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LAFC set to begin play in 2018

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Some news broke over the weekend that LAFC would be revealing their stadium plans on Monday. But one little nugget hidden away in the report from the LA Times was also that of when the club would begin play. Instead of playing in 2017 like everything was originally planned, the club will now kick off their inaugural season in 2018 with a brand new stadium.

Can someone get Indy in MLS?

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I've been thinking for a while now that the group that owns the NASL side Indy Eleven need to be in MLS. Maybe it has to do with PeterWilt managingthat club or maybe it has more to do with the renderings of the stadium that were just released.

Provided by Indy Eleven

Hot damn.

The Indy Star had the scoop on the renderings that were released, detailing the $82 million stadium that will hold roughly 18,000.

Orlando Shows Off Stadium Renderings

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Orlando City SC President & Founder Phil Rawlins, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs unveiled renderings for Orlando's new downtown Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium to the publicon Tuesdayafternoon.

The new stadium is scheduled to open prior to the 2016 Major League Soccer season and will be located on Church Street.

D.C. United Inching Closer To Stadium Deal

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I feel like we've seen this before but for the first time this feels promising for D.C. United and their fans.

According to a report in theWashington Poston Monday, city officials and D.C. United executives are getting closer to finalizing an agreement to build a 20,000-seat stadium at the Buzzard Point site.

Video: How Atlanta Stadium Will Transform For MLS

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We've heard for weeks how the new Falcons Stadium in Atlanta will transform into a MLS venue in 2017. It appears we finally have a glimpse of what the $1.2 billion stadium will do when it does indeed transform from a NFL venue to a MLS venue.

The new team, which was officially announced last week and will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank,has released a video showing how the upper sections will be closed offto give the stadium an 'intimate soccer environment' similar to BC Place, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

San Jose Stadium Opening To Be Pushed Back

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It looks like San Jose will be playing another year in Buck Shaw Stadium after all.The San Jose Earthquakes announced in July that the opening of their new stadium would be pushed back to mid-2014. Now based on a couple of tweets today, the stadium won't be set to open until early 2015.

Source: Another delay means new San Jose Earthquakes stadium now won't open until 2015 season #MLS

— Seth Vertelney (@svertgoalcom) September 12, 2013

Robert Jonas of Center Line Soccer confirmed later with the club that an announcement would shortly be made on the subject.

USC Takes Aim At A Soccer Stadium

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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.

NYCFC Looking A Bronx Location For Stadium?

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The search for a stadium in New York City continues for Major League soccer and new expansion club New York City FC.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the club andthe Bronx Parking Development Co.—a nonprofit group that runs five parking garages by the ballpark— are in discussions to demolish a 2,411-space parking garage on East 153rd Street in the Bronx and put a 25,000 to 30,000-seat stadium in its place, according to people involved with the discussions.

Leaked New York City FC Stadium Photos, Yeah It Would Be That Nice

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Looking at these photos, the thought of a stadium on Pier 40 for New York City FC would be amazing. But man, this has to be too good to be true. Right?

SportsGridspotted the following leaked renderings originally posted over at Reddit. As you see below, they are quite impressive even for a potential stadium that likely will never see the light of day.

LA Wants Downtown Stadium

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The City of Los Angeles wants to build a soccer stadium, and subsequently wants to land a Major League Soccer franchise to inhabit its new downtown location. This comes from a recent community draft report seeking to elevate the city's collegiate and professional sports profileand bring tourism dollars downtown.

Miami Stadium Has Soccer Potential

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So the NFL's Dolphins have released this video, it could be weeks or months old for all I know but it is interesting to see the inside of the potential stadium flip from football to soccer. As much as I hate MLS teams in a NFL stadium, I could see this work for bigger international games.

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FC Dallas Wants A Roof Over Their Heads

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One of the biggest complaints I hear from folks in the Dallas market about FC Dallas Stadium is the lack of shade. Sure if you sit on the west side of the stadium, most nights you are covered in some respects. But the south and east gates put you squarely in the sunlight and on hot summer days, that can be a pain.

Revs Discussing Stadium Plans

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I feel as thought this might be a broken record when it comes to stadiums and the New England Revolution. (The same would apply for D.C. United too)

Every deal sounds good and each time it ends up going no where. So why is the latest news any different?

