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Musket Rounds: Five midfield targets for MLS clubs and more stories

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All the news you need from the week in soccer.

These 10 stories will keep you up to date on the latest soccer happenings, from a list of MLS midfield targets to an analysis of the United States' sluggish win over El Salvador.

Revolution News

Kamara hasn't worked with the Revs but it's not his fault / The Bent Musket
Seth Macomber dives into the disappointing performance of the Sierra Leonean striker.

North Carolina FC announces stadium location, releases renderings

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The MLS bid backed by North Carolina FC have taken another significant step forward in their process.

North Carolina FC announced their planned stadium location and released renderings as part of furthering their MLS bid on Thursday. The team has proposed a 13-acre site located in downtown Raleigh, NC in the area currently known as the State Government Complex.

MLS visit to Charlotte 'productive' despite cancelled meeting

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Despite finding itself on shaky ground, MLS' visit to Charlotte on Tuesday was a positive experience for league officials.

While MLS president Mark Abbott did not meet with county officials to discuss funding of a potential soccer-specific stadium, he did have a good meeting with local business and community leaders, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Bexar County Judge: San Antonio MLS bid has 'better shot at the third and fourth pick'

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San Antonio, with its strong, Spurs backed ownership-group, was widely viewed as a darkhorse candidate for one of this year's two MLS expansion slots. Those hopes took a major hit on Wednesday.

While local officials explicitly stated that the city remained in pursuit of an MLS team as a matter of priority, they also provided a healthy dose of realism with respect to the current standing of the bid, reports KSAT.

Playing soccer games in Detroit

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - Detroit City FC's remarkable success at the amateur NPSL level has brought the club into high demand. With average attendances of 5,000 fans for matches that mostly feature college players, DCFC's potential as a professional club has naturally drawn attention from across the American soccer industry.

An updated, tiered look at the MLS Expansion race

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As we enter the midway point of the MLS season, and the middle of the calendar year, we're supposedly less than six months away from a decision on MLS teams 25 and 26.

A few candidates have furthered their bids dramatically in recent months, such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Others have fallen off hard, with St.

Trademark filed for Detroit City SC by MLS expansion group

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Detroit has thrown its name in the hat for a possible Major League Soccer expansion side in the coming years. Now, it appears they've selected their potential future name.

According to Crains Detroit, Tom Gores' Palace Sports & Entertainment filed for federal trademark protection for "Detroit City Soccer Club" on July 6th.

The US Open Cup and MLS expansion

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - The scene in Cincinnati on Wednesday night would have been mind blowing if it wasn't so similar to the scene just two weeks ago in the same stadium. More than 32,000 fans filled Nippert Stadium to see FC Cincinnati, a second-year club playing in the USL, beat a second consecutive MLS side in this year's edition of the US Open Cup.

The Galaxy plays relevance games

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - Since the start of the Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy has been the most relevant team in California. Mostly, anyway. There was a time when the San Jose Earthquakes had more championships than the Galaxy and was winning them at the Galaxy's expense.

Major Links Soccer: Dominic Kinnear is out in San Jose

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Kinnear and John Spencer were fired and Joristan Mordan made the Gold Cup roster.


Former Sounders Academy player Kaleb Karlek passed away last week, thoughts are with his family.

Two things, one Bryce National Park is an amazing place and two, how could anyone run 100 miles there?

Union win, MLS expansion news: Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/25/17

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Union get back to their winning ways and other news in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match recap: Philadelphia Union 1, D.C. United 0
The Union were able to hang on thanks to some Andre Blake heroics.

MLS News

Jack Harrison leads NYCFC to first victory at Red Bull Arena
Jack Harrison and Ben Sweat scored to help New York City FC beat the rival New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Saturday in Harrison, New Jersey.

Tennessee Governor approves MLS stadium funding resolution

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At a time when several other bids have seen their stadium plans derailed, Nashville's MLS bid continues to quietly strengthen its position as a leading candidate.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam approved and signed House Bill 6/Senate Bill 3, adding MLS to an existing state statute that allows the use of state sales tax collected at NFL, NBA, and NHL venues to help cover stadium expenses.

San Diego MLS bid at risk as Soccer City placed on 2018 ballot

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One of the major competitors for an MLS expansion bid has taken a major blow in their local political situation.

San Diego's proposed Soccer City site, fronted by FS Investors and former U.S. Men's National Team great Landon Donovan, has been placed on the 2018 ballot for public vote, according to KPBS News.

