TORONTO, Canada – The Supporters ‘Shield Foundation,’ established to fund, promote and protect the Supporters ‘Shield’ according to their official website, says there will be no Fan Shield awarded to the team that accumulate the most points at the end of the 2020 season
The Foundation, charged with overseeing the intellectual property of the Shield and restricting commercial use of the award, released a statement on Saturday afternoon, saying the decision to forgo the 2020 award was not an easy one
As it stands, it’s unclear whether MLS will officially honor the regular season winner with anything beyond home court advantage, cash prizes, and a spot for the. CCL Champions League
Major League Soccer has been informed by the Independent Fan Council of its decision not to award the Fan Shield this season
Everyone involved in MLS understands that the 2020 season – like all major professional sports leagues – was unprecedented in our history The club that tops our regular season will have persevered through a very difficult year As in the previous seasons, this team will seed the Audi MLS Cup playoffs, earn a berth in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and receive the bonus that goes to the club that finishes first overall in the regular season Above all, the millions of people who follow and support our league, teams and players will always remember the club that finished as the leader of the 2020 MLS Regular Season.
From a Toronto FC perspective, the news is obviously extremely disappointing The Reds had already hoisted the prize in 2017 as part of the league’s first-ever treble and were set to repeat that feat in 2020 But without supporters attending the matches, you can somehow understand why the integrity of the award would be compromised But come on, haven’t they heard that 5,000 fans will be attending Toronto FC’s last home game !?
Needless to say, in the hours since the news broke, the Supporters’ Shield Foundation has received a considerable amount of bribes on social media.Additionally, according to Duane Rollins on Sunday In the morning, a lot of things are happening « behind the scenes » in an attempt to push back the Foundation’s decision
The icing on the cake came on Sunday afternoon when TSN’s Kristian Jack shared the comments from Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney, which I can only call sincere
Join us for Toronto FC vs Atlanta United at 7pm on TSN1 / 4 tonight as we tackle the decision not to award the Supporters Shield in 2020 to the top MLS team I just spoke to Toronto FC boss Greg Vanney , of this decision and here is what he had to say #TFCLive picTwittercom / 77NcVlru6b
« My players are pissed off, » Vanney told KJ « It’s a huge sign of disrespect for the players This was arguably the toughest season in our league’s history where people have put their health at risk to play & put matches on TV for fans This season demanded a huge commitment from all the teams – people were really scared for their health
« It is a shameful decision which in our opinion delegitimizes the whole idea of the Shield, » Vanney continued. « Those who made the decision are like children in a park carrying the ball away when the game doesn’t go as planned. It’s childish and it’s a symbol that they don’t know how sport works »
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World News – CA – Supporters’ Shield Foundation says no shield will be awarded at end of season MLS 2020
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