MLS Players Resume Personal Workouts

For professional athletes in Major League Soccer, the novel coronavirus pandemic has been detrimental to their physical performances on-field. It follows after MLS Corporate deemed individual workouts outside of the home illegal for punters. Training fields and team facilities were shut down to these athletes in early March. Those restrictions have finally begun being lifted, enabling for small percentages of team members to train for the upcoming season in late summer.

Major League Soccer Executives determined that these small groups could train after the American government revised their social distancing measures. Four players will be permitted on the field simultaneously, with this ample space being dived into four sectors. Punters won’t be allowed to leave these sectors or engage with their teammates. MLS was prompted to make this decision after the National Basketball Association determined that their athlete could train at indoor courts. MLS Athletes will be excluded towards personal training exclusively, with passing and shooting not permitted between the four sectors. It should be noted that football training hasn’t ever been implemented on this level before.

Club Control

Coaching staff with MLS Teams that are engaging with the new protocols are forced to private quarters in the reporting booths. This enables them to speak with their four athletes and with one another, while social distancing at the highest level. The coaching staff are praising the new measures as it’s allowing them to control their athlete’s training. Working out from home enables these punters to engage with any routine they desire, which isn’t necessarily best for their performance. One downfall for these footballers is that they’re not permitted to the MLS Gyms or Training Rooms, meaning weight lifting must still be managed at home.

When PR Representatives with Major League Soccer confirmed this announcement, they informed reporters that essential personnel are permitted exclusively outside the players. All other members with MLS Clubs won’t be allowed on-site until the full social distancing measures are lifted in America, upon which safety conditions will be implemented. That means all personnel on-site would be required to wear face masks and sanitize their hands regularly. These conditions will help limit a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in MLS.

Sacramento Republic FC Stadium Still on Schedule

PR Representatives with the Sacramento Republic Football Club have continually expressed that their upcoming stadium remains on schedule. This follows are construction crews throughout the United States were deemed Non-Essential, limiting any progress of their stadium being built. There haven’t been any signs of improvement regarding its construction, with PR Representatives noting that the process will begin in Summer 2020. This will allow for the 20+ thousand seated stadium to be manufactured in less than two years. Supporters can anticipate finalized completion to be around July-August 2022.

The Chief Operating Officer with Sacramento Republic FC provided insight on the situation. He noted that timelines aren’t being altered and that they’ll continue pushing towards the previously announced completion dates. This follows after contingency plans were implemented with the construction company, which promises an increased workforce under any possible delays. It should be noted that Sacramento Republic FC was selected as an expansion team with Major League Soccer. Their 1st seasonal appearance will be in 2022.

The Sacramento Republic FC Stadium will cost $300 million under the current budget. Its size will exceed nine acres, with another five acres available for parking and entertainment facilities. It’s being constructed throughout Downtown Sacramento, which will more than double the associated size of the Downtown Space. One of the benefits of their delayed construction because of the coronavirus is sanitation. Constructors can implement additional sanitation protocols for this facility, ensuring that matches could move forward under a potential second pandemic.

The COO finalized his statements by mentioning there have been months of design behind this stadium, that executives amongst Sacramento Republic FC are determined to complete this project. It’s sentimental for these individuals now, especially after the novel coronavirus. Subsequently, supporters can anticipate a safe and sanitary facility that’s unlike any other in Major League Soccer. We’ll provide our readers updates if the Sacramento Republic FC Stadium faces additional delays. Future delays are unlikely with the American Government reopening the economy by next month. It’s expected not to close again under the leadership of Donald Trump, which would rather see civilians risk their lives for the economy than protect the overall workforce. However, this is the standard behaviour of a tyrannical leader.

Norman Hunter Passes Away From COVID-19

One of the most infamous legends in British football history has passed away after contracting the novel coronavirus. This individual was Normal Hunter, who played with Leeds United as a forward. He’d dominate over the competition and become known for tackling players to the ground when it was still permitted. Norman acquired the nickname, “Mr Bites Yer Legs”. Norman Hunter would be a critical asset during Leeds United most infamous and historical era in football.

While playing with Leeds United, Norman spent fourteen years at the LUFC home stadium of Elland Road. During this significant campaign, two league championship titles would be acquired. These victories gave him a specialized seat on the 1966 England National Football Team, who won the World Cup. Older and younger fans behind Norman Hunter were shocked to learn he’d been admitted into an unnamed hospital. It’d follow after he’d test positive for COVID-19.

Condolences for this significant loss immediately were provided through social media. Eddie Gray, a former teammate of Norman Hunter with Leeds United FC, mentioned that he was one of the best athletes to play the sport. Gray also noted that Norman was more than a tackler but a notable footballer with professional capabilities. Most forget that Norman Hunter wasn’t provided with the opportunities deserved because his legend was dominated over by the iconic Bobby Moore.

