MLS expansion

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Major Link Soccer: Yamil Asad officially going to DC United

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The trade is finally official, 600k for the Argentine.

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If the Crew is trying to convince people they need to move to stay afloat they are doing a good job. MLS to Austin: Crew fans given bleak financial picture

FC Cinci's GM presented plans to the school board hoping to get a stadium deal in place to sway MLS for an expansion spot.

Pro soccer bets on Las Vegas and Atlantic City

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 5, 2018) US Soccer Players – Many North American cities are lining up to put on their best faces to win the soccer expansion sweepstakes. The recent addition of Miami, spearheaded by David Beckham, brings to fruition a promise MLS had made years ago.

Beckham’s Miami MLS expansion becomes official

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MLS announced on Monday that Miami is officially an MLS expansion city. The David Beckham led bid includes building a soccer-specific stadium within Miami's city limits. The team will begin MLS play in 2020.

"Our mission to bring an MLS club to Miami is now complete, and we are deeply satisfied, grateful and excited," Beckham said.

MLS and the move to Miami

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The soccer news starts with reports out of Miami suggesting that David Beckham's expansion bid is finally coming to fruition. MLS is now expected to officially announce Miami as an expansion team on Monday. The team would play its first MLS season in 2020. Since this is MLS in Miami, there's already another story running parallel with the wait on the official announcement.

MLS and the expansion message

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Three years ago Major League Soccer changed their logo. The progressive "brand identity" was built in particular around three stars arrayed in the upper left corner. The league let us know that the stars "represent the pillars of our brand: For Club, For Country, For Community.

Nashville, NYCFC, and the MLS expansion model

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer descended upon Nashville on Wednesday where they announced the 24th franchise. The mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, the governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and the lead investor in Nashville's MLS bid, John Ingram, joined MLS commissioner Don Garber in celebrating the news that first division professional soccer is coming to the Music City.

Nashville and the Southeast MLS footprint

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Wednesday, Major League Soccer confirmed that Nashville would be joining the league as an expansion side. The announcement concludes a year-long formal pursuit for the Music City.

At first, Nashville seemed like a total longshot to get the nod.

Sacramento MLS expansion bid looking for new investor

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Just a few hours after MLS announced it wouldn't be naming a second expansion franchise until 2018, the Sacramento bid made public its steps to further solidify its bid.

Kevin Nagle, who is the leader of the Sacramento bid, released a three-step process in which he looks to strengthen the California capital's chances of finally being named an MLS franchise after years of work.

MLS to name next expansion team in 2018

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Major League Soccer is going to wait until 2018 to decide on the second team in this round of expansion.

After naming Nashville as the league's 24th team on Wednesday, the league released a statement saying they will choose between Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit following the turn of the calendar.

A look at what happens next in MLS expansion

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The first domino in the MLS expansion process fell on Tuesday as the league announced an event in Nashville for Wednesday that is expected to award the city with a franchise.

Now the tough decision-making has to occur with Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit still waiting to hear their names get called.

Report: Nashville awarded one of two MLS expansion teams

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Nashville will be the latest city to be home to an MLS franchise, according toSports Illustrated.

MLS commissioner Don Garber will be in Nashville to make an announcement on Wednesday afternoon, which will reportedly be to officially award the expansion franchise in front of the city's population.

Waiting for the MLS expansion announcement

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Thursday was supposed to be a big day in the race for the next two MLS expansion franchises. The cities of Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento remained standing after a nearly year-long process that winnowed a dozen cities down to four.

LAFC works the expansion draft

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - With an ownership group boasting stars ranging from Mia Hamm to Magic Johnson to even Will Ferrell, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Los Angeles FC would buck some trends The team was the lucky winner of the multi-year Carlos Vela lottery, finally checking the boxes for the Mexican international.

It’s time for LAFC vs the Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - That sound in downtown Los Angeles of hammers and drills, the beep-beep-beep of cement trucks backing up is helping forge two things. LAFC's Banc of California Stadium offers such an array of noises, promising to leave in its wake a modern stadium that will certainly captivate LA.

What if Seattle gets a hockey team?

