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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2012) US Soccer Players â€“ 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.
By Clemente Lisi â€“ 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.
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).
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.Â
We'll start with expansion.
When this blog started, expansion was probably the biggest business story looming over the
The USL Premier Development League has existed since 1995 as the highest amateur soccer level in
the United States. The name was changed and tweaked early on but by the time the Chicago Fire
entered a team into the league in 2001, it was referred to as what it is referred to today: PDL.
Chicago became the first Major League Soccer team to have a PDL team thanks to support from former
Fire President & General Manager Peter Wilt and the direction of current Fire Player Development
Director & Consultant John Dorn.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Â£1.39billion, which is a 20% increase
on last year.
United is also worth Â£240m more than both America's biggest teams, Major League Baseball's New
York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
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.
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.
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.
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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MLS has existed for 16 years, 11 of whichÂ occurredÂ 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.
PHOENIX -- Four MLS teams have agreed to take part in the Desert Diamond Cup, a round-robin
tournament to be held at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 22-March 3.
The defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy, the New York Red Bulls, the New England
Revolution and Real Salt Lake are the scheduled participants in a series of matches that span a
week and a half.
MoneyballÂ by Michael Lewis Published by W. W. Norton 2004, Â£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.
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.
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.
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
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Later today, the National
Hockey League will put on their annual version of what hockey would be like if it returned to an
era that never really existed for professionals. The game played outdoors... with the addition of a
full and modern Major League Baseball stadium.
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.
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.
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 the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S. now, the Dodgers or the
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.
Before we even dip a toe into the blame game that is WPS vs Dan Barislow, I have one serious
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 manualÂ 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
ofÂ guerrillaÂ wedgie attacks.