Leeds United FC provided a formal statement regarding the passing, expressing that an unfilled void has been left in this football family. It was remarked that LUFC Fans wouldn’t forget the legacy of Norman Hunter. Sentiments from Leeds United finished with their thoughts and prayers towards the Norman Family.

It should be mentioned that Normal Hunter joined the Leeds United Association at fifteen, experiencing his entire career with a singular association. Throughout his lengthy career of fourteen years, more than 700+ professional matches were played. Norman stands as the 4th longest-playing footballers in Premier League History, which is an accomplishment not easily reached. It’s expected that organizers with Leeds United FC will honour Norman Hunter once the COVID-19 pandemic has concluded in Great Britain. It’s not known when the Premier League will begin their 2020 Season, with it being postponed indefinitely until Great Britain lifts their nation-wide lockdown.

Belarus Premier League Continues Amidst COVID-19

The Belarus Premier League considers themselves exempt from the social distancing measures involved with COVID-19. This follows after matches are continually being played throughout the pandemic. Sports analysts are shocked that the Belarus Government has permitted these matches, with the overwhelming number of supporters boycotting these games for safety concerns. Stadiums that support upwards of 1500 fans have dropped their attendance volumes down to 253. Though this means social distancing is being practised in these stadiums, the chance for exposure is growing drastically. It’s prompted medical officials in the European Union to demand that Belarus Politicians implement postponements on the league. Responses from these politicians have been minimal, with the President believing that COVID-19 isn’t any worse than the flu.

Athletes within the Belarus Premier League have expressed that the lack of fans is ruining their support. Football is primarily centred around the spectators, with their regular chants and explosions of colourful smoke. This isn’t possible anywhere with spectators boycotting these matches, removing a significant portion of excitement associated with playing professionally. BPL Athletes have still requested that supporters remain home for their safety, as losing these spectators long-term is worse than the short-term results of the novel coronavirus.

Official statements from the BPL request that risks be reduced to spread the virus. Executives with the Belarus Premier League would’ve terminated all matches but are under orders from the government to continue playing. This follows after 2000+ cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout Belarus. Twenty-three individuals have died, and healthcare workers aren’t receiving proper equipment in this region. It’s expected that Belarus will eventually have an epicentre-level pandemic with COVID-19.

The Foolish President

The Belarus Football Federation confirmed that government officials demanded that matches continue being played. Coaches throughout the Belarus Premier League have requested that the government reconsider, with their president ignoring all requests regarding COVID-19. Citizens within this region have become drastically concerned for their safety with the lack of care or respect the president has towards this virus. Until postponements are made to the BPL, diehard supporters will continue to traverse these stadiums and risk their lives to watch footballers compete. It’s the government’s moral duty to ensure this doesn’t happen.

UEFA Resuming Football by August

The United European Football Association announced that they’d implemented strategic plans that’ll see football resumed by the latest of August 2020. Domestic leagues under the UEFA were informed not to terminate their respective seasons, ensuring that these competitions will be played to guarantee the integrity of European Football. This decision was approved by the European Club Association and European League Commission. Multiple athletes, medical experts and politicians have advised against this plan until the pandemic is confirmed to be eliminated.

The President of UEFA provided this announcement during a public streaming event to supporters. The ECA Chairman and ELC President joined him. These three men determined that their analyst’s predictions for an August restart are accurate. However, it was noted that government authorities would dictate the conditions of a reset. The European Club Association President urged domestic leagues to keep their seasons active. Player associations with European nations could demand immediate closure for personal safety. Multiple sporting analysts believe this’ll happen with the Premier League and European Football League.

Players with the Europa and Champions League would be forced into competing. This doesn’t mean that Player Unions under UEFA haven’t been reviewing the legal requirements and regulatory frameworks associated with this association. Any incarnation of legislation that allowed for the safety of players during global events will be implicated. Most athletes worldwide don’t want to risk their safety for the finances of executives, who are already wealthy.

The Plan

Analysts with the United European Football Association are continuously reviewing the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes assessing the different legislations and self-isolation measures enacted. Nations like Italy aren’t supporting sporting events for a prolonged period, which will more than likely extend past Summer 2020. This will continue toward the United Kingdom and Germany, who are also facing high rates of infection.

Executives with the UEFA are being too hopeful and could find themselves being fined by European Governments for not listening to the advice of medical experts. It should be noted that European Leagues with UEFA are maintaining a teleconference call on March 3rd. They’ll provide their input on this decision, which could force the hand of executives to terminate UEFA Events for an entire season.

