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Toronto FC's Vanney blasts Supporters' Shield decision

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney didn't mince words on Sunday when addressing the decision against presenting the Supporters' Shield this season.

The Supporters' Shield is given annually to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular-season record.

The decision against handing out the award was reached by the Supporters' Shield Foundation, which gives out the honor on behalf of the Independent Supporters Council. The award was created by supporters in the formative years of MLS and awarded in 1998 for the first time.

"My players are (expletive). It is a huge sign of disrespect to the players," Vanney told TSN. "It has arguably been the most difficult season in the history of our league where people have put their health at risk to play and put games on television for fans. This season required a huge commitment from all the teams -- people were genuinely afraid for their health.

"It's a disgraceful decision that delegitimizes the whole idea of the Shield in our opinion. Those made the decision are like kids in a park who take the ball away when the game isn't going their way. It's childish and a symbol that they don't know how sports operates."

Toronto FC (11-2-5, 38 points) have the most points in the MLS and were bidding to win the award for the second time in four years.

Five teams have won the Supporters' Shield multiple times: Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United (four), Columbus Crew SC and New York Red Bulls (three) and San Jose Earthquakes (two). The Supporters' Shield winner has gone on to win the MLS Cup seven times.

The Supporters' Shield Foundation released the following statement upon announcing its decision on Saturday:

"After much consideration and discussion, the Supporters' Shield Foundation has decided to forego awarding the Supporters' Shield for the 2020 season. This is not an easy decision to make. With the inability for supporters to be in

Toronto FC's Vanney blasts Supporters' Shield decision

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney didn't mince words on Sunday when addressing the decision against presenting the Supporters' Shield this season.

Supporters' Shield won't be awarded in 2020

The Supporters' Shield, given annually to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular-season record, will not be awarded in 2020.

The decision was reached by the Supporters' Shield Foundation, which gives out the award on behalf of the Independent Supporters Council. The honor was created by supporters in the formative years of MLS and awarded in 1998 for the first time.

"After much consideration and discussion, the Supporters' Shield Foundation has decided to forego awarding the Supporters' Shield for the 2020 season," the organization said in a statement. "This is not an easy decision to make. With the inability for supporters to be in attendance and fill their stadiums with passion, however, we feel as though the current climate goes against the spirit of the Shield.

"The Supporters' Shield Foundation stands with our players and our supporters in knowing that this year has been one of many challenges, and we commend the support and effort given to making the best of the 2020 season as it has been."

MLS addressed the decision in its own statement.

"Everyone involved in MLS understands that the 2020 season -- like every major professional sports league -- was unprecedented in our history. The club that finishes at the top of our regular season will have persevered through a highly challenging year," the league said. "Most of all, the millions of people who follow and support our league, teams and players will always remember the club that finished as 2020 MLS regular season leader."

Toronto FC (38 points) have the best regular-season record, ahead of the Philadelphia Union (35 points). Both teams have clinched a playoff berth.

Five teams have won the Supporters' Shield multiple times: Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United (four), Columbus Crew SC and New York Red Bulls (three) and San Jose Earthquakes (two). The Supporters' Shield winner has gone on to win the MLS Cup sev


Supporters' Shield won't be awarded in 2020

The Supporters' Shield, given annually to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular-season record, will not be awarded in 2020.

Reports: Galaxy to replace Barros Schelotto with Keane

After a dreadful start to their season, the Los Angeles Galaxy are pondering a change at head coach, according to multiple reports in Ireland on Friday.

Former Galaxy standout and Ireland international Robbie Keane reportedly is in line to replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Galaxy did not refute the reports outright, instead characterizing them as a "rumor."

The Athletic reported later Friday that the current Galaxy coaching staff was still on the job getting set for a Sunday match against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps. Assistant coach Gustavo Barros Schelotto, Guillermo's twin brother, told The Athletic, "We have a contract for this year and next season. Our expectation is to fulfill that contract."

