Minnesota United Joins MLS, Will Begin Play in 2017

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MLS will have two new clubs joining it’s teams in 2017. In an announcement in St. Paul, Minnesota this evening, deputy owner Dr. Bill McGuire and MLS commissioner Don Garber officially named Minnesota United as the latest to join the top tier of American soccer. They will begin play in the 2017 season. Together with […] READ MORE


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



Operating With MLS Clubs Not Franchises? The Conclusion.

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In the first part of my article (read it here), we got to the stage of owners divesting their stake in a single-entity and being granted ownership of their individual, and now independent, club and also retaining a stake in MLS as a league. The next step is how to carve up the overall league […] READ MORE


Operating With MLS Clubs Not Franchises?

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If you’ve just read that headline and the first thought that went through your head was “but that’s not how American sport works” then welcome to the club. Sadly the club you’ve just joined is one consisting of people who tout that exact response to a huge array of comments about football in North America, […] READ MORE


Tin Men: MLS SuperDraft 2016

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When I told people I was headed down to Baltimore for the 17th MLS Superdraft, I was met by a bewildering range of reactions. Among my purist friends, there was a haughty combination of despair and disgust. An MLS SuperDraft? What is that? Certainly not a footie thing. Players are never “drafted”, like cattle to […] READ MORE


Oh, Canada! NYCFC & the Great White North

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There are a lot of things one could say about NYCFC’s stunning victory in Vancouver on Saturday night; it was the first time they’d put together three wins in a row, it kept their playoff hopes alive, it was one of the few times the team looked like it was finally clicking on all cylinders, and […] READ MORE


TWC: An “Anglo-American Cup” Makes No Sense for MLS

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The idea of an Anglo-American Cup goes against what MLS aspires to be. A league that wants to be considered among the world’s best can’t keep defaulting to riding on coattails to find success. There are things to be proud of no doubt, attendances, salaries, quality of play, television numbers, and virtually every other way to measure MLS’ stature in on the rise. At some point MLS clubs need to actually become the main attraction in these events if there is any hope for the league to reach its goal, and there’s no evidence of that being the case with this proposed tournament. READ MORE