Expansion

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I Have The Tweet to Prove It! – Soccer Yanks #24 recorded on 11/22/13

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On this week's podcast: We have in "studio" special guest and regular contributor to the blog Jay (@rescindedred). He takes us on a MLS tour de force. We touch on the playoffs, Orlando City, further expansion, TV ratings, promotion and relegation, and few other loosely related tangents. In addition Dan gushes over his recent phone conversation with former professional soccer player, current ESPN color analysis and all around cool guy Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman).

Orlando City, prospects of 3 Conferences, and Chivas USA

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Could MLS move to a three-conference setup now that Orlando's 2015 entry will put the league at 21 teams? Earl Gardner thinks so, and he lays out how.

Cascadia rivalry should inform expansion

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The Cascadia rivalry could potentially serve as a template for future expansion. PSP's Earl Reed lays out his plan.

MLS Expansion: San Antonio Mayor Backs MLS Move

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Nothing like a politician to throw support in the hat for a Major League Soccer expansion hopeful.

San AntonioMayor Julian Castro recently sent over a letter to MLS Commissioner Don Garber stating the city's support for a MLS team. Castro backs the idea of the NASL Scorpions moving up a division thanks to their new stadium, growing city and many other things.

MLS 2.0 takes a big step toward 3.0

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In one week, MLS may have opened the floodgates for returning USMNT players, shown a massive hike in team value, and nailed the target on expansion. Oh, and the Union signed some guy from the near-equivalent of a Pennsylvania state league. PSP's Dan Walsh examines all four developments.

The MLS Expansion Wheel Points to… Orlando?

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Ah the never ending fun of MLS expansion talk. Â Because no league can have an odd number of teams, speculation over who will be the 20th MLS team is always a source of debate and discussion for U.S. soccer fans. ...

Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.


Expansion and the MLS Meta

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- Jason Davis

In 2011, after Seattle and Philly and Portland and Vancouver and Montreal and the wave that came before them (yes, San Jose counts) and all of the talk of candidates and fees and ownership groups and stadium plans and color schemes and whether names should be "historical" (since 1975!

Expansion and the MLS Meta

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- Jason Davis

In 2011, after Seattle and Philly and Portland and Vancouver and Montreal and the wave that came before them (yes, San Jose counts) and all of the talk of candidates and fees and ownership groups and stadium plans and color schemes and whether names should be "historical" (since 1975!

MLS Part of the Vikings Stadium Convo

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"Although talks this week about a roof for the proposed stadium moved from retractable to fixed to reduce the cost, the Vikings would prefer a moving roof because [owner Zigi] Wilf wants to get a Major League Soccer franchise. None of the 18 MLS teams plays in a fixed-roof stadium."

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THE WEEKLY FIVE - What MLS Could Learn From The Premiership

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Welcome to The Weekly Five. Each week I address a topic by presenting a list of five examples that support, oppose or simply relate to the subject.
Last week I looked at what the Premiership could learn from MLS. This time around I'm gonna investigate the flipside of that very same coin; what is it that MLS could learn from the Premiership?

TALKING POINTS - Monday 16th May

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EQUILIBRIUM AT QUARTER MARK
Justin Braun destroyed New York with a hat-trick.
Week nine marked the quarter mark of this 36-game MLS season. There's still a long way to go, but what's the early analysis? This league is very, very close.

With no one team outright dominating and few falling too far behind, it's fair to say that everything is still up for grabs.

February 9, 2011 – News Briefs

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*** Zinedine Zidane claims, in interview with sports daily L'Equip, that he backed Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid to help grow the sport in the Middle East. Zidane denied that his involvement was purely for the money. In fact, he claimed to have received no personal benefit at all, stating that the millions of Euros he received were distributed entirely to charities, such as the Zinedine Zidane Tahitian Beach House Foundation, and the Zinedine Zidane Center for the Furtherance of his Personal Automobile Collection.

MLS rights Canada to TSN

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TORONTO, Ont. TSN has acquired the broadcast rights for Major League Soccer previously held by CBC and Rogers Sportsnet, sources say. The public broadcaster and Sportsnet have been carrying Toronto FC games and league championship matches since the team was formed in 2007, but the national package has now been purchased by CTV/ TSN.

Rooney’s brother signs contract with MLS

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NEW YORK Wayne Rooney's younger brother John has signed with Major League Soccer and will be eligible for selection at next week's draft. The 20-year-old forward will be at the MLS combine of prospects from Jan. 7-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MLS spokesman Will Kuhns said Tuesday that Rooney has already signed a contract [.

