Kevin De Bruyne Named Premier League’s Player of the Year

The Premier League have announced their Player of the Year, confirming that Belgian-native Kevin De Bruyne has acquired the title. It’s nothing short of amazing to become named the Premier League POTY, as this reward is given to some of the best footballers in European history.

It’s been known that the Belgian International was one of several to receive the honorary award. Competitors against Kevin De Bruyne for Manchester City include Trent-Alexander Arnold, Nick Pop, Jordan Henderson, Jamie Vardy, Danny Igns, and Sadio Mane. Manchester Cities most notable Player was able to fend off competitors from Liverpool FC, Leicester FC, Southampton FC, and Burnley FC.

This marks the 1st Premier League Player of the Year Award for Kevin De Bruyne, standing as the 3rd Belgian-native to acquire this status. De Bruyne now stands alongside Vincent Kompany and Eden Hazard. Kompany received the POTY Award in 2012 for Manchester City & Hazard obtained his status as POTY in 2015 for Chelsea FC.

Kevin De Bruyne maintained a formidable season through 2019-20, growing his skillsets throughout the pandemic. It became evident after the Premier League returned & allowed De Bruyne to succeed Virgil Van Dijk from Liverpool FC as POTY. It should be clarified that Kevin equalled the Premier League Record help by Thierry Henry of 20 Assists, while also obtaining 13 Goals.

Even with the formidable skillsets displayed by Kevin De Bruyne, it wasn’t enough for Manchester City to overtake Liverpool FC & become knocked out of the UEFA Champion’s League. This doesn’t mean that Manchester City won’t return throughout the 2020-21 Premier League Season to dominate over their rivals of Liverpool, which could be challenging if individual players leave the organizations. It’s known that Kevin De Bruyne is remaining on with Manchester City until 2023.

De Bruyne Talks Upcoming Future

Discussing his future in the Premier League for the off-season, De Bruyne clarified he’ll spend the majority of this period with his wife. That’s because they’re expecting a child & Kevin wants his newborn to know its father. The sex, name, and future birthing location has been kept private by the De Bruyne family.

MLS Unveils 2020 Coronavirus Contingency Plan

Major League Soccer’s Corporate Division announced their “Coronavirus Contingency Plan” for the resumption of their official 2020 season. This announcement comes after their confidence to protect players grows with minimal infections at the “MLS is Back Tournament” in Florida. Protecting their footballers & team personnel when each respective outfit returns to home stadiums will be considerably harder than ensuring safety in Florida. MLS Corporate Division will struggle to maintain a watchful eye on 26 Teams, which are slated to play a remainder of 18 Games during the regular season before Championship Rounds begin.

Major League Soccer is departing from their recent tournament by August 12th, which marks the date when Nashville FC will compete against the Dallas Football Club. These teams will maintain a three-game series that’s played back-to-back, which comes after Nashville & Dallas were forced to withdraw from the “MLS is Back Tournament”. An influx of confirmed infections prompted the removal of both teams. It’s been confirmed that this series, and all remaining games within the regular season won’t allow fans to maintain attendance. This is to ensure that cities hosting MLS Teams don’t have an influx of infections, which will be hard to guarantee with the current conditions associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic in America.

Additional regulations being implemented by MLS to guarantee that an outbreak doesn’t unfold with any of their 26 Teams is the requirement of Charter Flights. Teams aren’t permitted to use standard methods of flying, with these organizations also provided the option of using a multitude of Team Busses. Chartered Flights can’t allow for the full team on a single plane, similar to the requirement of multiple Team Busses if road travel is selected. This regulation could prompt safe environments for MLS Teams if footballers avoid contact with local populations at home or away cities.

Canadian Teams Not Considered

The one element that doesn’t work with Major League Soccer’s Contingency Plan is the implication of travel restrictions onto Canadian Teams. MLS avoided adding Canadian Teams into their Contingency Plan, leaving sports analysts to speculate that these three outfits aren’t being allowed into the regular season. This would create lasting implications on relationships between MLS’s Corporate Division & the Canadian Teams. Those outfits include the Montreal Impacts, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Toronto FC.

