Friday's soccer news starts with MLS announcing that they plan to expand the league to 30 teams. As these things go, expecting any league to cap their total number of teams when investor/operators are willing to pay their $200m expansion fee might be misguided. The pursuit of expansion fees may have been the cause of death for the original North American Soccer League, but from the MLS perspective . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS expansion. The league's push to 28 teams continues with Sacramento releasing an updated stadium rendering. As always with MLS, it's the stadiums that end up being the issue. Getting a team in a new building in time for their expansion season isn't the norm. Instead, it's a waiting game that in some situations can continue for years. Sacramento needs an expansion . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2019) US Soccer Players - The truth is that for FC Cincinnati, Sunday’s home Major League Soccer debut wasn’t exactly “a long time coming”. At least not if we’re judging by the amount of time between MLS making the expansion announcement in May of 2018 and the upcoming game against Portland at Nippert Stadium on March 18, 2019. The fans of other recent . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 8, 2019) US Soccer Players - Time flies when you’re having fun. It also flies when you’re attempting to prepare for your first season as a Major League Soccer franchise. For both the freshly named Inter Miami and the future Nashville MLS club, there’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in. The business of putting a team together - hiring a coach, signing . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 28, 2019) US Soccer Players – The months needed to prepare for a new MLS season are full of nerve-racking intensity. There are players to draft, others to trade, and the logistics associated with staffing and stadium prep. That’s all further intensified when you’re an expansion team. This is where FC Cincinnati finds itself just weeks ahead of the kickoff to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 23, 2019) US Soccer Players - It turns out Sacramento is not done yet in the race for an MLS expansion franchise. After years of working to convince the league that the country’s 20th largest media market was a good place for a new team, Sacramento is scrambling to remain in the competition for the 28th spot. The city’s bid, led by Sacramento Republic owner . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS officially announcing Austin FC will join the league in 2021. As everybody with even a moderate interest in MLS already knows, Austin was going to be the new home of the relocated Columbus Crew. Instead, Crew supporters pushed for a new investor/operator, with the team remaining in place. Former Crew investor/operator Precourt Sports Ventures is now the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 11, 2019) US Soccer Players - The list of leading candidates for the next MLS expansion franchise might need another adjustment. On Thursday, USL club Indy Eleven relaunched stadium talk in that city with an audacious plan that includes a 20,000-seat soccer venue. The proposed $550 project will include business and residential components in addition to the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 9, 2019) US Soccer Players - Osvaldo Alonso is out-of-contract after 10 years manning the midfield for the Seattle Sounders. The likelihood is very high that the Cuban will move on this winter, departing Seattle and landing in another MLS lineup for the 2019 season. To lean on a well-worn cliche, it’s truly the end of an era. The mechanics of the Sounders . . .
The soccer news starts with FC Cincinnati debuting their logo as they prepare to enter MLS next season. The quick takeaways are a slight hue change for their orange and blue and a logo tweak. Since it seems an MLS tradition that it's never that easy, here's the club's official release letting us know what is and isn't appropriate. “Football Club Cincinnati” – the team’s full written name – will . . .