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”.

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.

MLS Partners with US Youth Soccer

Football analysts were shocked when Major League Soccer announced their partnering with the United States Youth Soccer Organization. They’re the most notable football association for the children and young adults throughout America. Strategic plans are being implemented with this partnership, allowing for MLS to support individual soccer players in the United States. Depending on how their assets are formulated over the next decade, those players could find themselves positioned on an MLS team. It should be noted that this partnership follows after the United States has grown drastically with the youth soccer landscape. There are now 90+ academy clubs in North America, which will join this partnership and work towards creating MLS Champion Players.

It’s estimated that three million boys & girls create the US Youth Soccer Organization. This partnership states that both groups will be scouted towards a position with Major League Soccer. Those players receiving a scouting contract obtain financial resources, ensuring their capable of participating in local tournaments. These regional competitions will be based under the “MLS United States Youth Soccer League”, pitting the best of these young athletes against each other. The more victories obtained by a respective player guarantees their future position in American professional soccer.

When questioned on why this partnership was made, the Senior Director for Player Development with Major League Soccer remarked that this agreement was maintained to create better connections. Children and young adults in their teenage years can inquire about professional contracts, allowing for their overall growth to increase drastically. Gordon Bengtson mentioned that creating this partnership ensures that local communities aren’t outweighed by outside entities like the Mexican Youth Soccer League. MLS should have more American players, a common complaint associated with a league that obtains European players regularly.

The Goals for Children

Major League Soccer and the United States Youth Soccer Organization have implemented guideline requirements for punters. Youth will be required to perform at advanced levels throughout their educational career until a high school diploma is acquired. MLS demands that these youth make education their primary goal, with their football careers coming second. This shows MLS’s commitment to growing the knowledge of our youth.

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.