Canadian Premier League Championship Match Announced

European football has become a prominent sport in Canada, with the Canadian Premier League being a defining organization leading young athletes towards Major League Soccer. An unfortunate regulation in the Canadian Premier League allows for teams in MLS to compete against lower divisions, prompting an unfair advantage.

Lower-division teams don’t have the monetary components required to contract high-paying footballers, with their players often aged between 18 to 21 from local regions in Canada. When looking to teams in Major League Soccer, player acquisition funds are worth millions. It means young adults contracted in the Canadian Premier League haven’t the skillsets required to dominate over MLS athletes.

An Unfair Advantage for Toronto FC

Announcements were made again that Toronto FC from Major League Soccer will compete in the “CPL Championship Final” in Q1 2021, marking the team’s sixth consecutive entry into the season-ending matchup. Toronto is battling against Forge FC from Hamilton, Ontario. Details regarding an official date & location weren’t released by CPL personnel. It should be noted that scheduling of the championship final has been postponed, with Covid-19 cited as the main reason.

Whichever team dominates over the other will stand victorious of more than the CPL Championship Trophy. The winner receives qualification opportunities to compete in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League. There’ll be an exclusive attribute that TFC cannot account for coming into this match, with Toronto having never battled against Hamilton’s Forge FC.

Toronto FC doesn’t compete under the Canadian Premier League. The team is permitted to battle for the CPL Championship Trophy after finishing 1st of all organizations in Canada. Football analysts in Canada aren’t shocked by TFCs advancement, with the team dominating Canada’s Championship event for five consecutive seasons. Standing victorious in 2021 would mark their sixth successive victory and eighth overall.

Spectators Permitted Back to Premier League Games

The Premier League has completed its negotiations with the United Kingdom Government, enabling four thousand supporters to enter stadiums in “Low-Risk Regions” of Great Britain. Spectators haven’t seen footballers compete in-person since March 2020 & will welcome this announcement with excitement. December 2nd will mark the date when spectators are allowed back into stadiums, with Covid Protocols being enacted & limited capacity permitted to guarantee outbreaks aren’t sustained in low-risk areas. The announcement of spectators being permitted into stadiums again was made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on November 23rd.

Covid-19 Restrictions are required for each stadium permitted to have spectators. Supporters must be located from the football club’s respective city, meaning neighbouring spectators cannot enter stadiums & will be asked to return home. Low-risk areas under the tier one designation can support four thousand spectators, with tier two locations enabling a maximum of two thousand supporters. Any areas in Great Britain under the 3rd tier cannot permit stadiums to reopen until cases are lowered.

Matches for the Premier League & English Football League continued with closed doors until November 1st, where they expected supporters could re-enter stadiums. Boris Johnson would unexpectedly announce an extension on the lockdown, forcing sporting venues to return pre-booked tickets & cancel their live matches with spectators. It was a disappointing announcement made by PM Boris Johnson, which saw a prominent level of backlash from supporting football fans.

UK Returning to Normal

An official statement was issued by Boris Johnson regarding what’s allowed & what isn’t with the updated lockdown measures. It was confirmed that national restrictions will be lowered by December 2nd, with wedding services & outdoor sports permitter to resume operations country-wide. Johnson did mention that the Public Health Service will increase their enforcement nationwide and require regular testing for individuals that support Covid-19 symptoms. It means that life is returning somewhat to normal in Great Britain but will still have its challenges going forward.

It should be mentioned that the UK Government hasn’t determined which locations in Britain are tier one, tier two, or two three. An official vote is being held on November 26th to decide which areas have low cases & which jurisdictions are near outbreak level.

MLS Announces Regular 2021 Season Schedule

Challenges associated with professional sports during the coronavirus pandemic have primarily been negated, with sporting institutions & leagues announcing regular schedules for their upcoming 2021 seasons. Major League Soccer announced on November 16th that they’ll be implementing a standard agenda but will remain vigilant of Covid-19. It means supporters will likely experience a multitude of postponed matches in 2021, which will be rescheduled & played at later dates.