The soccer game in Cincinnati

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The life of a second division soccer team in the United States is mostly about pushing limits. It's working out what it means to be a second division soccer club in the United States. While it would be easy to make the argument that striving to break through limits in the lower divisions here is a function of the lack of promotion and relegation, it's unlikely you'll hear too many of the clubs themselves moaning about that missing opportunity.

San Diego State University ends negotiations with San Diego MLS group

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With San Diego State University pulling out of negotiations, San Diego is the latest MLS candidate to experience a surprise shift in their stadium landscape.

The University announced on Wednesday that negotiations had ended with the group behind the proposed Soccer City development on the current Qualcomm Stadium property.

Sacramento MLS bid receives boost as ownership group acquires USL club

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Sacramento's MLS hopes took a giant step forward on Monday asSac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, the ownership group who launched the city's bid, officially acquired the Sacramento Republic.

This deal means that the Republic will be a part of the MLS bid. Kevin Nagle, who leads thepurchasing group,revealed that the next two expansion cities will be chosen in September.

Things change for Atlanta and Minnesota

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - This is, as they say, why they play the games. During the buildup to the 2017 MLS season, when 19 teams were still reviewing what went wrong while Seattle celebrated, two expansion clubs plotted their debuts. Though the new Uniteds shared a moniker, they each went about building their organizations in decidedly different ways.

Tampa Bay Rowdies stadium referendum passes, boosting MLS expansion bid

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies movedone step closer to their goal of bringing Major League Soccer back to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area after the passing of a public referendum to allow the St. Petersburg city council to negotiate a long-term lease with the Rowdies. The referendum, which will all negotiation for extending the lease to Al Lang Stadium for up to 25 years, passed with87 percent of thevote.

MLS Expansion Franchise Behind The Scenes Scoopfest

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Friends, I am honored to have been invited to exclusive meetings with the executive team behind the newest and arguably most successful MLS expansion franchise in recent history. In fact, the meetings and interviews went so well, and were so long and insightful, I was able to use the quotes to fill an entire article.

Chicharito update, Kaka availability, MLS coach hot seat rankings: Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/29/17

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Late game tonight, in the mean time read these links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs LA Galaxy
One more week and one more match preview. Can the Union make these enjoyable to write again?

A closer look at the Philadelphia Union's 15-game winless streak
It's now 246 days and counting since the Philadelphia Union last won a game.

With Drogba, Phoenix makes its MLS intentions clear

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The battle for one of the four - or maybe five - available expansion spots in Major League Soccer is largely about the financial clout of the ownership group. That includes building a soccer stadium. Those two factors will guide the league's choices more than anything else.

What happened to MLS in St Louis?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - Everything, at least as it related to the potential for MLS to put down roots in a city with the richest soccer history of any in America, came down to Tuesday.

Tuesday was local election day in Missouri. A day when the citizens of cities, towns, and counties across the state went to the ballot box to decide issues ranging from who would represent them in the city councils and county boards to approving new tax measures.

Nashville investor Ingram believes city is one 'not to be missed by MLS'

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Major League Soccer has a big decision coming up, as they narrow down 12 candidate cities into four expansion teams. One man from Nashville, Tennessee, along with his friends, is trying to show the league that missing out on Music City would be a big mistake.

In many ways, John R. Ingram is the personification of Nashville spirit.

Stressing history for MLS in St Louis

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS is growing each year. The league's 22nd season opened this month with 22 teams, more than the top flights of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Next year, Major League Soccer will add another franchise in Los Angeles when LAFC takes to the field.

A new game in Orlando

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - What a scene. A wall of soccer fanatics clad head-to-toe in purple, 4,000-strong, filled one end of stadium built purposely for the sport of soccer in the United States. They stood throughout the match, chanting, singing, and imploring for every second of the 90 minutes between the referee's blows of his whistle as their beloved Lions worked to deliver them the victory they so desperately wanted.

Don Garber thrilled with 'energy' behind Rowdies MLS expansion bid

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With a board meeting looming in April to narrow down MLS expansion candidates, commissioner Don Garber seems to be excited about one market in particular.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando on Sunday, Garber was asked about an expansion bid involving the Tampa Bay Rowdies. While there is a lot of work left to determine which cities will join the league, the commissioner is pleased with what he's seen from the Rowdies.

