogba. Bruno Fernandes praises Paul Pogba - The Busby Babe

There will probably be fans in stadiums in the US in September, but it will be a MUCH worse idea. September Target Set for Fans Returning to Anfield - The Liverpool Offside

Timo Werner has been described as “the ultimate scoring machine” by someone other than me, probably. It’s a BMW joke, don’t worry about it. Timo Werner promises a ‘very successful future ahead’ at Chelsea - We Ain't Got No History

Things haven’t gone well in Balotelli’s return to Brescia, maybe he should try things out in MLS? How Mario Balotelli's Brescia homecoming turned into a nightmare | Nicky Bandini | Football | The Guardian

What’s on TV today?

8:00 AM - Krylya Sovetov vs Akhmat Groznhy (Russian Premier League) - Youtube

10:00 AM - Norwich City vs Southampton (English Premier League) - NBCSN

10:00 AM - Zhemchuzhina Sochi vs Rostov (Russian Premier League) - Youtube

12:15 PM - Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (English Premier League) - NBCSN