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Jim Curtin is MLS Coach of the Year

The 2020 Major League Soccer Coach of the Year has been announced. It was confirmed that Jim Curtin from the Philadelphia Union has been made COTY. The accomplishment is deserving, with Head Coach Jim Curtin having taken the Philadelphia Union’s towards “MLS Supporters Shield” victory in 2020. It’s an influential accomplishment when considering that weeks ago, MLS Corporate was considering removing the Supporter’s Shield from 2020s campaign. Demands were made league-wide, which prompted the decision to keep the trophy in contention.

The Philadelphia Union had its best season to date, with an average of 2.04 Points being acquired per game. Their accomplishments enabled a league record of highest victories for shortest season in MLS history. Philadelphia Union’s record stands at 14-4-5 for the 2019/2020 campaign. What’s shocking is that because of the shortened season amid the coronavirus pandemic, Philadelphia Union is the lowest-points for a Supporter’s Shield-winning team. That’s not to dispute their accomplishment or skillsets, with prominent teams like Toronto FC being unable to defeat Philadelphia Union.

An official statement regarding his victory was issued by Jim Curtin. He emphasised that the victory isn’t exclusively his, with numerous players & other coaching personnel competing amid a pandemic to create winning opportunities. Head Coach Jim Curtin remarked that the environment sustained at Philadelphia Union FC is positive, one meant for improvement & growth. Curtin noted that 2020 proved that this training mentality can create beneficial results.

2021 is Coming Soon

It won’t be long before MLS Supporters witness the Philadelphia Union compete again, with Post-Season matches slated to start on November 24th. It’s the smallest timeframe that Philadelphia Union has ever sustained between one season to another. Jim Curtin will walk into the next campaign knowing he was awarded the “2020 Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year”, which is acquired when employed personnel in Major League Soccer vote on who is most deserving. The overwhelming percentage was given to Curtin, with 44% of MLS employees selecting Jim over other coaches. Following the prominent season that Philadelphia Union FC had in 2020, spectators & supporters can anticipate that Head Coach Jim Curtin will lead his club towards numerous other victories.

LA Galaxy’s Head Coach is Fired

Major League Soccer will conclude their 2020 Season in three matches, with player contracts for next year having been decided, announcements regarding coaching personnel are starting to get revealed. Mid-November saw La Galaxy announce that Head Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto is leaving the organization. His coaching duties have ended effective immediately, prompting team owners to elect Dominic Kinnear for the role of “Interim Head Coach” for three matches. Removing Guillermo from coaching duties drove four others to the termination. Those individuals include:

  • Gustavo Barros Schelotto, Asst Coach.
  • Ariel Pereyra, Asst Coach.
  • Juan Jose Romero, Goalkeeping Coach.
  • Javier Valdecantos, Performance Coach.

LA Galaxy has struggled throughout the 2020 MLS Season, with Covid-19 inflicting numerous players onto the sidelines & coaching personnel to take fourteen days of sick leave. Most of LA Galaxy’s problems aren’t amassed by the issues surrounding Covid-19. It was the poor performance displayed by Guillermo Barros Schelotto over the last two seasons. His dominance has fallen in MLS, prompting team owners to dispute loyalty for victory. It should be clarified that throughout nineteen matches, the LA Galaxy have obtained eighteen points, one of the lowest league-wide. Destruction of the LA Galaxy became evident throughout their last match, with a horrible loss to the Portland Timbers. It marks their gravest failure this season at 5-2. It’d take less than 24 hours for team owners to determine that Head Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto is causing the continued losses.

Reports suggest that LA Galaxy will elect Robbie Keane for the role of Head Coach in 2020. He previously competed for the football club when he was younger, acquiring championships with David Beckham & other influential players part of LA Galaxy’s history. No confirmation has been given regarding who will replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Those details won’t likely be released until January-February 2021. Supporters of the five-time championship-winning team will hope that whoever takes the helm, will lead LA Galaxy to their 6th league victory.

