MLS Weekly Roundup for February 17th

Three significant new stories were released to MLS supporters this week. The 1st is related to the LA Galaxy, who announced that they’re considering to contract out Lionel Messi. Born in Argentina, Lionel Messi includes the option to leave Barcelona yearly with the end of each season. The latest contract for this professional athlete expires following June 2021, leaving countless outfits in the Premier League and Major League Soccer, negotiating for Messi’s updated contract.

The announcement that Lionel Messi could join the Los Angeles Galaxy Football Club came from Radio Continental. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the Argentina Head Coach for LA Galaxy, confirmed to this radio channel that they’re interested in this potential contract. It’d follow after Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t adhere to his contract with LA Galaxy, who abruptly left to enter an illegal agreement with AC Milan.

Differences in leagues forced this otherwise illegal action to go unnoticed for punishment. Guillermo wants to avoid this going forward with any other potential famous athletes, with Lionel Messi infamous for his loyalty to new outfits. It should be noted that neither Guillermo Barros Schelotto nor Lionel Messi has begun discussing if he’ll move State-Side following the 2021 MLS Season.

Javier Hernandez Starts Preseason with LA Galaxy

Another announcement regarding the Los Angeles Galaxy Football Club was made this week as well. Representatives with the team confirmed that Javier Hernandez had made his debut preseason appearance on Saturday, February 15th. LA Galaxy competed against the Toronto FC, who dominated over Los Angeles by 2-1 at the Dignity Health Sports Park.

Javier Hernandez was considered one of the best components for the LA Galaxy’s side, with him being the single-player to acquire a goal. When it applies to the Toronto Football Club, two points were achieved through Alejandro Pozuelo and Infunayachi Achara. These points were obtained through the false strategic behaviours implemented by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The LA Galaxy Football Club competed next week on the 22nd against Chicago Fire FC.

LA Galaxy will have to formulate new strategies to compete for the MLS Championship. Both the Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC are looking to be the best teams in 2020. It’d follow a similar pattern from last season, which works against LA Galaxy, who used to be considered the team outfit in MLS with David Beckham. They’d hope similar popularity with Zlatan, who let down team owners and managers by leaving without any warning.

Nashville FC Stadium Greenlit

Local government in Nashville confirmed today that the new stadium for this cities football club had been greenlit. This announcement was made by John Cooper and John Ingram, the Mayo on Nashville and owner of this soccer club. Demolition regarding the previous facility is slated to begin immediately, with development of their new property starting in April. When speaking with reporters at this announcement event, John Ingram expressed that he’s thrilled to move forward with the stadium’s development. He noted that this investment isn’t for the soccer team exclusively, but Nashville as a whole. It’s expected that the development period will compete following January 2022, which would be before the 2022 MLS Season.

The Nashville Soccer Club is one of the newest organizations in Major League Soccer, with their admittance into the league being formalized in December 2017. Substantial delays followed with the development of their football stadium, with local politicians demanding that historic buildings in the Nashville Fairgrounds remain untouched. Additional delays regarding the associated development cost forced the stadium’s completion date by three years.

The associated cost with developing this stadium is $375 Million, with it, slated to be the largest MLS stadium in North America. Multiple investors were expected to compile the substantial funds for development, with this announcement confirming that the cost will solely fall onto Nashville SC. Local politicians reverted their previous statements which agreed that $50 million would be supported via taxpayers. The significant backlash to this decision from Nashville citizens forced politicians to terminate this donation. Infrastructure costs will be first deployed by Nashville SC, costing them $19 million. It should be noted that Nashville Metro must assist with lease payments to this new stadium, costing that collective $35 million yearly.

When this announcement was made with John Ingram and John Cooper, both men expressed that they’re grateful to Nashville Soccer Holdings. Without their approval to spend additional funds on development, the creation of America’s most expansive soccer stadium wouldn’t have been possible. It also ensured that taxpayers wouldn’t be involved in the development process. Until the Nashville SC Stadiums development period is completed, this football club will be forced to play at Nissan Stadium. Individuals wanting to witness their inaugural season in Major League Soccer will be hard-pressed, with most of the 30+ thousand tickets being sold for each matchup. There’s always the chance that Nashville SC could enter the MLS Playoffs, allowing for new tickets to be purchased.