Is Atlanta United about to become the MLS team of the South?

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Atlanta United announced a regional TV deal that will potentially put them in homes all across the South.

Is Atlanta United about to become the MLS team of the South?

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Atlanta United announced a regional TV deal that will potentially put them in homes all across the South.

News Update

Game day for USMNT vs El Salvador

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The consensus view of the previews for the USMNT v El Salvador Gold Cup quarterfinal later tonight (9pm ET - FS1) read oddly familiar. That's because the view is the same as it's been since the second group stage game. The USMNT is the heavy favorite for obvious reasons, especially with an experimental roster now made stronger through the six changes made by coach Bruce Arena.

MLS expansion season has issues

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with MLS expansion. MLS might have interested parties in bringing a team to their cities, but that doesn't necessarily obligate local governments. That was the story a few months ago in St Louis, and it's a scenario playing out in San Diego and Charlotte.

San Diego's city council isn't interested in holding special elections for ballot measures this year, according to a report by The San Diego Union Tribune's David Garrick.

Philadelphia turns it around

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The Philadelphia Union is on a five-game undefeated streak with three wins in a row, enough to turnaround an MLS season by week 12. The Union was the poster child for troubled clubs early on, with predictions of a coaching change and questions over the scope of the team. Fair enough considering the results.

The MLS expansion standings

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St Petersburg, Florida voted in favor of letting Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards revamp Al Lang Stadium. Edwards wants to spend his own money to continue converting the former baseball park into an 18k-capacity MLS venue. It's worth noting that Edwards also paid for Tuesday's special ballot initiative, driving home the point that he doesn't expect public money.

atlanta united

Major Link Soccer: This Zlatan-to-Galaxy rumor appears to have legs

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Meanwhile, Didier Drogba may not be so hot on joining Phoenix Rising.


S2 won their first game of the year, keeping Portland Timbers 2 winless through their first three games and improving to 8-1-0 all-time against their southern rivals. We were particularly impressed with Academy player Sam Rogers and First Teamer Zach Mathers.

Atlanta or Minnesota in 2017?

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Atlanta United and Minnesota United are using different approaches for their debut MLS seasons, and with them taking major risks in year one.

The Rest

International Champions Cup success shows Detroit's appetite for soccer amid MLS expansion talks

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DETROIT- Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevant Sports, sees something in the Detroit soccer scene.

Relevant has held the International Champions Cup every summer since 2013. It has hosted international friendlies featuring the world's largest clubs in the United States, China, Australia, and several European countries.

MLS expansion, James Rodriguez loaned to Bayern Munich: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/12/17

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Hump Day Links!

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Jack Elliott quietly playing himself into Rookie of the Year conversation
When Montreal and Real Salt Lake passed in the third round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, the Union kept looking for that late-round gem.

Grading the offseason signings
With the Gold Cup break comes a time to reflect on the Philadelphia Union season so far.

MLS expansion, US Soccer’s deep pockets, and more: Freedom Kicks for 5/5/2017

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D.C. United gears up for Saturday, while the Washington Spirit get some kudos

It's Cinco de Mayo, which means people here in the US are going to go too hard and act a fool. I have some experience in going out to watering holes and acting like an unhinged lunatic while not wronging people or going to jail, so here's some advice:

  1. This isn't Mexico's July 4th.

Las Vegas negotiating with USL for use of Cashman Field for expansion team

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While the city of Las Vegas did not submit an official bid for MLS expansion, despite rumors, professional soccer may be coming to the city in the very near future anyway via the USL.

City officials will meet with the owners of Las Vegas Soccer, LLC., led by former Orlando City COO Brett Lashbrook, to engage in negotiations regarding the use of Cashman Field for a USL expansion team set to begin play in 2018, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

St. Louis MLS stadium deal fails, Dallas falls in CCL semis, & more: Freedom Kicks for April 5, 2017

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MLS teams has seen better days.

Welcome to Wednesday, folks, where tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to earn what FC Dallas could not last night: a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League final. It was a heartbreaking evening for MLS last night, so let's just get right into it:


Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arena's USMNT, and more: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, March 23

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FYI: no one refers to their daughter as their girlfriend

Good morning! Bastian Schweinsteiger is still making headline and I still double-check his name every time I type it. Other than that, there's a variety of news circling around today.

Chicago Fire taking a huge risk by signing Bastian Schweinsteiger | SBNation.