Expansion Teams

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer - The Start of Midweek MLS

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Plus, three different teams provide stadium updates, FC Dallas almost scores a goal, and MLS owners consider more TAM.

Seattle

FourFourTwo has a feature on how the Sounders make use of data to improve their decision making. It may be an inopportune time to talk about "how the Sounders are staying ahead", but it's a positive article nonetheless.

Atlanta United FC Poised to Make History

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Expansion teams don't tend to make the playoffs. If you trace the modern history of professional sports in the U.S., you'd be hard-pressed to find any team making the playoffs in their first year of existence. Winning the title as an expansion team would seem near impossible. Yet, after three weeks of the 2017 Major League Soccer season, expansion pro sports franchise, Atlanta United FC, looks like a serious championship contender.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 2, TV and Streaming Listings

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Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:

Minnesota United will have their franchise opener on Sunday against fellow expansion side Atlanta United. Both expansion teams lost their opening game, Atlanta lost at home 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls while Minnesota lost at Portland 5-1.

Timbers fell Minnesota in MLS debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Portland Timbers handed Minnesota United FC a rude welcome to Major League Soccer with a 5-1 thrashing of the expansion side as the 2017 season kicked off.

Goals from Lawrence Olum, Fanendo Adi (2) and Diego Valeri (2) sealed all three points for the 2015 MLS Cup champions, who are desperate to atone for a disappointing defence of their title last season when they failed to reach the playoffs.

Timbers fell Minnesota in MLS debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Portland Timbers handed Minnesota United FC a rude welcome to Major League Soccer with a 5-1 thrashing of the expansion side as the 2017 season kicked off.

Goals from Lawrence Olum, Fanendo Adi (2) and Diego Valeri (2) sealed all three points for the 2015 MLS Cup champions, who are desperate to atone for a disappointing defence of their title last season when they failed to reach the playoffs.

No limit on MLS potential: Commissioner Garber

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The 22nd season of Major League Soccer kicks off on Friday with all eyes on two new expansion teams as the competition continues its steady growth across the American sporting landscape.

The arrival of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC is the latest example of the league’s increasing maturity and America’s ever closer embrace of the world’s most popular sport.

No limit on MLS potential: Commissioner Garber

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The 22nd season of Major League Soccer kicks off on Friday with all eyes on two new expansion teams as the competition continues its steady growth across the American sporting landscape.

The arrival of Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC is the latest example of the league’s increasing maturity and America’s ever closer embrace of the world’s most popular sport.

MLS reveals 12 hopefuls for four expansion teams

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New York (AFP) Major League Soccer unveiled 12 applicants on Tuesday for four expansion clubs with the 24-team league expecting to name at least two new squads by the end of 2017.

The North American league, whose expansion candidates are all from US cities, will reach 22 active teams when Atlanta United and Minnesota United debut in March with Los Angeles FC to take the field in 2018.

MLS reveals 12 hopefuls for four expansion teams

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New York (AFP) Major League Soccer unveiled 12 applicants on Tuesday for four expansion clubs with the 24-team league expecting to name at least two new squads by the end of 2017.

The North American league, whose expansion candidates are all from US cities, will reach 22 active teams when Atlanta United and Minnesota United debut in March with Los Angeles FC to take the field in 2018.

MLS Announces It Will Expand To 28 Teams

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Major League Soccer's board of governors backed future MLS expansion to 28 teams in a board meeting on Saturday.

Expansion teams in Atlanta, Minnesota and Los Angeles are also set to join the league in the next three years with David Beckham's Miami expected to be the 24th side.

Having 24 teams would make MLS the largest top-flight league in the world, but MLS commissioner Don Garber said he hopes to make the league even bigger.

MLS owners back Beckham Miami deal, and expansion up to 28 clubs

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Major League Soccer's board of governors approved the planned new stadium location for David Beckham's expansion team in Miami on Saturday and backed future MLS expansion to 28 teams.

On the eve of the 20th MLS Cup championship match between the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers, club owners backed the deal announced a day earlier by Beckham to purchase land northwest of downtown Miami to build a stadium for what will be the North American league's 24th team.

MLS owners back Beckham Miami deal, and expansion up to 28 clubs

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Major League Soccer's board of governors approved the planned new stadium location for David Beckham's expansion team in Miami on Saturday and backed future MLS expansion to 28 teams.

On the eve of the 20th MLS Cup championship match between the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers, club owners backed the deal announced a day earlier by Beckham to purchase land northwest of downtown Miami to build a stadium for what will be the North American league's 24th team.