Player Salaries Reduced by FC Barcelona

Shocking announcements were made by coaching staff with FC Barcelona. They confirmed that players would receive reduced salaries amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic. Players were informed via the public statement, which was made on March 26th. FC Barcelona Representatives noted that proportional reduction in valuation would admit to all contracted players. It should be noted that contracts aren’t being terminated and players are still employed during the suspension period. FC Barcelona made this decision after the Spanish Government revealed that employers could limit their labour costs while ensuring that employed individuals will return to working conditions by summer.

SkySports and EuroSports Reporters questioned FC Barcelona on the limited salaries. Team or League Representatives didn’t provide details on how much will be lowered. Sporting analysts estimate that contract valuation will deplete by 30% over the COvid-19 Pandemic. This would ensure that players are provided adequate salaries, while also guaranteeing the prolonged livelihood of FC Barcelona. It should be noted that Spain’s Professional Football League shut down their operational activities amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic.

It’s not surprising that FC Barcelona has implemented these salary limitations. Throughout the 2019 Season, it cost this football club more than $727 Million to pay for their respective players. It should be noted that FC Barcelona also maintains a handball, basketball and squash ball outfit. On average, this football outfit maintains an annual expense account of $1.05 Billion.

Multiple sporting analysts and supporters of Spanish football have publicly backlashed this decision. Throughout history, where everyone needs to support their fellow man, various football clubs and sporting associations have turned their backs on the people that make them millions. It’s expected that multiple Player Association Strikes will be held throughout 2021. These strikes would be the fallout of the Covid-19 postponements on sporting events seen worldwide.

Paris Saint Germain Shows True Honor

The Paris Saint Germain Football Club have taken the alternate route. They’ve continued to payout the standard costs for each associated player. Paris St Germain has also raised $221,320.00 towards healthcare professionals taking on the Covid-19 Pandemic. This was accomplished by selling a Limited Edition Jersey, which is a replica of their 2020 Seasonal Jersey. Alterations were made to the wording and logos, allowing owners to pledge their support to health care workers.

Asymptomatic Footballers & Officials with Covid-19

The Covid-19 Global Pandemic has affected the international football community drastically over the last month. All notable football leagues have been postponed, including the Premier League and Major League Soccer. This extends to the Mexican Liga Soccer League, who confirmed their President had acquired the Covid-19 Virus on March 20th. Enrique Bonilla expressed that he isn’t displaying any severe symptoms. Acting as the league president, he stands at an older age. There are serious concerns amongst investors that his older age will prompt Covid-19 to take Enrique’s life. Regardless, Bonilla will continue to operate the Mexican soccer league while in self-isolation.

The First-Division Football Matches for Liga MX were postponed last week. Their remittance into official play wasn’t confirmed, with Enrique Bonilla expressing that the decision had been made for the safety of supporters and Mexican Communities. Postponing the league followed before any respective officials were confirmed with Covid-19. Enrique Bonilla wasn’t the 1st to become affected. Alberto Marrero also became infected with Covid-19, making the Team Head concerned for his life. It should be mentioned that the Mexican Government hasn’t implemented Mass Gathering Restrictions, with them instead of encouraging minimal social distancing measures. It’s for this reason that there’s been a rapid rise in confirmed cases.

Paulo Dybala Acquires Coronavirus

The Mexican Football Division isn’t the only affected league, with a Spanish player with the Italian Series A being confirmed with Covid-19. Paulo Dybala tested positive for the coronavirus, showing no symptoms of the disease. He’s the first amongst the international professional football community to be asymptomatic. Being soccer forward for Juventus and the Argentina National Football Team, his health has become a top priority for coaching staff. It’s prompted his immediate enclosure for self-isolation until March 31st, with potential extensions until April 15th.

It should be noted that this decision was voluntary, and Paulo Dybala is expected to live from Covid-19, with his physical body and no previous medical conditions assisting in his fight against the disease. Some medical experts believe his athletic capabilities are helping with the asymptomatic conditions that Paulo Dybala is displaying. Those presumptions can’t be confirmed until testing on Covid-19 from international organizations is complete.

MLS Cancelled for Thirty Days

The increasing pandemic surrounding COVID-19 has prompted multiple sporting leagues to terminate their operations going forward. This included Major League Soccer, who confirmed that they’d be shutting down their season for thirty days. Additional delays now follow for David Beckham, who hasn’t experienced the Home Opener for his respective expansion team.

It was expected that Inter Miami FC would experience their inaugural Home Opener on March 14th. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible for Jorge Mas or David Beckham, the Co-Owners of Inter Miami FC. Supporters were lucky enough to receive a taste of what’s to come in thirty days, with all twenty-six outfits having the opportunity to compete in official season games.

