Major League Soccer shocked dedicated supporters of Atlanta United & Sporting Kansas City, with it being announced that these football clubs have been permitted to restart training. Small groups within these teams will be allowed to complete social distancing drills starting on June 1st. These two outfits are the first to receive approval for training resumption measures, prompting football critics to question when other clubs are permitted to resume training.
All MLS teams have been cleared to begin outdoor training after internal approval. The coaching staff must provide a valid social distancing plan to receive compliance approval, ensuring that Health & Safety Protocols recommended by the CDC are enacted. Training cannot begin until issuing these request forms, with consultation meetings being held afterwards with medical experts. Infectious disease experts will also provide advice to MLS football clubs.
Challenges await multiple clubs in Major League Soccer wanting to issue their request form. MLS Executives demand that protection measures be based on local public health policies & national public health legislation. This could create multiple logistical challenges for clubs like TFC, with Canada not permitting social events until August 1st or later. It’s unknown how Major League Soccer will approach training with Canadian teams, potentially allowing for footballers to train within their home facilities until team practice is nationally permitted.
May 31st marked the date that Atlanta United confirmed their approval status to resume training. They’ll immediately begin training on June 1st at the Atlanta Children’s Healthcare Training Ground. This follows after coaching staff informed footballers to complete voluntary individual workouts, which started on May 6th. It’ll be interesting to see how footballers have adapted to solitary training during COVID-19.
Sporting Kansas City
Coaching staff with Sporting Kansas City made their approval status announcement on May 31st. Similar to Atlanta United, they’ll resume training by June 1st. Their training sessions are being held at the Compass Minerals National performance Centre. It should be mentioned that footballers, team personnel, and coaching staff must be tested for COVID-19 before entering this facility. Certain infections will prompt immediate hospital transport.
Shocking headlines were seen on newsfeeds for football supporters in Turkey. It was revealed that law enforcement had taken a retired footballer into custody, which followed after that individual confessed to murdering his son, who was only five at the time. He committed this horrendous act when Cevher Toktas saw his son sharing symptoms to COVID-19. When the hospital couldn’t confirm the infection, Cevher suffocated this child with a pillow. Kasim Toktas was murdered by his father on May 4th. Law enforcement noted that Cevher didn’t appear to have any remorse towards the events. Those who supported this footballer during his professional career are shocked by this announcement.
Turkish Investigators weren’t suspecting of Cevher Toktas with the death of his son. Law enforcement didn’t believe the death to be suspicious, even after the autopsy showed COVID-19 wasn’t in his body. Kasim Toktas instead had a minor case of influenza, which could’ve been solved with essential antibiotics.
Haber Turk Television was the 1st news outlet to provide insight onto Cevher Toktas confessing to the murdering of Kasim Toktas. Turkish Civilians were aware of this name immediately, with this killer holding a position with Hacettepe FC in the Turkish Super League between the 2007-09 seasons. Insiders with this football club revealed that predisposed anger shown by Cevher prompted his removal from this squad. That’s why Cevher plays for Bursa Yildirimspor, an Amateur Team below the Super League.
When police questioned Toktas on why he murdered Karim, without the slightest bit of emotions, he expressed that it’s because he didn’t love his son & doesn’t feel any remorse. Family & Friends connected to Cevher have expressed their complete disgust, with some genuinely getting sick on live television. This former football has been expelled from Bursa Yildirimspor and is now considered the most infamous killer in Turkey’s recent history.
An official trial date for Cevher Toktas hasn’t been released by Turkish Law Enforcement. However, his actions were recorded by video equipment within the hospital. Behaviour not consistent with someone who just lost their child will be used to enforce longer sentencing. However, since he admitted to this murder, prison time is inevitable.
The US Women’s Football Team has announced their public discuss towards a Federal Judge named Gary Klausner. This follows after the ignorant Judge determined that Equal Pay for these women shouldn’t be supported. He dismissed their claim from the courts, rejecting the premise that their paid less than US Men’s Football Team. Looking at standard valuations online reveal that these men are paid considerably higher than the twenty-eight women who filed this claim.
They’d requested $66 million in unpaid finances that would’ve been awarded under equal pay legislation. That won’t be possible until the decision is appealed with the US Supreme Court, with the team’s spokeswoman noting that their shocked by this decision and won’t give up on equal pay. Molly Levinson finished her remarks by noting this Judge won’t beat the strongest women in America, directly attacking this man for his ignorance.
Molly Levinson spoke with Reporters after the case was dismissed. She noted that their confidence in this case, which has received support from multiple communities of young women and mothers. Levinson expressed the team’s desire to showcase the strength of their gender. It should be mentioned that various individuals of influence provided their insight onto these proceedings. This included Joe Biden, the Democratic Nominee for the US Presidency. He told the US Women’s Football Team not to stop fighting and demanded that equal pay be enforced immediately, or funding for the world cup will be lost quickly.