Beckham’s Galaxy visit Seattle for MLS 2011 opener

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SEATTLE, Wa. — English star midfielder Davis Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy will visit the Seattle Sounders on March 15 in the opening game of the 2011 Major League Soccer season, the US-based league said Monday. The 16th MLS season will feature a record 18 clubs, with expansion teams in Portland and Vancouver, which [.

Timbers and DC United trade goalies

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PORTLAND, Ore.  — The Portland Timbers have acquired goaltender Troy Perkins from D.C. United for goaltender Steve Cronin. The Timbers, who join Major League Soccer as an expansion team next year, will also send D.C. United allocation money as part of the trade announced Friday. United will retain a portion of Perkins' salary budget for [.

Rivalries May Not Be Enough For MLS To Expand Into Southeast

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What ties together NCAA Division I Soccer, the recent Galaxy/Red Bull game, and the future of MLS as a nationwide league? It's all impacted by Title IX. Title IX is that rarely criticized federal law from 1972 that seems at first glance so worthy of vocal praise. But in reality, Title IX will prevent MLS from expanding into the Southeast or at least make such growth extremely difficult.

On MLS Attendance

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Two things happened recently that got me thinking about the growth of MLS. For the first time in its history, Major League Soccer passed the 4 million person mark in its regular season attendance. Teams also started preparing for season ticket renewals and the announced price hikes didn't go over well with some fans.

The Cosmos: Con or Committed?

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Two weeks or so ago, I started to write a piece on the new New York Cosmos and their "efforts" to this point in their nascent existence. In light of the release of their Umbro line of gear (which I posted about at the time) and because so much of what they've done to this point seemed...shady, I intended to tear the Cosmos apart as a fake team scamming the world in a bid to sell jerseys.

New York City FC

Orlando to be 21st MLS Team

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Orlando City announced today that next Tuesday, November 19th they would be making a major announcement. The emphasis on major was made by Orlando in their releases. With the stadium funding passing, it was only a matter of time before MLS officially made the announcement. And it looks like that is finally coming on the 19th.

Looking closer at the newest entry to MLS – New York City FC

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In big MLS league news announced on May 21, the league announced their 20th team that would be joining in 2015. To the surprise of very few league observers, MLS awarded the team to New York City. Being co-run by the Premiership side Manchester City and MLB's New York Yankees, this new team will change the landscape of the league in many ways.

Montreal Impact

Marsch's Montreal Have Anelka on the Brain

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How's your French? Merde? Better ask for Rosetta Stone for Christmas then because if you really want to know what's what with the Impact you're going to need to read and listen to a lot of it. But if you are like me and only speak French after a bottle & a half of Bordeaux (and poorly even then) you can check out the latest episode of the SoccerPlus podcast because it features an English-language interview with Montreal coach Jessie Marsch.

Expansion & The Aging Italian

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Should the Impact place their maiden MLS voyage in the hands of the elderly? One Montreal writer dares to brave the icy, Italian-flavored waters of the DP dilema and what it could mean for the 2012 expansion side if they dare to splash the cash on a slew of Azzurri players old enough to get birthday shout-outs from Willard Scott.

Videos

Cosmos Experiencing Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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This landed in my inbox last night:
Management Update from the New York Cosmos

November 2, 2011 (New York, NY) - There has been a buyout at The New York Cosmos and management changes have taken place in various areas of our organization.

Montreal Impact x Daft Punk x Sebastien Le Toux

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The Frenchist thing you'll see all day this side of a Gauloises at a Jean K Jean stand-up set. Also, start your Seba-to-Quebec trade conspiracies right...about...now.

Vegas Still Trying to Get in the MLS Game, Apparently

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This may be a LONG way from reality but damn, just think of the road trips? Every supporters group and it's mother will be out to recreate The Hangover without missing kick off. If this happens somebody's gonna get pregnant.

[H/T @BrianStraus]

Monreal Unveil New, Frenchtastic Logo

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I don't know about y'all but I better tighten up my French game before next season if I'm going have any clue WTF is going on in Montreal. The Impact just released their new, MLS-ready logo and I feel like I just watched an exchange student's final project for a design class. No idea what half of that was about.

You Know You are a Baller If...