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By J Hutcherson (Dec 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - We all know the Seattle soccer success story. As the vanguard of the Pacific Northwest MLS expansion movement, the Seattle Sounders are the team that draws the biggest crowds. Portland might want to argue that they've got the best atmosphere in Major League Soccer, but Seattle has the stadium capacity.

The MLS expansion message

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By J Hutcherson (Nov 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS has moved from a dozen to four expansion candidates with two spots available. The league confirmed on Wednesday that they'd pick those two expansion teams probably by the end of the year. It's the conclusion of a compacted process that started with ten cities and added two more.

MLS names Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Sacramento as expansion finalists

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The MLS expansion list has been narrowed down to four.

MLS announced on Wednesday thatCincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento have beennamed finalists for the two expansion slots set to be handed out in December. Owners and officials from all four bids are set to make a presentation to Don Garber in New York on Dec.

MLS announces 2017 Expansion Draft, key offseason dates

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With Major League Soccer Playoffs in full-swing, the league unveiled the 2017 offseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon.

Several key events such as the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft, the upcoming free agency period, the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft, and Re-Entry Draft all were announced via the league's website.

MLS Ticker: Robbie Rogers retires, David Ousted to leave Whitecaps, and more

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Robbie Rogers announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 30. He played for 11 seasons in three different countries. He most recently played four years with the LA Galaxy, winning the MLS Cup in 2014. He came out as gay shortly before signing with LA, making him the first openly gay player in one of the major American sports.

Nashville expansion bid takes step forward with stadium vote

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Good news has been hard to come by at points in the MLS expansion race, but there's plenty of it in Nashville.

On Monday, the Metro Council's Budget and Finance Commission voted 10 to three to back a $225 million plan to issue revenue bonds for the soccer-specific stadium project required for the expansion bid, according to The Tennessean.

News Update

MLS expansion continues with the Miami announcement

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with MLS expansion. Miami is now officially an MLS team while we wait on details like the name, badge, and colors. We do know that 2020 really is the start date, with Miami joining the league along with... uhm... Nashville? We've yet to get a start date for Nashville.

Previewing the USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Trying to preview January USMNT friendlies always leans on the same broad topics. Inexperienced players getting time at full international level. Assessing those players in a lineup that might not feature many regular members of the squad. The strength of the opponent in a game played outside of a FIFA calendar window.

Nashville officially joins MLS

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MLS made it official on Wednesday, adding Nashville as an expansion team. The team plans to build a stadium at the Nashville fairgrounds complex. MLS expects to name a second expansion team soon. Approval of the Miami expansion bid is also on the horizon, with an announcement potentially coming next month.

MLS in Nashville

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The soccer news starts with the news breaking across multiple outlets that MLS is expanding to Nashville. An MLS public event scheduled for Nashville later today would be a bigger surprise if it wasn't welcoming the city as an MLS expansion franchise.

Nashville will join a league that has made it clear that there's no expectation of struggling in an expansion market.

Miami takes another MLS step

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Friday's soccer news starts with the latest from the ongoing saga that is MLS expanding to Miami. We now know that the league is fine with the changes to the investor/operator group that will back David Beckham's MLS expansion team. With that settled and a stadium plan in place, the expectation is a quick conclusion to what has been a lengthy process to officially award a Miami MLS team.

MLS has an expansion final four

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There are four teams left in the MLS playoffs and we now know that there are four teams left for the next round of MLS expansion. Unlike the MLS playoffs, expansion will name two winners. At a Soccer Business Journal symposium on Wednesday morning, MLS commissioner Don Garber named Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, and Sacramento.

Austin making plans for the Crew

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Austin, Texas city council passing a resolution to help find a city-owned site for a relocated Columbus Crew. The Austin American-Statesman's Kevin Lyttle has the details. Key to what Austin is doing is not committing city money to building a stadium and not limiting the potential relocated club to only the Crew.

Nashville

Stadium plan, wealthy owners propel Nashville into MLS

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All signs point to Nashville, Tennessee as the next MLS expansion city. MLS commissioner Don Garber will be in town on Wednesday for "an announcement", which can only mean the city is destined for admission into MLS.

The Music City was considered a dark horse early in the expansion race, but a combination of a cooperative local government working to formulate a stadium plan and the addition of wealthy investors helped propel them to the front of the line and, eventually, into the league.

