INFOGRAPHIC: MLS Player Salary Information for 2016

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Back in mid-May, the MLS Players Union published their first updated salary figures for the 2016 season. In a league known for overusing the “as per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed” cop-out, the document is one of the closest things to a window into its inner workings. READ MORE


Sporting Kansas City’s Midwest Marketing Wizardry: TWC

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In the era of the “Sporting” moniker, Kansas City’s MLS team has been an absolute on and off-field machine. When every other club came to the branding fight with steak knives (the Seattle Sounders came with steak knives AND megaphones, mind you), Sporting Kansas City trotted in with a wrecking ball. No other club, let alone a “small market club” like Sporting, has been able to put the seemingly increasingly tighter Adidas merchandising brandcuffs to shame with such consistency. READ MORE


The Best and Worst of the MLS Jersey Week Era: TWC

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Without any real degree of organization, and with a much larger timeframe (the Chicago Fire released their new home kit on January 25, the Colorado Rapids didn't unveil theirs until March 3), this year’s jersey releases were from a buzz perspective underwhelming. So instead of evaluating this year's crop o' kits, I’m taking you back in time through three seasons (2013-2015) of Jersey Week releases, highlighting the best and worst of the jerseys released during the event. Jerseys that were released at other points in those calendar years won’t be included in this step into the time capsule. So shout out to the 2013-2014 LA Galaxy third jersey for being a dynamite shirt, but it and other midseason drops won’t be considered. READ MORE


Putting a Price on MLS’ Next Jersey Contract: TWC

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Assuming single-entity, MLS’ next jersey contract will be more lucrative than the current one. But even though the math may say it, don’t get your hopes up for a 10-year, $1.4 billion juggernaut. Logic still says that Real is Real, and MLS is MLS. That said, when MLS’ last jersey deal was agreed to in 2010, there were only 16 teams and a total attendance gate of just over four million people. In 2015, the 20-team league’s total gate passed the seven million mark. Depending on how much you trust Don Garber, MLS will be at 24 teams by 2020, with teams 25-28 now very much in discussion too. READ MORE


MLS Jersey Week 2016 Needs Tweaking, Not Termination: TWC

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As many other Last Word SC writers will attest, my favourite part of a new season brewing is the new jerseys that come down the pipeline. In fact, since launching in 2013, MLS’ annual “Jersey Week” has been something of a second Christmas for me. However, rather than waiting anxiously for Jersey Week 2016 to kick off, I’m left wondering if the only three-year-old event has already started a decline into obscurity. READ MORE


Didier Drogba Debacle Highlights Rough MLS Offseason: TWC

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Didier Drogba's MLS contract doesn't expire until the end of the 2016 season. But the opportunity to return (again) and become an assistant coach at Chelsea has MLS on the verge of its seemingly annual high-profile player controversy. If this one ends in Chelsea's favour, MLS could be left reeling for the entire 2016 season and possibly beyond. READ MORE




MLS Decision Day 2015 As Good As Advertised: TWC

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Remember how close things were a few weeks back? Nothing changed in the lead-up to MLS Decision Day 2015, and it made for a frenzied day of checking updates on multiple matches and refreshing league tables every few minutes. In short, it was Christmas morning for fans. READ MORE