The New England Revolution will head down to Orlando later this week to enter the bubble that Major League Soccer has set up ahead of the MLS is Back tournament. Below I take a look at Revs II getting back to full team training, a look at MLS teams in the bubble already, on this date, and the start of the NWSL Challenge Cup.
Revs II Back To Full Team Training
On Monday the USL League One side, Revs II, had their first full team training since USL has put the team training moratorium in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Late last week USL League One and the USLPA reached an agreement that will have league play startup on July 18th.
This is the inaugural year for Revs II and is essentially a bridge from the academy to the first team and a place for draft picks or inexperienced players to get minutes under the watchful eye of the Revs.
First day of full-team training ✅#NERevsII pic.twitter.com/OyiXvinK6e— New England Revolution II (@NERevolution2) June 29, 2020
Once the league resumes play all matches are expected to air on ESPN+.
MLS Teams Already In The Bubble
MLS teams could start their arrival in Orlando on June 24th and thus far six teams have arrived.
San Jose Earthquakes
Orlando City SC
*In order of arrival
Photo Credit: MLS
On this date…1-3-1 overall, 1-2-1 in MLS play
1996: 1-3 loss at D.C. United
2007: 0-2 loss at Chivas USA
2009: 1-2 loss at Harrisburg City Islanders in 3rd round of U.S. Open Cup
2012: 2-2 to Seattle Sounders FC
2018: 3-2 win over D.C. United
NWSL Challenge Cup Resumes In Utah
The NWSL Challenge Cup resumes today in Utah with the Houston Dash v Utah Royals FC at 12:30 p.m. and OL Reign v Sky Blue FC at 10:00 p.m.. Both matches will air on CBS All Access.
Injury Report: All players listed as out
Houston Dash: Nichelle Prince
OL Reign: Jess Fishlock
Sky Blue FC: Caprice Dydasco, Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh, Madison Tiernan
Utah Royls FC: Kelly O’Hara, Mallory Weber, Desiree Scott, Aminata Diallo
In day one of the tournament the NC Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 and the Washington Spirit defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1.
One of the major national storylines coming out of the tournament thus far has been the players kneeling during the National Anthem. Facing pressure to protect their players the NWSL has altered its policy go-forward. Now players can either be on the field or in their locker room during the anthem.
“We began this tournament with several important goals. Develop a safe environment for the continuation of sport. Create an innovative competition to showcase the vitality of women’s soccer. Collaborate with our players association and develop a genuine partnership. Raise revenue to fund player compensation. And support and empower players to use their platform to make the world a better place. And so, we’re going to continue to play the national anthem, but with even more flexibility, and support each player’s right to express their individual views, or not. The NWSL stands behind every player, official and staff member. Kneel on the field. Stand with your hand over your heart. Honor your feelings in the privacy of the locker room or at midfield.The NWSL is a league that was built on diversity and courage and those principles will continue to drive us forward.”Statement from NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird
For those wondering what MLS’s policy will be for the MLS is Back Tournament, the league has already said they will not play the anthem as they do not want players standing the lineup as to promote social distancing.
“We won’t be playing the anthem,” said MLS Commissioner Garber told reporters in a media call. “There’s not going to be any fans in the stands, so we didn’t see that it would be appropriate. And I feel today no different than I felt then, which is if a player is looking to express their right to kneel during the national anthem, they should have the right to do so. I would hope that they would stand, but if they opt not to, that’s their prerogative and we will support that.”
For those who haven’t yet watched the Challenge Cup you should. The first day had back and forth entertaining soccer. Not a bad start for the NWSL from a product perspective.
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