Canadian MLS Teams Facing Border Restrictions

Major League Soccer has experienced a period of continuous charge during the COVID-19 pandemic. That won’t change anytime soon, with the “MLS is Back Tournament” slated to end in the coming weeks. This will prompt the revival of regular-season games, which could be challenging for Canadian teams. The Government of Canada has refused to allow teams based in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, and Calgary compete against their American opponents. The Canadian and American Borders have remained closed amid COVID-19 Restrictions. It’s now prompting MLS to question if Canadian teams will be forced to compete exclusively against each other.

Organizers in Major League Soccer are continuously delegating with Government Officials, Health Authorities & Club Owners to implement one of several scenarios. An inside source working in-correlation with these delegations confirmed that Canadian Clubs are likely to compete on a smaller scale for a short period. Once border restrictions are lifted by the American & Canadian Government, conventional matches held in the Eastern & Western Division will return. This means that the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and the Vancouver White Caps are being forced to contend against exclusively each other.

Implementing this strategy provides Major League Soccer a short timeframe to continue delegations with the Canadian Government. Sports analysts anticipate that MLS Organizers will find themselves struggling to adhere an agreement with the Canadian Government. The Toronto Blue Jays forced delegations onto Government personnel, which influenced an untimely denial to compete at the Rogers Centre. Following what happened to the Blue Jays suggests that American teams won’t be permitted at BMO Field.

Continued Discussions

The inside source promises that discussions with Canadian Politicians are still active and that an agreement could be finalized by next week. Similar sentiments were issued by the Toronto Blue Jays, making analysts question the accuracy of an approval to compete with American Clubs. It’s been months since Toronto FC competed against an opposing team at BMO Field, with Major League Soccer forced to postpone their 2020 Season on March 12th. This occurred two weeks after their season had a standard, with professional football not resuming until early July. The “MLS is Back Tournament” ends on August 11th, with TFC expected to enter the Semi-Finals to Finals.

Liverpool Supporters Disregard COVID-19 Protocols

Anfield Stadium became the location of Great Britain’s latest spectacle of disregarding COVID-19 protocols. That’s because fans of Liverpool arrived in thousands to the stadium after the team obtain Premier League Championship status. Demands from law enforcement to remain indoors were ignored, with a large percentage actively throwing smoke bombs & fireworks nearby law enforcement to deter their further involvement.

Liverpool’s Police Department requested that fans obey COVID-19 protocols, not risking their respective lives & the lives of their fellow man. Initially, hundreds of supporters disobeyed the rules and arrived at the stadium before Liverpool beat Chelsea at 5-3. Convergence onto the street saw supporters releasing red flares & launching fireworks, creating small blazes that were quickly extinguished.

After supporters continued not to abide by police orders, Liverpool law enforcement implemented the “48-Hour Dispersal Zone Act”. After forty-eight hours police are permitted to use crowd dispersal tactics, which often involves the usage of rubber pullets & riot sheets. Law enforcement was pleased after crowds began dispersing roughly six hours after Liverpool acquired victory. However, 911 in Liverpool was overrun by reports of public disturbances until morning. It’s suspected that dispersed crowds began partying in smaller groups, roaming various neighbourhoods & causing minor disruptions to homeowners.

Crimes in Liverpool

Liverpool FC was aware that supporters wouldn’t obey COVID-19 protocols. Social media comments reflected that hundreds, or possibly thousands, would arrive at Anfield Stadium before kick-off had started. Team officials fenced off the stadium, which would be torn down by supporters at 9:45 pm into the evening. An hour later, new fans were still arriving with alcohol & drugs often being taken from their person by police. Video evidence shows that multiple civilians passed-by police with confiscation of their mind-altering substances.

Local politicians were angered & expressed their disappoint through social media, indicating that those who entered “Double Decker Busses” illegally & consumed substances that aren’t permitted for street usage, would be inevitably arrested. The fact that Liverpool FC Supporters destroyed the property of their team destroyed property in their city and mostly wasted their tax dollars should be regarded in public shame.

