Good morning, everyone. I hope this morning’s links find you all well! Let’s go ahead and jump right into today’s links.
MLS Unlikely to Return Mid-May
Major League Soccer announced yesterday that it is unlikely to resume play in May. While the news isn’t particularly shocking, the middle of May was the target range for the season to continue, given the eight-week suspension was announced on March 19. You can check out part of the statement below as the league continues to work on this situation.
“Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so. We continue to learn more every day from the medical experts, and we expect to have additional details in the coming weeks regarding when we can return to play. As we have throughout this process, we will update our fans with every decision, and we thank them for their support and understanding during this extremely challenging time.”
Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger Spending Time Together
Orlando Pride players and wives Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger sat down for for an interview for The Cooligans where they discussed living under lockdown. After being on the road together with the USWNT for the SheBelieves Cup, the pair were ready to switch into NWSL gear for preseason only to be forced to stay inside.
“I think for us, obviously our safety and health is most important and that’s paramount for everyone in the NWSL and MLS and every league in the world,” Krieger said. “Do we want to play? Yes. I want to play every single day, every weekend … but if it is a detriment to our health and our safety, then obviously we’re not going to do it.”
Santiago Patiño Shares His Favorites
A lot of us are spending a more time at home these days and finding ourselves with some free time. I’ve used it to read as much as I can before I don’t have the time again, but others have taken a dive head-first into Netflix. Orlando City’s Santiago Patiño shared some of his favorite shows to binge on Netflix, including Money Heist and Breaking Bad, along with All or Nothing on Amazon Prime.
.@SPatino_7 has been getting his soccer fix from All or Nothing.— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 14, 2020
What's been on your watchlist? pic.twitter.com/suCCaCF0Xo
Orlando City Foundation Donation
Janney Roofing committed to donating $100 for every qualifying re-roof during March. Even during these tough times, they kept their commitment to give back and donated $9,000 to the Orlando City Foundation.
Hey @Kay_Rawlins, @janneyroofing has a surprise for you! #VamosOrlando pic.twitter.com/PT3HycBW9U— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 14, 2020
- English Premier League club Newcastle United is set to be sold to a Saudi Arabia-backed group.
- Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly convinced his Portugal teammates to donate half of their bonuses to help smaller clubs and players.
Cristiano Ronaldo convinced his Portugal teammates to donate 50% of their Euro 2020 qualification bonus to help smaller clubs and players across the country pic.twitter.com/dROUepBObY— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 14, 2020
- The University of Cincinnati discontinued men’s soccer.
BREAKING: The University of Cincinnati has discontinued men’s soccer effective immediately.— Justin Williams (@Williams_Justin) April 14, 2020
Quotes from AD John Cunningham in the thread below. #Bearcats
- Early reports state the United States Soccer Federation will cease the boys’ and girls’ development academies.
The USSF is shutting down the boys' and girls' development academies, multiple sources tell me and @samstejskal. https://t.co/g2yHbfaDmK pic.twitter.com/X3SEdsbsz0— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) April 14, 2020
- We’ll end our links with this great club billboard that promoted healthy living and a healthy rivalry with our fellow Floridian club.
That’s going to do it for me today, Mane Landers. Have a great week and stay safe!