Colorado Rapids Lose First Pre-Season Game to TFC

The Toronto Football Club is continuing to display their dominance after losing the MLS Championship last season. The 2020 Pre-Season has seen TFC compete against their first notable organizations, winning the slated matches. The winning streak began against the Colorado Rapids, who lost by four points to nothing in California. Featuring two sixty-minute halves, this game was longer than usual and tested these athletes to their full capabilities. Notable players like Jonathon Osorio, Jozy Altidore and Erickson Gallardo acquired the first three points. It was the younger Jacob Shaffelburg from Newfoundland that earned the 4th goal, which is his first of the pre-season.

This marks the first during the 2020 Pre-Season that the Colorado Rapids were defeated. Fans shouldn’t be concerned about the Rapids though, as their next matches are against college programs in the United States. Colorado’s football team has competed in multiple pre-season competitions, with this marking Toronto’s first of the year. It shows the overwhelming dominance of Toronto, with the only organization able to defeat them in recent memory being the Seattle Sounders. Toronto FC will compete against the Los Angeles Football Club on February 12th, with the Colorado Rapids competing in their next MLS pre-season match against the New England Revolution. Both organizations will compete in minor training sessions before their respective events.

Montreal Impact Defeated by Orlando City

The Montreal Impact faced their first pre-season loss in 2020, with Orlando City dominating over the Canadian-based football club. This followed after Luis Nani, and Pedro Gallese performed at heightened levels. Located at Exploria Stadium, both organizations displayed formidable defence that forced delayed reactions with shots-on-net. However, a free-kick from Luis Nani allowed Orlando to acquire a singular point.

Pedro Gallese is being praised for the two points he saved minutes after the 39th-minute goal from Nani. Considering that the Orlando City football club couldn’t acquire championship contention last season, losing to them causes significant concerns for supports of the Montreal Impact. They’ll shortly be competing in CONCACAF and with these skills, will quickly be eliminated after February 20th.

Mexico Nationals Joining MLS

Major League Soccer has begun to engage with Mexican football leagues for acquisition purposes. For twenty-five seasons there has been a minimal presence for Mexican nationals playing in the American league. Considering that Mexico citizens account for 11.3% of the American population, there has been a considerable desire for more Mexican players. Entering their 25th season, MLS allowed for the San Jose Earthquakes to purchase Oswaldo Alanis for a loan contract. Playing for the Mexican national team, Oswaldo Alanis will have a permanent role with San Jose. However, whenever he’s required for an international game with Mexico, the Earthquakes must return Alanis for a short period. Analysts believe that acquiring one of Mexico’s most popular players will assist the growth of MLS in this community.

There was another Mexican addition made into Major League Soccer, with Javier Hernandez being selected to the Los Angeles Galaxy football club. This follows after this professional athlete ended his career with Sevilla FC, noting that this marks the beginning of his retirement. These statements offended executives with Major League Soccer, who are trying to remove the notion that MLS is for players wanting to retire. Ageing stars from European Leagues have infamously switched over to this American league. Considering that a former Mexican national by the name of Andrea Pirlo players with New York City FC, hearing Hernandez state that he’ll be retiring shortly after joining MLS at 31, comes as a significant disappointment for potential fans.

Hernandez Struggles

This Mexican-born national has struggled throughout the last three seasons, with age becoming a significant issue. Before his skillsets began to decline, Javier Hernandez would acquire double digital goals by seasons-end. He recently hasn’t surpassed this mark, meaning he’s obtaining less than nine goals per season. Moving over to Major League Soccer, Hernandez believes that he’ll receive double digits and continue his legacy. This emphasizes that there’s the belief that players in MLS don’t have the skillsets of European Leagues.

However, numerous young players have switched over to American organizations. Javier walks into MLS as an enemy against his new employer, which could see his career-ending pre-emptively. Those interested in seeing what Javier Hernandez can accomplish in Major League Soccer can see by March 1st. Analysts suspect that his unsatisfactory behaviour will prompt significant losses to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Still, the question remains instead Mexican nationals will begin to support MLS will the increased presence of their community.

