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Mike Burns, Taylor Twellman, and Steve Ralston included on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

Mike Burns, Taylor Twellman, and Steve Ralston included on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

The ballots have been finalized for the 2019 National Soccer Hall of Fame elections, and three former Revs players -- Mike Burns, Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston -- are up for selection. 

Twellman played each of his eight seasons in the MLS (2002-09) with the Revs, winning the league's MVP award in 2005. He scored 111 goals over the course of his career, with a career-high of 23 during the 2002 season. Twellman was also a key player during the Revs' run of four MLS Final Four appearances in six years from 2002-2007. 

Ralston played eight of his 14 seasons with New England, he won a U.S. Open Cup with the Revs and was apart of all four teams that made the MLS Final. 

Burns played for the Revs from 1996-2000, appearing in 108 games and made was selected to the MLS All-Star game in 1998. He is currently on the veterans list of eligible candidates. 

Any player who appears on 66.7 percent of the casted ballots will be selected into the Hall of Fame. If they appear on less than five percent of the ballots, they will be dropped from the eligibility list and placed on the veterans list. 

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MLS to return with summer tournament after players approve new CBA

MLS to return with summer tournament after players approve new CBA

A couple of weeks after the Bundesliga returned to action, the path is now clear for Major League Soccer to do the same.

On Wednesday morning, the MLS Players Association voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement through 2025. With the vote, MLS — which suspended its season on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — will hold a summer tournament in the Orlando area.

The Athletic reports that all 26 teams will fly to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, the same complex where the NBA is slated to compete this summer, around June 24.

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While exact details of the tournament have not been announced yet, the Washington Post reports that each team will play three group stage matches as part of the regular season before 16 teams advance to the knockout stage, which would not count toward the regular season standings.

The tournament is expected to last six weeks, with the final taking place in August. Players can opt out of the competition if they are granted an exemption due to family or medical reasons.

As for the resumption of the regular season, MLS is reportedly hoping that can take place after the summer tournaments in home markets, though that is dependent on conditions surrounding COVID-19.

Taylor Twellman: MLS 'missing window of opportunity' amid lockout talks

Taylor Twellman: MLS 'missing window of opportunity' amid lockout talks

Major League Soccer is on the verge of a lockout.

If the league and the MLS Players Association can't come to terms on a deal concerning economic concessions for the 2020 season before 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, ESPN's Herculez Gomez reports a lockout will be initiated. 

Former New England Revolution star Taylor Twellman joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz on Monday to discuss the current situation in MLS and why he believes the league is missing a golden opportunity to return to action.

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"72 hours. Friday night, I got word that the players voted 'yes' and they were going to be the first league to kick off July 3. Literally, Sunday night at midnight my phone turns into 'the owners are thinking about locking out.'

"You are completely missing the window of opportunity. And I understand that it's not in the top three or four sports in this country, but it's on the precipice of being there with the younger generations. You are 100 percent missing the opportunity, and they can't get out of their own way.

"And by the way, in a global pandemic? If you're going to argue about future pay or play? You lose the paying customer. No one has time for that."

At a time in which fans are craving sports -- any sports, really -- now certainly would be the time for MLS to capitalize on the opportunity to gain new followers and grow the sport. Instead, as Twellman emphasizes, it looks like they may be heading in the opposite direction.

MLS play has been suspended since March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.