MLS 2020 Championship Altered Following Postponement

The United States of America is sustaining an increase of coronavirus infections, with more than two millions nationwide having been infected by Covid-19. Multiple sporting institutions are having to reimplement their postponement measures to guarantee the safety of athletes. This includes Major league Soccer, who confirmed on October 29th that they’d postponed six matches following concerns for the coronavirus. It’d take four days for MLS Corporate to reveal their new scheduling plans, which confirmed minor speculation that the MLS Playoffs would sustain a “Points-Per-Game” format. This announcement has changed expectations for the 2020 MLS Championships, and who could become the dominating team.

Multiple football clubs in MLS have the opportunity to benefit from this announcement, including the Colorado Rapids. This club is sustaining the 2nd lowest amount of points in the Western Conference Division, which meant that prior to this announcement, the Colorado Rapids weren’t making championship contention. Entering the playoffs now marks an entirely different scenario for the Rapids & multiple other low-ranked clubs.

Depending on how many points are scored by these teams during initial playoff matches, athletes & coaching personnel can move to the next division. For the Colorado Rapids it’s an opportunity to show their team hasn’t become weaker, and that if not for the coronavirus outbreak of five players & thirteen staff members, they would have made MLS Championship contention. Analysts not anticipate that the Rapids will battle the Seattle Sounders or Toronto FC during the 2020 Semi-Finals.

Rescheduled Games

The last time Major League Soccer implemented a format of this nature was in 2001, with multiple matches being cancelled after the September 11th attacks on New York City’s World Trade Towers. Through this announcement, it was also confirmed that the Colorado Rapids & Los Angeles FC would have rescheduled matches in the coming weeks. This also applies to the LA Galaxy, with all teams slated to compete in a full twenty-three game schedule after matches are rescheduled. It should be mentioned that official dates for upcoming games hasn’t been confirmed by MLS. We will keep our readers updated when the Colorado Rapids will have their rescheduled games against LAFC & the LA Galaxy.

La Liga Launches Twitch Account

Streaming officially licensed sports properties is increasing worldwide thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Sporting institutions like Formula One saw a prominent rise of popularity behind F1 eSports throughout March to June 2020. Their growth has prompted multiple professional leagues to announce their respective eSport offerings. For La Liga, that meant being the 1st sporting institution to create a Twitch account.

La Liga selecting Twitch for their eSports Package follows after popularity for “La Liga Santander eSports” rose during the pandemic. Instead of focusing on gamers that have zero affiliations with La Liga, the official Twitch account will permit contracted footballers to compete in eSport events during the off-season. It’s presumed that popularity will increase tenfold from players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi potentially competing in an eSports event.

This announcement benefits Twitch, which has worked towards creating eSports content with official leagues for months. La Liga being their 1st prominent account holder, will prompt other professional sports to consider the service. It’s been rumoured that Nascar & IndyCar in North America could sustain Twitch accounts by 2021. These motorsports joining Twitch would cement its position in the eSports community.

Corresponding to the announcement that La Liga has registered for an official Twitch account, details regarding upcoming content was revealed. It’s known that La Liga eSports will release Compilations, Special Programs, Highlight Clips, and Streams that’ll be available in English or Spanish. Revealed information also noted that “La Liga eSports – North America Division” will work alongside the Relevant Sports Group to provide exclusive content for Mexico, Canada, and America.

Exclusive Shows for North America

American content will comprise of Matchday Reviews, One Minute Highlights, Upcoming Schedules, Long Streams, and Short Streams from eSport matches. There’ll occasionally be exclusive matches for North American viewers, enabling La Liga to reach wider audiences in this massive region. It should be mentioned that the Director of Digital Strategy for La Liga has clarified that new content formats will create a greater global fanbase. The popularity behind Spain’s La Liga has been sustained in the European Union. There have always been challenges when approaching a global audience, which could change with La Liga eSports.

