The Latest: Turkey set to allow some fans into soccer games

first_imgStudents can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The spectators would have their temperatures taken before being admitted. They would be required to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules.The decision comes despite an uptick in in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Daily infections have jumped to more than 1,000 since Aug. 4 to reach levels previously recorded in June.___The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in attendance.With current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specifying an indoor venue capacity of 250 people, officials from the Vikings, the state, U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL and the city of Minneapolis were unable to establish a prudent way to open the gates to the public for now. August 25, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Latest: Turkey set to allow some fans into soccer games The Vikings will host Green Bay on Sept. 13 and Tennessee on Sept. 27 with the 66,000 seats empty. Over the ensuing five weeks, Minnesota plays at home only once, on Oct. 18 against Atlanta.In a statement, the Vikings said: “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.”NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit have announced their first two home games will be played without fans. Chicago also will start the season without spectators but has not specified for how many games.___Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season. The team said Tuesday after consulting with local officials that the Sept. 13 game against Arizona at Levi’s Stadium will be played without spectators.The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season.___The Turkish soccer federation says a limited number of spectators will be allowed into stadiums to watch games as of October as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.The federation says stadiums around the country would operate at a maximum of 30% capacity. The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansThe Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium.Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund.The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959. Associated Press last_img read more

Gregg Berhalter is excited to rebuild very young USMNT’s image

first_img Cristian Roldan uses experience to help bring change to the USMNT “We certainly want to be able to see the concepts,” Berhalter said. “And it gives us now a good blueprint to move forward. So what we’ll do is, we’ll analyze the game, analyze what concepts are pretty welcoming, what concepts need developing and it will give us a blueprint to go forward.He continued: “It’s going to give us information. Right now we have no body of work to go on and this is the start of our body of work.”Berhalter, who joins the national team with five seasons in MLS at Columbus Crew under his belt, has put together a roster with some familiar faces — including Crew’s Zack Steffen (goalkeeper), Wil Trapp (midfielder) and Gyasi Zardes (forward) — some veterans and a lot of young players.There are just a few who have double-digit caps: Michael Bradley leads the way with 142, Zardes has 40, Paul Arriola has 17 and Trapp 11. The rest have between zero and six, making the squad almost completely new.But, Berhalter is using this to his advantage.The players, who come from various different styles of play across MLS, have been adapting well to the new system and, as he said just a day removed from their contest, “they are excited to be challenged, they are excited to work and they are excited to give it an opportunity.”“One thing I’ve learned is you have players coming from diverse environments,” he added. “Some clubs they play a certain way, other clubs play another way and it’s getting them all together, getting them on the same page. It’s more clear when you can tie into a common mission and you can get the guys focused on one philosophy.“To me, it’s not just in one element. We’re trying to do that in team presentations, we’re trying to do that in team-building activities, we’re trying to do that in our training sessions — really ingraining what we’re looking to achieve on the field and continually talking about it.”Berhalter said he doesn’t think the U.S. team will ever line up with teams like Brazil and Spain, at least not in his lifetime. He wants to compete with these teams by using the group’s common mission.“The strength in our group is going to be in the collective,” he said. “We’re going to have to be better and we’re going to have to be better from a collective standpoint and the team building and team camaraderie and the system of play — all of that can help give us an advantage.”Realistically, this won’t come together after one match or after their next against Costa Rica on Feb. 2. For now, Berhalter is focused on measurable goals, progress week in and week out until the identity of the team fully forms. “For us, it’s going to be about how can we get into our structure, how can we get into our shape, how can we open up and get into our offensive organization — that I think will be a little bit of a challenge but something that we relish in,” he said.Kickoff between the U.S. and Panama is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. on Sunday. The match will be televised on ESPN2. PHOENIX — A new era of men’s soccer is starting, but be warned: It won’t be perfect.Not yet.center_img Tim Howard says he will retire following 2019 MLS season Rather, let newly appointment manager Gregg Berhalter do the talking.He will be leading the U.S. Men’s National Team in its first game of the 2019 season Sunday at State Farm Stadium. The young group will face Panama, another young team, but gauging their success will take time, and fully implementing Berhalter’s style of play will take longer. Related Newslast_img read more