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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

MLS suspending its season indefinitely over coronavirus outbreak

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LOS ANGELES -- MLS is suspending its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Thursday.

The Los Angeles Galaxy were scheduled to leave Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday's game with Inter in Miami in Ft. Lauderdale. Their flight was canceled.

LAFC did not have an MLS game this weekend, ...Read more

Due to coronavirus, Sounders will take a chartered flight to their next game and prepare for changes

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TUKWILA, Wash. -- The Sounders have postponed their March 21 match against FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field in compliance with a mandate from Gov. Jay Inslee to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, in the Seattle area.

Inslee made the announcement Wednesday morning, ordering a halt of all ...Read more

Leon spoils Carlos Vela's return to Mexico as LAFC falls in CONCACAF Champions League match

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Carlos Vela received a rude welcome in his return to Mexico on Tuesday, with fans at Estadio Leon booing him every time he touched the ball. But the harshest part of the homecoming was the final score, with Leon beating Vela's LAFC 2-0 in the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The teams will meet in the return leg of the two-game ...Read more

Inter Miami jersey sponsor might be a country where homosexuality is illegal

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Inter Miami CF, the new South Florida soccer team owned in part by David Beckham, has reportedly reached a $234 million sponsorship deal with the state-owned airline of Qatar. The deal could have the uniforms and a new Miami stadium emblazoned with the name of an Arab state where homosexuality can bring a seven-year ...Read more

Carlos Vela looking forward to playing for LAFC in his native Mexico

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LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Vela has played 72 times for Mexico, taking part in two World Cups and winning two Gold Cups. Yet for all his international success, Vela remains as much an enigma as an icon in his homeland, where he has never played a club game.

Part of that veil will be lifted Tuesday when he leads LAFC into Estadio Leon for a CONCACAF ...Read more

Inter Miami has first practice at Fort Lauderdale site

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The backdrop of bulldozers, cranes and countless construction crews provided the perfect metaphor for Inter Miami, the expansion Major League Soccer team, which on Monday morning held its first full practice at the team's yet-to-be completed Fort Lauderdale practice facility.

The 50,000-square foot training headquarters and adjacent 18,000-seat...Read more

MLS reaches labor agreement with players

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Major League Soccer and its players association have reached agreement in principle on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that eases rules on player spending, expands free agency and increases the number of charter flights each team can use during the regular season.

The agreement, a major victory for the players, must be ratified ...Read more

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez says he doesn't feel pressure as new face of Galaxy

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LOS ANGELES -- The Galaxy paid the highest transfer fee in franchise history to acquire Javier Hernandez, then gave him what could prove to be their second-most-lucrative contract ever, all to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the most dominant player the team has ever had.

But if that sounds like enormous pressure, Hernandez said he has nothing to ...Read more

Carli Lloyd focused on Olympics amid seething battle against her doubters

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LOS ANGELES -- There are two things you should know about Carli Lloyd. The first is, she's a very, very good soccer player.

The second is she's even better when she's angry. And Lloyd was very, very angry last year.

"I don't think I will ever be happy with how I was treated between 2016 and 2019," Lloyd wrote in an email interview last week. "...Read more

'Chicharito' Hernandez signs with Galaxy to become highest paid player in MLS

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LOS ANGELES -- The Galaxy have agreed to a three-year contract with Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez that will make the Mexican striker the highest paid player in MLS, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed Friday. Precise terms of the deal were not known, but the team is expected to officially announce the signing next week.

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