Similar methods engaged after the “MLS is Back Tournament” in Spring are being approached for the 2021 season. Those protocols likely include the lack of fanfare, with Major League Soccer not confirming if supporters will return to matches by 2021. That could mean two official seasons without Americans & Canadians attending games held by MLS.

Postponement of football matches hasn’t been the only challenge for Major League Soccer. Financial disarray has stricken MLS, alongside numerous other sporting institutions across America. MLS Commission Don Garber estimated in March 2020 that $1 Billion could be lost following Covid-19. Monetary losses of that value would sustain into the next year if supporters cannot attend matches.

Disturbances in quarterly revenue could prompt anger from investors, leading analysts to believe Don Garber will work actively to resume fan attendance. It should be clarified that supporters were permitted at two matches in 2020 on March 12th, days before America & the international community entered a pandemic.

Salary & Bonus Reductions

Fans didn’t have to wait long for Major League Soccer to return, with June 2020 seeing the “MLS is Back Tournament” announced. Intense negotiations between MLS Corporate & the Players Association ensued before the competition began. After completion of the tournament, salary & bonus reductions were announced for the MLSPA. Players & Corporate are working together to ensure the long-term survival of Major League Soccer. Monetary losses will end after 2021, with a Covid-19 Vaccine slated to release by summer of next year.

Philadelphia Union Placed into Concacaf Champions League

The Concacaf Champions League is finding itself with a new inductee in 2021. It’s been confirmed that for the first time in franchise history, Philadelphia Union FC is entering the Concacaf Champions League. Their arrival into CCL follows after Columbus Crew lost to Orlando City on November 4th. It meant that both Columbus & Orlando had been removed from the Supporter’s Shield, meaning that other than Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC is the last team remaining to obtain the award & another spot into the Concacaf Champions League.

Analysts of Major League Soccer have collectively agreed that it’s Toronto FC most likely to stand victorious over the Supporter’s Shield & will overcome Philadelphia Union in the Concacaf Champions League. Analyst’s selecting TFC isn’t unbelievable, with Toronto acquiring two MLS Championships, seven Canadian Voyageur Cup Championships & multiple Supporter’s Shield. Toronto FC has never ascertained victory with the Concacaf Champions League, with their highest position being 2nd.

Philadelphia Union FC has reacted positively towards earning placement in the Concacaf Champions League. Head Coach Jim Curtin expressed that Philadelphia Union entering the international stage will be an incredible experience for his players. Curtin emphasised that it’s a tremendous honour to know the club achieved this goal under his leadership & noted how hard his footballers had worked to acquire Concacaf placement. Statements ended by Head Coach Jim Curtin expressing how proud he is with everyone involved at Philadelphia Union FC.

Sixteen positions are awarded yearly for the Concacaf Champions League, meaning the majority of clubs in MLS aren’t contenders for placement. That’s because the sixteen clubs awarded positions are selected from the Caribbean, North America, or Central America. There are five to six positions awarded to football teams in Major League Soccer & Philadelphia Union FC has been the only team announced for Concacaf contention in 2021. For Canadian-established MLS teams, it’ll be a battle between TFC & the Montreal Impact for placement.

Milestone Accomplished

It should be clarified that Philadelphia Union FC entering contention for the 2021 Concacaf Championship is a substantial milestone for this club. Philadelphia Union FC has worked prominently throughout the last five years to sustain excellent results in MLS, with 2019 & 2020 seeing those goals acquired for coaching personnel. It’s expected that continued growth will be maintained for Philadelphia Union FC during the Concacaf Championship.

MLS 2020 Championship Altered Following Postponement

The United States of America is sustaining an increase of coronavirus infections, with more than two millions nationwide having been infected by Covid-19. Multiple sporting institutions are having to reimplement their postponement measures to guarantee the safety of athletes. This includes Major league Soccer, who confirmed on October 29th that they’d postponed six matches following concerns for the coronavirus. It’d take four days for MLS Corporate to reveal their new scheduling plans, which confirmed minor speculation that the MLS Playoffs would sustain a “Points-Per-Game” format. This announcement has changed expectations for the 2020 MLS Championships, and who could become the dominating team.