Ryan Reynolds Possibly Investing into Wrexham AFC

The Wrexham Football Club could receive the investment of Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhanney, two well-known actors/writers in Hollywood. It’d be a shocking investment for the actors to sustain, with Wrexham FC supporting placement in the English Football Leagues 5th tier. The proposal that Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhanney will come during a general meeting later into September, where team owners are expected to negotiate & ultimately accept the investment. Maintaining a connection to Ryan Reynolds would drastically increase Wrexham’s popularity in Great Britain.

Inside sources indicate that 97.5% of the team owners have agreed that investment from Reynolds & McElhanney would favour their growth. The Wrexham Supporters Trust Board issued an official statement regarding the interest of these two Hollywood elites. It was revealed that proposed bids had been seen and that two known investors are considering Wrexham AFC for ownership. Sentiments from WSTB continued by showing McElhanney & Reynolds have a designated vision of where Wrexham AFC can go, and that an official vote will be maintained during a Special General Meeting.

Clarification on the proposal’s details hasn’t been issued by Wrexham AFX, Ryan Reynolds, or Roy McElhanney. It’s known that when Wrexham began looking for possible investors on September 15th, the request for investment was at $2.5 Million. Reynolds & McElhanney could easily afford the $1.25 Million to become leading forces with Wrexham AFC.

The World’s Oldest Club

Wrexham AFC hasn’t ever been permitted the opportunity to compete in the Premier League, England’s top-tier football competition. Their closest reach to professional football at Premier League level was competing at the FA Cup Quarterfinals, where they famously defeated Arsenal during the 1992 Third Round. This historic club also obtained the Winners Cup in 1984, which occurred when defeating Porto FC in the European Football Tournament.

Most aren’t aware that Wrexham AFC is the oldest professional football club in history, with their launch date occurring back in 1864. Wrexham AFC is 156 years of age and competes at the most senior football arena worldwide. The iconic “Racecourse Ground Stadium” was first constructed in 1807, sustaining a lifespan of more than 213 years. The Racecourse Ground Stadium is small in stature, allowing for a maximum of 10 thousand fans. It’s these unique historical record that likely has garnered the interest of Reynolds & McElhanney.

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.

Russian & Spanish Football Leagues Resuming

La Liga isn’t hesitating to move forward with the resumption of their seasonal operations. They’d initially announced that four players would be permitted to train together, with that valuation of training footballers now including the full team. This will begin on June 1st, with the training period active for eleven days for seasonal matches resume. Restarting their football seasons began after Bundesliga, the German Soccer League confirmed their resumption of operations.

Multiple sporting outfits have reviewed Bundesliga to determine if similar measures could be enacted with their league. Most determined that the social distancing requirements issued by Bundesliga & La Liga aren’t viable enough to ensure player protection. Under this determination, sporting outfits like Major League Soccer won’t resume for a prolonged period.

La Liga Spain wasn’t permitted to operate since March 12th, with their operations restarting by June 11th. This means a three-month delay on football matches occurred, with it being the most extended postponement in Spain’s football history. Don’t expect the season matches to lost for a prolonged period, with eleven rounds remaining before the playoffs. La Liga’s Championship will be completed by July 20th. It’s suspected that Barcelona will dominate over Real Madrid in the Championship Rounds.

Russia

Following the continued operations of Bundesliga & La Liga Spain, the Russian Football League announced their resuming services by June 21st. What shocked health experts worldwide is that Vladimir Putin is allowing fans to attend these football stadiums, which will inevitably create an influx of confirmed infections across Russia. It should be noted that a maximum 10% capacity of the stadium is permitted. Outfits refusing to abide by these temporary measures will be imposed with significant fines.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia provided formal statements regarding the reopening. He noted how both professional footballers & supporters have desired for these matches to resume, that hearing cheers from the stands will bring life back into multiple communities across Russia. It should be mentioned that mandatory face coverings are required, with this extending towards visitors bringing their hand sanitizer. It’s unknown if visitors will be checked for their temperature upon entering & leaving the stadium.

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.

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.

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.

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.