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Earthquakes hire former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda as head coach

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Earthquakes hire former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda as head coach

The Earthquakes filled their month-old head coaching vacancy with an ambitious hire, tabbing former Chivas Guadalajara manager Matias Almeyda to lead the team in 2019. Interim head coach Steve Ralston will coach San Jose for the remaining two games of the 2018 season.

Almeyda won five trophies with Chivas, leading the Mexican giants back towards the top of the Liga MX table. Chivas won the Liga MX Clausura in 2017, the Copa MX twice, and the Supercopa MX once. The 44-year-old's three-year tenure with the club culminated with a CONCACAF Champions League title this past season, after Chivas beat MLS champions Toronto FC on penalties. 

The Earthquakes, meanwhile, are in the worst season in club history. With two games to go, the club sits last in the league table, 27 points out of a playoff spot. San Jose has not won a trophy since winning the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2012. 

Alemyda said Monday that he had options to manage elsewhere, but did not have the same feeling that he did about the Earthquakes.

"There's no ideal location or style in soccer," the 44-year-old said through a translator at his introductory press conference on Monday  (via ESPN). "I like to go places where there are good conditions, good options, good creativity, and seriousness in the project. That's why I'm here. To be honest, I had other opportunities to go other places but in none of them did I feel like I feel here. This is a new project, a new country, a new life for both me and my family. I feel very good about it, and we're excited."

Almeyda previously managed River Plate, leading the legendary Argentine club back to the top division in 18 months at the helm. He did the same in a little over two years at Banfield, and both teams remain in the Argentine Primera División.

A former defensive midfielder, Alemyda played for River Plate, Sevilla, Lazio, Parma, and Inter Milan in a 20-year career. He won three Argentine Primera División titles and a Copa Libertadores playing for River Plate, as well as a Serie A title with Lazio. Almeyda was also capped 35 time by the Argentine national team, winning a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. 

Premier League extends coronavirus pause, proposes 30 percent wage cut

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Premier League extends coronavirus pause, proposes 30 percent wage cut

The Premier League is pushing back its restart date indefinitely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it announced in a statement Friday.

After bringing together the league’s top officials on a video conference, it was decided that the original hopes to begin playing again at the beginning of May were premature.

“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May,” the statement read. “And that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.”

[RELATED: Best PL storylines we would've watched if season continued]

Players also are facing a wage reduction of up to 30 percent as the league deals with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Until health officials declare that social distancing regulations can be lifted, don’t expect to see much in the way of live sports.

Best Premier League season storylines before coronavirus suspension

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Best Premier League season storylines before coronavirus suspension

The Premier League suspending its season last month due to the global coronavirus pandemic delayed Liverpool’s inevitable clinching of their first top-flight title in three decades by at least two months.

The Reds, who were six points from winning their first-ever Premier League title, won’t lift the trophy until May at the absolute earliest. The season is suspended through at least April 30, and league executives reportedly will discuss what the remainder of the season could look like in a Friday conference call.

There wasn’t much drama remaining in Liverpool’s title challenge, but the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Premier League by the time it closed its doors. Every club had at least nine matches remaining, with multiple spots for next season’s European competitions, all three relegation places still up for grabs and bragging rights in some of England’s best rivalries still unsolved

Which storylines would’ve captured our attention? Here are the five we’d be most closely monitoring had the Premier League season continued uninterrupted.

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