Multiple football clubs in MLS have the opportunity to benefit from this announcement, including the Colorado Rapids. This club is sustaining the 2nd lowest amount of points in the Western Conference Division, which meant that prior to this announcement, the Colorado Rapids weren’t making championship contention. Entering the playoffs now marks an entirely different scenario for the Rapids & multiple other low-ranked clubs.

Depending on how many points are scored by these teams during initial playoff matches, athletes & coaching personnel can move to the next division. For the Colorado Rapids it’s an opportunity to show their team hasn’t become weaker, and that if not for the coronavirus outbreak of five players & thirteen staff members, they would have made MLS Championship contention. Analysts not anticipate that the Rapids will battle the Seattle Sounders or Toronto FC during the 2020 Semi-Finals.

Rescheduled Games

The last time Major League Soccer implemented a format of this nature was in 2001, with multiple matches being cancelled after the September 11th attacks on New York City’s World Trade Towers. Through this announcement, it was also confirmed that the Colorado Rapids & Los Angeles FC would have rescheduled matches in the coming weeks. This also applies to the LA Galaxy, with all teams slated to compete in a full twenty-three game schedule after matches are rescheduled. It should be mentioned that official dates for upcoming games hasn’t been confirmed by MLS. We will keep our readers updated when the Colorado Rapids will have their rescheduled games against LAFC & the LA Galaxy.

La Liga Launches Twitch Account

Streaming officially licensed sports properties is increasing worldwide thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Sporting institutions like Formula One saw a prominent rise of popularity behind F1 eSports throughout March to June 2020. Their growth has prompted multiple professional leagues to announce their respective eSport offerings. For La Liga, that meant being the 1st sporting institution to create a Twitch account.

La Liga selecting Twitch for their eSports Package follows after popularity for “La Liga Santander eSports” rose during the pandemic. Instead of focusing on gamers that have zero affiliations with La Liga, the official Twitch account will permit contracted footballers to compete in eSport events during the off-season. It’s presumed that popularity will increase tenfold from players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi potentially competing in an eSports event.

This announcement benefits Twitch, which has worked towards creating eSports content with official leagues for months. La Liga being their 1st prominent account holder, will prompt other professional sports to consider the service. It’s been rumoured that Nascar & IndyCar in North America could sustain Twitch accounts by 2021. These motorsports joining Twitch would cement its position in the eSports community.

Corresponding to the announcement that La Liga has registered for an official Twitch account, details regarding upcoming content was revealed. It’s known that La Liga eSports will release Compilations, Special Programs, Highlight Clips, and Streams that’ll be available in English or Spanish. Revealed information also noted that “La Liga eSports – North America Division” will work alongside the Relevant Sports Group to provide exclusive content for Mexico, Canada, and America.

Exclusive Shows for North America

American content will comprise of Matchday Reviews, One Minute Highlights, Upcoming Schedules, Long Streams, and Short Streams from eSport matches. There’ll occasionally be exclusive matches for North American viewers, enabling La Liga to reach wider audiences in this massive region. It should be mentioned that the Director of Digital Strategy for La Liga has clarified that new content formats will create a greater global fanbase. The popularity behind Spain’s La Liga has been sustained in the European Union. There have always been challenges when approaching a global audience, which could change with La Liga eSports.

Top Athletes Announce Positive Tests for Coronavirus

International football supporters were shocked on October 13th. The Portuguese Football Federation revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s meant his immediate removal from international duties with Portugal National FC. Fans are concerned that supporting footballers won’t contend against Sweden FC without Cristiano Ronaldo’s formidable skillsets as the first lineup forward.

