Inside sources have indicated that Greg Vanney will become the head coach for LA Galaxy before 2021. Rumours regarding the possibility of TFCs former moving towards the west coast have been sustained since Vanney left Toronto on December 1st. Inside sources suggest that negotiations between Grant Wahl & Greg Vanney are nearing their conclusion. Analysts learning this information have praised the potential of LA Galaxy electing Greg Vanney, with most believing it’s the best decision for returning an iconic team to legendary status. Unfortunately, LA Galaxy hasn’t maintained formidable seasons in recent years.
Greg Vanney joining the LA Galaxy wouldn’t mark the influential coaches first appearance for this organization. Aged 46, the head coach played for LA Galaxy between 1996 & 2002. His skillsets were strong enough to prompt his return in 2008, marking Vanney’s final season as MLS player. It’d be three years before Vanney entered the ranks of coach, joining the Chivas USA squad as an assistant coach. Three years afterwards & Greg Vanney became TFCs ninth head coach in August 2014. Vanney led Toronto FC to championship victory in 2017, while almost acquiring championship status two other times before leaving the organizations this December.
Additional accolades acquired by Toronto FC under the leadership of Greg Vanney include multiple Supporter’s Shields & Canadian Championships. Dominance displayed by Vanney enabled him to become the best coach in TFC history, with 122-match victories acquired. Allowing Vanney to join the LA Galaxy as head coach will benefit the organization. It’d taken Grant Wahl almost three months to determine the best individual possible for leading the LA Galaxy into future seasons. The previous head coach was terminated in October 2019, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto being replaced by Dom Kinnear for an interim coaching role.
Vanney Reflects on TFC Venture
When questioned about leaving the Toronto Football Club, Greg Vanney noted he’d continue to coach & prefers clubs that are somewhat like projects that requiring immediate building. That isn’t needed with TFC, with Greg Vanney leaving the club is one of the best positions possible. Vanney noted he’d take a short break before returning to coaching. Nobody anticipated that period wouldn’t exceed past two months, which is the rough timeframe needed until LA Galaxy will require Vanney.
Drastic increases in global cases for Covid-19 have prompted sporting institutions to revise upcoming matches & tournaments. Entities governing over these sports have been pressured in the United States, with America having higher infections than any other nation worldwide. Multiple governing associations have ignored warnings & requests from healthcare providers, which hasn’t followed suit with Major League Soccer.
MLS Executives haven’t hesitated to abide by warnings from healthcare experts, knowing that player safety is critical. Recommendations regarding winter protocols have been issued to MLS, prompting contingency plans to become strategized & initiated. Those plans were announced publicly on December 6th, with footballers informed that neutral sites that haven’t been impacted by Covid-19 are being located. Those locations are permitted if leading cities for Championship contention don’t have lower cases of coronavirus.
The MLS Playoffs began near November’s end, with four teams reaching the Semi-Finals. Matches sustained for the Semi-Finals aren’t being relocated, as the competing clubs have continually tested negative for coronavirus. Below are Semi-Final games for 2020s MLS Championship.
New England Revolution vs Columbus Crew – December 6th.
Minnesota United vs Seattle Sounders – December 7th.
Predicted Victory for the Sounders
The Seattle Sounders are proving that regardless of the point system implemented for playoff contention, Major League Soccer cannot stop this club from dominating. It’s expected that the Sounders will stand victorious, being last years Champions. Everything could change unexpectedly for these clubs & the possibility of matches being postponed for months is looming.
This follows after positive tests for Covid-19 continue to rise in America. December 5th saw 200+ thousand individuals confirmed with coronavirus. Three thousand US Civilians are dying daily from Covid subsequently from these infections. Drastic numbers could prompt MLS Executives to implement preventive measures & eliminate the possibility of footballers contracting the deadly virus. It’s expected that governing associations of multiple sports will be forced into similar scenarios.
Major League Soccer maintains multiple clubs, with few maintaining exponential fanbases & prominence in the sporting community. That isn’t the case with Toronto FC, a team that’s grown into providence throughout their Canadian city & Northern America. It was announced by TFC that their leading by example for all other outfits in Major League Soccer & partnering with the “Black Players for Change”.
It’s an organization created in MLS during 2020 after the “Black Lives Matter Movement” became an active issue in America. 170 footballers throughout MLS have joined the collective, with coaching personnel & staff members also joining the organization. Black Players for Change will work with TFC to bridge the caps of racial equality in professional football.
TFC General Manager Ali Curtin emphasised that 2020 has been an influential year for Toronto, on & off the field. GM Ali Curtin emphasised that Toronto FC will continue to address problems regarding diversity, inclusion, and equality for African Americans. Ali is proud to operate an organization that has a history of working with Black footballers, even when other MLS teams were sticking with prominent Caucasian players like David Beckham. It’s been proven statistically that most players of African heritage have better records than their Caucasian counterparts. For TFC this is true with Jozy Altidore, Justin Morrow, and multiple others.