Gary Klausner abused his position as a Federal Judge, imposing unfair treatment onto these women. Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, he demanded that these women cannot travel for the court date or stay in local housing. This forced all twenty-eight female footballers to remain in their respective cities. Gary Klausner then ruled that because that the plaintiffs couldn’t attend the court on its intended date; it must be thrown out. What Gary Klausner did was highly illegal, with Molly Levinson looking toward options to have him banished from reviewing this claim. Judges that used to act in this manner were sentenced to prison, and when your purposely persecute civilians under biased mentalities, that’s when those sentences should be re-initiated.
The Major League Soccer Association confirmed that an extension on the 2020 seasons postponement had been extended. MLS matches won’t be officially played until June 8th, with the possibility of an additional extension being implemented. This follows after the MLS Association terminated their seasonal events on March 19th, ensuring that the league abided by CDC Regulation. Their initial postponement was slated to last for eight weeks, allowing for MLS teams to compete by May 10th. That won’t be possible any longer under the new extension. Supporters weren’t shocked by the official announcement, as resuming seasonal events was extremely unlikely under the COVID-19 conditions in North America.
It should be mentioned that the MLS Players Association is demanding that compensation be provided to athletes throughout the extension period. This will cost MLS teams an influx of funds, with outfits like TFC and Inter Miami FC losing hundreds of thousand weekly. Minimal profits follow after a lack of sales for apparel & tickets, with this extending towards lost contracts with broadcasters & advertisers. Even under this unprecedented conditions for the leagues 25th year, all coaching staff and general managers have abided by the MLSPA’s demands. Everyone will be protected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Representatives provided an official statement regarding the postponement extension. It mentioned that the MLS community is exploring new formats that’ll allow for the 2020 Season to be entirely conducted, ensuring that the Championship Cup Series could be maintained by December. Before these formats can be implemented, we’ll continue to abide by CDC Guidance Regulations. It’s prompted our executives to extend the seasonal postponement until June 8th. We’ve ensured our athletes that compensation will be provided, allowing for families and respective individuals to be protected during the pandemic.
Representative iterated that MLS Corporate is working with the players association, determining various solutions that’ll provide safety for our employed athletes. These solutions also enable these individuals to earn their full contract salaries. One of the discussed provisions is limiting attendees until a vaccine is provided worldwide. This will be a minimum of two years.
Three significant headlines shocked supporters of Major League Soccer from April 1st to April 3rd. It was announced that somebody with the Philadelphia Union had contracted COVID-19. Representatives announcing this contraction didn’t confirm the infected player. However, this marks the 1st player in Major League Soccer to test positive. Another member in the MLS Community contracted COVID-19 on March 15th, with this being a Support Staffer with the Seattle Sounders. Similar announced followed by New York City FC on March 19th. Compared to other sporting leagues in the United States, Major League Soccer has seen minimal infections.
Representatives issued an official statement with the Philadelphia Union. They expressed that healthcare professionals working for MLS have been working with Medical Officials, ensuring that this player has a prompt recovery. Similar measures have been implemented by Major League Soccer Corporate, with their Support Staffers receiving medical assistance at home. Philadelphia Union ensured that this respective player has implemented self-isolation protocols and is recovering promptly.
Training Moratorium Period Extended
MLS Corporate confirmed on March 2nd that the “Training Moratorium Period” will be extended towards April 24th. Statements issued by corporate representatives expressed that this decision was made amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Original delays on the TMP were increased after the North American outbreak became a substantial pandemic. It should be noted that MLS Facilities are shut down until further notice. Individuals requiring medical treatments as these facilities are allowed entry, with this being a minimal amount of MLS Players.
MLS Footballers will continue to operate their standard contracts during this period. MLS Corporate hasn’t made confirmation of pay cuts for these punters. Reserve funds are enough to support the families of these players, corporate employees and Support Staffers. Major League Soccer is expected to resume by June 15th.
Pay Cuts for International Footballers
Major League Soccer might not be experiencing any pay cuts right now, but multiple FIFA Members have implemented specific measures. This includes La Liga Spain, Super League Greece, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the Russian Premier Association. The average cut of yearly salaries is 25%, with some sporting associations implementing higher valuations at 50%. These associated losses to players and staff members are to ensure reserve funds are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Major League Soccer’s postponement of regular season play is extending towards May 10th. This followed after a series of recommendations were enlisted by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. These guidelines were implemented to ensure greater safety for public citizens during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It should be noted that these recommendations extend towards Canadian-MLS Teams as well.
