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Report: MLS set to announce Minnesota bid this week

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Well, the whole 45-60 day thing didn't quite go that long. Various reports out of the Midwest suggest that Major League Soccer will be in Minnesota on Wednesday to formally announce the city's expansion bid with NASL side Minnesota United.

Wheels in motion in Minneapolis.

Freedom Kicks for 17 July 2014: Buzzard Point Stadium RFP, Luis Silva, Ferris Bueller

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A heaping cup-full of soccer goodness to start your day off right.

Major League Soccer did the right thing last night and schedule a full slate of mid-week games the day after Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, a day which is typically one of the most boring in all of of sports. But anyways, I'm still kind of sleepy from staying up and watching LA Galaxy beat down the New England Revolution, so let's get into it.

MLS Stadium Plans Not Going According to Plan In New York and Miami

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On Monday, the New York Times broke the news that Major League Soccer's newest MLS franchise, New York City FC (NYCFC) — which is slated to begin play in 2015, will be playing its first three seasons in a baseball stadium.

NYCFC is set to publicly announce that the expansion franchise will play from 2015 through at least 2018 at Yankees Stadium.

5 MLS clubs that have better attendance than MLB

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The financial news and services site The Street published an interesting article today about the growth of Major League Soccer. Five MLS clubs are outdrawing Major League Baseball teams this season. In fact, the Sounders are outdrawing all but three MLB teams.

The data is another reason why an #MLSsnob should be bullish about the league.

How to fix soccer officiating? Common sense

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PSP makes the case for why 5 refs are better than 3 (and goal-line technology). Yes, we're using common sense again, in a way that no one else seems to be, because unlike Europe, we actually have other successful team sports to draw upon for examples. Also, a few quick hits on the Union.

Monday After: College Cup, Hot Stove & More

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Time for the first "Monday After" of the post-season. During the MLS campaign, we take a look at league attendance in this space, but in the ever shrinking MLS off-season, we just review some of the bigger business stories from the world of American soccer from the last three days. Let's start with the College Cup, where Indiana held off Georgetown to win the Division I College Championship.

Questions: Rule changes

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony asks why MLS waited until August to announce playoff tie-breakers and questions the League's commitment to the Reserve League. How fair is it to change the rules about tie-breakers in the standings more than halfway into the season?

All stars in Chester

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2012) US Soccer Players – The now-19 players selected to represent Major League Soccer against Chelsea find themselves in an interesting situation later tonight (ESPN2 - 8:30pm ET). In a game that once gave us Landon Donovan's impromptu tribute to Julie Foudy, the game has become more pressure test than fun.

Choosing Soccer Over Baseball

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There is a large number of American soccer fans who don't really care that another baseball season officially began last week when the Seattle Mariners played the Oakland A's in Tokyo. Opening Day will be this Thursday when the season gets underway in earnest for all Major League Baseball teams.

Rebuilding An MLS Club

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's pretend you run a Major League Soccer team. Let's pretend that the Major League Soccer team you run inhabits a niche in a market that town that also has a Major League Baseball team and National Football League franchise (like so many of them).

Business Snapshot: Expansion

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As Major League Soccer gets ready to open the season, we thought it would be worth taking a quick look at a number of business topics overhanging MLS that are bigger than just one season. We'll start with expansion.

When this blog started, expansion was probably the biggest business story looming over the league.

President Barack Obama

New York Cosmos announce historic game to be played in Cuba

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The New York Cosmos announced they will play a historic friendly against the Cuban national team, which will be played in Havana on June 2.

Only three months after President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to restore diplomatic ties which were severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first professional American sports team since Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles in 1978 to play in Cuba.

New York Cosmos announce historic game to be played in Cuba

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The New York Cosmos announced they will play a historic friendly against the Cuban national team, which will be played in Havana on June 2.

Only three months after President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to restore diplomatic ties which were severed 54 years ago, the Cosmos announced plans to be the first professional American sports team since Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles in 1978 to play in Cuba.

Sepp Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces Trials For Television ‘Replay’ System

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Speaking at Manchester's Soccerex, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced plans to introduce a TV trial which would allow coaches to challenge referee decisions. The 'replay' system would be similar to the ones used in the NFL, tennisand Major League Baseball.

"They [coaches] have the right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision but only when the game is stopped," Blatter said.

Sepp Blatter Wants to Give Managers the Power to Challenge Refereeing Decisions During Games

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At FIFA's Congress in Sao Paulo today, FIFA President Sepp Blatter proposed the idea of allowing managers the opportunity to make two challenges during a game regarding questionable refereeing decisions.

