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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.

Learning from the NASL’s expansion problems

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 16, 2017) US Soccer Players – We're nearing the end of the latest round of MLS expansion. Though commissioner Don Garber recently suggested that the next round might face a delay, the league was quick to confirm that they're set to announce two more teams in mid-December.

LAFC vs LA Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy and LAFC will not play an official match until sometime in 2018 but their first competition will begin as soon as this season is over.The Galaxy will miss the playoffs this season, the first time since 2008 that a Galaxy season will finish without a postseason appearance.

NYCFC outside of NYC

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 27 2017) US Soccer Players - New York City Football Club exists on the idea that New York City itself needed a soccer club. If you prefer a slightly more cynical take, then just flip that idea over. NYCFC exists on the idea that MLS needed a team in New York City itself.

MLS Ticker: Will Johnson arrested, LAFC signs Argentinian attacker and more

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Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery after an alleged domestic incident involving Johnson and his wife.

According to the police report — published in part by the Orlando Sentinel — Johnson was booked early on Wednesday morning after his wife accused him of tackling her by "wrapping both of his arms completely around her waist" following an argument.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/6/17

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Union back in action, MLS Power Rankings, US result, and other games from around the world.

Philadelphia Union News

UNION FACT CHECK: Union plays second expansion team in as many games when facing Minnesota
Philadelphia Union return to MLS action this week to take on new MLS franchise Minnesota United in the Twin Cities on Sept.

Report: Citizens group opposes taxpayer money for new stadium, urges MLS to accept Nippert Stadium

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After a strong showing throughout the U.S. Open Cup, a group of Cincinnati fans want to MLS on their own terms

A Cincinnati-based citizens' group is calling for MLS to accept Nippert Stadium should FC Cincinnati join the league in the coming years while dismissing a new soccer-specific stadium stemming from taxpayer wallets.

LAFC begins to make an impression

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - FoFor expansion MLS clubs, first impressions are important. The first impression set by the other Los Angeles expansion club engrossed that club and stuck to it like a ball and chain and haunted it until its demise. The first impression LA's newest Major League Soccer club gives off, specifically with its newest signing, will lead in the opposite direction.

Notes from the 2017 MLS All-Star Game

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By Charles Boehm – CHICAGO, IL (Aug 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The usual bells, whistles, and fireworks featured as Major League Soccer held its 2017 All-Star Game at Soldier Field on Wednesday. As others have written on these pages, this annual occasion is neither perfect nor putrid.

Report: Hopes for MLS in St. Louis could be restored by private investors

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After being voted down for a soccer stadium back in April, St. Louis' aspirations to be an MLS city are still in reach.

The city's journey to MLS expansion has reportedly taken an alternative route: relying on a rumored buyer's group instead of unproved tax-payer money, which was denied by a slight margin earlier this year.

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.

Seattle

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.

News Update

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.

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.

Nashville

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.

Nashville mayor announces $250 million MLS stadium plan

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Nashville's MLS expansion chances received a major boost today in the form of a stadium plan.

Nashville appears to have checked off one of the most important boxes in the MLS expansion race today as the city's mayor Megan Berry announced a $250 million plan for a 27,500 seat soccer stadium on the Nashville Fairgrounds.

FC Cincinnati

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/5/17

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Curtin's Conference, MLS Expansion Update and more in today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Press Scrum
A few thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Meet the 16-year-old from Cherry Hill who made U.S. soccer history this summer
Cherry Hill native Tomas Romero has shot up the ranks of Union prospects this year.

U.S. Open Cup atmosphere provides another big push for Cincinnati's MLS expansion hopes

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CINCINNATI Minutes after their victory in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, the New York Red Bulls players went out of their way to applaud the fans in blue and orange who remained inside Nippert Stadium.

Every player in red and white, their manager and the traveling support tucked into the right corner of the stadium was quick to point out how impressive Cincinnati's soccer culture is.

MLS Miami

Garber "confident" Miami deal could happen by end of summer

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Major League Soccer is closer than ever to announcing the long-awaited Miami franchise.

After meeting with the league's board of governors on Wednesday before the All-Star Game against Real Madrid, commissioner Don Garber told reporters the deal is at the finish line for the Miami MLS team.

Don Garber: MLS Miami bid 'at the finish line'

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After several years of steps both forward and backwards, MLS Miami is getting closer to putting all of the pieces in place, according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Speaking to ESPN, Garber said that he expects a vote on Miami to occur at Wednesday's MLS Board of Governors meeting.

The Rest

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.

Sounders beat Whitecaps, MLS expansion, and more: Freedom Kicks for 11/3/2017

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Hello from the House of Ladybugs

I'm not sure how it happens or what's going on, but when we get chilly weather followed by a warmer, sunny day, my house gets swarmed by ladybugs. Today, I counted 50 before stopping yesterday afternoon, and there were 10 or so just inside the house. I basically live here now via the generosity of the ladybugs.

Report: Ford family joins Detroit's MLS expansion bid, offers Ford Field as venue

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The Detroit MLS expansion bid already had the backing of two billionaires, and another appears to be joining the equation.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Ford family, owners of the NFL's Detroit Lions, are throwing their financial weight into the city's bid to bring MLS to Michigan.

Major Link Soccer: USMNT Face Crucial World Cup Qualifier versus Honduras

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With their World Cup Qualifying fate still in the balance, the USMNT face a crucial test in Honduras today.

Seattle:

If you're planning on attending the Sounders match versus FC Dallas on October 15, you might want to also check out the pre-match pub crawl featuring 5 local breweries.

MLS:

Another year, another expansion team comparison to the 2009 Sounders team, Awith Dirty South Soccer arguing that the 2017 Atlanta United team is the best expansion team in league history.

The European transfer market after Neymar

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Tuesday's soccer news has plenty of people predicting gloom for European soccer. According to this view, PSG triggering Neymar's hefty buyout clause and completing his move from Barcelona might destabilize the transfer market as we know it. It's too much money in a top heavy system that has already allowed for inflation whenever it's a Premier League club doing the buying.

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.