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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, Manchester City's David Silva during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. Hundreds of players across Europe's soccer leagues have contracts which are due to expire at the end of this season. That poses a big problem if those leagues over-run beyond the June 30 cut-off point as expected because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Silva is among dozens of Premier League players, and hundreds of players across Europe, whose contracts are due to expire at the end of this season. June 30, to be specific. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)

Soccer's paralysis sparks questions about player contracts

Mar. 19, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

It was the dream scenario for David Silva at the end of his trophy-filled, decade-long career at Manchester City. Picture it: “El Mago” (the Magician), as fans fondly refer to perhaps the club's greatest player, holding aloft the Champions League trophy -- the big piece of silverware to elude him...

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, second from right, grabs the ball next to Sacramento Republic FC defender Dekel Keinan during the first half of a soccer scrimmage Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

MLS Western Conference Preview Capsules

Feb. 27, 2020 6:04 PM EST

COLORADO RAPIDS Coach: Robin Fraser 2019 Record: 12-16-6, ninth in the West. Did not make the playoffs. Key Players: Midfielder Younes Namli, forward Kei Kamara, midfielder Kellyn Acosta. Lowdown: Although he's 35, veteran Kei Kamara is a reliable scorer with 14 goals in each of the past two seasons. He's...

David Beckham, codueño del Inter de Miami, es entrevistado durante un evento con motivo del  comienzo de la 25ta campaña de la MLS, el fútbol profesional de Estados Unidos, en Nueva York, el miércoles 26 de febrero de 2020. (AP Foto/Richard Drew)

MLS embarks on 25th season by looking back, and forward

Feb. 27, 2020 5:27 PM EST

As Major League Soccer embarks on its 25th season with two new expansion teams, it seems worth noting how far the league has come in that quarter-century. And what better way to look at that evolution than to ask its first employee. MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott has been around since long...