Child Arrested by British Police for Racist Messages

Law Enforcement in Great Britain shocked their nation, announcing that a boy aged twelve had been arrested. This follows after the young boy sent racist messages to a footballer with Crystal Palace FC. That footballer is Wilfried Zaha, who didn’t hesitate upon waking up to share these racist sentiments to thousands of followers. What Wilfried Zaha showed was an image of the Ku Klux Klan, where the young boy of twelve uttered: “You better not score tomorrow you [Expletive Content Unavailable]”.

The Ivory Coast birthed Wilfried Zaha, where after acquiring his skillsets the footballer moved to Great Britain. He’d hone natural talents in England & inevitably become contracted through the Premier League. Zaha showed his actual actions and lack of sympathy towards a young child when sharing these messages. Wilfried didn’t consider the numerous opportunities provided to him when aged twelve & younger, instead of wanting to thrive off support from the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Wilfried Zaha indicated that the young boy was supporting Aston Villa, the upcoming opponent that’ll face off against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Both teams didn’t hesitate to release comprehensive statements regarding Zaha’s post, disregarding the age of this twelve-year-old boy again. The Aston Villa Football Club was 1st to issue their apologies & sympathies, deploring all forms of racial discrimination. AVFC then clarified they’d assist law enforcement with their investigation and issue a lifetime ban against this child. Their involvement is suspected of having led to the arrest of this young child.

Backlash Against Severe Punishments Onto a Child

The Premier League then stood behind Wilfried Zaha, remarking that this young man’s actions weren’t remotely acceptable. That is accurate & punishment should’ve been given to this young man. However, the punishment induced is severe, reminiscing what’d be governed onto an adult. Hundreds of thousands worldwide have expressed their disgust towards UK Law Enforcement, Aston Villa Football Club, and the Premier League.

All three entities could’ve used this opportunity to educate a young child, make him a better civilian, and not destroy his future in the process. This child won’t be permitted for employment until 21, with countless other factors in life affecting his future growth. UK Police & the Premier League created a delinquent with no opportunity for his future.

Nashville SC Leaves MLS is Back Tournament

The MLS is Back Tournament has lost their 2nd team amid continued outbreaks of the novel coronavirus. Nashville SC is the most recent organization to announce their departure from the tournament, leaving a remaining 24 teams. The first team leaving the competition was FC Dallas after they saw ten personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Several individuals were players, with one individual being on the coaching lineup, and the remaining two standing at team personnel.

Nashville SC announced over the weekend that one of their players contracted COVID-19 after arriving in Florida on July 1st. That individual exposed an additional eight players on their team, with it being rumoured that employed personnel were also infected. The Commissioner of Major League Soccer, Don Garber, clarified that an influx of positive coronavirus tests within Nashville SC prompted team owners to depart from the “MLS is Back Tournament”. Lack of training throughout seven days would’ve made it impossible for Nashville to compete accurately against their opponents.

The History of Nashville SC….So Far

Considering that Nashville SC is an expansion team for Major League Soccer in 2020, their first season hasn’t been remotely positive. Nashville played two matches before MLS entered their lockdown period, with both games being lost to their opponents. Then the COVID-19 pandemic forced their 1st official season in MLS to be postponed. If that wasn’t enough to deter Nashville, politicians actively fought against the approval of this soccer club’s new stadium. Combine all those factors with the outbreak seen since arriving in Florida & Nashville SC is done with their first season.

Nashville SC would’ve competed in Chicago FC on July 8th. That was postponed for unknown reasons until the next morning, where Don Garber would clarify that Nashville wouldn’t be competing any longer. The team released a formal statement remarking their devastation for not being able to compete, noting that most have tested Asymptomatic for the novel coronavirus & thus cannot risk the lives of opposing players.

Sports analysts are questioning if Major League Soccer will be forced to shut down their tournament. Continued infections throughout Florida are continuously putting footballers at risk, which isn’t right for the league to do for financial gain.

Kevin Silva Enters MLS with TFC

The Toronto Football Club is continuously acquiring new players that’ll increase their chances at obtaining a 2nd MLS Championship. They’ve come close to reaching this goal multiple times but lost to notable teams, like the Seattle Sounders. Greg Vanney & the TFC Squad hope to avoid repeating history after finalizing contract negotiations with Kevin Silva. He’ll stand as the third Goalkeeper for TFC, backing the likes of Quentin Westberg & Alex Bono.