Costa Rica Calls Upon MLS Players

Professional players in Major League Soccer have been requested to join the Costa Rican National Football Team. This included several players from MLS organizations. Those players include Marvin Loria for the Portland Timbers, Carlo Gonzalez from the LA Galaxy, Luis Diaz from Columbus Crew SC, New York FC’s Ronal Matarrita, Randall Leal from Nashville SC and Ulises Segura from DC United. Ronald Gonzalez will direct them with the Under-23 National Team. These events are slated to begin on February 1st, 2020.

The most athletic and capable player with these several professionals is Ronal Matarrita. He’s appeared in eight-five professional games since joining the New York City Football Club in 2016. Standing at twenty-five years of age, he’s participated in numerous events for Costa Rican football teams since 2015. The oldest and most knowledgeable player engaging in this specialized unit is Carlo Gonzalez. Throughout his career, seventy-one appearances have been made, twenty of them with LA Galaxy. When it applies to Ulises Segura, he’s one of the few players to exceed 1500 minutes of playtime. This follows with fifty-six professional experiencing dating back to 2018. He’s one of the highest desired athletes for the 2020-21 MLS Season.

Marvin Loria maintains the highest-scoring record of these several players, allowing him to have a formidable role as a head striker. Managing to make more than forty professional goals, Marvin Loria is the only athlete on this squad to play a USA Championship. The youngest athlete competing for the Costa Rican national football team is Luis Diaz, with the Columbus Crew SC player standing at twenty years of age. Costa Rican selected Randall Leal for the midfielder position, with him acquiring eight goals last season for Nashville SC.

New Signing to LA Galaxy

Coaching staff with the Costa Rican national football team weren’t the only individuals making exclusive trades this week. It was confirmed that Javier Hernandez would be transferred to an undesignated team. Afterwards, supporters of MLS learned that Atlanta United would acquire Julian Gressel for $750,000.00. That valuation could jump to more than $1,000,000.00 with subsequent bonuses. Julian Gressel will now take a leading role with Atlanta United, who maintains numerous trophies in Major League Soccer. It’s the most significant move of Gressel’s career. Unfortunately, details regarding how long this contract will remain effective weren’t provided by Atlanta United. Sporting analysts believe that for the cost of $750,000.00, it’s a one-year service contract under targeted allocation funds.

Major League Soccer Signings in January 2020

The Los Angeles Football Club confirmed that they’d acquired Kenneth Vermeer. The LAFC announced this information on January 15th, 2020. The Dutch Goalkeeper stands at 34 years of age, with most of his career being spent domestically in the Netherlands for the Eredivisie Football League. Kenneth Vermeer has spent the last several seasons with Feyenoord FC, where he left under the targeted allocation money offered by LAFC.

Kenneth Vermeer previously spent ten professional years playing with Ajax FC, where he was a substantial component in them acquiring four championship titles. Throughout his professional career, thirteen championship matches have been performed by Vermeer. This included five international appearances, where he became a noticeable entity for Los Angeles.

This announcement follows after the Los Angeles Football Club began their training camp without a starting goalkeeper. It marks the third season in LAFC history that this has happened, with Tyler Miller’s contract running out in December 2019. Analysts haven’t figured out why LAFC terminated Miller, with his previous season including 34 games won with 19 shutouts. It’s estimated that personal disputes resulted in him not being invited back, even after he assisted Los Angeles in winning the 2019 Supporter’s Shield. However, Miller was a significant component as to why the LAFC lost the MLS Western Conference Final.

Joel Waterman to Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact FC announced that they’d acquired Joel Waterman for the defender position. This marks the first time that an athlete from the Canadian Premier League has been selected for Major League Soccer. This permanent transfer was made for an undisclosed amount, which follows after Joel Waterman became the number one draft pick in the CPL. Throughout his professional career in the Canadian Premier League, Joel played more than 1900 minutes and acquired one goal, with three assists. His defender position will most likely be on the second lineup.

Aidan Morris to Columbus Crew FC

The final MLS signing that was confirmed this week came from Columbus Crew SC. They announced that Aidan Morris, a Midfielder for Indiana University, will be joining their organization for the 2020 season. This player being eighteen years of age will maintain a professional tutor going forward, allowing for his education to continue onwards in the MLS. Throughout his university season, Morris obtained two goals and eight assists throughout twenty-two matches. It should be noted that Aidan Morris previously trained with the Columbus Crew SC for their U-19 Development Academy.