The Galaxy are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, the most recent coming in a 4-0 thrashing at home by the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday. They are also winless in their last seven games.

With a 4-9-3 record (15 points), the Galaxy are last in the Western Conference and six points below the playoff line.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto is in his second season with the team after guiding L.A. to a 16-15-3 record in 2019 and a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs. They were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals 5-3 by crosstown rival Los Angeles FC.

Keane was a scoring machine for the club during one of the more dominating runs in its history while playing alongside Landon Donovan and David Beckham. The former Tottenham, Liverpool and Celtic star scored 83 regular-season goals for Los Angeles in 125 games from 2011-16. He also was the former captain of Ireland's national team.

Keane scored the deciding goal in the 2014 MLS Cup final as the Galaxy won three of their five all-time MLS Cup titles during his six seasons.

The 40-year-old was a player/manager with ATK FC in India in 2018, has been an assistant co

Reports: Galaxy to replace Schelotto with Keane

After a dreadful start to their season, the Los Angeles Galaxy will make a change at head coach, according to multiple reports in Ireland.

Former Galaxy standout and Ireland international Robbie Keane will replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Galaxy did not refute the reports outright, instead characterizing them as a "rumor."

The Galaxy are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, the most recent coming in a 4-0 thrashing at home by the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday. They are also winless in their last seven games.

With a 4-9-3 record (15 points), the Galaxy are last in the Western Conference and six points below the playoff line.

Schelotto is in his second season with the team after guiding L.A. to a 16-15-3 record in 2019 and a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs. They were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals 5-3 by crosstown rival Los Angeles FC.

Keane was a scoring machine for the club during one of the more dominating runs in their history while playing alongside Landon Donovan and David Beckham. The former Tottenham, Liverpool and Celtic star scored 83 regular-season goals for Los Angeles in 125 games from 2011-16. He also was the former captain of Ireland's national team.

Keane scored the deciding goal in the 2014 MLS Cup final as the Galaxy won three of their five all-time MLS Cup titles during his six seasons.

The 40-year-old was a player/manager with ATK FC in India in 2018, has been an assistant coach with the Ireland national team since 2018 and was an assistant coach at Middlesbrough of the English Football League, leaving that position in June after head coach Jonathan Woodgate was fired.

--Field Level Media

Philly transferring MF Aaronson to Austrian club

The Philadelphia Union are transferring homegrown midfielder Brenden Aaronson to Austria's FC Red Bull Salzburg after the 2020 MLS season.

The team said the deal announced Friday includes a record transfer fee for a U.S.-based homegrown player -- "close to $10 million," according to NBC Sports.

Aaronson, who turns 20 on Oct. 22, has started all 18 games for the Union this season after making 25 starts in 2019. The Medford, N.J., native has seven career goals and seven assists.

"Playing in Europe has always been a part of my dream. I've been able to accomplish the first part of my dream, to play for my home city, and am so excited for this continuation of my journey," Aaronson told NBC Sports. "... I am so incredibly appreciative of all my coaches, my family, and the Philadelphia Union fans. Like I said, I was one of them once, and their support means everything to me. I'll continue to give them everything I have through the end of the season and what I hope is a long playoff run. For me and for this club, this is just the beginning, and I look forward to what the future holds."

He will join the Austrian Bundesliga side in January, becoming the Union's first academy product to be transferred abroad.

"We are very proud of Brenden and what he has accomplished in such a short amount of time," said Philadelphia principal owner Jay Sugarman in a statement. "... Brenden's success will inspire everyone involved in developing our young talent and will be just one of many success stories we expect to see out of our academy in the coming years. I wish Brenden the best at Red Bull Salzburg. I know he'll always have Philadelphia and the Union in his heart and I look forward to seeing what his future holds."

--Field Level Media

Reports: Galaxy to replace Barros Schelotto with Keane

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Philly transferring MF Aaronson to Austrian club

The Philadelphia Union are transferring homegrown midfielder Brenden Aaronson to Austria's FC Red Bull Salzburg after the 2020 MLS season.

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