The chances of supporters witnessing Kevin Silva in the “MLS is Back Tournament” is minimal, with Westberg holding priority placement. Under the off chance that Quentin cannot compete in this competition, Alex Bono takes the reigns. Both these Goalkeepers must be terminated from the tournament from a COVID-19 infection before Kevin Silva can defend for TFC.

Kevin Silva was issued a “Loan Contract” from TFC II, the subsidiary team that competes in USL League One. Most soccer analysts are shocked that Greg Vanney provided Kevin Silva with an opportunity into Major League Soccer, with the Goalkeeper appearing eight times for TFC II. Twice those appearances would end in shutouts that didn’t favour Silva. Vanney indicated that January became the period when Silva was becoming considered, with the Goalkeeper showing notable improvements over his recent training camp.

The General Manager for TFC indicated that Kevin Silva had improved his performance in USL League One, becoming an essential asset for TFC II. Matching that with a respectable & driven attitude, Ali Curtis suggested Silva to Greg Vanney. Both the General Manager and TFCs Head Coach anticipate formidable skillsets from Kevin Silva with some professional-grade training. It should be noted that Silva was born in Pennsylvania, eventually moving to Europe, and then returned home in hopes of obtaining MLS placement. That dream has now been accomplished.

TFC Concerns for Safety in Florida

The chance that Kevin Silva will be permitted to compete in the “MLS is Back Tournament” is unlikely. Those chances are dwindling for all TFC Punters, with Greg Vanney & Ali Curtis determining they’ll remain in Florida. Significant penalties would ensue the Toronto Football Club if the General Manager, Head Coach, and Players all rejected the concept of competing.

It should be mentioned that cases of COVID-19 have drastically increased throughout the last fourteen days in Florida. This follows after Florida Politicians reopened their economy without any social distancing requirements. Thousands per day are contracting the virus, including active personnel & players with professional sports teams. TFC doesn’t want an outbreak of COVID-19 in their camp, which could prompt an early departure from the “MLS is Back Tournament”.

Liverpool FC Shamed by Their Fans

Supporters for Liverpool FC have disgusted & shamed their club, which follows after ten thousand civilians in this region gathered in the downtown area. Proceedings that were initiated by fans were deemed “Wholly Unacceptable” by Liverpool FC. Not exclusively because of COVID-19 & the drastic risks that are brought after civilians meet in mass congregations, but also because of the significant damage that unfolded across the Liverpool Waterfront.

The actions of thousands have prompted for 34 Liverpool citizens to be injured, with three in severe conditions. Those three individuals aren’t expected to recover from their injuries & could die in Hospital, upon which manslaughter charges will be laid upon unnamed criminals. Liverpool Firefighters also confirmed that Liver Building was lite into flames, forcing these men to extinguish the blaze in hopes of avoiding physical damage. This wasn’t possible & Liver Building, a landmark piece of architecture for this region, now needs significant repairs.

The £10,000.00 in damages to Liver Building was initiated by a nineteen-year-old from Scarisbrick, Lancashire. Law enforcement arrested this man under Arson Charger, with video evidence placing this individual as the original instigator for this blaze. The unnamed man lite a firework & shot it directly towards Liver Building, which prompted fifteen others to implement identical actions. Those fifteen individuals are now charged with Violent Disorder. Many others have been arrested for Assault on Law Enforcement, with police officers being subjugated to violent altercations throughout the night.

Attacks on Police

The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police clarified that law enforcement has projectile missiles thrown at them, with two officers being attacked after protecting civilians from assault. Law enforcement was attacked whenever trying to arrest someone that committed violent acts was found & apprehended. Bottles were thrown & glass shards penetrated these officers. Liverpool Law Enforcement is requesting that civilians with information on those responsible for attacking officers come forward, their info won’t be released. The likelihood of that happening in the current climate of law enforcement is unlikely.

