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Report: MLS closing in on $300M stadium project in Queens, New York

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Major League Soccer's desire to have a second team in the New York market is well-documented, as is the fact that league officials have been working feverishly to find a stadium project in New York City that could make a second NY team a reality.

Now we know just how close to realizing that goal MLS actually is.

MLS Southeast Expansion & NASL Expansion

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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. Other attendee's included David Downs, commissioner of the NASL, and Aaron Davidson, vice president of Traffic Sports.

Atlanta Beat and WPS Suspend 2012 Season

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In what was shaping up the be one of the most promising seasons and competitive teams the Beat had put on the field in recent years everything crashed to a grinding halt. On Monday, January 30th 2012 the league issued a statement to suspend the 2012 season citing the pending legal issues with former magicJack team owner Dan Borislow.

MLS And The Impact Of Injury

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Maybe it's kizmet that only a month into a season in which League officials set out to clean up some of the more physical nature of the MLS game, two of it's brightest creative stars were lost to injury. Steve Zakuani broke two bones in his leg as a result of a Brian Mullan tackle in Colorado, and FC Dallas' David Ferreira.

DC United Scores a Marketing Win

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In Major League Soccer, the quality of marketing can be extremely hit or miss. While some teams have stepped up and done things right, many are still lagging behind and failing to properly represent their product, and the league's product as a whole, to their local market.
We've seen some tremendous work from the new kids Portland and Vancouver (at least until their rather unnecessary and trashy campaign) and now one of the old kids in the neighborhood has released an excellent marketing video that can't help but get you excited, even if you're a New York or Philadelphia fan.

He said what?

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Red Bulls boss Hans Backe says he's rather win the Supporters Shield than MLS Cup. Funny thing is... he's basically right, of course. The postseason is solely for money and the exposure of "added importance" (which is also about money, really).Oh to have been a fly on the wall for the reading reaction of league officials!

Habemus schedula!

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With all of the anticipation over the 2011 MLS schedule, I was almost expecting to read about white smoke escaping from MLS headquarters on Fifth Avenue. But finally, after much delay, the entities around Major League Soccer - league officials, teams, and television - saw fit to release the regular season schedule.

Is There Something I Should Know?

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Robert Jonas - Center Line Soccer

"So you're telling me there's a chance. Yeah!"

With those simple words born from the mind of Lloyd Christmas in the movie Dumb and Dumber, optimists have a rallying call and continue to believe they are destined to succeed whenever it looks like the odds are heavily against them.

English Premier League

Geoff Cameron Transfer: Fee Agreed To, Personal Terms Close, Work Permits Next

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UPDATE #4 (7/19/12):

Brian Sciaretta at Yanks-Abroad.com reports that the transfer fee has been agreed to between MLS and Stoke City (several outlets reports this as well). No firm numbers, but I've read $2.5 million a lot. Personal terms between Cameron and Stoke are reportedly close to being worked out and an appeal hearing for his work permit has tentatively been scheduled for August 3rd.

Match Preview: Liverpool v. Arsenal, 08.20.11

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Old friends reunite at the Emirates, with Kenny Dalglish's side looking to take all three points from Arsenal at their home ground for the first time since the twenty pixels that make up Titi Camara's body gave Liverpool the win at Highbury in the 1999-2000 season. Any points against Arsenal have been hard to come by, but this fixture has been an absolute beast.

Vancouver Whitecaps

A rule-breaker, autocrat, or something else?

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Saturday's road game against Chicago is a must-win for Peter Nowak.

Imagine the spectacle on March 31 if Philadelphia Union lose to Chicago and limp into PPL Park winless to host Sebastien Le Toux and the vastly improved Vancouver Whitecaps. What would be louder, the cheers for Le Toux or the jeers for Nowak?

34-game schedule announced for MLS in 2012

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed on Thursday that the league would, in fact, go to an unbalanced, 34-game schedule in 2012.

SB Nation Soccer had first reported this likelihood back in September when teams first started to release season-ticket packages and multiple league officials anonymously confirmed that an unbalanced schedule was the plan.

Zero Arrests, Just Two Ejections From Cascadia Cup Match

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Zero Arrests, Just Two Ejections From Cascadia Cup Match

Hopefully, league officials look at the first three Cascadia Cup matches and see what they're looking for. According to this report in the Oregonian, there were no arrests and just two people ejected from the game on Sunday. As a comparison, the article points out that nine people were ejected from the 2009 Civil War football game between Oregon and Oregon State.


US Women’s Soccer & Where The Narrative Should Lie….

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Neil Blackmon turns last week's narrative from the failed WPS to the USWNT

Quite a past week for women's soccer in this country.

The morning after one of the most dominating qualifying performances, for any international tournament, in the history of the sport, the already-on-life-support WPS cancels the 2012 season.

Women’s Professional Soccer Suspends Play – WPS On Ice for 2012

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The day after U.S. soccer fans celebrated the women's CONCACAF win and their Olympic qualification comes word that the WPS is on ice for the 2012 season.

Word began to filter out via players and bloggers on social networks like Twitter Monday morning, and the league officially made the announcement midday.

WPS life support

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Women's Professional Soccer lives, albeit conditionally and mysteriously.On Monday night, US Soccer's Board of Directors agreed to sanction "Division I" five-team WPS for 2012 on the basis of arguments made by league officials citing growing support from the 2011 Women's World Cup, continued exposure for the sport promised by the 2012 Olympics Games, and potential expansion.

WPS in ICU... or is it purgatory?

