ORLANDO, Fla. â€” For the first time in 12 years, Major League Soccer looks to be on its way back to Florida.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday evening, 5-2, to grant the Orlando City Soccer Club $20 million of the remaining Tourism Development Tax (TDT), which will bring a downtown soccer stadium with a purpose of luring an MLS expansion team.
The dream of Major League Soccer coming to Orlando is now in the hands of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, MLS President Mark Abbott, who is in Orlando ahead of Tuesday's crucial county vote, said that the league will move "very quickly" if the county votes in favor for a downtown soccer stadium.
The University of Southern California has taken control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with plans to restore the venue to its former glory. Part of that will allegedly involve tearing down the Sports Arena, which the university also acquired, and replacing it with a 22,000 seat soccer stadium.
Yesterday, fans gathered in Orlando for the second annual fan forum to discuss various items in Orlando such as a move to Major League Soccer, their own soccer stadium and much more.
More than 200 supporters of Orlando City Soccer Clubpacked into Harry Buffalo's on Church Street. Nearly everyone in attendance had the same thought or question on their mind, when would Orlando be moving up to MLS?
The big stadium news today came courtesy of the New York Postwhich indicated that Major League
Soccer is closing on a deal to construct a $300 million facility in Queens at Corona Park.Â Â
According to the article, the 25,000 seat stadium could start rising from the ground as early as
next year.Â As we have previously discussed on this site, MLS has made it clear that the stadium
is the primary goal for a New York 2 project.
It looks like the New York Cosmos will be playing in the Flushing Meadows area of Queens as
Major League Soccer is close to securing permission for a $300 million, 25,000-seat,
state-of-the-art soccer-stadium there according to a report by the New York Post.
The stadium, which would completely financed by the league, is awaiting approval from city and
state officials but so far both have been very supportive.
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It isn't really a surprise to
anyone that's ever been to the former World's Fair site in Flushing, Queens that Major League
Soccer is targeting it for a soccer stadium. The link was already there even before the New York
Mets built their new stadium.
I think one word may describe most New England Revolution fans these days, frustrated.
That tone probably comes from the top down as leaders of the club probably feel the same way. In
a recent interview with MLS Reserves (how good is that site by the way?), Revs president Brian
Bilello gave a deep sigh before talking about the Revs hopes and plans for a new soccer
The San Jose Earthquakes can finally begin the process of putting shovels in the ground to build
their very own stadium.
The Quakes' plans for a $60 million, 18,000-seat stadium cleared their last bureaucratic hurdle
last night when the San Jose Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny an appeal by a local
resident looking to have the team's planned development permit rescinded due to noise and light
The San Jose Earthquakes had their Planned Development Permit upheld by the San Jose Planning
Commission on Wednesday night. The hearing was held after an appeal over potential noise issues
associated with a soccer stadium. "Tonight's decision to uphold the Planned Development Permit that
we received in December is a milestone not just for the San Jose Earthquakes but all Bay Area
soccer fans," Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said.
Two interesting and totally separate stadium discussions to start the week off with this
First up in San Jose.
The Earthquakes are close nearing their final hurdle to get their own soccer stadium built. San
Jose owner Lew Wolff's plan to build a $60 million soccer stadium faces its final vote Wednesday
night, when the San Jose Planning Commission is expected to decide whether the city has adequately
addressed residents' concerns about the stadium being in their backyard.
Fairly quiet business weekend in American soccer, but here are a couple of stories worth noting.
We'll start in New England, where owner Robert Kraft is pursuing a resort casino development across
the street from Gillette Stadium, the current home of the Revs and Patriots.Â The story is
significant to soccer fans only because of potential impacts on the Revolution's efforts to build a
soccer specific stadium in the Boston area.
The 'Five-Game Tournament' for the U.S. Men's National Team has come and gone, and after nearly 30
days in six cities and three countries the USA finished with four points to start off World Cup
qualifying. Overall it was a successful month for the U.S. team as they continued to build
chemistry and implement the style of play preferred by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Time for some quick hitters from the world of soccer business.Â The Sports Business Journal is
reporting that the Soccer Stadium, a network of soccer specific venues (made up of a number of MLS
franchises and the Rochester Rhinos), has realized some significant success though its effort to
jointly book concerts.
