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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Covid-19 suspends soccer across the world

MLS suspends play for 30 days, Concacaf Champions League suspended, EUROS 2020 could be pushed to 2021

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Philadelphia Union News

Major League Soccer suspends season for 30 days
Philadelphia Union have four scheduled games over next 30 days, including three home games.

Coronavirus causes postponement of NBC’s Premier League fan fest in Philadelphia from April to autumn
A statement from NBC said the decision was made “given the recommendation on public gatherings issued by the City of Philadelphia and with public safety our foremost concern.”

U.S. Soccer News

Carlos Cordeiro resigns as president of US Soccer
Cordeiro’s resignation comes on the heels of widespread protest at the legal tactics used on USSF’s behalf in their equal pay dispute with the women’s national team, including former WNT player and current Athlete Council member Heather O’Reilly stating publicly that she regrets voting for Cordeiro.

USSF cancels March and April women’s and men’s friendlies
The senior men’s team was scheduled to play the Netherlands away on March 26 and Wales away on March 30, while the senior women’s team had two home friendlies scheduled, one against Australia on April 10 and against Brazil on April 14. USSF said in their official statement they will attempt to reschedule the WNT’s friendlies at a later date.

USL Championship suspends season for 30 days
The Union II have three games during the 30-day window, including one at home against Atlanta United 2 on April 3. Their road games against North Carolina FC Saturday and Charleston Battery on March 28 are both postponed.

Rest of the World News

Champions League and Europa League suspended as coronavirus continues to disrupt football
Barcelona against Napoli and Bayern Munich’s clash with Chelsea were due to take place next week but UEFA has now postponed competition. Manchester City vs. Real Madrid and Juventus’ match with Lyon were already postponed before Friday’s announcement.

Mexico friendlies in U.S. called off, CONCACAF Champions League suspended
Liga MX has implemented measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by stopping the usual prematch handshake before games this weekend, while the CONCACAF Champions League has been postponed.

Premier League to hold emergency meeting after Arteta coronavirus diagnosis
The Prem had announced just hours before the Arteta news that games would go on as scheduled this weekend despite leagues all over the world postponing and cancelling games as the coronavirus spreads. However, Arteta’s diagnosis and the subsequent decision to isolate members of the Arsenal squad prompted a rethink.