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Life Without Soccer: News and Updates for Sunday, March 22

USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe donated to Shea Serrano’s cash give-away supporting those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe, right, and WNBA star Sue Bird donated to Shea Serrano's cash give-away supporting those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Every day MLS, the NWSL and the USL are suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pro Soccer USA will provide the latest news and updates, examples of what the soccer community is doing to pass time and some recommendations for readers to keep busy while hunkering down at home.

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U.S. women’s national team co-captain Megan Rapinoe is among the soccer stars trying to help those coping with job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rapinoe, who also plays for OL Reign, and girlfriend Sue Bird, who plays for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, donated $2,000 to author Shea Serrano, who has given nearly $20,000 to those who say they are need of a cash infusion due to the crippling impact the pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures have made on the service industry and other areas. 

Serrano, who writes for the Ringer and has written multiple New York Times bestselling books, posted on Twitter Saturday, “i’m sending $250 to eight people who need a W today cuz the homies @S10Bird and @mPinoe (who are perpetual winners) sent me $2K to hand out this morning.”

Will Tokyo Olympics be delayed?

More and more athletes are urging the IOC to make the call now and postpone the Tokyo Olympics.

Qualifying events have been shutdown as the sports world tries to help slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the break in the action, the IOC and Tokyo officials insist the games don’t need to be moved yet, suggesting some alterations could be made to the qualifying process.

During the past few days U.S Swimming and U.S. Track and Field athletes have released statements saying it’s irresponsible to pressure athletes to keep preparing for games that likely cannot be safely staged as scheduled.

“It’s tearing athletes apart,” Lolo Jones said Saturday in an interview with the Associated Press. “We want to be like everyone else. We want to be healthy, responsible citizens. But we’re also afraid the IOC is going to say, in a month, that the games are on, and, what, hopefully you’re going to still be in shape?”

Orlando City brewery tries to hold on

Broken Strings Brewery, which was founded by long-time Orlando City supporters and helped support the Lions’ move up to MLS, faces an uncertain future during coronavirus pandemic

It’s a home base for The Ruckus supporters group, keeps a “Ruckus Till I Die” ale on tap and organizes offseason events for fans.

When Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer announced a ban on alcohol sales to help slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Orlando City fanbase flocked to support the brewery and it sold out of aluminum cans for crowlers. 

But as social distancing increased across the country, that traffic dwindled. On Thursday, head brewer Charles Frizzell opened Broken Strings for to-go bottle sales in the afternoon. By 6 p.m., he’d had only four customers — nowhere near enough to keep the business going.

Ultimate, the brewery owners are hoping for the best and are going to depend on Orlando City fans to help keep it afloat.

Orlando City plays on, sort of

Orlando City is the only MLS team participating in the FIFA Ultimate Quaran-Team international tournament.

Fans can watch the Lions’ first match in the competition on Twitch.

City Feyenoord will be streaming around 3 pm ET Sunday.

Keeping Busy

NBCSN is offering features on players, including currently Montreal Impact coach Thierry Henry, and English Premier League season goal highlights all weekend long. 

If you want to get out of the house in the limited capacity recommended by the CDC, SiriusXM FC is replaying the best games from the start of the 2019/20 EPL season. Subscribers can listen on connected devices or on the app on SiriusXM FC, channel 157. 

Another way teams have shared games while practicing social distancing is through gaming. Those who miss live soccer can watch a simulated version of New England Revolution against Real Salt Lake via EA Sports FIFA video game on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. 

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