Infection of the virus would’ve been sustained while competing against the national clubs for France, Lisbon, or Spain. Contract tracing of Ronaldo’s positive condition has been challenging, eliminating any opportunity to curb the international outbreak amongst footballers. Portugal National FC conducted rapid tests of their players & team personnel, with the best-case scenario occurring for Head Coach Fernando Santos.

Fernando Santos spoke for Portugal National FC during a press conference. He evoked that there isn’t a football club worldwide that’ll do better without its primary player. However, Santos stated that statistically that the team has shown the capacity to handle matches without the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Fernando Santos also mentioned that Ronaldo is doing better than expected & managing the infection with positivity.

Santos ended his statements by stating Ronaldo is still engaging with team discussions for the 2021 season, through virtual meetings & conversations held via his balcony three floors above. Dedicated supporters of Portugal National FC are disappointed by the revelation of Ronaldo’s infection. It means he’ll be unavailable for international contention until 2021.

PGA Tours Top Athlete Announces COVID Contraction

The international sports community wasn’t exclusively shocked by the revelation that Ronaldo had contracted COVID-19. Another World #1-Ranked Athlete also tested positive for the coronavirus on October 13th. The Professional Golf Association announced that Dustin Johnson has COVID-19 with minor symptoms, meaning that unlike Ronaldo, his infection isn’t asymptomatic.

The Professional Golf Association has a minor outbreak of COVID-19 after the United States Open. Multiple healthcare experts predicted that the PGA Tour wouldn’t avoid coronavirus infections after the US Open. All professional golfers that’ve sustained a positive case for COVID-19 include:

  • Dustin Johnson.
  • Tony Finau.
  • Sam Horsfield.
  • Scottie Scheffler.
  • Chad Campbell.
  • Nick Watney.
  • Cameron Champ.
  • Denny McCarthy.

FIFA 2021 is Now Available!

Football fans can rejoice with the official announcement of FIFA 2021, the latest instalment in EA Sports yearly franchise. Supporters of this video game series have anticipated the newest edition, which will introduce new mechanics & teams for long-time fans. Conventionally, each yearly edition into this franchise will launch new features & stadiums. However, new groups are rarely released with few clubs being introduced into FIFA-established leagues per decade.

The Premier League & Champions League don’t see any new team editions, with the two latest outfits coming from Major League Soccer. Nashville SC and Inter Miami from MLS are being featured in FIFA 2021, the 1st instance of their arrival on the international sports game. It means that hundreds of thousands worldwide that are unfamiliar with MLS outside of the FIFA franchise will be introduced to Nashville SC & Inter Miami for the first time.

Supporters of Major League Soccer will see additional changes related to their competition. It’s known that the first iteration of the redesigned Providence Park will appear in FIFA 2021. Providence Park is the home stadium for the Portland Timbers & has been outdated for five years since the club was introduced to MLS in 2011.

An updated Providence Park joins other virtual stadiums for MLS supporters. All stadiums in MLS supported by FIFA 2021 are listed down below.

  • Vancouver’s BC Place.
  • Seattle’s Century Link Field.
  • Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Los Angeles Digital Health Sports Park.
  • New York’s Red Bull Arena.
  • Portland’s Providence Park.
  • Toronto’s BMO Field.

Enhancements towards the MLS division of FIFA 2020 extend beyond new rosters, fields, and teams. Player ratings have also been updated to their recent scorecards. This means that competitors like Alejandro Pozuelo, Josef Martinez, Carlos Vela, Jozy Altidore, and numerous others have increased their respective ratings.

Those that purchase FIFA 2021 for $90.00 can create desired MLS teams & take the best players of each squad. It’s just one of the numerous features that make the FIFA franchise popular amongst millions of football fans worldwide. Consumers can purchase FIFA 2021 on the Xbox One, PlayStation4, and PC. It’ll launch with next-generation upgrades when the PS5, XSX, and XSS are released this holidays season.