TFC & Black Players for Change have started the latest brand named “UNITE”. Funds raised towards this institutionalized brand will be represented throughout youth organizations in Toronto. These organization will focus on African-Heritage Canadians, with opportunities being provided to young footballers that achieve prominent success in lower divisions. This means that children in Toronto from regions like Jane & Finch could have an opportunity to become a famous footballer in Major League Soccer for TFC. Unity has become a substantial goal for TFC following the Black Lives Matter movement, and something they hope to change league wide.
The Goalkeeper & Captain for Inter Miami won’t be permitted to play out the remainder of 2020s MLS season. It follows after the goalkeeper fractured his left arm on October 4th. Inter Miami was competing against New York City FC when stoppage time was implemented. Luis Robles suffered an evident injury after Gary MacKay-Stevens from NYCFC collided against Inter Miami’s goalkeeper.
The NYCFC footballer was awarded a yellow card for his actions, with Luis Robles being assisted from the field. Club leaders have confirmed that throughout the next forty-eight hours, their goalkeeper will undergo a medical evaluation to determine when Luis Robles can return to competition. It’ll likely be 30+ days, and past the point of Major League Soccer’s championship.
Inter Miami watching Luis Robles suffer a left-arm fracture isn’t beneficial for the club. Robles is aged 36-years-old and doesn’t have much longer in professional soccer before age physically catches his body. It’s also disappointing for Luis Robles, who promised Inter Miami Owner David Beckham that he’d defend his club on the net like nobody else. Luis Robles kept that promise for fifteen games this season. It should be clarified that this goalkeeper is infamous for being durable and will likely return for the 2021 MLS season. Long-time supporters of Luis Robles won’t have to worry about his retirement yet, with that looming in four years.
Coaching personnel with Inter Miami are likely angered over the factor of Luis Robles now being out on medical leave. He’s their most experienced player & team captain, with few able to fill his shoes while healing his left-arm fracture. Several players have been considered for replacement, with all footballers having contracts with inter Miami to date.
Drake Callender will likely take the role of Temporary Team Captain until Luis Robles returns. However, this 22-year-old could have competition from John McCarthy & Blaise Matuidi. Both of these men are also in the running. The favourite for selection is Drake Callender, with the young footballers unaware of when Luis Robles will return. It’ll provide this youthful athlete with an opportunity to understand leadership at the highest level, which isn’t easily given to Gen-X’s.
Major League Soccer dedicates themselves towards the development of young athletes, which have the potential to become future superstars in MLS or the Premier League. MLS’s continued dedication was proven with the announcement with “Major League Soccer’s – New Elite Youth Development Platform”. It’s commonly being referred to MLS NEXT & will focus on the North American landscape of youth football.
Executives announced MLS NEXT before the 2021-22 Season, which will start earlier than average to account for possible delays associated to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLS wasn’t the exclusive party behind this announcement, with collaborations occurring with elite youth academies in the United States & Canada. MLS NEXT will encompass 490 Football Clubs across six age groups, working towards a modernized vision of Major League Soccer.
The Technical Director & Vice President of MLS Player Development, Fred Lipka, confirmed the announce of NEXT. It was evoked that Major League Soccer’s commitment towards the youth of North America hasn’t faltered during COVID-19. Fred Lipkah also mentioned MLS’s excitement towards starting the first season of NEXT, which won’t be televised & be divided amongst divisions throughout North America. The Vice President finalized his statements by mentioning there’ll be numerous protocols in place to protect children during the COVID era.
MLS NEXT was initially unveiled to elite footballers aged between thirteen to nineteen on September 7th. Major League Soccer wouldn’t allow the announcement to become public information under September 12th.
MLS Next Explained
The inaugural season for “Major League Soccer’s – New Elite Youth Development Platform” started on September 12th. The announcement of MLS NEXT was made public information 6-minutes before kickoff time, showing how Major League Soccer Executives wanted to keep the information quiet for the safety of potential media-targeted families. Each respective match that’s played throughout the MLS NEXT inaugural season is committing to federal & state guidelines for COVID-19.
Six age groups have been selected by Major League Soccer for the NEXT Platform. Planned matches won’t go outside their predisposed age groups, meaning that Under 19s couldn’t compete against Under 13s. Age groups selected by MLS for the NEXT Platform are listed below.
Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact have frequently made headlines over recent weeks. Discussions regarding what would happen to Canadian MLS teams prompted the Impact name to grow stronger. After seeing a positive increase in fanfare, Montreal Impact Executives have announced a U-23 Team on September 4th. This announcement means the complete overhaul of their academy operations.
