Four teams two from the Premier League, two from Major League Soccer meeting in a mid-summer, trans-Atlantic, trans-federation battle. And we're not just talking about random teams that volunteer for the task. No, we're talking about a partnership between MLS and the EPL, one that would see each circuit's league and cup winners descend on New York each summer, creating a fan, television and marketing bonanza.
With Major League Soccer's fans voting and Commissioner Don Garber adding two more picks, it's up to Colorado Rapids manager Pablo Mastroeni to make sure players that had a good first half of the season actually get rewarded.
During the half of the United States vs. Panama Gold Cup match, the Major League Soccer Fans' Starting XI was released.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber re-opened his dispute with Jurgen Klinsmann last week when he said that the league would continue to pursue U.S. national team players regardless of what the national team coach thought of that approach.
While the comments sparked another round of debate about the relationship between Garber and Klinsmann, the reality is that this is mostly hot air because when it comes down to it, there aren't really many Americans left in Europe to tempt back.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said the league is looking at expanding beyond 24 teams. That gets the mind thinking about things like dilution of talent, the future of NASL and of course promotion/relegation.
Don Garber dropped a mini-bomb on soccer in the United States Monday when he suggested the possibility of Major League Soccer expanding beyond the previously identified target of 24 teams.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has issued a statement regarding expansion to Minnesota today:
"Expansion continues to be a priority for Major League Soccer. We have all witnessed the resounding success that Orlando City SC and New York City FC have experienced as their expansion clubs debuted to record crowds at the start of the 2015 season.
With the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season and the newly signed Collective Bargaining Agreement, there are many notablethings going onfor soccer in the United States. Specifically, it is important to note the increasingpresence of foreign soccer stars playing in theMLS. Now more than ever before, foreign players are scattered throughout the league, from Kaka's debut withOrlando City FC and David Villa's arrivalwith New York City FC, to the futureintroductionsof Frank Lampard with New York City FCand Steven Gerrard withLos Angeles Galaxy.
One thing I get the pleasure of having on what feels like a fairly regular basis these days is talks about MLS expansion. I know I write a ton about it on this space but it is always nice talking to people who don't normally cover the league about it. It has been a while since I have gone through some of the hopefuls in the expansion game to weigh their chances and to discuss what is going on with them as well.
Welcome to part two of a two-part series interview with John Ellinger. Ellinger is most-known for coaching the U.S. Under-17 National Team from 1997-2005, which included the memorable run made by the 1999 squad at the World Championships. The team included the likes of Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle.
This week's news that the Premier League has sold its three-year domestic television package for a record-shattering $7.7 billion dollars highlighted once again the dominant position the EPL has gained in the global game, which makes Major League Soccer's most recent record deal look like spare change.
The postponed Meet the Team event takes place tonight, preceded by the return of the 90th Minute Radio Show. More fallout to Saturday's loss. League expected to announce Minneapolis expansion on Wednesday. More.