By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Three years ago Major League Soccer changed their logo. The progressive “brand identity” was built in particular around three stars arrayed in the upper left corner. The league let us know that the stars “represent the pillars of our brand: For Club, For Country, For Community.” It was an admirable concept that tried to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer descended upon Nashville on Wednesday where they announced the 24th franchise. The mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, the governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and the lead investor in Nashville’s MLS bid, John Ingram, joined MLS commissioner Don Garber in celebrating the news that first division professional soccer . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Wednesday, Major League Soccer confirmed that Nashville would be joining the league as an expansion side. The announcement concludes a year-long formal pursuit for the Music City. At first, Nashville seemed like a total longshot to get the nod. Bids from Sacramento, Saint Louis, and San Diego seemed far more promising. While . . .
MLS made it official on Wednesday, adding Nashville as an expansion team. The team plans to build a stadium at the Nashville fairgrounds complex. MLS expects to name a second expansion team soon. Approval of the Miami expansion bid is also on the horizon, with an announcement potentially coming next month. “This is a landmark day for Nashville and for all of the loyal and ardent soccer advocates . . .
The soccer news starts with the news breaking across multiple outlets that MLS is expanding to Nashville. An MLS public event scheduled for Nashville later today would be a bigger surprise if it wasn't welcoming the city as an MLS expansion franchise. Nashville will join a league that has made it clear that there's no expectation of struggling in an expansion market. Everything needs to be in . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Thursday was supposed to be a big day in the race for the next two MLS expansion franchises. The cities of Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento remained standing after a nearly year-long process that winnowed a dozen cities down to four. The MLS Board of Governors held the fate of those bids in their hands when they . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the latest from the ongoing saga that is MLS expanding to Miami. We now know that the league is fine with the changes to the investor/operator group that will back David Beckham's MLS expansion team. With that settled and a stadium plan in place, the expectation is a quick conclusion to what has been a lengthy process to officially award a Miami MLS team. It's . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - With an ownership group boasting stars ranging from Mia Hamm to Magic Johnson to even Will Ferrell, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Los Angeles FC would buck some trends The team was the lucky winner of the multi-year Carlos Vela lottery, finally checking the boxes for the Mexican international. LAFC joined the league at the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - That sound in downtown Los Angeles of hammers and drills, the beep-beep-beep of cement trucks backing up is helping forge two things. LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium offers such an array of noises, promising to leave in its wake a modern stadium that will certainly captivate LA. Those noises though also ring out from the club’s . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - We all know the Seattle soccer success story. As the vanguard of the Pacific Northwest MLS expansion movement, the Seattle Sounders are the team that draws the biggest crowds. Portland might want to argue that they've got the best atmosphere in Major League Soccer, but Seattle has the stadium capacity. The Sounders established a model that allowed . . .