Hello, Mane Landers. Before we jump into the links, be sure to take a second to join us in wishing Orlando City rookie striker Daryl Dike a happy 20th birthday today.
In support of protests around the world, several organizations and individuals participated in Blackout Tuesday. Major League Soccer shared resources to help followers listen, learn, and support, while many Lions took the opportunity to share their support, as did the club itself.
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Orlando Pride Postpone Kit Reveal
The Orlando Pride were set to reveal the club’s new away kit yesterday, but decided to postpone in support of protesters around the world. Information on the rescheduled event will be shared at a later date. The club has been teasing small elements leading up to the reveal, including what appear to be swan feathers.
UPDATE: We have made the decision to postpone Tuesday’s scheduled jersey launch.— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) June 2, 2020
Full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/SFuHBk30ae
MLS Owners Have Reportedly Backed Down
It has been reported that MLS has backed off having force majeure tied to attendance. This comes shortly after the league-wide move of players staying home from training sessions.
Multiple sources tell me that #MLS owners have backed down on having force majeure tied to attendance. Will now look like NBA version. That is a major obstacle overcome. #MLSPA https://t.co/0ZcMkuuKOZ— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) June 2, 2020
Austin FC Wants to Host Large Soccer Events
Austin FC has submitted a bid to host games for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and for the 2022-2025 men’s and women’s NCAA College Cup tournaments. The bid assumes that the club’s stadium will be complete in time.
Loughnane on 2021 Gold Cup: “Based on feedback from tournament organizers, I’m hearing that Austin is uniquely positioned to host if construction of stadium and training facility remain on-schedule.” #AustinFC https://t.co/5AL3gYxedZ— Chris Bils (@ChrisBils) June 1, 2020
- The Orlando City Foundation continues to support local youth.
We donated 50 purple soccer balls to the GROW Central Florida, Inc. Summer Ball Drive. These are distributed to students in low resource communities to keep youth active & moving during distance learning & summer break. Want to help? Make a donation here https://t.co/6KhknDOr3w pic.twitter.com/aW0U8DSY7l— OrlandoCityFnd (@OrlandoCityFnd) June 1, 2020
- Man City's Phil Foden will be spoken to after video showed him playing soccer on the beach with friends, breaking social distancing expectations.
- FIFA is asking leagues to use “common sense” regarding whether to punish players who protest during games.
That will do it for me today. Stay safe.