Revolution president Brian Bilello confirmed that the team is in preliminary talks with Revere, Mass, a urban suburb of Boston about a potential soccer stadium.

D.C. United Hopes To Start New Stadium Construction In 2013

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At this point you have to wonder where exactly they plan to put the shovels into the ground to build this new stadium. I, like many United fans, enjoy hearing the owners and Payne come out and say that they want to start digging next year. But boy does it all come down to where.

Very interesting article though, give it a read.

Photo: BBVA Compass Stadium At Night

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People who are close to me know that I am a sucker for two things: soccer stadiums and city skylines. Combine the two and I am worthless as all I'll want to do is spend time looking at them together in all possible elements.

So here it is, thanks to the Houston Dynamo Twitter feed, the new BBVA Compass Stadium at night, with the downtown skyline in the background.

Stadium Talk: San Jose Nears Final Hurdle, DC Getting New Lease

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Two interesting and totally separate stadium discussions to start the week off with this morning.

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.

Orange Seats + Houston Skyline = Dynamo Bliss

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Go ahead and say it. You think this is pretty. Well you aren't the only one. The orange seats are going in as we speak and the grass will soon be installed. Happy times indeed in Houston.

(Photo via @hapykappy7)

Dynamo Stadium Sexiness

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Saw this photo over at Stadium Porn. Good gravy this one looks nice. The inside may not have the bells and whistles that LIVESTRONG Sporting Park or Red Bull Arena have but I do believe this one will go right in line with the rest of the new(ish) stadiums in MLS.

Well done Houston.

San Jose Nears Stadium Ground Breaking

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Hey, hey, hey. Another Major League Soccer club is close to putting shovels in the ground and building a brand new facility to call their own. CenterLineSoccer is reporting that the San Jose Earthquakes' proposed new stadium has gone through the neighborhood scrutiny and could be on their way to getting this facility built.

BC Place Lighting Up

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BC Place is getting awfully close to opening up again in Vancouver. I noticed this post over at stadiumporn.com (awesome name btw). The light panels on the outside of the stadium are pretty sweet. And that roof. Wowzers.

Saputo Stadium Goes Digital

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A little stadium pOrn for you today. Today's edition comes from Montreal where Stade Saputo (or Saputo Stadium) gets a little digital love with their virtual site.

Its a cool little stadium, something that will work nicely in MLS. Nothing overly sexy about it but one that I kind of like. It's the simple little things I suppose that work with this.

BC Place: Almost There

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For those still wondering when the Vancouver Whitecaps would end up in their real home, BC Place. The club has released this little video to show you all that they aren't that far away. I have to say the retractable roof concept there seems pretty cool.

(H/T to SF for posting this).

Virtual Look At Houston Dynamo Stadium

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Good grief this stadium looks nice. Kudos to the Houston Dynamo for putting out their virtual box for their new stadium that is under construction. Here are a couple screen shots from the site. I have to say this place looks amazing.

Chivas Co-Owner Hints At Moving Out Of HDC

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This has been a hot-topic really since day one for Chivas USA, playing in the Home Depot Center. Most fans would love to see them get their own place which in a way would make the SuperClasico rivalry with the LA Galaxy even better in my eyes.

Chivas USA co-owner Antonio Cue confirmed Thursday to MLSSoccer.

PPL Park Looking To Expand?

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I love it when MLS teams are aggressive with their plans. The Philadelphia Union are indeed one of those clubs. Philly.com is reporting that the club wants to make their home field even bigger.

Union officials are developing long-term plans to expand the stadium, contemplating a three-phase process, the first to increase seating from 18,500 to 20,000.

PPL Park Looking To Expand?

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I love it when MLS teams are aggressive with their plans. The Philadelphia Union are indeed one of those clubs. Philly.com is reporting that the club wants to make their home field even bigger.

Union officials are developing long-term plans to expand the stadium, contemplating a three-phase process, the first to increase seating from 18,500 to 20,000.

Montreal Showing Off Latest Stadium Expansion

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I know we're a year away from seeing the Montreal Impact enter Major League Soccer but it isn't too soon to talk about their on-going stadium expansion. The club posted these photos today on their website, showing off the latest renderings and models of the expanded Saputo Stadium.