The concept of the challenge is not a new idea as the NFL began using it in 1999 while Major League Baseball incorporated it this season.

Boston Red Sox

Roma to meet Liverpool at Fenway Park in July friendly

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AS Roma and Liverpool will return to Boston's Fenway Park for a July 23 exhibition match, Fenway Sports Management announced Wednesday.

The two clubs previously met on U.S. soil in 2012, playing in front of more than 37,000 fans at the home of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox.

John Henry Defends Dual Ownership

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Liverpool's principal owner John Henry has defended his dual tenure of the Merseyside club and the Boston Red Sox amid claims of being overburdened with responsibility for the sporting giants.
While Liverpool supporters have never been overly concerned that their owners have alternative concerns - in fact, their successful running of the Red Sox was considered a major asset in their favour when they bought the club - it has evidently caused rancour in Boston.

Baseball's Future Rides on the Dodgers

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Remember the infield, built from within the organization, that seemed to last forever? It was Garvey at first, Lopes at Second, Russell at Short, Cey at Third and Yeager doing the catching. Wonder what they are thinking now about the Dodger legacy.

Is this how they envisioned baseball would become 30 years later?

Why 'Moneyball' didn't work at Liverpool

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If you are interested in the science of sabermetrics - be it from the 'Moneyball' tales of Billy Beane and Bill James, or of Damien Comolli's interest in recreating the same in football - you'll like this article by Neil Ashton on Comolli, sabermetrics, and what's gone wrong at Liverpool.

When the trend for sending statistical analysis to managers on a Monday morning began, Kenny Dalglish filed them in the bin.

John W Henry Spurns Liverpool FA Cup Semi-Final For Boston

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Liverpool owner John W Henry has flown back to the United States rather than attend Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley.
Henry, who also owns the Boston Red Sox baseball team, returned to his native America with Liverpool chairman Tom Werner to watch Friday's first home game of the Major League season.

Liverpool, Roma to meet at Fenway Park

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Boston-based European club owners will have their teams go head-to-head at one of the United States' most storied stadiums this summer.

After plenty of rumors and speculation, Liverpool officially announced that they will play AS Roma in a summer friendly at Fenway Park this July.

Manchester United

Forbes names Real world’s most valuable

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According to Forbes Magazine, Real Madrid is the most valuable team in the world, beating out the likes of English giants Manchester United, Spanish rivals Barcelona, Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys for the top slot on the magazine's list.

Madrid, who takes the top spot from Old Trafford's Manchester United, is estimated to be worth a whopping $3.

United Richest Club Again

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Manchester United have once again been named as the world's richest club by Forbes magazine, This is eighth year in a row with our value estimated at an £1.39billion, which is a 20% increase on last year.

United is also worth £240m more than both America's biggest teams, Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

“In Arsene We…(Fill in the Blank)”

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This week, American businessman, billionaire, and possible future owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Stan Kroenke flew into London in order to publicly express his full support of Arsene Wenger. Arsenal's board of directors has had some interesting topics to discuss, which include, but are certainly not limited to: Robin van Persie's future with the club, Arsene Wenger's future with the club, and the monies to be spent this coming summer all of which impact public perception of Wenger in one way or another.


New York Yankees Could Play MLB Game At Etihad Stadium As Part Of Deal: The Nightly EPL

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As part of the deal where the New York Yankees are part owner of the New York City Football Club with Manchester City, the Yankees could play a Major League Baseball game at City's Etihad Stadium, reportsThe Telegraph newspaper tonight.

Here's what Yankees President Randy Levine said today:

"The idea has come up through Major League Baseball about us maybe coming over to play.

Solutions for a More Sensible MLB Season, Playoffs

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It's a good thing the visiting teams, Baltimore and St. Louis, won their Wildcard one-off playoff games. It would have been pretty cruddy for fans to not get a chance to see their teams play at least one time in the postseason.

Baltimore Oriole fans would have been especially livid. This is their first time in the playoffs in more than a decade.

Los gigantes de San francisco con Keenan Cahill en un video musical

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El internet es un fenómeno mundial, sin la red mas grande no podrías estar leyendo estas letras,tampoco podrías conocer personas tan divertidas y curiosas como lo es Keenan Cahill.
Desde octubre de 2009, los vídeos de Keenan Cahill han sido vistos millones de veces. Su canal oficial en YouTube, BeenerKeeKee19952, ostenta casi miles de comentarios de seguidores que encuentran en él una persona inspiradora y muy divertida.