Head Coach Jason Di Tulio is helming this reverse football club. He has a longstanding history with the Montreal Impact, making 75 appearances between the 2002-07 MLS Seasons. Competing in professional football grew to challenges & Tulio moved towards football coaching. Throughout his coaching tenure, Jason has coached several academy teams with the Montreal Impacts. Assisting Di Tulio will be Esteban Landazbal. Together these men will work towards honing the skillsets of players to a higher level. However, it also likely means that footballers under the age of 23 won’t be seen in the Montreal Impact.
An official statement was issued by the Montreal Impact Academy Director, Patrick Leduc. He evoked that the U-23 Team has met an objective & goal that’s been desired in their organization for a prolonged period. Patrick emphasized that through a U-23 Team, players under the Montreal Impact banner have a better potential of growing in a professional setting. Director Leduc thanked all employed personnel with the academy for their continued efforts to give young players an excellent opportunity to reach MLS.
Further Changes to Impact Academy
The Montreal Impact Academy announced additional changed to their organization, revealing that Patrice Bernier will take a more prominent coaching role. This comes after Patrice has worked alongside Thierry Henry since January 2020. Assistant Coach Bernier evoked his excitement & pleasure behind obtaining this promotion. He noted it’d allow himself to maintain a professional relationship with the Montreal Impact, while also training U-23 squad members to hone their skillsets better.
Additional Under-Pro Age teams with the Montreal Impact are listed below.
= Under-14. = Under-15. = Under-17.
The inclusion of an Under-23 Team means that the Montreal Impact Academy has reached their maximum, offering all age groupings outside of Major League Soccer.
Dell Loy Hansen announced that he’d be selling Real Salt Lake FC, which follows after the team owner had an influx of reports indicating racist comments throughout recent months. It’s believed that Major League Soccer forced Hansen to leave, not risking a potential fallout of African American players or supporters. Dell Roy will now sell “Utah Soccer Holdings Ltd” to the highest bidder. Whoever purchases Hanse’s company will receive full ownership of the Utah Royals in the National Women’s Soccer League, the Real Monarchs of United Soccer, and Real Salt Lake in MLS.
The MLS Commissioner announced that Dell Roy Hansen is selling “Utah Soccer Holdings Ltd”, leading towards the belief that this multi-millionaire was pushed out for MLS. Don Garber revealed that their investigation into the reports made August 28th about Hansen’s racist remarks found proof of evidence within 24 hours. Employed personnel working under Hansen informed MLS Corporate that Dell Roy made multiple racist remarks, often using racial slurs to describe situations & people.
Standard apologies given when caught breaking corporate obligations were provided by Dell Roy Hansen, seemingly written by a Personal Assistant & not himself. It’s mentioned that there were times when he spoke too quickly and didn’t consider the intentions or feelings his sentiments evoked. Hansen’s official statement expressed his full responsibility towards the reports that his words hold a significant impact on African communities that support Real Salt Lake City FC. Dell Roy Hansen would then apologize for his insensitivity & promise to become a better man.
Hansen’s final position in Major League Soccer will be assisting the new ownership in transitioning into club leaders. Hansen claims he’ll work diligently with whatever investment group, corporation, or multi-millionaire that purchases Real Salt Lake FC. It should be clarified that details on the associated cost of buying “Utah Soccer Holdings Ltd” wasn’t provided by Major League Soccer or Dell Roy Hansen. It’s expected to garner upwards of $20 million or more in a private bidding war.
It should be mentioned that new ownership can rebrand & relocate this team to another city while employing new players and workforce personnel. Dell Roy Hansen hopes this can be avoided but understands it might not be possible.
The Premier League, La Liga, and Major League Soccer have all experienced an influx of racism towards footballers of African descent. The most recent example of this occurred with Major League Soccer, where their 1st match allowing for supporters was held in the Post-COVID Era. Five thousand fans were seen social distancing in the stands, with Nashville FC & FC Dallas competing against each other in Texas. Supporters began booing footballers from both teams after these players decided to kneel during the American National Anthem. It prompted an onslaught of adverse reactions from both Dallas & Nashville, with the teams being unable to believe that Frisco Residents would act in this manner. It’s the 1st time reactions of this magnitude have unfolded in the Texas town.
Major League Soccer Organizers have begun sorting out the scheduling errors for their 2020 season, with the suspension period enacted between March & July resulting in numerous issues. The 2020 Season has started returning to normal, with new concerns regarding racism began to be revealed. MLS Corporate has allowed teams to stand behind the Black Lives Matter Movement, which has separated America into two camps. However, it’s unknown if MLS Corporate will permit their teams the right to remove racist supporters. Refusing to act on the recent racism shown during Nashville & Dallas’s match would show cowardly intolerance from MLS Corporate.
