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NWSL set to restart with tourney in Utah

The National Women's Soccer League is poised to become the first U.S. pro team sports league to resume action amid the coronavirus.

Report: MLS changing proposed travel requirements ahead of return

Major League Soccer is adjusting its timeframe for its proposed return to competitive play, potentially in late June in Orlando, Fla.

ESPN reported Wednesday that the league is reducing the time teams need to spend in Orlando, Fla., where a World Cup-style tournament would take place between all 26 teams.

Instead of requiring all teams to report to Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports Complex at the start of June for a minimum three-week training camp, teams instead would train in their home markets in advance of the tournament.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, MLS competition was halted on March 12, with teams having played just two games at the outset of the 2020 season.

Under the Florida plan, teams would be divided into groups, where a five-game group stage would commence. That would lead into a knockout stage, similar to how the World Cup advances after a three-game group stage. Games would be played without fans.

Group-stage games would count in the regular-season standings. Teams that do not advance to the knockout stage would play each other in consolation games.

The original plan of having teams report to Orlando to start training camp would have kept them away from their home markets for up to 10 weeks. The new plan significantly reduces that travel requirement.

The Chicago Fire, D.C. United and San Jose Earthquakes, however, potentially could train at Orlando beginning in early June since their home markets still have stay-at-home restrictions.

MLS also is negotiating salary reductions with its players because of a reduced schedule of games. The league is seeking a reduction of 10 percent, while the MLS players union is considering a counteroffer of 7.5 percent, ESPN reported.

--Field Level Media

Report: MLS changing proposed travel requirements ahead of return

Major League Soccer is adjusting its timeframe for its proposed return to competitive play, potentially in late June in Orlando, Fla.


Alvarez, Women's World Cup coach for Brazil, dies at 63

Former Brazil women's soccer coach Oswaldo Alvarez died Monday at 63 after a battle with liver cancer.

Impact to reopen facility Monday

The Montreal Impact will reopen their facility on Monday for players to resume individual voluntary training, the team announced Saturday.

Quebec's Public Health approved the reopening after the Impact submitted protocol to the government, the team said. Between the Centre Nutrilait's two grass fields, up to eight players will be permitted to train at the same time in their own separated quadrants.

Players and essential staff are still not permitted inside the building, and media will not yet be allowed at the facility.

MLS clubs were permitted to begin training on May 6, as long as their plans were approved by the league and local governments. With Montreal reopening, 20 of the league's 26 teams have the green light to resume training.

The other Canadian teams, Toronto FC (May 11) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (May 12), reopened earlier this month.

As they return to training, the Impact will not have midfielder Steeven Saba, who sustained a broken left foot during a "routine jog" earlier this week and will miss 8-12 weeks.

Montreal went 1-0-1 in two games before the season was paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

--Field Level Media

Impact to reopen facility Monday

The Montreal Impact will reopen their facility on Monday for players to resume individual voluntary training, the team announced Saturday.

FC Cincinnati botch announcement of new coach Stam

FC Cincinnati hired former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam as its head coach on Thursday, although the Major League Soccer team bungled the online announcement.

The club sent out a tweet welcoming Stam, but the accompanying photo was of Ajax youth coach Tinus van Teunenbroek.

After catching heat across cyberspace, FC Cincinnati deleted the faulty post and tweeted a photo of the real Stam with the playful caption, "ICYMI: Join us in welcoming our actual new head coach, Jaap Stam. #FCCincy"



According to Yahoo Sports, the photo snafu originated with photo service Getty Images misidentifying a 2013 photo of van Teunenbroek as being Stam. FC Cincinnati used that photo with its original tweet.

Stam, 47, becomes the fourth person to coach FC Cincinnati in its second year of MLS play. Alan Koch remained on the job when the team moved from the United Soccer League to MLS, but he was fired last May after the team opened 2-7-2. Yoann Damet took over as the interim coach, then was replaced by Ron Jans in August, and the team completed a 6-22-6 year.

Jans resigned in February as the team was conducting an investigation into whether he used a racial slur. Damet again became the interim coach, and he led the team to two losses before the MLS season was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stam most recently was the head coach of Feyenoord in the Netherlands last year, but he did not complete a full season before resigning in October. He previously coached Ajax's reserve team and PEC Zwolle, both in his native Netherlands, and Reading in England's second division.

In his playing career, Stam was a center back whose most notable teams were the Netherlands' PSV Eindhoven (1996-98), England's Manchester United (1998-2001), Italy's Lazio (2001-04), Italy's AC Milan (2004-06) and Ajax (2006-07).

He also made 67 appearances for the Dutch national t

FC Cincinnati botch announcement of new coach Stam

FC Cincinnati hired former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam as its head coach on Thursday, although the Major League Soccer team bungled the online announcement.

MLS cancels All-Star game, two other marquee events

Major League Soccer canceled the 2020 All-Star game as league play remains on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The game had been scheduled for July 29 at the Banc of California Stadium, home of Los Angeles FC. It would have featured all-stars from MLS and Liga MX of Mexico.

It was one of two all-star games set for Los Angeles in July. The other, the MLB All-Star Game, is scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium, and baseball officials haven't announced whether the game will be played as scheduled or be delayed.

MLS, in its announcement made Tuesday, said it hopes the game can be played in the city next summer.

"MLS and LIGA MX will resume discussions regarding the event, and there is every expectation that next year's All-Star Game will be MLS vs. LIGA MX in Los Angeles," its statement read.

MLS also announced the cancellation of the Leagues Cup, which was scheduled to be played between July and September between MLS and Liga MX teams. The Campeones Cup, which was set for Aug. 12 in Seattle, also was canceled.

The Campeones Cup was to have pitted the Seattle Sounders, the reigning MLS Cup champion, and the winner of a playoff between Clausura and Apertura tournament champions from Liga MX.

Each MLS team played just two games before the league shut down on March 12.

--Field Level Media

MLS cancels All-Star game, two other marquee events

Major League Soccer canceled the 2020 All-Star game as league play remains on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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