Did Ryan Braun Receive Racial Preference?

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The story gets fishier by the day. How did Ryan Braun manage to get out of his suspension for elevated levels of testosterone, better known as steroids or juicing?

The person who managed Braun's drug test has come out with their side of the story and it's compelling stuff.

It’s Time For MLS To Get Serious About New England Revolution

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Mention the word contraction in American sports circles and many fans will shudder. It was this word that was mentioned in the mid-90s by Major League Baseball in hopes of dissolving teams in markets that made little money. However, MLB ...

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‘Do you remember yesterday?’ Thierry Henry says MLS’s lack of history makes it hard to compete

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MLS has existed for 16 years, 11 of which occurred before David Beckham descended from the heavens (what they call the check signing room at MLS HQ) and landed in Los Angeles. Of course, in a country with four other major sports deeply rooted in the national consciousness over many decades of popularity, this is only a few rings in the tree.

Debate between HS & USSDA continues

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As the debate between High School soccer and the United States Soccer Development Academy continues to forge forward, there was a lot of national media attention directed their way this past week.

Sam Borden of the New York Times wrote about the choices that players involved in both affiliations are being ased to make.


Book reviews Week: Moneyball

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Moneyball by Michael Lewis Published by W. W. Norton 2004, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-393-05765-2 Unless you've spent the last year living under a rock or in Andy Carroll's armpit, you're sure to have heard of Moneyball. Either you've read the seminal Michael Lewis book, seen the Brad Pitt film adaptation, or read one of the torrent of blogs, articles, and sundry internet scoffings about the statistics based system developed by General Manager Billy Beane for acquiring undervalued talent for his Oakland A's Major League Baseball team.

Crunchy Power Rankings

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One topic that we've covered for years here on Sounder at Heart is the outsized impact of luck on the result of a single game of soccer. In our series on parity in the 2010 offseason we pointed out that in terms of game parity - that is, the likelihood that a worse team will beat a better team due to luck - soccer is rivaled among major sports only by baseball.

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Jamie Moyer, 49, Earns Starting Spot

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In perhaps the best story of the young baseball season, Jamie Moyer has won a starting spot with the Colorado Rockies. Moyer, who is 49 years old, will start Colorado's second game of the season. And don't be confused, this isn't a charity case. Moyer has been great in spring training, posting an impressive ERA of 2.

Sporting KC and LSP Up for Sports Business Awards

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Today, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily came out with their nominees for the 2012 Sports Business Awards, and it was a good day for Sporting KC and Livestrong Sporting Park, as both are up for their Sports Business Awards this year. Sporting KC is up for Sports Team of the Year against the Boston Bruins, Dayton Dragons, Stewart-Haas Racing, and the Texas Rangers.

The Rest

Should MLB Go To an East-West Realignment?

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Would Major League Baseball benefit from an East-West realignment? Would it gain more interest from U.S. sports spectators and sustain it?

It's not the steroids controversy that has singularly pushed the sport behind others in popularity, it's also partly due to format issues. The great game of baseball, the only one played without a clock to count down time left, must consider tinkering with aspects of its game in order to enhance interest among sports fans.

Boys of some wear

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As much variety of merch as Major League Baseball teams bomb the shelves with, why not also soccer-style shirts? Why not, indeed, said Mark Willis. Many of these renditions, divided by division, are pretty badass. - Greg Seltzer

Who's More Popular in L.A. Now, the Dodgers or the Galaxy?

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Who's more popular in the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S. now, the Dodgers or the Galaxy?
Sounds like a silly question, maybe laughable-years ago, but now, it may not be as obvious as some people would think.
Yes, the Dodgers have seating for more than 50,000 per for 81 home games, while the Galaxy only seat just over 20,000 for a possible 20 home games.


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One of my favorite videos and books is 212° The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson.

212 degrees is the extra degree of effort that often separates the good from the great. 212° The Extra Degree captures a simple, yet powerful concept.

The blame game

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Before we even dip a toe into the blame game that is WPS vs Dan Barislow, I have one serious question.

Who represents WPS?

Legally, I mean.

Indulge me for a minute, if you will.

Let's assume that I got a new job. On my first day in the new office, rather than set up my email, read the personnel manual and display a photo of my adorable puppy, I instead chose to smash my computer, spray paint my name on the wall, and subject my coworkers to a vicious series of guerrilla wedgie attacks.