A lot of the talk yesterday during MLS commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address to the media centered around one big topic okay two topics if you include David Beckham and that was the expansion team coming to New York City in the future.
Garber stated that the league is firmly committed to placing a team in the city and it was a goal for the league to have two Big Apple teams from the start back in the mid-90s.
Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott confirmed Wednesday that the league hopes to have an expansion team in New York in 2016.
"This is our priority in terms of our next expansion, which will be our 20th team," Abbott was quoted as saying on mlssoccer.com. "We haven't made a determination about the timeline for expansion beyond that.
Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott confirmed Wednesday that the league hopes to have an expansion team in New York in 2016. "This is our priority in terms of our next expansion, which will be our 20th team," Abbott was [...]
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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony has
the reason Toronto FC has never been able to compete in MLS presented to him, examines the NASL's
new schedule, and looks at a title change in Philadelphia. After all these years, now we understand
why Toronto FC has never gotten it right?
The Montreal Impact just keep on winning, and keep on climbing up the SBI MLS Power
The expansion team pushed their winning streak to five matches thanks to their comprehensive 3-0
victory against D.C. United. Patrice Bernier continued his outstanding season, helping the Impact
push closer to a possible playoff spot.
On the road tonight...so here is a post from the vault featuring Timbers' VP of Marketing Cory
Dolich.Â We completed this chat just weeks before thei Timbers kicked off their inaugural campaign
Over the last couple of years, we have conducted interviews with a number of marketing
professionals throughout MLS.
The big news story of the day was the announcement that the Cosmos will begin play in the second
division NASL beginning in 2013.Â The team will play at Hofstra University on Long Island.Â Â The
business implications of the news are an open question.Â Â The Cosmos name certainly carries a
certain amount of cache, yet previous efforts in the last couple of years to monetize that cache
have failed miserably.
The New York Cosmos made waves Thursday with the announcement that they will be participating in
NASL next season, the first tangible sign that the franchise will actually field a team after being
reborn in 2010 following a nearly 30-year hiatus.
Based on the Cosmos' statement from earlier in the day, the club maintains its sights on one day
becoming an MLS expansion franchise, and MLS commissioner Don Garber addressed the Cosmos'
integration into NASL and future aspirations, issuing the following statement:
"We welcome the Cosmos' entrance to the NASL," Garber said.
Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott was invited by the Carolina RailHawks, of the NASL, to
visit the Triangle area and have an open discussion regarding the potential of MLS expansion.Â
Other attendee's included David Downs, commissioner of the NASL, and Aaron Davidson, vice president
of Traffic Sports.
The Atlanta Silverbacks will kick off a new season at home on Saturday, April 7th against
expansion club San Antonio Scorpions FC.Â It's a new year and a lot has changed not only with the
Silverbacks, but also with the NASL. During this countdown to opening kick we'll look at several of
the changes that have taken place over the last few months.
The New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury will not be the only new NASL teams introduced in the next couple of years.
NASL officially announced on Monday evening that it has given Virginia an expansion franchise set to begin playing in 2014. The new franchise will be based in northern Virginia and the team is expected to play its games at future Ballpark located in Ashburn.
The past couple of weeks presented an unprecedented period of media attention for NASL, with
high-profile moves such as Eric Wynalda becoming the head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks and the
New York Cosmos joining the league for the 2013 season being announced.
Will someone step up to lead the Revs this week? (Photo: Kari Heistad)
When the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact meet up at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night,
they will be looking for two very different outcomes. The Revolution will try to end a five-game
winless streak and keep alive their extremely slim and quickly shrinking playoff hopes, while
Montreal will be looking to build on a modest two game winning run and to help close the five-point
gap between them and the fifth and final playoff spot in the East.
The Montreal Impact left it until late, but Patrice Bernier converted an 89th-minute penalty
kick that completed a comeback for the expansion team.
Bernier scored from the spot in the final moments of the Impact's match with the Columbus Crew,
completing a rally that began with Zarek Valentin's first career goal to take a 2-1 win at Stade
Saputo on Sunday.
The Seattle Sounders restart their MLS campaign with a quick trip to Quebec to face the Montreal
Impact. Seattle is a good team when they see an expansion team for the first time 2-0-2. With
Osvaldo Alonso out for his suspension there was some question about who would start in the
defensive mid, that's been answered with Andy Rose.
Another disappointing loss Saturday. Worse yet it was against an expansion team: the Montreal
Impact. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that this season has, so far, not gone at all what
any of us had hoped. In fact, of my worst case scenario for the season, the Timbers are currently
well below even that -- my worst case being ~35 points for the season as a whole.
The Portland Timbers look out of sync for most of the game and 2 subs due to injuries limit any
adjustments John Spencer could make. Portland once again loses on the road, this time 2-0 to an
John Spencer kept the same line-up, except for the inclusion of Steven Smith for the injured
Mike Chabala, as he used last game.
The most interesting thing in this week's SB Nation MLS Power Rankings (linked this afternoon)
may be that there is a unanimous #19. It is not the expansion team, but it is Canadian. Aron
Winter's Toronto FC is struggling, but that's only half their story. The other half may be that
their leaders and keeper are unhappy with certain decisions from the coach.
For the 5 goals and the 3 points! Can we play you every week? But seriously folks, this little MLS
expansion team was a handful for 45 minutes. With several massive gaffes in the first half, RBNY
was lucky to be going into the second half even at 2-2. That this game ended in a 5-2 rout, with a
Thierry Henry hat-trick, was a miracle in itself - if one considers the travesty that was the first
AS Roma is coming to Red Bull Arena for a summer friendly, but it will not be against a club
Roma is set to take on El Salvador's national team in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on July 27,
the New York Red Bulls announced on Monday. The match will be Roma's final exhibition in their
first preseason trip to the United States, while it will also serve as another tune-up for El
Salvador before World Cup qualifying resumes.
Tomorrow's match against the Impact marks the beginning of the second dense stretch of games the
Sounders will have to play this season. If Seattle manages to make the US Open Cup semifinal by
beating the San Jose Earthquakes, they won't have a full week between games until after the July 18
friendly with Chelsea - a run of 10 matches in one month.
There are a few reasons I look forward to seeing Real Salt Lake. They play a generally enjoyable
game is first, but the rest are little different. It took them five years to get to be as good as
Seattle was in 2009. Salt Lake barely edged out Seattle for the expansion team back then, and
sometimes I wonder what would have been different.
Peter Nowak arrived at the Philadelphia Union after working as the United States men's national
team assistant under Bob Bradley. He left the team to coach the expansion team and with him he
brought his experience with the national team and his time coaching DC United.
There may not be a better time to play the Vancouver Whitecaps than this Saturday. Fresh from
their devastating Canadian Championship defeat to the worst team in the world, and after weeks of
overlap between the Championship and continued MLS play, the Whitecaps are going to be drained,
emotionally and physically.
The Philadelphia Union followed a pretty typical expansion team trajectory. In their first
season, they had a lot of talent but were really bad, because nobody knew how to play together.
Then in their second season they gelled as a team and made the playoffs with a Goal Differential as
good as Real Salt Lake's.
Four Open Cup Finals. Four playoff appearances. Four Champions League runs. Runners-up for the Supporter's Shield.
Everything the Sounders have accomplished on the field in their first four years is remarkable. It is easy to become numb to the feats when they are a part of every day life. But this sort of success, prolonged and sustainable, just doesn't happen.
9/7/12 - The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) announced the Sacramento Surge have joined the
league as the sixth expansion team for the 2012/13 season. The Surge is owned by Airrick Harvey,
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