Rick Bowness Leaves the Dallas Stars

It’s been speculated for months that Rick Bowness, Head Coach for the Dallas Stars, would be leaving the time following his retirement. It’d been known that Rick Bowness was preparing for retirement, with the Dallas Stars changing his position title to Interim Head Coach. His leaving of this NHL organization marks the end of an era, which saw notable changes & growth for the Dallas Stars.

The announcement of Rick Bowness retiring from the National Hockey League came from Jim Nill, Dallas Stars General manager. Jim mentioned that after an unusual & extended season in the National Hockey League, Rick has decided to move forward with his life. It wasn’t detailed who will be the 25th Head Coach for the Dallas Stars, with some rumours indicating an internal member of their coaching personnel will receive a promotion to Head Coach. New blood could evoke similar results seen with Rock Bowness in 2019/20.

Rick Bowness wasn’t meant to stand as Head Coach for the Dallas Stars. He was unexpectedly promoted after team personnel learned that their previous Head Coach, Jim Montgomery, was sustaining a substantial alcohol addiction. They’d send Montgomery to rehabilitation & later announce his effective removal from the Dallas Stars. This would provide benefits for the Stars, with Rick Bowness leading this organization to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2000. Nobody anticipated that the Dallas Stars would enter the Finals. Under the leadership of Jim Montgomery, six matches would be consecutively lost for the Dallas Stars. It showed team personnel that new leadership could evoke unexpected & positive results.

The Records

Now that Rick Bowness has entered his retirement, it’s expected that he’ll be added to the NHL Hall of Fame alongside long-time friends of Scotty Bowman & Pat Quinn. Rick Bowness sustains a career longer than four decades in the National Hockey League. Previous coaching positions for Bowness include the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Winnepeg Jets, and Phoenix Coyotes. Few coaches have amassed this record of notable positions. Throughout the career of Rick Bowness, he would acquire four Stanley Cup Championships & numerous other acolytes that’ll be remembered for decades to come.

Toto Wolff is Searching for his Successor

The team boss for Mercedes AMG-Petronas has confirmed that the hunt for his successor has begun. This follows after Toto Wolff had an influential run with the F1 team, creating the highest-winning Formula One team in history. When questioned at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola Circuit in Italy, Toto Wolff clarified that a large part of his priorities has shifted towards who’s best to helm Mercedes. Locating a successor that can sustain the winning percentages of Toto Wolff is challenging, with his accomplishment haven’t ever been accomplished by any other team boss.

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Post-Qualifying Press Conference saw Toto Wolff questioned on a multitude of factors relating to Mercedes. The team boss clarified that he’d remain a prominent member of Mercedes AMG-Petronas, taking either the role of Chief Executive Officer or Chairman. Toto evoked that where he’ll be placed hasn’t been decided but that the decision is his alone. However, before selecting which employment option is better suited for himself, Toto Wolff wants to acquire the best replacement possible. That could mean looking outside the Formula One paddock. Regardless, Wolff has the remainder of the 2020 & 2021 seasons to make his decision. After that, it’s expected that he’ll enter his new position as CEO or Chairman.

Why Toto Wolff is Leaving as Team Boss

Toto Wolff released details regarding his decision to leave the role of team boss. He indicated that throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, he’d learned that the time missed from his family has been extensive & that he missed countless moments in his children’s life. Prompting Toto’s change to Chairman or CEO, he’ll begin directing Mercedes AMG-Petronas from his home via Zoom. That will enable Toto Wolff to spend an influx of time with family in Austria, while still holding significant power in how the F1 team moves forward.

Toto Wolff showed himself an honourable man, consistent with his history throughout Formula One. Toto wishes that whoever is selected for his successor does a better job than himself. It’d ensure that Mercedes AMG-Petronas continues its domination throughout the next decade. Until a new team boss is appointed, Toto Wolff confirmed he has the commitment needed to lead Mercedes into 2021.