A look at the four MLS expansion finalists

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Major League Soccer announced four finalists for the first round of two expansion slots to be announced next month. Sacramento, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Detroit will all make their final pitches to the league on Dec. 6, before the Board of Governors meets to discuss each city's credentials eight days later.

Nashville Metro Council approves funding for MLS stadium

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Nashville continues to get great news on its MLS expansion efforts.

The Nashville Metro Council officially approved mayor Megan Barry's $275 million MLS stadium financing plan by a large margin. The council voted 31 to 6 in favor of the measure, which allows for $225 million in bonds to be issued to raise the necessary funds.

Montreal Impact

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/13/17

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Ayuk returns from Sweeden, LAFC make their selections, and Premier League results

Philadelphia Union News

Union spared in Los Angeles FC's expansion draft; Eric Ayuk returns from Sweden loan
The Union survived the ritual gamble of leaving players exposed, as new MLS club Los Angeles FC took its allotted five players from elsewhere.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/8/17

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Three Union players called up to national teams, MLS news, and the full USMNT squad to face Portugal

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union trio tapped for international duty
CJ Sapong and Alejandro Bedoya named to USMNT for Portugal friendly; Warren Creavalle called up by Guyana.

Sacramento Republic

Expansion finalists make their final sales pitches to MLS

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MLS has heard all it needs to hear in order to make its decision on its next two franchises.

Representatives of the four finalists for MLS expansion were in New York on Tuesday to make their final presentations to Don Garber and the MLS expansion committee. Each of the bids had several hours to impress the league with stadium plans, market sizes, and anything else they could present to strengthen their case.

Meg Whitman rejoins Sacramento MLS expansion bid

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A key investor has rejoined the fold in Sacramento's bid to join MLS.

Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman and her husband Griffith Harsh have rejoined the bid's investment group after initially appearing to back out, This news comes at a key time as Sacramento, and the other three MLS expansion finalists, are making their final presentation to Don Garber and the MLS expansion committee this afternoon in New York.

MLS Cup

Major Link Soccer: We’re hungry for everything MLS Cup related

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Also: MLS Expansion Finalists Make Closing Arguments

Seattle

Toronto Coach Greg Vanney felt he needed to clarify his prior remark questioning whether the Sounders were "ready for the intensity of an MLS Cup final." Reportedly "miffed that his previous comments gained such traction" Vanney said they were "probably not well-articulated in the moment.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/30/17

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New Rapids manager, MLS Expansion, a preview of tonight's MLS semifinal

MLS News

Toronto FC 1-0 Columbus Crew: Altidore sends Reds back to MLS Cup final
Toronto will face Seattle or Houston in the MLS Cup.

Anthony Hudson named Head Coach
The Colorado Rapids look forward to the 2018 season with the former manager of the New Zealand National Team at the helm.

The Rest

Report: Tampa Bay Rowdies seeking investors to boost MLS bid

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards is looking for additional investors for the USL club.

When presented with a reports indicating he was trying to sell the team, Edwards refuted them and said he was looking for additional investors for his team.

"We are looking to put together an ownership group and we have five or six groups talking to us right now," Edwards told theTampa BayTimes.

Report: David Beckham, MLS may announce Miami franchise by the end of the month

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David Beckham's Miami project may finally have a final product.

The Miami Herald reports that Beckham's ownership group is preparing to announce the expansion club's name, kit design, colors, and logo by the end of the month.

Beckham joined the other members of his investment team, including Jorge and José Mas, the two newest members of the group, in Kansas City to discuss the team's initial branding and stadium plan.

MLS confirms expansion into Nashville

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Major League Soccer is officially coming to the Music City.

After several days of reports, the league announced on Wednesday that Nashville has been recognized as the league's latest expansion franchise. Nashville is the first of two expansion cities set to be recognized in this round with Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit still in the running.

The state of the other eight MLS expansion bids

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While MLS named four finalists for its next round of expansion teams, there were eight other markets who applied for what will be whittled down to two teams.

Commissioner Don Garber made it clear that the remaining eight markets are still under consideration for the second round of expansion teams to be announced at a later date.