National Team Cancellations

The United States Soccer Federation expressed that they’d terminated all exhibitions with National Teams for both Men’s & Women’s. It was anticipated that the US Men’s Soccer Team would compete against the Netherlands on March 26th, which would’ve then extended to a second series with Cardiff on March 30th. These events would’ve been held in anticipate of the World Cup Qualifying, which is still slated to begin in September 2020. When it applies to the female athletes with the US Women’s National Team, they would’ve competed against Australia on April 10th and Brazil on April 14th. It’s unknown when their respective Pre-Seasons will be relaunched.

Inter Miami FCs Public Remarks

The Inter Miami Football Club informed their coaches and players that Major League Soccer would be suspended by thirty days. David Beckham provided detailed information to his employees, with everyone then collectively agreeing that it’s the best decision possible to ensure public safety. Jorge Mas confirmed that Inter Miami Football Club supported the actions of Major League Soccer, with the team hoping that the coronavirus pandemic can be solved within the next month.

Jorge Mas still anticipates that thirty-four matches will be played throughout the 2020 MLS Season. This follows after he was directly involved with a conference call through the Board of Governors. It should be mentioned that for most MLS fans, the symptoms would be moderate and hard to determine if any potential infection is present. We’ll keep our readers informed if any additional postponements follow the Major League Soccer 2020 Season.

Achara – The New TFC Hero

There’s a new talent in the Toronto Football Club that’s grabbing the attention of supporters. This follows after Greg Vanney, the Head Coach for TFC, announced that Ifunanyachi Achara would be receiving his first taste of Major League Soccer on March 7th. Instead of this young athlete performing on the basic level, he proved himself to be a quality asset for TFC. This 22-year-old could’ve acquired potentially three goals while TFC competed against NYFC. However, these goals were limited to one with the determination of referees. When questioned on this player, Greg Vanney mentions that Achara displays formidable confidence and composure. It’s suspected this young footballer will become of the first starts for Toronto.

Multiple sporting analysts were looking forward to seeing Ifunanyachi Achara, who was acquired as the 25th Draft Selection for the 2020 MLS Season. Most were expecting him to maintain a standout performance, with Achara proving them right before twenty-five minutes into the first half. After losing his 1st goal in Major League Soccer, he kept pushing forward and eventually acquired his first professional shot-on-net. It should be noted that Greg Vanney told Achara that he’d be starting ninety-minutes before this official match. It’s impressive how quickly this player composed himself and moved forward.

Achara spoke with MLS Reporters, where he stated: “When they told me I was going to start, I was like, Okay, I’m going to go out there and do my thing and try to score goals and be in the right position. Two goals would have been much better. But I’ll take one.”

Endoh Removed

It was initially anticipated that Endoh would be placed into the starting lineup on March 7th. However, he wasn’t able to attend this event after hurting his left knee. Endoh couldn’t perform the testing series held by TFC, which ensures every player is capable before the start of an official match. Greg Vanney was forced to bench one of his star athletes, which ended up working out for the head coach. Those wanting to see this shot-on-net can skip 81 minutes into the TFC vs NYCFC game. Though it should be mentioned that this was one of the best football matches in recent MLS history.

Nashville Soccer Clubs 1st MLS Season

The Nashville Soccer Club is embarking on their debut season in Major League Soccer, with some of their hired footballers already shocked with the rate this organization has improved. This included Walker Zimmerman, their leading defender. He’s had previous experience with expansion teams and has been active in the MLS since 2013. Walker is considered a veteran of this sports league, with multiple other notable footballers being hired to Nashville SC. This includes Anibal Godoy and Dax McCarty.

Just because Nashville has selected a few players with veteran status in MLS, fourteen teammates are entering their first professional season of soccer in America. However, all chosen players have previous experience in Central America or European football leagues.

Walker Zimmerman’s official statement reads: “It’s a great group, really hard-working group. And I was really surprised at the camaraderie that was already established in the first month of preseason. So hats off to everyone for really getting along, buying into this process. It’s not easy, but I think everyone’s excited about this weekend.”

The First Game

The Nashville Soccer Club is competing against Atlanta United for their first official match in Major League Soccer. It’s slated to be the first match for the MLS Season Opener, which will be located at Nissan Stadium. The popularity of this event became evident after the Atlanta United stadium saw its highest level of purchased tickets, which stands at fifty thousand. This number was nearly achieved previously when Nissan Stadium hosted a football match against Manchester City and Tottenham FC.

Players with this newly created football club were excited at the prospect of competing against Atlanta United FC. They are considered one of the dominating teams in Major League Soccer, having won two championship titles previously. Considering that Atlanta was also an expansion team that saw incredible popularity over a short period, Nashville SC will want to mimic the similar rate of growth that their first opponents experienced. It should be noted that this soccer club still has plenty to accomplish before it can move forward as a fully-designated outfit in Major League Soccer. This includes creating their football stadium, which has experienced delay after delay.