David Beckham is facing a huge backlash against his plans for a 25,000-seater soccer stadium in Miami.
An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer have launched a newspaper ad protesting against David Beckham's plans for a soccer stadium in Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Not a good day for Major League Soccer and their soccer specific stadium plans. Following up the the heels of the news that NYCFC will spend its first three seasons playing at Yankee Stadium, comes the news that David Beckham's plan to build a stadium at the port of Miami is under fire from a shipping alliance.
I've heard a lot of pros and cons for MLS expanding into Atlanta. So many points and counterpoints to keep up with but the best way to put it is that expanding into Georgia is just flat out different but in a good way for MLS.
"This franchise ... will be owned by the fans. It's to create a unique opportunity for you our fans, our owners, to feel that ownership and to help drive that uniqueness that soccer presents.
With Major League Soccer set to announce their 22nd expansion team in Atlanta later this afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings are maneuvering to have Minneapolis receive one of the remaining two expansion slots.
Just as Atlanta's future MLS team will be operated by an owner from the National Football League, the Vikings are leading the charge to acquire an MLS expansion franchise to play at their brand new 65,000-seat stadium, which is expected to be completed in 2016.
While all the attention may be on Atlanta and their expansion effort. But all the eyes will soon shift to the next expansion hopeful and that city may be Minnesota as SI.com reported last week that they are the frontrunner for the 24th expansion slot.
Two groups in Minneapolis are leading the charge to get in with MLS.
There was no celebration, no puff of the chest and no over exuberance from Clint Dempsey. The American forward had scored a goal and, much like Mario Balotelli, seemed to view it as no more impressive than a USPS employee delivering the mail.
A devilish free kick that kissed the underside of the bar this past weekend against FC Dallas — this was the Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders fans expected when he was unveiled at Century Link Field in July last year.
Despite the early season struggles of the New York Red Bulls and the Portland Timbers, who last year led the league's Eastern and Western conferences, 2013 MLS Cup finalists Real Salt Lake keep chugging along.
Jeff Cassar's side take top spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings ahead of FC Dallas after securing a 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union, one that RSL nearly won.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
I feel in some small way that we're finally starting to 'cook with gas' on this new season. Six weeks in and we are getting to really know where most teams stand here. I had every intention of posting this yesterday but that didn't happen as you all could see.
Anyways, here are a few quick nuggets I took from this past week.
On Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced that Atlanta will be the league's 22nd team. The expansion team, which will begin play in the 2017 season, will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
The team will play in new state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium in downtown Atlanta that will have will a 29,000 capacity.
Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses MLS in Atlanta, Arthur Blank, and more. In the second segment Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers checks in to talk about mullets, burritos, and ... his video making skills.
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Giancarlo Gonzalez's embellishment late on Sunday has not gone unpunished.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Tuesday that it has fined Gonzalez an undisclosed amount for trying to dupe match officials into thinking he had been struck by Chris Wondolowski late in the 1-1 draw between the Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquakes.
On Monday, the New York Times broke the news that Major League Soccer's newest MLS franchise, New York City FC (NYCFC) — which is slated to begin play in 2015, will be playing its first three seasons in a baseball stadium.
NYCFC is set to publicly announce that the expansion franchise will play from 2015 through at least 2018 at Yankees Stadium.
The "it's early" mantra starts to become more wearisome with each passing week. Six rounds into the 2014 campaign, the Fire have yet to record a victory and this Saturday's match against the New England Revolution may be the best chance to to collect all three points for a while. This next home match is followed by an off week and no team wants to sit on an extra seven days wait before the next game when they haven't tasted victory in two months.
Kevin Alston scored his first professional goal last weekend, and while that alone would have been enough of a landmark given his five years in the league, the moment was made even more special by all he has overcome to return to top form.
The more we go into the season, the more results we get and the more definition we have. Or that is the theory. Some teams, like Houston and New York, are hard to define as their talent is better than the results. Then again, you are what you are, and right now, both of those teams have results that are not what either fan bases want.
The Rookie of the Year race is turning into a one-man show in MLS, with Harrison Shipp once again displaying the qualities that have him looking very much like the best first-year pro in Major League Soccer.
Shipp turned in another solid performance for the Chicago Fire last weekend, proving to be a handful all match in a 1-1 tie against the Montreal Impact.
Cool in front of goal, cooler with the Twitters. And allow me to give some credit to the fan, as well. I very much like it when people realize no one is above being corrected by example. LOVE IS LOUDER "@aaronfox72: @magee9 great penalty faggot, GO UNION" pic.twitter.com/pd4B9Iw7eL — Mike Magee (@magee9) April 7, 2014 @magee9 I apologize for my ignorance and have a lot of respect for what
So, MLS is expanding all over the place. Sometimes, they occupy and share an NFL stadium. Other times, expansion cities scurry to build lovely soccer-specific stadiums. In their haste, though, they sometimes, ahem, have to clear out still-in-use churches. In Orlando City, the municipality balked at a local church's initial asking price (tens of millions) and jumped straight to eminent-domain and litigation.