Soccer Business

Major League Soccer

Saying goodbye to RFK

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium opened on October 5, 1961 when it hosted a National Football League game between Washington and the New York Giants. Originally called "DC Stadium", the city renamend it for Kennedy in 1968, a year after his death.

Moving a Major League Soccer club

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By J Hutcherson (Oct 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS has spent a lot of time over its existence blurring the line between clubs and franchises. It's an important distinction for soccer operation with international ambition, showing that a group of teams founded and allocated by a league and later added to through expansion is the same as a league of clubs.

Learning from the NASL’s expansion problems

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

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.

MLS avoids the tanking problem, but that doesn’t make it easier for clubs

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By J Hutcherson (Oct 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - At the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, the best player available by most metrics ended up selected late in the fourth round. Marcus Tracy chose Europe and it took 55 picks before an MLS team decided his MLS rights were worth it. That Tracy's career didn't play out as expected is irrelevant to the SuperDraft story.

NYCFC outside of NYC

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

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.

NYCFC still needs a stadium

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

It's not lost on anybody inside the league or watching it that NYCFC's current stadium solution isn't much of one. Yankee Stadium might be fine for Major League Baseball, and some MB fans would like to argue that point. As a soccer venue, it's a reminder of the no better choice scenarios the original NASL faced.

Pushing MLS into the future

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's been an interesting week or so in Major League Soccer, both on the field and behind the scenes. Last Wednesday expansion club Atlanta United laid down a startling marker at their second match in their glittering new $1.

The move from player to pundit in US soccer

USSoccerPlayers at related • 2 views

By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 21, 2017) US Soccer Players – There's an increasing number of former US players doing color commentary on TV these days. The move into punditry seems like a natural next step as more players seek to stay in the game they love, while lending their expertise to the growing number of coverage hours across all media outlets.

MLS plays by its ridiculous rules

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - MLS closed its summer transfer window with a bang this week. Several current and former USMNT players found themselves at the center of the action. The process offered up a timely snapshot of the many and nuanced ways in which the domestic league both fosters and frustrates this country's players.

Garber stresses over the obvious

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By J Hutcherson (Aug 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's almost cheating to latch onto comments made in an open discussion that anybody with internet access and time on their hands could've watched. MLS commissioner Don Garber provided the talking points in a Tuesday fan forum, and one of them is worth serious consideration.

Who won the 2017 summer of soccer?

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 31, 2017) US Soccer Players – You would never think we were in the midst of any sort of a summer break with all the soccer played in July. Europe's major domestic competitions may be in the midst of preseason, but friendlies between top clubs kept interest going.

MLS promotes the Gold Cup by promoting itself

USSoccerPlayers at related • 1 view

By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer has always ALWAYS tied its identity to the United States Men's National Team. This goes back to the earliest days of the league. Much of its early star power came from the American heroes of 1994. MLS has made the most of the involvement of players from its ranks in the international fortunes of the USA.

Playing for one club in MLS

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Francesco Totti, the legendary Italian striker, just retired after a 25-year career. Totti spent every one of those 25 years with the same club, Roma, where he will now serve as a director in his post-playing days. He is the epitome of that oft-romanticized idea, a player who never leaves the team he came up with as a professional.

News Update

Precourt announces the Crew might move to Austin

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Tuesday's soccer news starts with an MLS team potentially moving to a new city. News broke last night that the Columbus Crew might leave for Austin if they can't get a new stadium deal. Yes, the MLS team with the first soccer-specific stadium has decided that they're better off somewhere in downtown Columbus or a completely different city.

How serious is a partial Premier League breakaway?

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

The news that six Premier League teams think they deserve more of the international broadcast rights isn't surprising. Those teams are more responsible for the broader appeal of the league, exactly what EPL management is selling across the world.

Under the current model, that revenue splits equally among the member clubs.

