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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

MLS is basically hit pause on this season.

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MLS: Montreal Impact at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve made it not only to the midway point in this week but in the month of April. I don’t know about you but this month is already flying by at a much faster pace than March did. Maybe we’re just settling in more to this Shelter-in-Place reality that most of us are living in these days.

Either way we have some fun topics to discuss this morning.

// FC Dallas //

New MLS statement says league will likely not resume in Mid-May - Big D Soccer
Those dates in May don’t sound so promising anymore as the league is now not placing a date on when things will resume.

How FC Dallas captain Reto Ziegler is taking on a leadership role during layoff |
Ziegler has a message for the fans here as we continue to wait out this time.

April 14, 1996: The Dallas Burn and Jason Kreis Make Their MLS Debuts | Part 2 | FC Dallas
I've really enjoyed this look back on the first game and debuts here. Also, seeing a lineup card from 96 done for Twitter was kind of cool too.

// MLS //

LAFC's Bradley says playing MLS game without fans 'has no soul' | ESPNFC
LAFC manager Bob Bradley said that "a game without fans has no soul," while adding he understood why MLS would take that route.

Coronavirus lockdown San Jose boss Almeyda channels Walter White of 'Breaking Bad' with new look | ESPNFC
With almost all football off because of the coronavirus, star players have found themselves at a loose end. How are they filling their time?

Sources: USSF to shut down boys and girls Development Academy programs – The Athletic (paywall)
The boys' DA has been around since 2007, while the girls' program was just added in 2017. While this sounds bad at first, it is probably for the best in the long run for the MLS (and probably USL) sides.