Todd Richards Hired as Nashville Predators Assistant Coach

The Nashville Predators have selected their 2020-21 Assistant Coach. It’s been announced that Todd Richardson will be joining the professional hockey team, which likely meant a prominent payday. Assistant Coach Todd Richardson acquired the 2019-20 NHL Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightnings, which culminated his four-year stint with the team.

This is still a demotion when looking at Todd Richardson’s career. He previously was Head Coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets & Minnesota Wilds. Todd Richardson was likely hoping to ascertain his former role of Head Coach with the Nashville Predators. Rumours suggested this was possible and indicate that Richardson’s contract permits a promotion to Head Coach under certain conditions.

Nashville Predators General Manager released an official statement regarding the acquisition of Todd Richardson. David Poile expressed that his organization is pleased with obtaining Richardson, who has an extensive background in professional coaching. GM David Poile evoked that Asst Coach Richardson has proven himself a winner this year & that they’re happy to welcome Todd back to the Nashville Predators programmer.

Most have forgotten that the Milwaukee Admirals are Nashville’s secondary team, which is where Todd Richardson began his career nearly two decades ago. GM David Poile was pleased with offering an Assistant Coaching position, which likely indicated will turn into Head Coach by 2022-23. Todd Richardson is proving himself to the Nashville Predators a 2nd time almost guarantees his return to the role of Head Coach. His previous stint with the organization saw Richardson acquire the 2004 AHL Calder Cup with future hockey champions like Dan Hamhuis & Shea Weber.

A Wealth of Knowledge

The Head Coach for Nashville Predators evoked his support for Todd Richardson. Coach Hynes mentioned his prominent excitement to acquiring Richardson for the 2021-22 NHL Season. Hynes & Poile both believe that the wealth of knowledge, leadership, and experience brought by Todd Richardson will be overwhelming. Coach Hynes is correct when account for Richardson’s communication skillsets, teaching capabilities, and formidable work ethic. It should be clarified that the Nashville Predators didn’t issue details regarding this contract & its length sustainability. There’s a possibility that Todd Richardson’s role as Assistant Coach could be temporary to one season.

Sigi Schmid Entering US Hall of Fame

The 2021 Coaching Ceremony for the US Soccer Hall of Fame has been announced, with the most notable entrant being Sigi Schmid. Three members have been confirmed for the 2021 Induction Ceremony, with additional coaches including Joe Palone from the US Military Academy & Horst Richardson from Colorado College. Inductees enter the Hall of Fame after amassing notable accomplishments in their career. Sigi Schmid is the most prominent inductee, having coached LA Galaxy twice & numerous other clubs in Major League Soccer.

Sigi Schmid started coaching on the professional level during the Mid-1970s, with his career beginning at the University of California – Los Angeles Campus as Assistant Coach. He’d sustain three seasons with UCLA before becoming the Head Coach for the BJU Bruins. The length which Sigi Schmid coached the BJU Bruins was extensive, amassing nineteen years.
His tenure is historical, with Schmid creating a sporting establishment that continues to hold prominence in the “NCAA Division One Soccer League”. It should be noted that when Sigi Schmid coached the BJU Bruins, he sustained 322 victories with a .810 winning percentage. Schmid is easily in the top 10% of NCAA coaching history.

The United States Coaches Hall of Fame is awarding Sigi Schmid as the 71st inductee. That’s a notable accomplishment for Sigi, having outranked & out-paced thousands of other coaches in decades past. Since the US Coaches Hall of Fame opened, there’ve been 68 members before this Induction Ceremony.

Sigi Schmid’s Career After the NCAA

After sustaining twenty-two seasons in the National Collegiate Athletic Institution, Sigi Schmid received contractual employment with the LA Galaxy in 1999. This began another career amassing sixteen seasons in Major League Soccer before Schmid’s inevitable retirement. After coaching LA Galaxy until 2004, Sigi was hired by Columbus Crew FC for the 2006 MLS Season. That contractual employment lasted two seasons before coaching the Seattle Sounder from 2009 to 2016.