Bayern fires their coach after loss to PSG

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Thursday's soccer news starts with the aftermath of PSG rolling over Bayern Munich at home. PSG proved their point as the top team in Group B, something that Bayern and then the rest of Europe will have to deal with this season. For Bayern Munich, the first step is a new coach.

News broke earlier today that Carlos Ancelotti might not last the day as Bayern Munich coach with the club officially confirming his exit using that favorite turn of phrase "part company".

PSG tries to get it together

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

It's not clear yet whether or not the PSG experiment in paying extremely large amounts of money for marquee players is working. It doesn't take Neymar to win Ligue 1, after all. It's the Championship where their version of pay to play is supposed to show quick results. Their 5-0 win at Celtic to open Group B play probably sent the obvious message to fellow group favorites Bayern Munich.

Predicting the future of soccer TV

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

When the money is pouring in domestically and internationally, it's easy to be a bit bullish on the future of Premier League television rights. BBC Sport's Simon Stone has Manchester United Ed Woodward doing exactly that, linking internet giants like Amazon and Facebook eventually bidding for the Premier League.

Frank de Boer the unfortunate winner of the 2017-18 Premier League sack race

USSoccerPlayers at related • 2 views

It's always a question at the start of the Premier League season. Who will win the sack race? In 2017-18, that dubious distinction falls to now former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer. Palace's 1-0 loss at Burnley sealed his fate just weeks into his first season in charge.

"Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer," read the official statement.

The present of Financial Fair Play

USSoccerPlayers at related • 1 view

Friday's soccer news starts with shocked looks all around. Arsenal, one of the only clubs to fully embrace the spirit of Financial Fair Play, has reconsidered. BBC Sport has Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying, "I'm convinced that at the moment the rules are not strong enough to make them respected.

Dealing in the transfer market

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Wednesday's soccer news starts with another round of the absurdity of the current transfer window. We're now in the era of super clubs and the bulk of the Premier League with significant amounts of money to spend but no one willing to accept a price. Why sell now when you could get more in the next window?

The transfer deadline in the Premier League

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

The Premier League is approaching the transfer deadline with all the subtlety of a kid building a team in a video game. "Throw money at it" seems to be the main tactical concern, with teams panic spending at an entirely new level.

Part of this is undoubtedly the Neymar effect. Part of it is the wealth of every Premier League team wading into the types of deals that used to only involve the elite.

Should MLS worry about entertaining?

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Monday's soccer news starts with an exciting weekend in MLS. Well, unless you're concerned that the MLS version of parity might be trending towards fluke runs and too much stoppage time. That's the latest version of the old entertainment value debate when it comes to Major League Soccer.

What was entertaining about MLS in week 24 was for the wrong reason.

The demise of the freebie TV soccer leagues

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Friday's soccer news starts with something basic. Depending on your cable system, some soccer leagues are freer than others. If your package includes most of the major sports channels, it's a reasonable assumption that so do a lot of other peoples. That may or may not be true. Some people are paying extra for things like FS1, much less beIN Sport, GolTV, or Univision Deportes.

The Premier League considers their own rules

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

The transfer window isn't riding an all-time high in popularity anywhere in world soccer. FIFPro, the international players union, is challenging it under European labor law. Clubs across Europe are wondering if we're in the middle of an inflated period they'll regret sooner than later. Now, the Premier League is considering ending it early next season to match with the start of their league schedule.

Liverpool and Premier League money

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Friday's soccer TV has the start of the 2017-18 Premier League season and a willingness to once again consider the big picture. For the Premier League, that's spending a whole lot of the revenue they're generating in large part through TV rights deals all over the world.

What this is building is the expectation up and down the league that the Premier League's club have no choice to spend.

Soccer TV in America is changing

USSoccerPlayers at related • 1 view

The soccer news starts with Disney deciding how ESPN can monetize a reworked sports streaming site in the near future. As in, a reworked streaming site that may or may not care about your cable subscription. Whatever happens with ESPN, it's part of a larger trend that impacts how American soccer fans can watch games.