Punishments for Racist Behaviour Beginning

It wasn’t long ago that we reported that significant penalties would be handed out to individuals who commit racial behaviour. The first of those severe punishments have been revealed, with Italian Law Enforcement arresting a middle-aged man for racial abuse. This ignorant and unwanted behaviour applied to Mario Balotelli, a Striker for Lazio. The unidentified man has acquired a five-year ban from all football facilities in Italy. When crowds began to turn against Balotelli, he brutally kicked the ball towards the masses and caused personal injury to a select few. However, Mario hasn’t received any penalties or suspensions for his actions.

When the announcement that this unidentified man had been arrested by Verona Police and was banned from football matchups, it was believed this applied to Italy. Sky Sports then reported that this ban applied under the European Union, across all sporting events. This applies to local sports bars and designated sporting areas. Verona Police quickly confirmed after their original announcement that twelve other individuals were under investigation and that racial behaviour won’t be tolerated anymore.

All those identified for their racial remarks and behaviour towards Mario Balotelli were caught on CCTV Cameras. Individuals located around these racist men were questioned, with police acquiring confirmation to their suspension. These punishments are following after years or racial abuse in European soccer leagues. Those caught for their behaviour in the past received fines but never a Europe-wide banning. Lazio FC expressed that future racial chants or behaviour will prompt immediate suspension of games.

The Problem & Pushback

Most aren’t aware that racism has been growing substantially in the European Union, with new mindsets being reflected at various sporting activities and public events. Italians have been at the forefront of this issue, often pushing back against authorities. Subsequently, every weekly development for Lazio FC has resulted in racist chants for two months. Anti-Racism Campaigns are often destroyed, stadiums have been defaced, and African-American athletes are required extensive security in Italy.

Italians are pushing back against organizations will millions of dollars at disposal. That’s why the Series A-League has provided Lazio FC permission to fight back against this racist behaviour. Another banning that occurred recently was directly from Lazio FC, who refused to allow the Corriere Dello Sport newspaper back into the stadium. This follows after a reporter for the paper participated in the chants and advocated for them online. Mario Balotelli prays that by the end of this decade, racism won’t be a factor in European soccer.

The First Player in MLS History

Major League Soccer is set to see a milestone as a sporting organization as they celebrate their 25th-year anniversary. This has led many to wonder about the history of this ever-growing sport. Most don’t know that the head coach for the Houston Dynamo’s, Tab Ramos, was the very first player in history to sign on with Major League Soccer. He signed a contract to play in the MLS back on January 3rd, 1995, it was a nationally televised event that will forever go down in sporting history.. At that time, he was a prep star with New Jersey and signed on with his hometown team of the Metro Stars. Eventually, they would become the New York Red Bulls.

The alteration from the European league of La Liga to Major League Soccer was a significant leap of hope for Ramos. He played for Real Betis, while also being a substantial component for the US National Soccer team. Tab Ramos was a talented player that took his capabilities to the inaugural season of MLS, seeing the potential for what this league could become. Subsequently, Tab Ramos became part of the first US National Soccer Team in 1996, where he would play with formidable legends in the league. This includes Cobi Jones, John Harkes, Tony Meola and Alexi Lalas. With the assistance of these legends, Ramos would go on to become a three-time all-star player in Major League Soccer. Collectively, he experienced several professional seasons with MLS.

Tab Ramos Retires

The first fans of Major League Soccer were saddened when Tab Ramos retired from professional soccer, where he founded the first US Soccer Development Academy in New Jersey. It wouldn’t be until 2011 that he would return to professional soccer, except not in the player capacity but instead as the head coach for the US Under-20 national team. He’d continue coaching this organization for eight years, acquiring four championship titles. This allowed Ramos to become an inducted member with the US Soccer Hall of Fame. However, going forward, he won’t be coaching the U20 American national team. For the first instance in more than twenty years, Ramos is returning to Major League Soccer.