What if MLS clubs switched jerseys from adidas to Nike? Check out these awesome concept designs

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An incredibly talented artist, Nerea Palacios, has created concept jerseys for all current 20 MLS teams and included concept shirt designsfor the two newest expansion teams — Miami and Atlanta as well. Palacios, a graphic artist based in Barcelona, combines minimalism and the team's identities in a really interesting way that would not look out of place in a Nike showroom.

What if MLS clubs switched jerseys from adidas to Nike? Check out these awesome concept designs

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An incredibly talented artist, Nerea Palacios, has created concept jerseys for all current 20 MLS teams and included concept shirt designsfor the two newest expansion teams — Miami and Atlanta as well. Palacios, a graphic artist based in Barcelona, combines minimalism and the team's identities in a really interesting way that would not look out of place in a Nike showroom.

The downside of successful soccer expansion

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The history of American pro soccer has enough examples of bad expansion teams. But are the success stories also part of the problem? Read More

What's Each MLS Team Known For? (Part 2, Expansion Teams)

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It's time for the expansion-team edition of our series on what each MLS franchise is known for. With NYCFC and Orlando City SC set to enter the league in 2015, let's review what we think about each of their fellow newcomers.

In Part 1 of this series, we asked, "What's the first thing you think of when you hear the name of each original MLS team?

Eastern Conference Season Preview: Montreal Impact

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Last season: The Montreal Impact started their first MLS season as most expansion teams do: Struggling mightily. Five points from their opening eight games would have left them badly adrift at the bottom of the standings if not for Toronto FC's dreadful season. After their 19th game, things weren't much better: L'Impact were sitting on a record of 5W-3D-11L, despite putting together a team mostly comprised of MLS veterans and guys with Serie A experience like Marco Di Vaio and (when healthy) Matteo Ferrari.

Top 5 MLS pleasant surprises

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Saer Sene: superior goalscorer. Impeccable driver. ...to this point, anyway. Because why? Because we're a positive family here at NSC. Y'dig? 5. The Montreal Impact So it's true the Impact haven't done much to quell the notion that expansion teams are destined from on high to be more or less atrocious away from home.

MLS – Boldly Going Where the NHL Has Already Gone Before?

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So, MLS President Mark Abbot said that Southeastern markets would support an MLS team. Granted, he used some pretty minced word and just appeared to play to the fans on hand, but, I ask would Southeast expansion work?

I know that I blog about MLS infrequently. Yes, I do MLS Cup reflections.

MLS – Boldly Going Where the NHL Has Already Gone Before?

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So, MLS President Mark Abbot said that Southeastern markets would support an MLS team. Granted, he used some pretty minced word and just appeared to play to the fans on hand, but, I ask would Southeast expansion work?

I know that I blog about MLS infrequently. Yes, I do MLS Cup reflections.

Frustrated Impact struggling to get results at start of inaugural season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In terms of performances this season, the Montreal Impact have had moments where they have looked far from an expansion team. In terms of results, they are exactly an expansion team.

A month into their inaugural MLS season, the Impact boast an underwhelming 0-3-1 record, which is tied for second-worst in the league with the Philadelphia Union.

Major League Soccer 2012 Season Preview

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Major League Soccer 2012 Season Preview - The 90th Minute Soccer Blog

The 2012 MLS season will kick off on March 10th with 19 teams. The Montreal Impact will join the league which has 10 teams in the Eastern Conference and 9 in the Western Conference. Will the LA Galaxy repeat as MLS Cup champions?

SBI MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

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By JOEY SAMUEL

The Portland Timbers are back for year two in Major League Soccer, and they are hoping a new star striker, along with another year of experience, can put them over the hump and into the playoffs.

Portland came close to making the playoffs in their debut season last year, finishing just four points shy of the tenth and final spot.

Risky Business

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jan 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As with any new year, all teams in Major League Soccer are in a period of transition. Whether it is a minor tweak here or there, or a full system reboot, most teams will see a few new faces in training camp. In recent years, that's been due to the predictable disruption caused by expansion teams coming into the fold.

Whitecaps Looking Up for 2012

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The Vancouver Whitecaps' first season in MLS ended as so many other "expansion" teams' season have ended in U.S. leagues throughout the years: basement and struggling to build for the future.* Â After the near immediate success of recent MLS additions ...

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MISL Round Up Week 2

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The Major Indoor Soccer League continued to show strongly at the box office in its second weekend with more than 20,000 fans in attendance for the league's four remaining home openers in Norfolk, Rochester, Baltimore and Milwaukee. That came on the back of almost 13,000 fans attending the opening weekend's three games.

D.C. United

MLS Schedule 2017: D.C. United’s last season at RFK Stadium

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Start making plans now!

