04 Jun The Lockdown, the Restart, and the much bigger picture.
Recap – Richie Laryea and Janusz Michallik join Footy Talks Live.
With a lockout avoided at the eleventh hour, and a new CBA ratified through to 2025, Luke, KJ and Stevie discussed the upcoming tournament in Florida that will finally get the MLS back underway.
With $1 million dollars in prize money at stake, the crew broke down how the competition could play out, with KJ in particular hoping it doesn’t end up another ‘mickey mouse mid-season tournament’ (no pun intended – apparently).
Toronto FC’s Richie Laryea shared his experience of lockdown life, and also gave his views on the anti-racist demonstrations taking place around the globe. The crew asked Richie what footy fans and organizations can do to take a better stand against racism, and praised Richie’s recent tweet which eloquently, and courageously, sought to raise awareness on this important issue.
‘It made me want to speak out, because I have a platform […] this is the first time we’ve seen everyone get behind one cause.’ TFC’s @RichieLaryea_ on the anti-racist protests over George Floyd’s death. #TFCLive #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/kgCWR1OgBW— Footy Talks (@FootyTalksLive) June 4, 2020
The crew were also joined by ESPN’s Janusz Michallik who talked about his thirty years in US soccer, and how the many short lived leagues he played in finally led to the MLS we know today. Janusz gave his views on the upcoming Florida tournament and broke down the qualities that are taking Canadian starlet Alphonso Davies to the next level at Bayern Munich
‘He’s not as good a left-back as me! […] We all knew his pace was amazing but his decision making is also really improving’ ESPN’s @JanuszMichallik on @AlphonsoDavies from Footy Talks with @KristianJack, @LukeWileman and @stevocaldwell pic.twitter.com/KtfeimZ9fK— Footy Talks (@FootyTalksLive) June 4, 2020
Check out the full interview for more insight and analysis, inculding Richie discussing his Orlando FC years, and why Janusz rates MLS as one of the top 5 leagues in the world.