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Soccer slowly starting back up: Freedom Kicks for 7 May 2020

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MLS: Inter Miami CF at D.C. United Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Hello friends! I smoked a pork butt over the weekend, and last night used the leftovers to make some yummy carnitas. I love the traditional barbecue part of a pork butt, but finding all sorts of fun ways to use the leftovers is just as fun and delicious.

To the links!

Government allows season to resume from mid-May

The Bundesliga will be the first major league to come back, and we will see how sports-starved the general media landscape is right now. I know I’ll put some of these games on, but I hope that they are able to do this in a way that doesn’t put the public health at risk.

USL Permits Return to Training in Small Group Settings on May 11

MLS and USL both are starting to loosen the restrictions on training, allowing individuals to train as long as they are following proper social distancing and the rules of their localities. Speaking of which...

Khmiri, Reyna enter 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distancing protocols | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Whitecaps had at least three players who were training at a public park, observing no social distancing whatsoever. They will enter a quarantine period and may be subject to discipline from the team and/or the league.

After family triumph, John Harkes focuses on building an identity for Greenville – The Athletic

John Harkes father-in-law has been released from a Virginia hospital after battling COVID-19 for two months. Best wishes to the entire Harkes clan and it is always great to hear some good news in these strange times.

CONCACAF Champions League bigger priority than MLS-Liga MX merger - Montagliani

The president of Concacaf doesn’t see an MLS-Liga MX merger anytime soon, but added competitions between the two leagues seems likely.

There are drive-in movies, so why not drive-in sports?

Bill Hamid’s old club in Denmark is trying something new.

That’s all I have today; what’s up?