Whichever history making side advances from Tuesday's match at Starfire (on FSC) they will then
go on a road trip. Both the Seattle Sounders and Cal FC would face the winner of the Minnesota
Stars at San Jose Earthquakes game. That quarterfinal match would be on June 26th. There is an
oddity in the announcement as the Earthquakes would not be hosting at Buck Shaw, but instead at
Grant Wahl, failed candidate for the FIFA presidency and writer at SI.com on all things football
has listed all 19 MLS franchises in order of perceived ambitions. Not surprisingly, LA is #1,
followed by Seattle and NY. Not surprisingly either, our beloved Revs are last.
Here is the commentary that follows the Revs entry:
No fan base sends me more complaints about its own team ownership
than New England's.
From the Chronicle: City Council has approved tailgating at the downtown soccer stadium
scheduled to open in May. City law had prohibited open containers and outdoor drinking downtown.
The Houston Dynamo, which is putting the finishing touches on a 22,000-seat stadium across U.
By Chris Moran City Council has approved tailgating at the downtown soccer stadium scheduled to
open in May. City law had prohibited open containers and outdoor drinking downtown. The Houston
Dynamo, which is putting the finishing touches on a 22,000-seat stadium across U.S. 59 from Minute
Maid Park, asked for the change.
Why is this man smiling? That thud you heard this morning was TFC supporter's hearts collectively hitting the ground. A TSN report claiming that the Toronto Argos are on the brink of being sold to MLSE and/or Larry Tanenbaum brought home the worst fears for many of The Reds' faithful.
There are some excellent scribes who write about Argentine Soccer. Sam Kelly. Dan Colasimone. Ed Malyon. Most of them live in Buenos Aires, whereas my own tenure there was an all too brief six months (several years ago). However, there's just one problem: none of the aforementioned writers are pricks.
Do we need to start adding a question mark to the end of our Zzzzzzzz's? Jonathan O'Connell, a business reporter with the Post and jonny-on-the-spot when it comes to reporting on the District's end of the ongoing D.C. United stadium saga, is reporting this morning that D.C. City Administrator Allen Y.
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by a special guest columnist - The Dean of Studying from The Jacob Peterson Institution of
America-Canadia Relationships & Things
ã€€ THE FC's VS. SPORTING KANSAS CITY ã€€ CANADA SOCCER STADIUM - SATURDAY 4:30PM (Canada Time) TV: GOL TV (Likely in French) RADIO: THE FAN 590 (Probably when hockey ends)
ã€€ THE KICKAROUND:
The patriotic and totally kick-ass Sporting Kansas City, current Kings of the MLS Eastern
Conference, are being forced by the liberal media elite and left-wing policy makers to travel to
North America - home of the Toronto FC's soccer team.
Our post yesterday on the economic impacts of stadiums drew some interesting comments and
e-mails, so we thoughtÂ it make sense to stay on that topic.Â We were reminded of the situation
in Harrison, where Red Bull Arena has been the subject of much debate and controversy.Â Last year,
Deadspin offered this unique take on the issues facing the relationship.
TAMPA, Fla. -- When the U.S. men's national team begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign
on Friday, it seems all but certain that neither Fabian Johnson nor Edgar Castillo will be starting
at left back.
At 10-year Anniversary Of Dark MLS Days - Daily Soccer Fix
This recap of the days when MLS was the very precipice of failure is a must read. Just 10 years
ago MLS was paying to be on TV (that actually ended in 2002), contracted 2 teams, had only 1 soccer
stadium and couldn't dream of DPs nor averaging more than 17,000 fans per game.
Last year we debuted our first selection ever for "Person of the Year". The award went to the
German ad agency Nordpol+ for their roll in creating the brat train and under-the-seat kegs at St.
Pauli's (Germany) soccer stadium.
Beer and soccer indeed.
This year we're opening the award to out FBM community to decide.
The Stanford Cardinal are the newest champions of Division I women's college soccer after defeating
Duke 1-0 in a hard-fought final at KSU Soccer Stadium outside Atlanta. The winning goal was scored
about ten minutes into the second half by Teresa Noyola. Much had been stated about Duke's slow
starts in their previous NCAA Tournament matches, and I think coach Robbie Church must have
communicated to the team that if they did the same against Stanford they would find themselves