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The supposed deadline for WPS to find a sixth owner has come and gone. The 15-day grace period set by US Soccer passed last Monday with little fanfare or, more notably, outcry. While the silence was deafening, it appears that no news is good news for women's soccer in this country. At least for now.

The Monday After: Creeping in 2011

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No domestic matches this weekend, but with January 1 in the rear view mirror, the flipping of the calendar was an important milestone nonetheless. The Winter Transfer Window officially opened and American players are among the most sought after targets. Players with USMNT ambitions have already started moving and rumors continue to swirl around some of the bigger names in American soccer.

2011 WPS Draft Scheduled for January 14 with Live Webcast

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2011 WPS Draft Scheduled for January 14 with Live Webcast

Six WPS Teams will have Four Rounds to Select the Best Talent Coming Out of College Ranks
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 16, 2010) – Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced today that its 2011 WPS Draft has been scheduled at 1pm on Friday, January 14th during the 2011 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

top flight

Playing With the Numbers: The SPL Decide Against a Ten Team League

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We are now nearly five years removed from discussions about the Scottish Premier League expanding with an SPL2 division, sparking a war of words with Scottish Football League officials keen on retaining their say in how Scottish football would operate going forward. Since then, that plan collected a bit of dust that was kicked up regularly as calls were made for some sort of reorganization to the game in order to see the clubs be more competitive and more of them stable financially.

Poor state of play in the Premier League

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Synonymous with the Premier League today is the huge amounts of money through television, sponsorship and merchandising clubs get. But I want to ask are clubs spending their money in all the correct places?

It is no secret the majority of the money is spent on player's wages which are quite astronomical.

The SPL: Twelve Does Not Become Ten. For Now

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"Scottish Premier League officials have been forced into a tactical retreat in their campaign to cut the number of clubs in the top flight from 12 to ten. That reduction was due to be the subject of a vote at a meeting of SPL clubs next Monday, but the vote has now been postponed in the face of mounting opposition.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dzeko headed to City, SPL considers 10-team league and more

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Manchester City is closing in on another high-priced superstar.

The English club has reportedly agreed with VfL Wolfsburg on a transfer fee for star Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko in a move that would take one of the premiere names of the transfer season off the market.

The Rest

Bavarians awarded forfeit victory

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The Milwaukee Bavarians moved into a tie atop the National Premier Soccer League Midwest Region Central Conference, at least temporarily, without even taking the field.

League officials awarded the Bavarians a forfeit victory over the Quad City Eagles on Saturday after the team was ruled to have violated league rules concerning playing host to games, Milwaukee coach Andreas Davi said.

Chelsea, no Torres, closed doors Reserve game

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Philadelphia Union

The Union issued a press release on Tuesday in which they said team and league officials will be holding a press conference today at 11:30 to discuss "the competitive aspects of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game," which seems like a fancy way of saying the All-Star Game opponent will be announced.

The Good And The Bad In MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Toronto ending the Los Angeles Galaxy's Champions League campaign at the quarterfinal stage probably didn't shock as many people as it should have. Regardless of how much League officials built up the importance of the Champions League, there's still a disconnect between MLS interest and interest in other competitions involving MLS teams.

WPS cancels 2012 season

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Women's Professional Soccer will announce later today that it has canceled the 2012 season.

The decision was reached after a vote by team owners on Monday morning. Am email was subsequently sent to the players informing them of the decision.

While details are at present sketchy, the decision appears to be the direct result of the ongoing legal battles with magicJack owner Dan Borislow.

Good Week/Bad Week: Extra-Curricular Activities

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You might wonder at the good humour literally flowing through this week's Good Week/Bad Week post. Either we woke up this morning and just felt great about ourselves or we've just realised that it's a Bank Holiday in the UK this week and Labor Day in the USA the next, meaning we get to skive off busy work and get drunk without warning.

This Weekend’s matches In La Liga In Doubt

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Spanish league players remain on strike after league officials and the players' union failed to reach an agreement to end the current work stoppage.

The two sides emerged from Monday's meeting without an agreement, which threatens to delay the second round of games this weekend.

While Levante president Francisco Javier Catala said "something positive came from today's meeting," his players' union counterpart Luis Gil did not sound so optimistic.

Bayern Enter Chase For Liverpool Target Enrique

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Bayern Munich is ready to challenge Liverpool in the battle to lure Jose Enrique from Newcastle United.
And Toon boss Alan Pardew, already in a fight to hang on to key midfielder Joey Barton, is facing up to the fact that top scorer Kevin Nolan is now a target for West Ham.
It had seemed that Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish was in pole position to land Enrique this summer, despite AC Milan's interest in the Spanish left-back.

Billy Meredith, Sandy Turnbull and the Downfall of Manchester City

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Manchester City's recent difficulties with Carlos Tevez aren't the first time they've had problems with their captain and star player. Not that there are many parallels to be drawn between Tevez's recent travails and the Billy Meredith affair of 1906 except perhaps one: the situation of the club.

Ghana, Newest Nation To Be Caught In Corruption Charges

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Ghana is the latest country to be policed by FIFA due to political corruption tainting football in the African nation. The GFA was raided this Tuesday and the nation's government was ordered  "to stop all its activities, including the running of the league and other football developments." Ghana's domestic soccer league was suspended on Wednesday due to the developing story and FIFA sent a letter to the nation's football federation yesterday, stating "if the Ghanaian authorities did not stop their direct intervention and allow the GFA to work again before Sunday, the case would be referred to the FIFA emergency committee.