Willy Caballero Confirms Interest in MLS

Major League Soccer is becoming a prominent franchise for international football. Athletic personalities that mentioned beforehand they’d never join MLS have changed their mindsets. Individuals like Lionel Messi has mentioned his public consideration for MLS after departing Barcelona FC. Another player announcing an interest in MLS is Willy Caballero, goalkeeper for Chelsea FC. Caballero is an iconic goaltender sustaining veteran status in the Premier & Champion’s league. Mentioning his interest in MLS will evoke prominent franchises like LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, and the Seattle Sounders to inquire about acquisition.

Willy Caballero spoke with a prominent outlet in Great Britain named “The Athletic”. It’s mentioned that before switching to Major League Soccer, Caballero wants to extend his career in the Premier & Champion’s league. Those aspirations will falter after the skillsets of Caballero have descended in-comparison to younger goaltenders. Rarely is Caballero witnessed in official matches, with Chelsea FC downgrading the once prominent goalie to training backup at Stamford Bridge. Analysts anticipate Caballero’s move to MLS will be sooner than later, with his contract to Chelsea ending after next years campaign.

Chelsea FC Coaches Force Caballero’s Hand

Thirty-eight appearance for Chelsea Football Club have been sustained by Willy Caballero. Analysts & supporters never understood why coaching personnel didn’t evoke the skillsets of Caballero, who acquired champions for the Argentinian National Team before leaving for Great Britain in 2014. Caballero joined Manchester City, where his goaltending capabilities became famed & feared. Acquiring the Premier League Championship Cup wouldn’t have been possible without Willy Caballero in 2015.

Negotiations are being sustained between Chelsea FC & Willy Caballero, with the defining factor being Caballero’s return to first goaltending position. Coaching personnel have forced Willy into second position for three years, which Caballero cannot sustain any longer. The chances he’ll move to Major league Soccer increase with each day an updated contract isn’t formed with Chelsea FC.

Brad Stuver Signed to Austin FC

Goalkeeper Brad Stuver has received another contract in Major League Soccer, confirming he’ll sustain an eight campaign in the prominent sport. Austin Football Club elected Brad Stuver after NYCFC departed ways with the goalkeeper. Stuver becoming a free agent saw multiple teams make contact for potential contract acquisition. Austin FC would stand victorious over the negotiations, allowing Stuver to become their third goaltender in one season.

Brad Stuver has sustained several seasons in Major League Soccer, with his career starting at Columbus Crew SC. After four years under contract with Columbus Crew, Brad was transferred to New York City FC. Leaving that club after three seasons saw Stuver become a free agent for the first time, where he elected Austin FC as his latest home. That’s a notable change from less than a decade back, which saw Stuver competing for Cleveland State University.

An official announcement regarding his acquisition was released by AFC Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna. She mentioned that Brad Stuver sustains the qualities needed for a goaltender at Austin Football Club, with Claudia Reyna believing that Stuver selecting AFC will enable himself to compete for the championship again. Sentiments ended with clarifying their excitement into integrating Brad Stuver into Austin FC for the 2021 MLS Campaign.

Fierce Competition at AFC

Brad Stuver will compete for on-field time with Brady Scott & Andrew Tarbell, the two other individuals elected as goaltenders for AFC. Tarbell finalized his contract before Christmas Eve, with Brady Scot being signed during the Expansion Draft. These three men sustain similar skillsets, making it harder for coaching personnel to determine which goalie should defend AFC in upcoming matches.

Fifteen players have been signed to Austin Football Club, with the latest outside of goaltending being Hector Jimenez. He holds a prominent relationship with Brad Stuver, as both were teammates in 2014 at Columbus Crew SC. Their expected to work professionally & create unexpected opportunities for AFC in future matches.

Austin Football Club Acquires Alex Ring

Major League Soccer teams have initiated trades for the upcoming 2021 campaign. Millions in general allocation money are being spent to acquire new footballers, with incentives based exclusively on performance. Announcements regarding acquisitions are being made regularly, with MLS analysts never anticipated Alex Ring would leave New York City FC.

Austin Football Club issued a press release, where revelations that Alex Ring is joining their club was confirmed. General allocation money reserves for Austin FC saw $1.25 Million awarded for a multi-year agreement. This marks the most prominent salary any US National player has received in MLS history, showing that amidst alterations to MLS Legislation, teams are willing to spend large percentages of available finances to acquire the best.

Austin FC didn’t acquire Alex Ring through team-wide merits, with the 29-year-old defensive midfield holding close ties with the AFC Sporting Director. Claudio Reyna & Alex Ring know each other from 2017 when Reyna worked for NYCFC. Sentiments were issued by all three parties involved with this acquisition, incentivizing primarily that Alex Ring’s time at NYCFC won’t be forgotten.