His final moment in Major League Soccer came with a return to LA Galaxy for one season, allowing Sigi Schmid to retire at the same team where his MLS career began. Notable accomplishments from Schmid include the 2002 & 2008 MLS Championship Titles.

Kevin Sumlin Contracts COVID-19

The Head Coach for Arizona State’s Sun Devils has confirmed his positive test for COVID-19. It’s been several days since the contraction was announced, with Kevin Sumlin announcing his contracting on October 5th. He’ll have to continue isolating for several days & then receive a secondary PCR COVID-Test. If that test reads negative, Head Coach Kevin Sumlin can return to training his football team. There are concerns that at 56, his immune system will struggle to eliminate the coronavirus promptly. Middle-Aged to Elderly individuals have been known to sustain the virus for one month or longer.

Sustaining the virus for prolonged periods doesn’t mean that Kevin Sumlin will lose his position with the Arizona State Sun Devils. It should be mentioned that the Head Coach & Head of Arizona State University Athletic Department, doesn’t have any symptoms related to the coronavirus. His asymptomatic conditioning guarantees that his survival is imminent. However, the period taken to overcome his asymptomatic diagnosis could take longer than fourteen days.

Contact tracing on Kevin Sumlin began immediately after his announced infection. Sumlin identified via contact tracing questionnaires that he hadn’t spoken with any team personnel or players. It’s guaranteed that an outbreak hasn’t occurred in the Arizona State Sun Devil’s camp.

Sumlin Speaks

The official statement issued by Head Coach Kevin Sumlin clarified that his family & himself had implemented aggressive protocols throughout the last several months. Those protocols weren’t enough to eliminate his contraction of COVID-19, providing Sumlin with a stark reminder that vigilance with physical distancing & hand-sanitizing is required. He’d extend those sentiments by clarifying at the most, American’s should engage with face coverings.

Comments from Kevin Sumlin switched towards his medical condition. The Head Coach revealed he’s feeling well & focusing on returning towards professional coaching. Kevin promised that his position as Head Coach would be maintained through a virtual setting, meaning the Arizona State Sun Devils don’t lose their direction. November 7th marks the date when the Arizona State Sun Devils compete against the Kansas State Wildcats. It’ll also mark the first game for the 2020-21 College Football League Campaign.

DC United Head Coach Addresses Team Downfall

Ben Olsen from DC United spoke with the media after their terrible loss against Atlanta United. The Head Coach was forced to address team-wide issues after experiencing their 3rd consecutive defeat, with Ben Olsen displayed bullish emotion towards the situation. For someone that’s dedicated thousands of hours towards professional coaching, whenever players aren’t listening to strategies, Ben Olsen removes his sympathies.

DC United experiencing three consecutive losses marks their worst record for the 2020 & 2019 seasons. It’d left the football club in disarray, with players not performing admirably to the directions of Head Coach Ben Olsen. This included Frederic Brillant & Russel Canouse, who were both forced to leave this match after committing illegal moves. Reactions seen from Ben Olsen on the sidelines weren’t positive, with better reactions expected when playing professional football.

Head Coach Ben Olsen addressed the media regarding this situation, clarifying that DC United has become fragile & is surrounded by emotional men. Olsen evoked that from a professional football standpoint, it’s not good for the team & implements bad combinations with their defensive group. DC United’s Head Coach mentioned that throughout his decade of professional coaching, he’s come across this scenario twice & knows the solution to return these boys into men.

Necessary Demands

His direct approach towards weakness being displayed by his squad was shocking. Most coaches don’t verbally attack their players by calling them emotional & fragile. However, Ben Olsen isn’t your standard Head Coach & is known for achieving results. Those in DC United that cannot handle being told to commit will be terminated. For millions of dollars, these footballers shouldn’t ever question the directives of their coach. It’s showing a growing imbalance of weakness amongst professional sports in America, and worldwide.

Head Coach Ben Olsen finalized his address to the media by retorting; DC United must begin acting & playing with greater combative skill sets. Ben Olsen has publicly demanded his footballers improve their quality of play, and that the pandemic isn’t an excuse for their weakness. Billions worldwide are concerned about COVID-19 but must engage in daily life. These DC United footballers don’t get the pass because their minorly famous.