Nick Cannon from Dallas FC released a formal statement regarding what happened during the recent game. He’d emphasize his disgust in the live audience, and the painful hurt that’s felt whenever their actions towards stopping racism are booed. Nick Cannon noted his love for Dallas FC and those that support his club. However, Cannon evoked that the support being seen recently isn’t welcomed at future matches & that fans should be removed from the stadium immediately upon their ignorant behaviour.
The New Sign of Support
Unsurprisingly, all footballers with Dallas FC & Nashville FC decided to kneel during the National Anthem. It’s become the conventional method of showing support against racism in Summer 2020. Fans from each respective professional sporting league have uttered racist sentiments against this support, which grows tiresome for those wanting equality amongst all nationalities.
The 2020 Major League Soccer Regular Season is slated to resume in before the end of August. MLS Corporate released a schedule for their upcoming games after the “MLS is Back Tournament” has concluded. However, that schedule didn’t account for the Canadian Teams in Major League Soccer. Analysts questioned if TFC, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Montreal Impact wouldn’t be permitted to compete in the 2020 Season. This would’ve followed after failed negotiations with the Canadian Liberal Federal Government. However, the MLS Commissioner Dan Garber has clarified that they’re working diligently with all three Canadian teams to ensure their presence throughout the 2020 Season.
Travel restrictions between the United States & Canada are still prevalent, with consideration of the removal of these restrictions not coming until August 31st. It’s expected that with the surging number of COVID-19 Cases in America, those restrictions will remain in effect. Subsequently, Dan Garber plans to implement a “Phased-In Approach” with Canada’s three Major League Soccer Teams.
MLS Commissioner Dan Garber revealed that approval for training is 1st required from the Federal Government of Canada. After obtaining permission to resume their regular season training, it’ll become an uphill battle to start the standard games for 2020. That’s because the Canadian Government must also approve Major League Soccer to allow the Montreal Impacts, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and TFC to compete against each other. These outfits will unfortunately not compete against American MLS Teams, avoiding additional outbreaks in Canadian Metropolises.
Dan Garber emphasized that after obtaining Federal approval, the MLS Corporate Division can satisfy numerous questions from sports reporters. He’d remark that the delayed approval could prompt Canadian teams to ender the 2nd Phase of 2020s Regular MLS Season, meaning they’d be considerably behind in-comparison to their American counterparts. Furthermore, Dan Garber couldn’t clarify how the MLS Championship would unfold in Toronto FC enter the finals for a 2nd consecutive year. Scheduling Canadian teams into the Championship will become impossible unless travelling grants are permitted to their footballers, which is unlikely after America has sustained more than 5+ Million Infections of COVID-19.
One of Germany’s most notable footballers has announced his retirement following the COVID-19 Pandemic & an increased period of vacationing with his family. This individual is Benedikt Höwedes of Schalke FC. He’d infamously compete for Germany’s National Football Team, being a dominating force in acquiring his home nation the “2014 FIFA World Cup” in Brazil. His career sustained thirteen years for announcing his public retirement through social media, ending a reign that won’t be forgotten by German football enthusiasts for decades to come.
Benedikt Höwedes competed with Schalke FC in 330 Official Season games before ending his decade-long run with this outfit. Höwedes left his home football club for Juventus FC for the 2017-18 Season under the loan, inevitably being sold to Lokomotiv Moscow is Russia for two consecutive seasons. After considerable delegations with his Russian football Club, Höwedes obtained permission to be released from his contract in June 2020.
The Defender spent July 2020 with his Son & Wife in the South of France, the three of them sharing a Camper Van. He’d notice the evident happiness his son had when sitting next to him throughout their prolonged vacation, prompting Höwedes to feel Professional Football is unimportant. Speaking with BBC Sports over a video conference, Benedikt Höwedes remarked that his son is nearly turning two & that his time within Moscow wasn’t remotely enjoyed. Benedikt would even say that his time with Lokomotiv brought suffering onto his life.
Benedikt Höwedes criticized Lokomotiv Moscow for their brutal development & training mentalities, which treat players more like robotic slaves than professional footballers. He’d also emphasized that international football is regularly moving away from the fans after COVID-19 and will find themselves without supporters if the line they tread isn’t walked carefully.
The History of Benedikt Höwedes
Benedikt Höwedes will be sorely missed in Germany, with his time as Schalke Captain being influential. He’d lead the Schalke’s towards victory throughout six sevens, while also working under the Germany National Football Team. His ferocity on the field allowed for Benedikt Höwedes to become one of three footballers to compete in every minute of the FIFA World Cup for their respective team. He’s a Multi-Functional Player that thousands throughout Germany hope will one day return.