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MLS returns to markets and more: Freedom Kicks for 6 August 2020

Is this a good idea?

MLS: New England Revolution at D.C. United Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Hello from the beach! I cannot believe it is already August in this year that has felt unstuck in time. As MLS pushes into the unknown with its plans for its next phase, they’re finishing up the plan that has, against all odds, mostly worked.

To the links:

Recap: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers 08/06/2020 | Matchcenter

There are now only two games left in the MLS is Back Tournament, with the Portland Timbers claiming one of the spots in the final. Orlando City versus Minnesota is tonight and will determine the second finalist.

After MLS is Back is over, Don Garber wants to push ahead with games in-market, as soon as less than two weeks from now. There has been no non-bubble format that has worked in the United States, and other countries where sports are playing have a much better testing and tracing system than we do.

Pro sports players associations come out against key McConnell stimulus priority - CNNPolitics

Realizing all the same things and more, pro sports players associations, including the MLSPA, are against a plan to shield employers from liability for Covid-related reasons.

Ian Harkes on success in his ancestral home, Scottish Premiership promotion, and support from his soccer family 08/04/2020

Ian Harkes gives a good interview to Soccer America about his time in Scotland, where he is doing very well.

That’s all I have, what’s up?