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You know you are a baller if you give interviews on a golf course and you are not a player in the PGA. Check out The Don getting all Big Willy and talking expansion, the D.C. stadium saga and various other messageboardy topics in between working on his short game. Play on boss.

Whitecaps Record Official, Presumably Street Official, Hip Hop Anthem

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Half-naked flesh, leather-clad Italian guys and beats: are these Vancouver Whitecaps videos promoting a soccer team or a discotheque? I don't care either way as I have a thing for both but if it is a nightclub I need to know the dress code. I refuse to dance in any establishment that will not let you in wearing sneakers; you only dance in church shoes at wedding receptions.

BRYAN ADAMS: EVERYTHING HE DOES, HE DOES IT FOR YOU (AND THE WHITECAPS)

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How about a quick, informal straw poll in the comments: has Bryan Adams aged well? I'm inclined to say "yes" because he looks like my friend Doug and if I say "no" I am also saying in way that Doug has not aged well and then I'll have to deal with that. But you guys don't know Doug so use your words and make your own call.

Paul Gardner

Chaos at the Cosmos (or Even an Aged, Blind, Crazy Squirrel Gets a Nut from Time to Time)

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Now this is interesting. According to SoccerAmerica -remember SoccerAmerica?-- the current iteration of the New York Cosmos front office is getting blowed up. Paul Gardner's latest, quasi-bizarrely written treatise for the old-school footie mag throws forth a tale of upheaval around the MLS expansion pretenders and leaves you with more questions than answers.

State of the League

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Today Don Garber spoke on the State of the League in a conference call that was streamed on MLSsoccer.com. There was plenty of interesting information coming out of the conference, and at least one thing that makes you just shake your head thanks to Paul Gardner. Some of the key points for me at least are below:

- Garber announced in the next 30-40 days there would be more jersey sponsorship announcements, with KC's announcement tomorrow, one would think that when Omar Bravo walks out in the new jersey there will be a sponsor on the front of the jersey.

Real Salt Lake

Seven DPs Left Unprotected in Expansion Draft

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Not even 24 hours after crowning its champion, MLS was back to business by requiring its clubs to list its protected players for the expansion draft. The expansion draft is just one of several drafts taking place this offseason for MLS, and the unprotected list for this draft has some interesting names.

A Close Rival Would be Nice, but Omaha?

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For those that missed it, Omaha's mayor is trying to get his city into the MLS expansion talks. Jim Suttle cites the cities United Football League team's attendance as a reason Omaha should be considered for MLS expansion. The Nighthawks have averaged 23,000 for their first two games, both sell outs, at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Rest

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announces major expansion plans for league

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While the 2013 All-Star Game featured a good half of action from the Timbers' own Will Johnson, the bombshell that hit at halftime had MLS fans buzzing. MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced plans that the league wanted to add 4 new teams by the end of 2020. While the league is certainly robust in various aspects and has plenty of viable cities that could support a team, I hope there are questions the league is looking at before progressing forward with their strategy.

Prostíbulo y funeraria sponsors de clubes griegos

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03.10.2012 - "La expansión de las marcas se reveló a los londinenses a través de una comedia edificante de Navidad. La misma comenzó cuando la Asociación de Regent Street descubrió que no tenía dinero suficiente para comprar los farolitos de Navidad con que suele adornar la calle durante esa temporada.

Garber and the State of the League

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Today MLS commissioner Don Garber held his State of the League address. Two of the main topics were were the schedule for the 2012 season and the league's 20th franchise.

In regards to the schedule, Garber said that the league will not expand the number of games played. There will be 34 games for each team next season, which means we've seen the end of the balanced schedule.

When People Say Something is "Just Crazy Enough to Work", the Detroit Stadium Plan is EXACTLY What They are Talking About

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Y'all seen then stadium proposal in Detroit? Looks crazy but if they can pull it off more power to them because I actually think The Mitten would be a better spot for an MLS club than The Wang. Not nearly as fun of a roadtrip -mojitos and beaches top all- but a better home for a soccer team.

Timbers Stadium Renovation Tour

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Weekend fare. Not a tour really, but a question and answer session on the Timbers stadium renovations with the ongoing work in the background. Video courtesy of Steeplechase3k on Twitter.

Expansion Draft Talk

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Steve Goff of Soccer Insider has acquired the rules for this year's expansion draft for Portland and Vancouver. Teams can protect 11 players and can lose up to 2. Once a player i selected from a given team, that player can place one previously unprotected player onto the protected list. For all the details, click here.