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In times like these, we need each other.

SOCCER: FEB 25 Concacaf Champions League - Motagua at Atlanta United Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Dear readers,

We have just witnessed a historic, unprecedented 24 hours in sports as the world comes to grips with the current threat of COVID-19. Many of us individually, myself included, are still coming to grips with how it will affect us.

What makes Dirty South Soccer different from any other outlet covering Atlanta United is that the site is about and for YOU. Dirty South Soccer is a community, and without you all, what is the point of this whole enterprise? That’s why we, all of us at DSS, are counting on y’all to be our Great Distraction. And you have our word that we’ll do our part in this agreement as well.

How will we distract? We’re sure to have some retrospectives, some fun lists, maybe even some more definitive musical Starting XIs... who knows. We certainly haven’t extensively planned, so we’re open to ideas.

We’ll also be putting out podcasts as much as we can, so search “Dirty South Soccer Podcast Network” on your favorite podcatcher and subscribe. We are on iTunes, Spotify, and pretty much everywhere else. If you can’t find us, get in touch.

We will definitely be active on our digital channels. Subscribe to our TWITCH CHANNEL and our YOUTUBE CHANNEL, where I’ll have more time to resume our Football Manager save with Atlanta United in the Premier League.

All of this is to say: we’ll be around, and I hope y’all will be too.

If I can stress one thing regarding the virus, now is the time for us to be calm and focused on the task at hand. You might not be at high risk of hospitalization or death, but the hard truth is that we all have family or loved ones who are. The best way we can protect each other is by treating ourselves as if we could be unknowingly be passing it on. Live your lives, but do so thoughtfully and listen to medical professionals. Wash your hands with soap and water (a simple bar soap is more effective than sanitizer) as often as possible, and make it a priority every time you walk into your home.

Be well and we’ll see you soon,

Joe Patrick