MLS plays its game against Real Madrid

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Thursday's soccer news starts with the MLS All-Stars taking Real Madrid to penalties on a rainy night in Chicago. The game ended 1-1 in regulation. Borja Mayoral scored for Real Madrid in the 59th with Dom Dwyer equalizing in the 87th. Dwyer and Gio Dos Santos had their penalties saved with Real Madrid converting all four of theirs to take the trophy.

Game day for the MLS All-Stars

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Wednesday's soccer news has the 2017 MLS All-Star Game on the schedule (8:30pm ET - FS1). If we didn't convince you yesterday that the All-Star Game might be worth your time, do us a favor and spare our precious feelings.

Meanwhile, on the field the MLS All-Stars face a Real Madrid squad that are likely as interested as the rest of us with what's happening with their favorite La Liga rivals.

A day away from the 2017 MLS All-Star Game

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Tuesday's soccer news starts with the run-up to MLS once again trying to give meaning to a friendly. It's a tough ask, if we're being honest. On one side of the ball is an All-Star team that by definition hasn't had enough time together to do more than the basics. On the other side of the ball is a Real Madrid squad that's had enough high profile preseason games already to find some form.

USMNT plays the schedule

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Tuesday's soccer news has the appropriate response from the USMNT after Jamaica knocked out Mexico. Though the Gold Cup is normally designed with the hopes that the two biggest teams in the region will meet in the final, that's far from a guarantee. For two editions running, it hasn't happened. The collective USMNT response is "so what.

Super clubs in super friendlies

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Friday's soccer news starts with the Manchester derby in Houston on Thursday night. Over 60k fans reported in the stands at NRG Stadium, a venue where Manchester United once played the MLS All-Star team. What this underlines is the point Luis Bueno made a couple of weeks ago. Do prestige friendlies need local involvement?

CONCACAF

UEFA goes ahead with the Nations League

USSoccerPlayers at related • 1 view

By J Hutcherson (Sep 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA is pushing ahead with the Nations League, officially announcing the competition. It's a concept to make friendlies count... or something. It's tough to judge what UEFA really wants from their new competition, except maybe a good enough reason to keep scheduling international games during the club season.

Worst Gold Cup ever?

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Like many readers, your correspondent has grown up in a sustained era of soccer's growth in North America. Every year the game grows bigger and more popular than the last, it seems, leading us to take for granted that the future will be brighter than the past.

English Premier League

Does the Bundesliga really want to be like the Premier League?

USSoccerPlayers at related • 2 views

By J Hutcherson (Sep 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - The Bundesliga has a longstanding reputation as the European big league most resistant to quick change. They're not going to revamp their competition just to chase more money. They're not going to redo their particular club structure that favors the ideal of a club without considerable debate.

Are the lower divisions playing a losing game?

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

By J Hutcherson (Sep 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The immediate question is which lower divisions? In England, the lower divisions are chasing a Premier League dream. Even the nice and cuddly clubs dedicated to their local communities and in no position to chase expensive by their standards moves.

Soccer has a time slot

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Monday's soccer news starts with something that should be obvious but so far isn't. One of the selling points of soccer to broadcasters is that it easily fits into a time slot. Well, until the rise of video assistant refereeing where instant replay has turned into extended stoppage times.

Is this a huge problem?

The European transfer market after Neymar

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

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.

The Rest

Tell Me About: UEFA’s Nations League

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

UEFA announced the makeup of their four leagues that will compete in the new Nations League. Europe is dropping most of their friendly dates in favor of a promotions and relegation format that features a playoff for the title. The new Nations League begins on September 6, 2018.

Why Now?

Club vs country in Europe is an ongoing negotiation.

Chicago home and away

USSoccerPlayers at related • 0 views

Thursday's soccer news starts with the Montreal Impact shutting out the Chicago Fire 3-0 at Saputo Stadium. Ignacio Piatti opened the scoring in the 6th minute. Matteo Mancosu doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 37th with Piatti scoring again a minute later. Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush kept the clean sheet with two saves.