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March 30, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

Tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, fans can relive the drama of the seven-goal thriller that was the inaugural El Trafico match.

Almost two years exactly to the date, MLS and FOX sports are teaming up to showcase the magical performance of Carlos Vela and LAFC that ultimately was undone by the debut of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his legendary midfield strike.

LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget is taking over the @FoxSoccer Twitter handle for the last 30 minutes of the match.

Leading into the game tonight, at 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports will premiere a new digital soccer show, "Indoor Soccer," on @FOXSoccer Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts - featuring FOX Sports talent John Strong, Stu Holden, Alexi Lalas, that will be highlighted by special guest appearances.

FOX Deportes will then re-air that inaugural El Trafico match on Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET, with an accompanying Instagram Live featuring host Rodolfo Landeros.

In addition, MLS YouTube and MLS Facebook accounts will host their first "MLS Classics: Remix" production on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, providing an alternate live commentary experience with former LAFC player Benny Feilhaber and former Galaxy player Chris Pontius joining MLSsoccer.com personalities Calen Carr and David Gass.

National Doctors Day: Former New England Revolution defender begins first days as attending ER physician this week in NY hospital

In honor of National Doctors Day, we'd like to recognize former New England Revolution defender Marshall Leonard who will began his first day as an attending physician in a New York area hospital emergency room yesterday amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.

Leonard played six professional seasons with the Revolution in Major League Soccer (2002-2007), helping the club to four MLS Cup appearances in that span (2002, 2005-2007).

Leonard played collegiately at the University of Virginia before being selected by New England in the fourth round of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft. Following his time in professional soccer, Leonard studied at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY.

His father Tommy Leonard, Jr. is also an M.D. and medical school professor.

Former Sporting Kansas City player Toni Dovale on front lines of COVID-19 emergency in Spain

A former member of Sporting Kansas City has embraced an important role in the fight against COVID-19 in his native Spain.

Toni Dovale recorded four goals and four assists in 25 competitive appearances for Sporting Kansas City during a season-long spell in 2014. His 12-year professional career has included stints with Spanish clubs Celta Vigo, Lugo, Leganes and Rayo Vallecano as well as Indian side Bengaluru and Thai outfit Navy FC.

The 29-year-old had been playing in Thailand last winter but was visiting his family in Spain when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. It was then that Dovale, who had completed his university studies in pharmacy four years ago, decided to swap the soccer kit for a pharmacist's white coat.

Travel restrictions have prevented Dovale from venturing back to Thailand from Spain, so over the last several weeks, Dovale has served at his family's pharmacy in Coruna as a front-line worker in the struggle against the novel coronavirus, making the most of an opportunity to help combat the public health crisis.

Around the League

Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio conducted a virtual visit with fans at The Hospital for Sick Children on Thursday, March 26. Osorio discussed what he's doing to keep busy during #StayHome and was joined by his puppy on the call. The virtual visit was the first in a series the club has planned with The Hospital for Sick Children.

Inter Miami CF has made an adjustment to the club's logo to separate the iconic great white herons to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The logo is available for download HERE. Additionally, Inter Miami CF was the lone professional sports team to participate in the Twitch Stream Aid on Saturday, a charity stream bringing together celebrities from the world of sports, music and gaming to raise money for the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Atlanta United is asking fans to share their homemade videos of the #StayAtHomeChallenge. Select fans will have their videos commentated by Atlanta United radio play-by-play announcer Mike Conti.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC co-owner and NBA legend Steve Nash hosted a team workout on Instagram Live on Friday. Whitecaps FC players and fans joined in on the workout, as the Vancouver community is encouraged to #StayHome.

Chicago Fire FC Homegrown midfielder Djordje Mihailović is keeping his skills sharp with at-home drills. The 21-year-old U.S. Men's National Team standout pulled off an incredible trick at home, pinging a soccer ball through his foam roller with a perfect kick.


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