Incredible Records Obtained for TFC in September

The Toronto Football Club has regained its prominence through Major League Soccer and become one of the more feared teams after the “MLS is Back Tournament”. Their growth throughout the 2020 season has been extensive, and two TFC footballers are being awarded for their improved skillsets. The first came with Richie Laryea, a defender for TFC. He was named MLS Player of the Week, for Week 14 of 2020.

Richie Laryea obtained two assists & One goal during the September 27th match-up against Columbus Crew SC. Toronto FC was already in the lead when Laryea received the 3rd goal of this match, with Columbus Crew having one goal against TFC. What Richie Laryea displayed during his assists & goal was formidable talent, with the defender weaving between opposing players. Richie shot between the legs of Eloy Room, the Columbus Crew FC Goalkeeper & everyone at that moment knew that TFC had stood victorious of this match-up.

The award marks Richie Laryea’s 1st MLS Player of the Week, which is surprising when considering the Toronto-born native has competed with TFC for two seasons. It should be mentioned that throughout the 2020 season, Richie Laryea has scored four goals & made eleven appearances in official matches with two assists.

TFC Midfielder Becomes Player of the Month

Richie Laryea wasn’t the exclusive member of TFC to be awarded a significant title. Alejandro Pozuelo received the “MLS Player of the Month” title for September 2020. It marks the 5th notable title for Alejandro Pozuelo since arriving in Major League Soccer for the 2019 MLS Season. Unlike Richie Laryea, Pozuelo has competed in fewer games because of injury. His record stands at 3-2-1 for a period of six games. 15 of the 24 goals obtained this season were acquired by Alejandro Pozuelo, showing domination as a team leader.

Alejandro Pozuelo has obtained four other titles since arriving in Major League Soccer. He’s stood victorious as MLS Player of the Week for the 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th weeks for the 2020 Season. These titles evoke fear amongst competing teams & will likely allow TFC Head Coach to employ Alejandro Pozuelo in a strong offensive position.

Ryan Reynolds Possibly Investing into Wrexham AFC

The Wrexham Football Club could receive the investment of Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhanney, two well-known actors/writers in Hollywood. It’d be a shocking investment for the actors to sustain, with Wrexham FC supporting placement in the English Football Leagues 5th tier. The proposal that Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhanney will come during a general meeting later into September, where team owners are expected to negotiate & ultimately accept the investment. Maintaining a connection to Ryan Reynolds would drastically increase Wrexham’s popularity in Great Britain.

Inside sources indicate that 97.5% of the team owners have agreed that investment from Reynolds & McElhanney would favour their growth. The Wrexham Supporters Trust Board issued an official statement regarding the interest of these two Hollywood elites. It was revealed that proposed bids had been seen and that two known investors are considering Wrexham AFC for ownership. Sentiments from WSTB continued by showing McElhanney & Reynolds have a designated vision of where Wrexham AFC can go, and that an official vote will be maintained during a Special General Meeting.

Clarification on the proposal’s details hasn’t been issued by Wrexham AFX, Ryan Reynolds, or Roy McElhanney. It’s known that when Wrexham began looking for possible investors on September 15th, the request for investment was at $2.5 Million. Reynolds & McElhanney could easily afford the $1.25 Million to become leading forces with Wrexham AFC.

The World’s Oldest Club

Wrexham AFC hasn’t ever been permitted the opportunity to compete in the Premier League, England’s top-tier football competition. Their closest reach to professional football at Premier League level was competing at the FA Cup Quarterfinals, where they famously defeated Arsenal during the 1992 Third Round. This historic club also obtained the Winners Cup in 1984, which occurred when defeating Porto FC in the European Football Tournament.

Most aren’t aware that Wrexham AFC is the oldest professional football club in history, with their launch date occurring back in 1864. Wrexham AFC is 156 years of age and competes at the most senior football arena worldwide. The iconic “Racecourse Ground Stadium” was first constructed in 1807, sustaining a lifespan of more than 213 years. The Racecourse Ground Stadium is small in stature, allowing for a maximum of 10 thousand fans. It’s these unique historical record that likely has garnered the interest of Reynolds & McElhanney.