Representatives with Major League Soccer released a formal statement through online sources, refusing to hold a press conference during this horrifying period in history. Their account expressed that guidelines implemented by the CDC request that sporting events with 50+ people be postponed for two months. We’ve agreed to these requests and extended our suspended season. We’ll continue to focus on playing the full 2020 MLS Season and are currently evaluating our options. This’ll include moving the championship cup venues until December 2020. Continuation into the next season wouldn’t be delayed.
Professional football matches throughout the globe have been terminated following the novel coronavirus pandemic. Multiple leagues have suspended their seasons and postponed regular games. It’s becoming a logistical nightmare on how to continue profits for investors during this unknown period in history. Financial costs are quickly adding up and forcing multiple clubs to take out loans. Notable leagues with suspended seasons include Major League Soccer, the Premier League, the EFL and UEFA.
The last European-based Football League that announced they’re suspending their respective season as Bundesliga. They’ve reported that $1.2 Billion in profits have been lost following the postponed season. Similar losses have been seen for the Premier League, which confirmed that broadcasting revenue has dropped by $1.3 Billion for Sky Sports. The overall losses for the Premier League weren’t approved. When it applies to Major League Soccer, the impact could be more significant without any government-bailouts coming. Team owners will become responsible for paying their athletes during this unconventional period. That’s why a full season with scheduled games are being demanded.
It should be mentioned that MLS, the Premier League and EFL have also terminated training sessions. Players have been informed to remain in self-isolation and not commit to any physical activity. When these footballers to return after Covid-19, their respective skillsets won’t be honed and could potentially prompt unprofessional football.
The Second Team of the Week for Major League Soccer was announced on March 9th. A rookie player was placed into this spirited team, which compiles the top footballers from the last week. This rookie is from Toronto FC and named Achara, with many sporting analysts believing this young man will have a formidable career with Major League Soccer. This follows after the Left-Winger displayed incredible skillsets throughout his professional debut on March 7th. The performance shown by Achara enabled for TFC to defeat their rivals by a singular point, which allowed the footballer to become the 1st named player from TFC onto Team of the Week in 2020.
Multiple sporting analysts are praising this young athlete for competing at this level, against some of the highest-rated athletes in professional soccer. The 22-year-old was told ninety minutes before the matches kickoff that he’d be placed onto the starting lineup. It followed after Tsubasa Endoh couldn’t complete his TFC Training Session. Endoh faced a severe injury during prior training sessions from last week. This enabled Achara to showcase what he has to offer with Toronto, as the footballer almost acquired three points while Pozuelo and Altidore couldn’t perform. The singular-winning goal for Achara came in the 80th minute, which was achieved after Richie Laryea pitched the ball across the field towards his direction. It allows Achara to make a header into the net, which is a rare feat to accomplish for any professional football player.
The 2020 MLS Championship Potential
It should be noted that ever since Achara was selected as the 25th overall draft pick, he’s maintained a scoring position in every single match he’s officially appeared. This dates back to the preseason, with Greg Vanney now praising the young Nigerian from Georgetown University. The head coach for Toronto expressed that multiple executives with TFC have reached out, revealing that Achara could be their newest star and that he should implement this footballer throughout every match. This head coach hasn’t confirmed if Achara will replace Endoh as the title Left-Winger, with most sporting analysts agreeing that Vanney won’t have any choice in this decision.
The main goal for Toronto’s Football Club moving forward is to enter the 2020 MLS Championship Season. Considering they came second place throughout last season, this formidable outfit will want to return and acquire their 3rd MLS Champions.
Local law enforcement was forced into an unexpected situation after riots broke out during an Argentina Football Match. This followed after the second division game against the Independiente Rivadavia Football Club; multiple fans attended with armed weapons like knives and machetes. It created immediate concern for players with IRFC. When Argentina supporters began to climb the stadium fences with their guns, referees and coaching staff removed players from the pitch.
Life-threatening fights were started amongst supporters after these professional footballers were removed. After twenty minutes had passed, flags from the Independiente Rivadavia could be seen burning to the ground. Issues regarding safety for footballers has increased drastically in the last fifteen months, with racism in South America growing daily. Multiple football games have been terminated for the protection of players, which often breaks out in an immediate riot. Law enforcement said that two people were injured and 30+ citizens were arrested.
Argentina Qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
Supporters from Argentina are known for their violent behaviour, which hasn’t stopped the national team from moving forward to accomplish their goals. This followed after the South American squad acquired a position with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Historically their the 1st nation to earn an Olympic ticket, which followed after they dominated over Colombia in the regional qualifying group. Columbia was defeated two to one, with Neheun Perez and Agustin Urzi acquiring the necessary goals needed to obtain victory. Acting as the Under-23 National Argentina Football Club, they’ll compete against Colombia one more time in the Round Robin Qualification. Regardless of whoever wins that battle, Argentina moves forward to the Tokyo Olympics.