Assistant Football Coach Gets Headbutted

The NCAA College Football League is known for its intense moments, with the players & coaching staff often aggressively congratulating one another. It was shown again when the Cincinnati Bearcats played against the Army Black Knights, the NCAA team that represents Army Cadets. An ABK assistant coach got toe excited after calling a victorious strategy & rushed towards the succeeding player in the manner of headbutting.

This assistant coach hadn’t taken into account that the ABK footballer had his protective gear on & the two collided after the coach had thrown his hands against the player’s helmet. Details regarding which coach with the Army Black Knights had taken this unexpected tackle wasn’t revealed, neither was his medical conditions. However, NCAA Commentators reflected that the coach would likely receive a concussion from this transaction.

September 26th saw the Army Black Knights compete against the Cincinnati Bearcats, with COVID-19 Protocols being in-place to guarantee safety amongst both teams. The sideline ABK coach congratulated his offensive lineman on pure adrenaline and likely was muscle memory from playing professional football. NFL & NCAA players often compliment each other with a headbutt, and typically do it whenever protective gear is being worn. It’s a critical distinction the Army Black Knights assistant coach.

Medical Examination

After the assistant coach tackled into his offensive lineman, the man wasn’t aware of his surroundings & could hardly maintain balance. It prompted NCAA Football medical staff to remove the assistant coach from the Cincinnati Bearcats match-up and conduct an immediate review of the coaches health condition. It should be mentioned that ABK #59 was concerned for his assistant coach, with the footballers remaining on scene until remaining coaching staff demanded his continued play.

Supporters of the Army Black Knights won’t know if the assistant coach received treatment for a head injury until the next ABK match-up. Likely, this individual won’t be competing for weeks to come. After the assistant coach had been injured & all players were distracted, the Army Black Knights took a steep decline in the points against Cincinnati. The ABKs were down by fourteen points against the Bearcats, their most prominent loss of this season.

TFCs Greg Vanney on the Canadian National Anthem

The Head Coach for TFC has received minor criticism for standing during the Canadian national anthem. Greg Vanney is often quick to rebuttal against his media opponents, and this scenario wasn’t any different. The TFC Head Coach provided clarification towards his decision, and confirmed it was in-support of his fellow colleague. Greg Vanney wasn’t the exclusive member of the TFC Squad to stand during the national anthem, with Captain Michael Bradley also following suit with his Head Coach. It marked the first time that TFC personnel didn’t kneel for the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Greg Vanney provided an official statement, noting that two reasons were behind his decision to stand. The 1st was for his assistant coach named Jason Brent, who is a Canadian Native. Jason Brent informed Greg that he’d be standing during the national anthem & requested he stand with him. Vanney defended his actions by stating after the national anthem, there was a moment of silence for Black lives Matter. Greg Vanney was seen kneeling during the one minute of dedicated silence.

Michael Bradley’s Reasoning

TFCs Captain found himself being pressed by reporters via videoconference, with their sympathies more directed as hatred. Michael Bradley noted that standing during the national anthem is something he’s thought about for a prolonged period, and that he’s spent considerable time reading about the subject matter. Bradley evoked that his opinion could be versed but is pointless and focused on real problems that impose our society today.

Michael Bradley stated that the individuals who initially began protesting via kneeling, have proven they don’t want genuine change or to engage in real conversations that can prompt solutions. Bradley believes hateful rhetoric is divisively being used without any nuances & middle ground. That’s when the TFC Captain evoked he’ll always stand behind racial equality and use his personality to assist the “End Racism Movement”.

End Racism Movement is Growing

Multiple sporting institutions have begun supporting the End Racism Movement, with that social campaign involving considerably less violence than BLM. Football clubs like TFC want to create an inclusive environment that benefits all races. That’s a challenging goal that will require full efforts from Greg Vanney, Michael Bradley, and the entirety of the TFC Squad.