Happy Wednesday everyone, and it’s been a week since the entire sports world began to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Still, somehow yesterday there was a lot of news:
Euro 2020 postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus - ESPNFC
UEFA met yesterday and decided to postpone Euro 2020 to next summer because of the coronavirus outbreak and the need for domestic leagues to finish their seasons. They will likely reschedule Women’s Euros, which were set for next summer, and it’s unclear when domestic leagues and Champions League and Europa League will resume.
Coronavirus: Copa America postponed until 2021 due to outbreak - ESPNFC
The 2020 Copa América also decided to hold off until next summer as well. It was slated to be held this summer in Colombia and Argentina.
FIFA release statement on coronavirus - NBC Sports
Because Euro 2020 and Copa América were postponed, FIFA is considering whether to move the newly revamped Club World Cup, which was set for next year. The soccer calendar could be shook for a long time.
Valencia Announce 35 Percent of Players, Staff Tested Have Coronavirus - Bleacher Report
Valencia announced that 35% of their players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, a staggering number. Spain has been rocked by the outbreak in the last week.
U.S. Soccer monitoring USWNT players who shared stadium with coronavirus-infected official - Washington Post
The president of Japan’s soccer federation tested positive for the coronavirus, and he reportedly contracted it before traveling to the United States for the SheBelieves Cup. U.S. Soccer is keeping track of all the USWNT players who shared stadiums with him, but so far all have been asymptomatic.
Blaise Matuidi: Juventus midfielder test positive for coronavirus - BBC
Blaise Matuidi, Juventus and France international midfielder, is the latest to test positive for COVID-19. He apparently is doing “well and asymptomatic.”
Long balls, aimless running and ads: A tactical analysis of MLS’s first game - The Athletic
A nice look at the first match in MLS history between D.C. United and the San Jose Earthquakes Clash.
Filibuster in the age of no soccer games - Black & Red United
The Filibuster crew is providing that big content for us all even with no matches on the schedule. Take a listen!
New USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone tries to get equal pay lawsuit back on track - Stars & Stripes FC
U.S. Soccer has some making up to do with the soccer public and the USWNT after the wild comments they made in legal documents for the equal pay lawsuit, and new president Cindy Parlow Cone is hoping to right the ship.
A Message From Owner Steve Baldwin - Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit’s owner provides an update on what the players are doing to stay safe and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
Soccer documentaries: What to watch and what to skip - Angels on Parade
Since there isn’t a lot of live soccer on these days, it’s a good chance to check out some soccer documentaries!
That’s it for today. Hit the comments to discuss, but before you do...wash your hands! The Spirit Squadron has you covered for some songs you can sing while you get clean.