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David Beckham's MLS dreams in Miami is facing huge backlash

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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.

Becks Stadium Plans In Miami Under Fire

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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.

MLS expansion

MLS in Atlanta starts now

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MLS is set for an Atlanta debut in 2017, but the amount of work to get a team ready in time means a quick start. Read More

Atlanta Expansion Is Different But In A Good Way

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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.

MLS welcomes Atlanta as newest expansion franchise

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It's official: Atlanta has been awarded an expansion team in Major League Soccer.

Atlanta will begin play in 2017 as the 22nd franchise team in MLS. The team, not yet named, will be owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

Blank agreed to pay $70 million as an expansion fee, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

MLS expansion set for Atlanta in 2017

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MLS announced its latest expansion city on Thursday, with Atlanta joining the league for the 2017 season. Read More

Watch the MLS expansion announcement in Atlanta

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer will be making a "major announcement" on Wednesday evening in Atlanta.

All signs point to Atlanta being named the league's latest expansion franchise and the league's 22nd club, with the future team being operated by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Is expansion still the answer for MLS?

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MLS remains in expansion mode, but the fans outside the new markets are now questioning whether or not this is the right move. Read More

Columbus Welcomes Atlanta To MLS

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I freakin' love this. Well done Massive Report.

Welcome to the league, @MLSAtlanta2017. #MLS pic.twitter.com/MJN901JufC

— MassiveCity (@MassiveCityFFC) April 16, 2014

Report: Vikings increasing efforts to bring MLS expansion to Minneapolis

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Expansion: Minnesota Stepping Up Efforts

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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.

World Cup

Hurley Unveils Phantom 2014 World Cup National Team Boardshorts

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Known for their surfing lifestyle apparel, wet suits and footwear, Hurley has launched a range [...]

Clint Dempsey Finding His Form At Just the Right Time For Seattle and USMNT

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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.

Philadelphia Union

RBNY Escapes With First Win Of MLS Season In Unimpressive Circumstances

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Last night, the New York Red Bulls sought out their first win of the season. They got it in a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on a cold night in a thinly attended match.

As my son and I drove home from the game, he said something that is only half true. "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS: New York Red Bulls 2 – Philadelphia Union 1

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The New York Red Bulls picked up their first win of the 2014 MLS season by beating the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. Read More

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Philadelphia Union

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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.

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When is a Draw Acceptable?

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The most recent draw at the weekend against Real Salt Lake hit home a little differently after playing well against the best MLS has to offer. When is a draw acceptable?

The Philadelphia Union managed to draw again against Real Salt Lake at PPL Park this weekend, as has been the recurring theme thus far in the young Philadelphia season.

2014 MLS Season

Can the Red Bulls win in 2014?

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The Red Bulls won their first game of the 2014 MLS season, but there are several reasons why this is already a troubled campaign. Read More

2014 MLS Season: Five Up, Three Down – Week 6

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We're at the midway point in our week, which means it is once again time for a look at who is doing well and who is still cold.

Again, the order means nothing in these lists. So don't read too much into that.

Five Up

1. Real Salt Lake Still the lone unbeaten team in the league after FCD dropped a game at home over the weekend.

2014 MLS Season, Week 6: What We Learned

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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.

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Freedom Kicks for 17 April 2014: Atlanta expansion spectacular

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Was there any big news out of Georgia yesterday?

The big news yesterday, of course, came out of Atlanta, where MLS announced that the league's 22nd team would start play in 2017. Who's excited for more expansion drafts?!

Major League Soccer names Atlanta as 22nd franchise, set for 2017 debut | MLSsoccer.

MLS Expands To Atlanta – Why?

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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.

Atlanta Awarded 22nd MLS side, Slated to Play in ’17

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Major League Soccerawarded its 22nd franchise to the city of Atlanta, where the league's latest expansion side will kick off its inaugural season in 2017.

On Wednesday, MLS commissioner Don Garber held a press conference in the city to announce the addition of the league's newest club, which will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Does MLS feel chaotic to you too?

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Does MLS seem chaotic to you right now? PSP's Earl Reed looks at the new team emerging in Atlanta, the jump in salaries, and talk of a new TV deal.

Columbus Crew

MLS in Atlanta, Grant Wahl and Dillon Powers | Episode 408

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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.

Follow @GrantWahl on Twitter | Follow @powerhour5 on Twitter

Thanks for listening and don't forget to share (and rate on iTunes).

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Crew’s Gonzalez for embellishment

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Steve Clark

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MLS Stadium Plans Not Going According to Plan In New York and Miami

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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.

NYCFC To Spend Three Years In Yankee Stadium

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According to a report in the New York Times, New York City Football Club (NYCFC) will play their first threeMLS seasons at Yankee Stadium, the home field of their co-owners the New York Yankees.

NYCFC begins play in MLS next season and the prospect of them playing three years in a baseball stadium certainly takes the gloss of what was supposed to be one of the premier franchises in MLS.

New England Revolution

Is Saturday's match already a must win?

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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.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week Six

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By IVES GALARCEP

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 Rest

MLS Insider: Pair of Aces

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Opposite View - Three Questions With Dynamo Theory

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We sit down with Sean Ringrose of Dynamo Theory, SBN's Houston Dynamo blog, and find out what to expect from the 2006 MLS Cup Winners.

tBG) Houston has been one of the better teams in MLS since moving from San Jose in 2006. To what do you attribute that?

DT) Consistency with the tactics, with the roster and starters and in the front office.

MLS Power Rankings – Week Six

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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.

MLS gets better

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MLS has raised its game this season, requiring more for clubs that want to compete. Tony Edwards explains why. Read More

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Clint Dempsey

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Mike Magee, MVP of Life

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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

The Number One Reason Why MLS Should Expand to Topeka, KS

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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.