Hello from the beach! I cannot believe it is already August in this year that has felt unstuck in time. As MLS pushes into the unknown with its plans for its next phase, they’re finishing up the plan that has, against all odds, mostly worked.
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There are now only two games left in the MLS is Back Tournament, with the Portland Timbers claiming one of the spots in the final. Orlando City versus Minnesota is tonight and will determine the second finalist.
Don Garber just said on FS1 that MLS is announcing its regular season schedule soon and they will "play with fans where we can" but most markets won't include fans. Oh dear. Have they not been following USL or MLB?— Caitlin Murray (@caitlinmurr) August 6, 2020
After MLS is Back is over, Don Garber wants to push ahead with games in-market, as soon as less than two weeks from now. There has been no non-bubble format that has worked in the United States, and other countries where sports are playing have a much better testing and tracing system than we do.
Realizing all the same things and more, pro sports players associations, including the MLSPA, are against a plan to shield employers from liability for Covid-related reasons.
Ian Harkes gives a good interview to Soccer America about his time in Scotland, where he is doing very well.
That’s all I have, what’s up?