According to the club, more than 7,000 seats will be added to the current stadium: 3,500 seats in a new West grandstand, 1,250 additional seats in the Southeast and Southwest grandstands (corners), as well as 1,000 additional seats in the East grandstand.

Sporting KC Partners with LIVESTRONG Foundation For Stadium Name

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LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. (photo via Sporting KC)

Here is something you don't always see in a stadium naming rights agreement. Today, Sporting Kansas City reached an agreement with the LIVESTRONG Foundation for the naming rights of Sporting's new soccer stadium that is slated to open this June.

Dynamo To (Finally) Put Shovels In The Dirt

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The dream is finally becoming a reality in Houston. Shovels will go into the ground this weekend on a brand new stadium that will become the new home of the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo have been working long and hard on getting this project to become a reality after leaving San Jose for the reasons of not being able to land a stadium.

Photos: KC Stadium Update

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Its a slow news/blog day here. Â So its a good time as always for some stadium porn. Hat tip to the KansasCity.com for posting a batch of photos on the new stadium.

Here's a little sliver of photos for your enjoyment, view the rest at the link above.



KC Stadium Continues To Come Together

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Time for some beloved stadium porn. Damn, hard to believe its only been a year since this project got started but the Kansas City Wizards' stadium is coming together nicely. Here are a couple photos from their Facebook page. You can view more over there.

I really look forward to seeing this place next year, so far it looks very nice.

New Wizards Stadium Ad

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I love a good ad like this. With all the buzz in Kansas City yesterday as the Wizards beat Manchester United, let's hope some folks that went to that game were able to take some time to see the new venue (yeah I'm totally unaware of where Arrowhead is in relationship to the new venue!). This new stadium is going up super fast though, any chance it will be ready for next season?

Houston Gets County Approval For Stadium

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Another test down for the Houston Dynamo Stadium deal. Today Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved their end of the deal as they become partners with the City of Houston and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority in building a new stadium for the Dynamo east of downtown.

KC and Portland Stadium Rendering Battle

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It seems as though this morning was all about some stadium porn. Mike and Down the Byline pointed out some cool photos in the KC media guide about the new stadium while TOR unearthed this cool info on the PGE Park renovations in Portland. Let's just say both stadiums will be cool but KC wins the battle in my book, this new dig for the Wizards has loads of potential written all over it.

Dynamo Inch Closer To Stadium

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Its a headline we've heard before but this time around its really happening. The Houston city council unanimously approved a deal to help fund the Houston Dynamo stadium.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the city already has paid $15 million for the land just east of U.S. 59 downtown.

Philly Stadium Naming Rights Sold?

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According to Sports Business Journal, the Philadelphia Union have sold their waterfront stadium's naming rights to a local power company called Philadelphia Power & Lights (PPL). The deal will be for 10 years, $20 million.

Not bad at all for the Union considering Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah was for roughly $1-2 million a year for ten years.

Houston Looking At Another Stadium Site?

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We've heard for months now about the Houston Dynamo stadium being in downtown Houston next to the baseball stadium there but now are the Dynamo looking elsewhere for their stadium?

Thanks to DyanmoPlanet.com for posting this earlier this morning (via ABC13 in Houston). The club is now looking at another possible site near the Galleria in Houston.

Red Bull Arena Continues To Impress Me

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Red Bull Arena. (photo via Mark Fishkin)

Saw these photos (or stadium porn if you will) from Mark Fishkin earlier. Just wow. No doubt this stadium is passing up Home Depot Center as the main soccer venue in this country.

Fishkin also points outs some really good things the Red Bulls are doing with this new venue.

World Cup

Time To Figure Out The Five Venues For The Hex

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There is no need to move the Mexico game from Crew Stadium. (Getty Images)

The final round of qualifying is set for the United States men's national team. Jurgen Klinsmann has a couple of months before things will really kick off as the schedule isn't even set yet for the 10 game slate. But even as early as it may seem, it is always a good time to talk venues for the five home games for the US.

LA Stadium With World Cup In Mind

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Sure Los Angeles doesn't have a NFL team to fill this potential venue (yet, I always believe someone will move there again) but the designers of this stadium in east LA have one big thing in mind, the World Cup.

Not to shabby looking either if you ask me.

The LA Galaxy owners AEG are the ones planning to build this stadium to lure a NFL team and the World Cup.