D.C. United's schedule for the 2017 season is now available on their website, and it includes multiple games against one of the expansion teams, a game on the most American of holidays, and ends, as expected, with the Atlantic Cup.

United will face both of the expansion teams this season, with three games against Atlanta United and a trip to the north to play Minnesota United.

Midweek Picks: Can KC Remain Perfect?

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Midweek action means more games to pick. Here's what I got for Wednesday night's games.

DC United vs Montreal

Poor Montreal. The expansion Impact have had some success on the road, having had leads in their games at New York and FC Dallas. But leads of 2-1 and 1-0 in amounted to losses, by 5-2 and 2-1.

Week 4 MLS Picks

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One of the outlets I did a lot of work for over the last couple of years was a gambling site. It was actually pretty cool. I would write up match previews in a specific format and then I'd make a pick.

I picked every MLS game for that site from 2008 all the way through last season - regular season, playoffs, MLS Cup.

MLS Rankings: Week One

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Alright, let me try my hand at these...

1. Real Salt Lake: Tore apart defending champs at their place.
2. Seattle: Will get more accurate read once league play starts.
3. LA Galaxy: Um... they're still pretty good.
4. Sporting KC: Took a late winner but got job done.
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Champions League

Earning the Vote: Hanauer 2016

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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.

Gaddis on start, Carroll in Best XI, more news

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Philadelphia Union

MSNsportsnet profiles Raymon Gaddis after his first start with the Union. Gaddis says of the start, "I had to get my feet under me just because I hadn't played in a game with the first team. I was excited and was trying to get the ball as much as possible those first couple of minutes to get my touches underneath me and get comfortable with the pace of the game.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact | Three Questions

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Saturday's match in Quebec will be the opener of Stade Saputo's MLS era. The Montreal Impact are in many ways similar to the Sounders, not just because of the players, but the number of connections they maintained to their USL & A-League past. They haven't been awful this year. The 3-7-3 record this year isn't in the horrid levels that most expansion teams experience.

Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: Cascadia MLS Year (Le)Two

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Last year, first MLS edition of the Cascadia Cup worked out quite nicely for the Seattle Sounders. Two early home draws - thanks consecutively to a late Futty Danso goal for the Portland Timbers in the pissing rain and an incredible stoppage-time goal of the year candidate for the Vancouver Whitecaps from Eric Hassli - created early drama.

Nagbe wins MLS Goal of the Year

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The people have spoken, and they've chosen Darlington Nagbe.

The Portland Timbers rookie won MLS Goal of the Year honors on Wednesday, beating out Vancouver Whitecaps striker Eric Hassli for the award. Both players, suiting up for expansion teams, delivered goals that were among the best MLS has ever seen in their first years in the league.

Montreal Impact

Expansion draft preview: The Montreal edition

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Another MLS Cup, another expansion draft.

For most clubs around the league, that's what the year's final match really means. The day after Sunday's championship game, MLS teams must submit to the league office the list of eleven players they plan to protect in the Nov. 23 expansion draft.

The draft's rules are largely the same as last year, tweaked a bit to account for the Montreal Impact drafting alone, whereas last year's draft had two expansion teams.

MISL Round Up Week 2

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Article by Nicholas Murray

The Syracuse Silver Knights remain undefeated, the Milwaukee Wave open their title defense with a victory, and one of the best goals you'll ever see, indoors or out, in this week's MISL Review.
SILVER KNIGHTS ROLLING ALONG
There's always a tempered sense of expectation when it comes to expansion teams in any league, but the Syracuse Silver Knights made a major statement this weekend with a pair of road victories to remain undefeated at 3-0.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Feb 24, 2017

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It's Day 55 of 2017.


In a stunning move Turner Broadcasting and Univision have outbid Fox and NBC for UEFA Champions League rights starting in the 2018/19 season. By John Ourand for Sports Business Journal.
  • Gotta be a real gut punch to FS1 and their crew.

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Several teams have taken the same path as Minnesota United into MLS, from the second division.

Revolution draw with Minnesota in first preseason game of 2017, Delamea and Wright impress

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Pegged against one of MLS's two expansion teams, New England split the spoils.

With preseason still in its early days, it's hard to get a read on how the New England Revolution will fare throughout the 2017 MLS season.

But on Tuesday morning in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Revs went through their paces, drawing, 1-1, with Minnesota United FC.

A Conversation with SharX Head Coach Jon Hall

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The currently winless Norfolk SharX (0-6) recently released the following conversation with their Head Coach, Jon Hall regarding the rough start to the MISL season.

Norfolk, Virginia - Norfolk SharX head coach Jon Hall is not accustomed to losing. The 2007 Premier Development League Coach of the Year has always had success outdoors on the pitch.