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Red Bulls preseason game vs. Pumas tonight from Chase Field in Phoenix about to kick off. RBNY probably a bit deeper this year than in the past, and if they can find an answer from one of their young keepers, I think they could be a pleasant surprise this year.
Biggest news of the preseason is San Jose getting their stadium passed by the local government. It's nothing special in terms of frills, but who really cares? $60M is a figure that some other groups (coughDCcough) should be eyeing up.
Orlando City officially in the race to be the 20th MLS team. I know that Garber really wants a second NY team, but I just don't see it happening. For a 3rd tier club, OC has excellent attendance and from what I understand, pretty good management. Not so sure I think a Florida team would thrive, but Orlando is probably the one city that could do well.
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Being almost without a doubt the biggest (only) USL fan on the board, I always wonder about these things. They had a good first season, but what will happen if/when they aren't winning all the time? Rochester, even before it became obvious (to them) that they weren't going to MLS, starting dropping off in attendance once they weren't winning everything all the time anymore. Orlando could be good, but I suspect that this is mostly PR by their front office right now to help promote the USL team. I also can't imagine MLS being excited about playing at the Citrus Bowl.
I heard about the Orlando City popularity from Sean Wheelock in the BBC World Football Phone In podcast, and I think I posted about it on some soccer thread. I agree with Shimmy and gs, that I'm excited about the grassroots support they've developed down there ... but I don't think they're getting the 20th spot. Maybe if they can sustain it over 5-7 years, they can get spot 22 or 24 (of course depending on how big MLS eventually wants to become).
MLS' history in Florida is, of course, well-known, and with Garber having been the commish who made the call to contract Miami and Tampa, I wonder if he'll be scared off by that. They do seem to have developed a nice base of support and players have taken notice (Dax McCarty tweeted about Orlando City the other day) but it will come down first and foremost to finding a deep-pocketed owner and having a stadium plan. Miami was torpedoed not for attendance but because their stadium situation was poor and so (relatively) was their owner.
Speaking of which, Houston's new stadium looks super sweet and is in a great neighborhood (Robertson is in a horrible section of town). DCU opens that building so I'm trying to decide whether I should go down for it or not.
Coming out to Portland and/or Vancouver this year?
CONCACAF Champions League Tonight! So excited 3 MLS teams in action tonight. Toronto hosts LA at Rogers Centre and Seattle hosts Santos Laguna.
I'd love too, but I don't know if I'll be able to squeeze it in this year.
On another note: Former Germany international D Arne Friedrich to sign with Chicago Fire:
And there's that man again scoring a big goal.
Seattle loves their highlighter colors. At least this one isn't blinding like those yellows they wore the last couple years.
Gotta say I want to see my man Herc do really well tonight. My hatred for Seattle is only partially affecting that opinion.
Damn Seattle with a fucking beautiful goal there. Worth every second of Christopher Sullivan's accent...
Montero with a sexy pass there
Almost every single thing related to the Sounders franchise is douchey and annoying...and yet it only takes a few minutes of watching a Mexican squad for me to be rooting my ass off for Seattle.
At this point I'm just rooting for Herc to leave the stadium and then have the building collapse on itself.
Herc scores a cracker and Brad Evans comes right back for Seattle. 2-1.
Oh snap, it's da GAM!
Heh, EJ is back in MLS. Can someone give me quick rundown of who the bigger signings were this offseason?
Tonight's games have convinced me that this will be an exciting season.
There weren't as many big names to come over this window as in the past couple, but there was a very nice group of quality players who don't have the same Q rating. I'd say that almost all teams got better on paper and if only because of depth. The cap went up by 5% which basically allows for one more MLS quality average starter or a split to upgrade a couple spots.
Here is a link to a thread on Big Soccer that tracks every single off season move made by all the clubs. (this link goes to just the last post with the most recent updates)
First game on NBC Sports Network is being broadcast right now. It's a pretty big deal for the league and for soccer in the US. The TV contract was a landmark moment and they're clearly putting effort into the production and broadcast. Hoping for great ratings. They'll almost certainly be improved over FSC because it goes into about 30 million more homes. Today is Dallas vs NY. I think Dallas sold out the game so it's going to be a great atmostphere once it starts.
I'm watching. Looks like there's some empty seats, hop[efully it fills up
Enjoyable first half
Great production values, love Arlo White, really happy with the broadcast.
9:30 tonight Philadelphia at Portland. Will be interesting to compare the broadcasts. I'm guessing NBC kicks ESPN's ass. But I bet the atmosphere tonight makes the game more fun to watch.
Beat me to it Larry. Can't wait to see the Portland crowd
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