Rising MLS Expansion Fees Harmful to Growth

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If reports from MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott are to be believed, the league could be charging a lot more money for prospective expansion teams. MLS recently wrapped up its Board of Governors Meetings, and the topic of expansion was on the forefront of discussions. In a statement posted to mlssoccer.com on Monday, Abbott stated […] READ MORE



Fabian Castillo Sold to Turkey, FC Dallas in Trouble

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FC Dallas have made a rather large transaction. They have unleaded star forward Fabian Castillo to¬†Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Liga. The mid-table club are sending a healthy sum of $4 million for the Colombian’s goal scoring prowess. They will get $2 million now and another $2 million in the next six months. If that […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 17: Chris Sale Slicing Jerseys

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Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen feel the need to discuss Chris Sale slicing jerseys to pieces. Apparently upset with the way his throwback uniforms would affect his performance, Sale decided to go all slasher on everyone’s digs. He got himself suspended five games for his trouble. There had to have been a better method of […] READ MORE


Nat Borchers Out For the Season, Timbers Will Be Fine

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The Portland Timbers got some bad news on Monday. Bearded defender Nat Borchers is done for the year with a ruptured Achilles tendon. This rough realization comes at an interesting time in Portland’s season. Saturday’s loss to LA Galaxy closed a nine match unbeaten run. They were back in a playoff spot. They were beginning […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Episode 16: Hall of Fame Inductions

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This weekend, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be enshrined during baseball’s Hall of Fame Inductions. Both well deserving of the honor, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen remember the careers of these two all time greats. Before that, however, some unfortunate news about Clayton Kershaw’s back injury casts a shadow over what has been […] READ MORE