Issued statements from Austin Football Club remarked excitement for Alex Ring joining the organization by 2021. Praise was issued to Alex Ring by AFC, noting the skillsets & talents of this footballer since performing in Major League Soccer. Press released statements from AFC emphasized that Alex Ring played critical roles in making NYCFC a legendary club since 2015. For someone supporting such professionalism on & off the field, it’s unsurprising Austin Football Club would spend $1.25 Million for Ring.

Why Does Alex Reyna’s Acquisition Matter?

Austin Football Club enters their first official season in Major League Soccer during 2021. Team owners want to showcase league-wide that brand new organizations can hold prominence & compete for championship contention. When questioned on his position behind electing a new squad, Alex Ring responded that challenges await & that it’ll be an incredible experience to overcome those hurdles alongside Claudio Reyna.

Alex Ring’s lifespan throughout Major league Soccer began in 2016 with New York City FC. Four seasons maintaining the position of defensive midfielder saw Alex Ring acquire ten goals & thirteen assists, which was sustained over 113-Matches. His talents saw reward when nominated for the 2018 MLS All-Star Player Award.

Columbus Crew Acquire Evan Bush

Announcement regarding acquisitions in Major League Soccer for 2020 are being released regularly, with clubs preparing for the upcoming season. Timeframes for acquisition have become smaller in 2020, with MLS starting the 2021 campaign weeks after this year’s season concluded. Prompt negotiations & acquisitions are being sustained, with the latest coming from Columbus Crew SC. It was announced that Evan Bush from the Vancouver Whitecaps has been traded to Columbus Crew. Rewards for providing Columbus Crew with Evan Bush is $125,000.00 in allocation finances. An official announcement was made by Columbus Crew’s media division, with the Vancouver Whitecaps later confirming the announcement is accurate.

The General Manager for Columbus Crew discussed the acquisition of Evan Bush, evoking pleasantries around Evan Bush joining the squad. GM Tim Batch-Chenko noted that goalkeeping capabilities from Bush are significant, with his experience in Major League Soccer being extensive. GM Tim Batch-Chenko expressed that integrating Evan Bush into Columbus Crew SC won’t be challenging, that he’ll likely push the remaining goaltenders to perform better for the upcoming season.

Evan Bush is a goalkeeper that hold’s prominent history throughout Major League Soccer, with his career beginning a decade ago. Aged 34, the Ohio Native first competed with the Montreal Impact for ten years. His playtime with Montreal saw 176 official starts, with 562 saves & 40 shutouts. Evan Bush was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps in September 2020, making eight starts before moving to Columbus Crew SC.

False Praise

The Vancouver Whitecaps tried to praise Evan Bush for his contributions on the field. However, sentiments made by the Whitecaps seemed resentful. It’d be revealed that since joining the Whitecaps, Bush had regularly mentioned a desire to return closer to home. Columbus is closer to Ohio than Vancouver, meaning Evan Bush can spender greater amounts of time with his family after making this move. It’s suspected he’ll begin competing for Columbus Crew SC when 2021s MLS season begins.

Montreal Impact Contract Four Academy Players

Major League Soccer’s popularity has flourished since 2010, with millions in North America witnessing incredible talents compete for championship dominance. American & Canadian children have started dreaming of opportunities in Major League Soccer, which was proven a possibility with the Montreal Impact. Most organizations in MLS don’t support academy players, contracting high-profile footballers from the European Union.

The Montreal Impact didn’t sustain that strategy for 2021 lineup of players. It was announced that four homegrown footballers from Montreal Impact’s Academy had obtained contracts. Those individuals include Rida Zouhir, Nathan-Dylan Saliba, Jean-Aniel Assi, and Sean Rea. Preparing those young footballers for Major League Soccer cannot begin until December 15th.

Sporting Director Oliver Renard of the Montreal Impact discussed these player acquisitions. Renard clarified that disruptions associated with Covid-19 prompted strategic redevelopment of acquisition finances, prompting substantial opportunities for younger players partnered with the Montreal Impact Academy. Sporting Director Renard expressed his excitement & pleasure at providing young footballers with this pivotal opportunity.

  • Jean-Aniel Assi, Aged 16. Right Winger.
  • Nathan-Dylan Saliba, Aged 16. Midfielder.
  • Sean Rea, Aged 18. Midfielder.
  • Rida Zouhir, Aged 18. Midfielder.

The Montreal Impact are revising the Midfield Lineup, accounting for younger footballers enhanced stamina & capability to compete for longer timeframes. The Impact’s decisions to elect younger competitors is strategic, with organizations in Major League Soccer beginning to consider youthful options regularly. The Impact’s main rivals of TFC have acquired multiple footballers aged younger than Montreal’s lineup.

Montreal Impact Academy Director Patrick Leduc has praised these youthful footballers for sustaining the skillsets required to achieve placement in the MLS Division. Athletic qualities associated with these men was detailed in exemplary manners by Patrick Leduc. It’s rare that Leduc witnesses’ players trained by himself entering the premier division of Major League Soccer. Leduc hopes that Zouhir, Rea, Saliba, and Assi will perform admirably for the Montreal Impact. It could mean additional Academy players being elected for future seasons.

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.