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MLS players union ratifies agreement clearing the way for return in early July

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Major League Soccer's players association voted to ratify a new collective bargain agreement with the league Wednesday, clearing the way for MLS to become the first major league in the U.S. to come back from the coronavirus pandemic that shut down professional sports in March.

The deal includes significant economic concessions from both sides ...Read more

National Women's Soccer League returning to play with summer tournament in Utah

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Soccer could be the first professional team sport to return from the COVID-19 break with the NWSL on Wednesday announcing plans for a 25-game tournament to be played behind closed doors in Utah beginning June 27.

The NWSL will house players from its nine teams at two hotels in the Salt Lake City area, where they will live and train during the ...Read more

MLS cancels All-Star game scheduled to be held in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES -- Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that its 2020 MLS All-Star game scheduled to be held at Banc of California Stadium has been canceled, the latest marquee sporting event to be called off amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The All-Star game, which would have pitted all-star squads from MLS and Mexico's Liga MX against one another, ...Read more

How to watch the Bundesliga return, American players to know, the best and worst teams, and whom to root for

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This weekend, Germany's Bundesliga becomes the first major soccer league in Europe to return to action after stopping because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a viewer's guide to the players to know about, how to watch the games, and picking a favorite team.

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Let's get the simple stuff out of the way first. The ...Read more

Hand sanitizers and temperature checks: LAFC tries to adapt to the new normal

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LOS ANGELES -- After nearly two months of seeing his team only on Zoom or Facetime, Bob Bradley was back at LAFC's training facility Thursday, where he got to see many of his players work out in the flesh.

It was an important first step back from the coronavirus-induced shutdown that suspended the MLS season March 12. But, Bradley added, it ...Read more

Paul McDonough addresses report linking Real Madrid star James Rodriguez to Inter Miami CF

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The suspension of Inter Miami CF's inaugural season hasn't stopped the team from being tied to some of the biggest names in soccer.

The Major League Soccer expansion club has reportedly been linked to Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, with international soccer website Goal.com reporting that David Beckham, Inter Miami owner and president of ...Read more

MLS to reopen team training facilities to players next week

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LOS ANGELES -- Major League Soccer said Friday that it will reopen team training facilities to players next week for the first time since the league suspended its season in mid-March.

The partial lifting of the training moratorium, for individual workouts under closely controlled conditions, comes in response to concerns players were ...Read more

Judge dismisses unequal pay claim by U.S. women's soccer players in lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES -- In a major victory for U.S. Soccer, a federal judge on Friday dismissed the unequal pay claim brought by the World Cup champion women's national team, ruling that the evidence offered by the players' lawyers was "insufficient to create a genuine issue of material fact for trial."

The team's allegation of discriminatory travel ...Read more

France abandons soccer season even as other European leagues hold out hope

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France's Ligue 1 became the second major European soccer league to abandon its season because of the COVID-19 outbreak when the country's prime minister announced on Tuesday that all sporting events would be banned until September.

France is scheduled to lift a nationwide lockdown May 11 and first- and second-division teams were hoping to ...Read more

MLS extends moratorium to June 8; shortened season could affect player salaries

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LOS ANGELES -- Major League Soccer announced Friday it had extended its moratorium on games another four weeks, to June 8, adding for the first time that it is exploring changes in player compensation if a full 34-game season is not played.

"We are seeking to work collaboratively with the (players union) to find a solution that provides a ...Read more

US soccer shuts down its youth developmental academy

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LOS ANGELES -- U.S. Soccer is closing its youth developmental academy, the federation announced Wednesday.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision to make but the extraordinary and unanticipated circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a financial situation that does not allow for the continuation of the Development Academy...Read more

As pandemic continues, Galaxy GM says it will be challenging to play a full MLS season

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LOS ANGELES -- Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said Friday that Major League Soccer's plans to complete a full 34-game season this year are overly optimistic given the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Being realistic, within the country there's different issues," he said. "For a league that's so spread out, there's a lot of...Read more

In midst of coronavirus pandemic, Inter Miami's Jay Chapman recalls his SARS experience

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When the novel coronavirus first caught Jay Chapman's attention, it took him back to the time he had proximity to an epidemic as a kid.

The Inter Miami midfielder was 9 years old and living in Brampton, a city in the Greater Toronto Area, when the first case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was reported in Toronto, Canada in February...Read more

MLS extends moratorium on training until April 4

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LOS ANGELES -- MLS extended its moratorium on training sessions for a third time Wednesday, barring players and staff from using team facilities until at least April 4 because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The MLS has suspended its season until May 10, postponing 115 games leaguewide.

The training moratorium, first imposed on March ...Read more

Minnesota United supporters group blasts team for telling idled workers to find other jobs

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MINNEAPOLIS -- One of Minnesota United's four supporters groups has criticized the team for an email it sent Monday to some of its part-time game-day workers that advised they file for unemployment compensation while the MLS season is suspended and named three corporate partners that are hiring.

On Twitter, the supporters group Red Loons posted...Read more

U.S. Soccer hires NFL agent William Wilson as CEO of turbulent federation

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U.S. Soccer named sports agent and former MLS executive William Wilson as the federation's CEO and secretary general Monday, filling a position vacant since Dan Flynn's retirement in September.

Flynn had been in the position 19 years.

Wilson, 52, has spent the last eight years with the powerhouse Wasserman sports agency, where he was executive...Read more

MLS extends moratorium on organized team practices through March 27

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LOS ANGELES -- Major League Soccer on Friday extended its moratorium on organized team practices through March 27 in response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus.

MLS placed a four-day ban on training sessions last week, then extended that into the weekend before adding another week to the moratorium Friday. Under the ban, team ...Read more

MLS further suspends season until May 10 due to coronavirus pandemic

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LOS ANGELES -- Major League Soccer announced Thursday that it will suspend its season another four weeks, to May 10, a delay that figures to push the MLS Cup into December.

In a one-paragraph statement MLS, which a week ago announced a 30-day halt to the season, said the break was being lengthened "in accordance with the Centers for Disease ...Read more

David Beckham and family visit empty Inter Miami Stadium on day of suspended opener

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MIAMI -- Major League Soccer is suspended for at least 30 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that didn't keep David Beckham from showing up at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Beckham took his wife Victoria and four children – Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, Harper -- to the empty 19,000-seat venue, where the team he co-owns had ...Read more

European soccer in waiting mode after coronavirus brings sport to a halt

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BERLIN -- Soccer in Europe's major leagues was in crisis mode Saturday after all matches were suspended as the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to the sporting calendar.

Few events were left standing after a week which saw most sports cancel or postpone competitions, with golf's prestigious Masters tournament set for next month and Formula One's...Read more