It should be mentioned that Liverpool Politicians condemned the actions of their civilians. The local government noted it’s impossible to move forward from this virus with thousands meeting up, increasing the danger associated with COVID-19 & possibly re-enforcing social distancing measures.

TFC Defender Leads MLS Black Players Coalition

Justin Morrow from the Toronto Football Club is taking a leadership position in Major League Soccer. This MLS Defender now stands as the Black Players Coalition Executive Director. Created over the last thirty days, African American & European punters in Major League Soccer held a private meeting to address racial inequality. Their working towards an increase presence of Black Athletes in Major League Soccer, with an average 70% of punters being of European Caucasian Decent. The Black Players Coalition believes that employed athletes should be racially indifferent, meaning 33.33% would be Caucasian. The remaining 66.66% would combine African & Latin descendant players employed by Major League Soccer. This shows that BPC is focusing on genuine equality for all nationalities worldwide, not just African descendants.

After being announced that Justin Morrow is taking the role of Executive Director for the Black Players Coalition, multiple news outlets requested the TFC Defender to make a formal statement. Morrow first noted that the last month has been beautifully maddening, with African Descendant Players in MLS working continuously to create the Black Players Coalition.

Nobody would’ve stopped the advancement on this MLS Sub-Group, with protests & riots being held worldwide for the Black Lives Matter Movement. These actions against racial inequality came after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Law Enforcement. Justin Morrow noted that his death prompted these discussions amongst African Descendant Players. It’d be clarified that most were angered by his murder, amongst the other deaths to African Americans that followed before & after George Floyd.

Why Justin Morrow was Selected

Morrow clarified that seventy African Descendant Players in Major League Soccer attended a Zoom Videoconference. The conversations were heated & passionate, with dozens of punters expressing their pain towards this situation. Morrow clarified that this anger doesn’t solve any issues, which prompted him to turn the course on the conversation towards solutions with Major League Soccer’s involvement. It’s this action that saw those seventy players select Justin Morrow for Executive Director after their emotions had settled. Morrow wasn’t thinking about his present feelings but more for the future of African Descendants in professional soccer. It’s not known what the Black Players Coalition will first set out to accomplish, with details on their plans being kept private by Justin Morrow & other leading figures in this MLS Sub-Group.

The MLS is Back Tournament

Major League Soccer informed their supporters on June 10th that matches would resume by July 8th. Named the MLS is Back Tournament, details regarding the format for this competition was revealed. Teams with notable rivalries are being grouped for three matches with each respective outfit. This will allow for a 54-Game Tournament that’s being held at the Walt Disney World Resorts, ESPN World of Sports Complex. It’ll be held between July 8th to August 11th and support all twenty-six teams’ operations in Major League Soccer. This includes new outfits like Inter Miami FC, who have played a single professional match.

Details regarding the grouping were released on June 11th. The Runner-Up Champs for 2019, Toronto FC, were confirmed for Group C. They’ll compete against the Montreal Impacts. These two outfits have a prolonged rivalry as the two most notable Canadian MLS teams. They’ll also compete against the New England Revolution and D.C. United. This bracket is slated to be the most exciting next to Group B.

Group B is combining the Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and San Jose Earthquakes. The Seattle Sounders are the 2019 MLS Champions & are expected to win their bracket. Analysts have similar expectations for Toronto FC in Group C. Both these outfits winning their respective groupings would allow a 3rd Championship Rematch between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders.

Groupings weren’t purposely orchestrated, with MLS drawing each team. Each outfit will play three group matches & all points acquired are sustained with regular-season standings. The two teams that dominate their respective group move to the knockout round, which permits sixteen teams. The knockout round implores an identical format & will award the winning group $1 Million U.S Dollars. After this tournament is completed, Major League Soccer will resume their regular season at each team’s respective city. Details on regular-season scheduling haven’t been identified.

Get Prepared

Readers shouldn’t expect the same level of engagement their accustomed to with Major League Soccer. Footballers have been inactive for a prolonged period, with their respective training camps having resumed only last week under specific circumstances. Player drills aren’t supported currently & it’s forcing for the coaching staff to implement unique training regiments. It’ll result in a lesser degree of professional soccer.