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.

Bundesliga Sees Youngest Goal Scorer in History

June 6th marked a historic day for the Bundesliga Premier League. It was announced that Florian Wirtz had become their youngest goalscorer, standing at 17 Years & 34 Days Old. Bayern Munich was competing against Bayer Leverkusen, the team that employs Florian Wirtz. Even though his outfit would lose to the reigning champions, Wirtz acquires one of two goals for Bayer Leverkusen. This young man curled the football towards Manuel Neuer, passing by the Bayern Goalie & entering the net.

The Bayer Leverkusen Head Coach remarked that they were aware of the considerable talent behind Florian Wirtz. Peter Bosz would continue by noting Florian had learned the essential lesson with professional football. Now that his pacing toward professional competitions has been obtained, goals can be more consistent & practice will garnish a perfect shot.

Florian Wirtz 1st played for Bayer Leverkusen in April 2020. He obtained this position after multiple footballers refused to compete amid the coronavirus, ultimately losing their place with this outfit. Wirtz competed against Werder Bremen in his 1st match, acquiring the title of Youngest Debuting Player in Bundesliga History. Before these athletes opted for their positions with Bayer Leverkusen to end, the coaching staff were considering Florian Wirtz for acquisition. He professional career was inevitable.

30th Bundesliga Goal for Robert Lewandowski

Florian Wirtz wasn’t the exclusive athlete to obtain notable records on June 6th. The Bayern Munich outfit saw their Midfield Striker, Robert Lewandowski, acquire his 30th professional goal in Bundesliga. The coaching staff for Bayern Munich didn’t think this accomplish would come until their next match the following weekend, with Bayer Leverkusen dominating the 1st half of this match. After Florian obtained the 2nd goal of this match, things went downhill for Bayer Leverkusen.

It should be mentioned that Bundesliga was the 1st football league to resume operations after the COVID-19 international pandemic. Their health & safety protocols have been reviewed by hundreds of sporting associations worldwide, with Spain’s La Liga the following suit. It’s suspected that the protocols implemented by Bundesliga will be used by various sporting outfits in North America, the European Union, Asia, and Australia.

Spanish Football League Resuming in June

June 8th will mark the date when La Liga, the Spanish Football League, is permitted to resume their activities. This follows after three months of the regular matches being postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding the resumption of seasonal events was made by Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister. He revealed on May 22nd that multiple aspects regarding the lockdown restrictions would be lifted. All sporting venues in Spain will be permitted to resume after the first week of June.

Spanish Civilians are now anticipating an influx of available competitions to view online. They won’t be permitted to attend these venues in-person, avoiding the possibility of a 2nd wave. It should be noted that La Liga doesn’t believe they’ll resume their operations on the 8th but instead on the 12th. That’s become logistical challenges will need to be met before matches can be returned. No official date has been confirmed yet, with organizers reviewing the health security protocols required to protect their players and team personnel. This extends towards the on-site staff that will sanitize the stadiums.

La Liga hasn’t been permitted to play football since March 12th, which is the time that Spain began experiencing an influx of COVID-19 Infections. Travellers leaving Italy back to their home nation of Spain had contracted the virus. It’s prompted a tense relationship between the two sister countries, which is expected to fall out and return to normal after COVID-19.

When questioned on their thoughts behind Pedro Sanchez’s decision, the La Liga President remarked his shock over Twitter. Javier Tebas informed his followers that their pleased with this decision but didn’t officially thank the Prime Minister. Instead, the LL President said the resumption is because of the incredible work of his players, coaches, agents, and clubs. These sentiments received minor backlash because these individuals would’ve played no factor in Pedro Sanchez reopening sports.

Football Clubs in Spain’s La Liga resumed their training at officially designated facilities earlier this month. Players like Lionel Messi were seen training individually, standing upwards of 50-Feet between their teammates. This level of training has never been seen in La Liga History, which must be implemented to protect players from possibly contracting the novel coronavirus.

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.

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.

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.

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.