Houston Dynamo

The recent expansion period in Major League Soccer saw multiple new teams be implemented into the sporting organization. One of those teams includes the Houston Dynamo, who are slated to play their first matchup in 2020. When this team was publicly announced, it was confirmed that Tab Ramos would return to MLS as the head coach for the Dynamos. This provides the team with a formidable leader who’s acquired champions in the past and sees Ramos return to the MLS field in 15 years.

Matthew McConaughey’s Austin FC

Major League Soccer completed its expansion period last week, with numerous new cities acquiring their respective football club. Austin FC was one of the first teams acquired throughout the expansion period, with their first matchup now being played until 2021. However, this hasn’t stopped team executives or owners from creating buzz around the Texas-based football club. This is mainly because of Matthew McConaughey, who is one of the co-owners of Austin FC. The infamous Hollywood Actor often can be found at sporting events like Soccer or Formula One.

When appearing at Chelsea’s Playoff Matchup, he began speaking with reporters on Austin FC. He noted that they’ve acquired their general manager and that the stadium has already started being developed. Matthew mentioned that this stadium would seat 22 thousand fans, with future players already being contacted by team representatives. Many have begun speculating that McConaughey was looking for potential players at this matchup, where he was seen speaking with Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odio. Acquiring these two players would immediately make Austin FC a dominating force in MLS.

Matthew McConaughey expressed that he hopes the trend for American Players joining European Leagues will continue to grow. He emphasized that this shows MLS Academies are beginning to create formidable players, with youth soccer in the United States increasing by 10% annually. However, Matthew also expressed his commitment to Austin FC and has created a ten-year plan. The chances that Callum Hudson-Odio is moving to the Texas-based football club is growing, with his contract slated to end on December 31st, 2020. However, Christian Pulisic will most likely remain in the Premier League going forward.

The Plugs

This superstar mentioned how he has travelled the entire globe and that football can be found at any corner. This has led sports analysts to believe that Matthew McConaughey is seeking new talent in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Subsequently, a championship team could be created in their premiere year in Major League Soccer. The actor expressed that he believes in youth soccer and plans to develop numerous organizations worldwide, with the assistance of Austin FC, to promote this level of the sport. Subsequently, new talent that nobody would’ve anticipated could come in fifteen years.

None of the representatives with Austin FC, Team Owners, or Coaching Staff has provided any details of which official players there looking for in 2021. Any of the star players in MLS or the Premier League will immediately be taken into consideration. Will inform our readers when additional details are released.

Charlotte Gains Final MLS Placement in Expansion

Major League Soccer has been expanding their organization for more than a decade. Fans always asked themselves when this expansion period would end. However, the sport continued to become more popular, and MLS continued to receive more applications from cities nationwide. Looking back six years ago, nobody would’ve anticipated the drastic rise in popularity that MLS experienced. International players from the Premier League and FIFA have been brought over to major league soccer, shopping that this league is gaining global appeal.

Fans can now rest easy knowing that the expansion period for major league soccer has been completed. The announcement that this period has concluded came on December 19, 2019. With this information, it was also revealed that Charlotte would become the final team to join major league soccer. They will be the 30th club to enter the sporting organization and the 20th team to enter the North American championship series since 2005. Within the last six months, six new teams were announced. This included Austin, Inter Miami, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Nashville. However, Charlotte FC won’t start competing in MLS until 2020 with Sacramento.

The Associated Cost

It took five weeks for the final team announcement to be made by major league soccer. The associated cost with the last placement was extensive, which has been prompted by current market conditions. Joe Mansueto paid $204 million for 51% stake ownership in the Chicago Fires. Additional factors included the league’s expansion in popularity and franchise profitability opportunities.

The other significant factor was the number of other cities competing for the final position. Phoenix, Indianapolis and Las Vegas were all competing for this final placement. However, these metropolises weren’t willing to pay the associated cost and were debating lower costs with MLS officials. When Charlotte confirmed that they would pay upwards of $325 million for the team, with all other associated costs, it took officials less than twenty-four hours to accept the bid. This now means that the owner of the Carolina Panthers also owns Charlotte FC.

Those wanting to support Charlotte FC in their opening stages of development can purchase team gear on their official website. This money is being used to generate revenue for the construction of a new stadium and the acquisition of formidable players. Depending on the support received from citizens in Charlotte, this football club could be a significant contender for 2022.