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.

MLS Weekly Roundup for February 17th

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

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

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

Javier Hernandez Starts Preseason with LA Galaxy

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

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

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

Nashville FC Stadium Greenlit

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

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

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

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

Mexico Nationals Joining MLS

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

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

Hernandez Struggles

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

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

Major League Soccer Signings in January 2020

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

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

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

Joel Waterman to Montreal Impact

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

Aidan Morris to Columbus Crew FC

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

The First Player in MLS History

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

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

Tab Ramos Retires

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

Houston Dynamo

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

Matthew McConaughey’s Austin FC

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

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

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

The Plugs

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

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

Michael Bradley Resigns with TFC

Michael Bradley, the Captain for the Toronto Football Club, is remaining on with the team for many years going forward. This didn’t surprise fans of the football team, who knew that Bradley had full intentions of remaining in Toronto. TFC had been rumoured to make this announcement for some time but hadn’t confirmed it until December 12, 2019. Michael Bradley will see himself move over to the targeted allocation money bracket, which drops him down from the designated player status. However, this decision drops his yearly wages by a substantial amount. Starting in the 2020 Season, he will earn $1.1 million going forward. Before the 2020 Season, Bradley earned $6.5 million yearly.

When Toronto Reporters pressed Michael Bradley for more details regarding his contract, he elected to remain entirely about the contract status for 2020. Staying faithful to his behaviour as the TFC Captain, he didn’t want this issue to become a distraction from the upcoming season. However, Michael Bradley did note that money wasn’t an issue and that his love for Toronto remains evident.

Taking on this decrease in pay is the most significant act Bradley has ever displayed as the TFC Captain. Each MLS team is allowed to have three designated players, with those athletes earning a higher salary than all other members with the organization. The maximum that can be spent on a five-year contract is $35 Million, which was the previous figure maintained by Michael Bradley. Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo are the two TFC players on the maximum salary budget cap, leaving officially one more player available for acquisition in 2020. Unfortunately, it isn’t known who the team will acquire.

Targeted Allocation Money

There is also another option that can playout with Michael Bradley’s recent decision. Instead of selecting a third player for the designated player allocation bracket, TFC’s Head Coach could use the $35 million to acquire multiple new players through the targeted allocation money bracket. Greg Vani hasn’t provided any details on which option he will select, with the acquisition period not beginning for another month. However, it is known that he intends to acquire another forward that can contend with Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo.

It should be noted that Greg Vani is on his last legs as the head coach for the TFC. Last season there was a considerable losing streak, which luckily ended and saw them make it to the MLS Championship. Unfortunately, Toronto Fans were left disappointed when the reds couldn’t win their match against Seattle. Unless Vani can acquire some of the best players in the MLS or Premier League, he will find himself without a coaching position for 2021.