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The Socceresq Podcast (Episode 18): When might there be soccer again?

Jeff Rueter takes us behind the scenes of discussion among MLS, USL and NWSL offcials.

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The coronavirus continues to be the focus around the world, with some countries essentially shutting down as they attempt to weather the storm. It’s no different in the United States, where it appears the wave has yet to crest. The federal government has recommended that public gatherings be limited to a handful of people, while local governments in multiple states have shut down bars, restaurants, gyms and other social gathering places.

That obviously has affected all sports, as every league in the United States has suspended operations for at least 30 days. And based on the CDC guidelines recommending no large public gatherings for eight weeks, it could be June before things start to return to normal … if we’re lucky.

To talk about how this is affecting professional soccer here, I called up Jeff Rueter of the Athletic, who recently published a piece on how MLS, NWSL and USL are dealing with the crisis. We focus in particular on the USL, who like other second-division leagues around the world work on thin margins. We discuss how they’re dealing with the crisis, and what they’ll do when they return on the field.