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Positive tests are on the rise in Florida and concern is growing among MLS players. Anxiety rising in MLS amid Florida COVID-19 spike, positive player tests – The Athletic

Vancouver only narrowly avoided embarrassing themselves while negotiating the Davies transfer with Bayern. Whitecaps betrayed Davies at the last minute but Bayern made it right - Bavarian Football Works

MLS Commissioner Relieved That Nobody Knows Him By Name | The Onion

NWSL / women’s soccer

If there’s one lesson to be learned, it involves false negatives and the lag from exposure to testing positive. Coronavirus: Sports can learn from Orlando Pride outbreak | Yahoo Sports

Which players will NWSL teams bring to Utah? NWSL Challenge Cup rosters are in - All For XI

The staff at Sky Blue FC had much more important things to worry about than immediate results this offseason. The Challenge Cup is step one in a tough rebuilding process. Sky Blue FC has turned around its culture. Now can it get good at soccer? - All For XI

The Thorns might have stumbled into a blessing in disguise by having to put big international signings on hold. Portland Thorns FC find opportunities for exciting youngsters - All For XI

The host(s) for the 2023 World Cup will be decided this week. Women’s World Cup: winning bid to hold contest would bring $500m boost to Australia and New Zealand | The Guardian

US soccer

The return of sports in the United States is lagging well behind Europe and elsewhere. And we, the people, are largely to blame. Coronavirus: Sports’ return exposes American exceptionalism lie | Yahoo Sports

10 years later, the moment still carries the day. June 23, 2010: The day Landon Donovan lifted a nation - Stars and Stripes FC

World soccer

I’m a brother, son, friend, former pro footballer, entrepreneur and annoyingly competitive lad. I’m a lot of things, and one of them is gay. My hidden journey: A professional soccer player reveals he is gay | ESPN

Clubs have discussed plans to allow fans to return to stadiums, at least at half capacity. Premier League clubs explore readmitting fans next season | The Guardian

Spanish football is also making plans for supporters to return to their stadiums. ‘Avoid embracing and slapping hands’ – La Liga plans for return of fans | The Guardian

The incident during a match at Etihad Stadium is linked to football hooligan gang. Police to investigate whether Burnley ‘White Lives Matter’ stunt was a crime | The Guardian

The club will display an inclusive message at their next home game. Burnley to show support for Black Lives Matter in ‘clear stand’ against banner | The Guardian

Johnny Gorman made his international debut at 17. A decade on he now hopes to help other young players as a psychologist. From playing Pirlo to psychology: the footballer who put education first | The Guardian

The coach and player seem to have different ideas of what “make progress” means. Mourinho insists Kane not for sale and does not need convincing to stay | The Guardian

At least fans got to enjoy a victory for about six minutes. Tanguy Ndombele tells Jose Mourinho he is done working with the manager - Cartilage Free Captain

The striker is thought to have avoided any knee ligament damage. Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero hopeful injury will not end his season | The Guardian

The feud between English soccer wives Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney is heading to the courts. Rebekah Vardy sues Coleen Rooney for libel after Instagram saga - Sports Illustrated

What’s on TV?

7:00 AM: Shinnik vs. Ural (Russian Cup) — ESPN+

10:00 AM: Manchester United vs. Sheffield United (Premier League) — NBCSN

10:30 AM: Deportivo Alavés vs. Osasuna (La Liga) — beIN Sports

10:30 AM: Internazionale vs. Sassuolo (Serie A) — ESPN+

12:15 PM: Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace (Premier League) — NBCSN

12:45 PM: Atalanta vs. Lazio (Serie A) — ESPN

12:45 PM: Roma vs. Sampdoria (Serie A) — ESPN+

1:00 PM: Real Madrid vs. Mallorca (La Liga) — beIN Sports