Argentina could compete against Colombia in the Tokyo Olympics. Though they’ve acquired the 1st Round Placement for the global sporting event, there’s a second qualification place available. Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Uruguay will compete in their respective matches to win the second placement. Additional sporting outfits competing elsewhere for a position in the Tokyo Olympics include Germany and France. Argentina will benefit from maintaining a new contract with Piatti, a former striker with the Montreal Impact. His capabilities to dominant through defences is similar to Ronaldo’s, making him a desired asset for the upcoming Olympics.
Major League Soccer’s Preseason is fully underway, with multiple teams competing against each other for practice sessions. Two of the latest matches were played by Sporting Kansas City and Cincinnati FC, which extended to the second matchup of Philadelphia Union versus Chicago Fire FC. Saturday afternoon saw Kansas City become victorious against Cincinnati Football Club, with them acquiring four points to zero. This matchup was played in Arizona at the Grande Sports World Complex. It marks the first significant loss for Cincinnati FC.
Daniel Salloi made the 1st goal in the 11th minute, which followed by Roger Espinoza making a secondary goal in the 44th minute. After the halftime break period, the 65th minute saw Wilson Harris make the third goal. Johnny Russel acquired the fourth and final goal eight minutes before games-end. This marks the 1st goals during the preseason for Johnny Russel and Wilson Harris. Sporting analysts believe that the Cincinnati Football Club would’ve had better chances at winning this preseason matchup if they hadn’t relied on reserves. Considering this is a practice period for these organizations, it’s not surprising that these reserves would receive playing time. The chances of experiencing any official season game time are limited.
Chicago FC Versus Philadelphia Union
When it applies to the second preseason match this week, it was the Philadelphia Union that defeated the Chicago Fire Football Club. It marks their 1st victory throughout the 2020 preseason, which took place in Florida. The Union’s head coach has gifted the Clearwater matchup in spoils of previous achievements, with that metropolis being his hometown. Those players that acquired the 3-0 leader over Chicago FC included Anthony Fontana, Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos.
Kacper Przybylko and Anthony Fontana were the dominating players throughout the first half, with both acquiring goals before halftime. This followed with Sergio Santos making a third goal, which was assisted with Przybylko. Subsequently, Kacper Przybylko was provided with the most valuable player title for their 2nd preseason matchup. It should be noted that Issa Rayman wasn’t available for their second matchup in the 2020 preseason. He’ll make his official return against the Montreal Impact next Sunday. It should be noted that the Philadelphia Union Football Club lost against Atlanta United earlier this week, losing by four points against the former champions. Winning against the Chicago Football Club will provide team associates with the confidence required to move forward into the official MLS season.
Due to the coronavirus spreading rapidly, the Chinese Football Association has opted to withdraw as the official Olympic women’s soccer qualifying event host. This will now move to Australia where the qualifying for Round 3 has already been moved from its original location of Wuhan, the location of where this virus began. The announcement came on Sunday with reasons cited for the venue change being public safety.
To date, there have been over 2,000 Chinese infected with coronavirus. Of the 2,000 infected, 56 have passed away, and the result was the Chinese government putting Wuhan in lockdown while working at a rapid pace to construct a hospital that will have 1,000 beds, a move being made in anticipation for the worst-case scenario. In addition to efforts from the Chinese, health authorities worldwide are working together in attempts to control the outbreak. The hope is to stop it from spreading, but this is proving to be a challenge.
The Olympic women’s soccer Group includes Taiwan, Thailand, China and Australia and is slated to take place between the 3rd of February and the 9th. The two top placing teams will then move onto Group A, which currently includes Vietnam, Myanmar and South Korea. They will play in both away and home games to determine the two countries to join Japan as women representing Asian countries at the 2020 Olympics.
As a host nation, China is taking extreme caution towards the risk of exposing locals, athletes and of course, tourists to the virus. While the games are six months away, they have chosen to move a number of events to other locations as a precaution. One of those was a boxing event that was scheduled to take place in Wuhan’s but was cancelled and subsequently moved to Senegal where it will occur on the 20th of February. The International Tennis Federation on Sunday also chose to move Asia/Oceania Group 1 tournament from China. The event will now take place in Sultan, Kazakhstan between the 4th and 8th of February. The ITF stated that is made the decision after the continuation of “increasing travel restrictions”.
Death Toll Rising
It is estimated that the coronavirus could infect as many as 100,000 worldwide experts are warning. That has seen the United Kingdom government having to reassure its people that it is in a position to respond should cases be reported within the United Kingdom. An Imperial College public health expert, Prof Neil Ferguson noted that his best estimation is there are at least 100,000 already infected however to date, only 2,200 cases have been reported. Of those, the largest number are from the originating source, Wuhan.
Although so far there have not been any positive infections within the U.K, the Labour Party is calling on the UK Government to confirm with the public that should an outbreak occur on British soil that the National Health System will be capable of dealing with it, even while struggling with the usual flu season.