By Ben Wright, editor.
NASHVILLE, TN - Day 43 since Major League Soccer postponed the 2020 season. It feels like a lot longer than that, right? No firm update on when soccer will return, but a couple bits of news from the soccer world.
MLS EXTENDS TEAM TRAINING MORATORIUM
MLS once again extended the training moratorium, with teams prohibited from resuming typical in-season activities until May 16.
This is the fifth time the moratorium has been lengthened, and without being overly pessimistic, it seems like it will be extended at least a few more times before play resumes. Speaking of play resuming...
DUTCH LEAGUES WILL NOT RESUME THE 2019/20 SEASO
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte banned all public events in the Netherlands until September 1 on Tuesday. On Friday, the Dutch Football Association announced that their leagues will not finish the season.
No league champions will be crowned or teams promoted/relegated in the Netherlands this season, the first country to make this decision in Europe. With other leagues around the world desperately seeking ways to play out the rest of their seasons, and the German Bundesliga planning to play behind closed doors as soon as May 9, it remains to be seen how the rest of the world will resolve this issue. Cancel outright and void the entire season, or play behind close doors and risk potential outbreaks among the playing staff? There's not an easy answer.
MLS SALARY REDUCTION TALKS CONTINUE
Per Jeff Carlisle (who first broke this story last week and continues to track it), talks are ongoing between the league and the players union over potential wage reductions.
With leagues and clubs around the world taking massive financial hits, it seems like a matter of time before this deal is finalized.
OTHER STUFF OF NOTE
Great piece from Tom Bogert on MLSSoccer.com on former Nashville SC/current Chicago Fire goalie Connor Sparrow, who is himself a registered nurse in two states and nearly pursued a full-time career in medicine. Check out the full story here.
Nashville SC continued their Fat Bottom Brewing Virtual Happy Hour this week with a conversation between Tony Husband and ESPN's Jon Champion. It was a really interesting conversation on their respective broadcasting careers and how they both ended up in the States. The full conversation can be watched here.
*Cover photo by Casey Gower/Speedway Soccer