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MLS extends COVID-19 hiatus, US Soccer to shut down Development Academy, and more: Freedom Kicks for April 15, 2020

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Will MLS have to re-do the entire schedule?

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Happy 3rd sun cycle of the work week...or at least, what I think is a work week. Here’s what you may have seen or missed yesterday:

MLS “extremely unlikely” to resume play in mid-May due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic - MLS

MLS admits that their timeline of restarting the season in mid-may is “extremely unlikely,” and they now are open about the fact that the season schedule could be shortened as this coronavirus hiatus continues. Our friend Adam has a nice solution!

US Soccer Development Academy program set to be terminated - Stars & Stripes FC

First reported in The Athletic, U.S. Soccer appears to be ending its Development Academy for both the men and the women. What comes of this is anyone’s guess.

Josh Sargent: USMNT enjoying ‘dream situation’ with young talent - ESPNFC

Josh Sargent says the young core of the United States Men’s National Team is really tight and it’s a “dream situation” that so many of them are involved with the senior national team. Let’s hope that their close relationships with each other can help take the USMNT back to the top of the region and challenge down the line for World Cup glory.

Former Washington Spirit and Jamaica national team forward Cheyna Matthews announced some news yesterday as she gets set to attend law school at Arizona State Sun Devils:

Rumor: Sarah Bouhaddi & Dzenifer Marozsan to Utah? - RSL Soapbox

Olympique Lyonnais players Sarah Bouhaddi and Dzenifer Marozsan could be headed to the Utah Royals. That would be an interesting move, especially when Lyon is the owner of OL Reign FC.

Armchair Analyst: The best imports in MLS history, broken down by tier - MLS

This list is loaded with D.C. United stars and legends. Check it out to see who made it and who surprisingly is left off the list.

Enjoy the day!