Looks like Detroit is on its way to getting an MLS franchise. According to MLS.com an ownership group including Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner, Dan Gilbert, have been meeting with the Don in an effort to secure a franchise for Detroit. With the saggy economic issues that have plagued the city, its concerning to think that a new MLS club may be tossed into a city without the fans capable or interested in going to a soccer match. But what do I know, what the Don wants, he gets.
In episode 9, we discussed our favorite soccer-themed books. Both Monty and Brian brought a lot of heat to this segment of the podcast and their book lists reflect this. Dan’s only suggested reading was Robert Andrew Powell’s This Love is not for Cowards, a great read on soccer in Juarez, Mexico during one of the bloodiest eras in the city’s history.
On this podcast we discuss Don Garber’s recent press conference and its ramifications. Also on the docket is MLS, USL, and NWSL results from last week. We wrap up this podcast with a list of books with soccer themes.
In what is fantastic news for soccer fans and the USL in particular, USL and ESPN3 will be partnering up to broadcast multiple games this season. For those not familiar, ESPN3 is an online only broadcast and streaming platform. The partnership between the two is really a match made in heaven. USL has done amazing things with its Youtube channel, allowing viewers to see highlights and full matches. Partnering with ESPN3 makes perfect sense and as Jake Edwards, USL President put it, “this relationship is another step forward for the League and its digital first philosophy.”
This connection should bring more eyes to USL matches, increase awareness and revenue, and add prestige to USL soccer. Kudos to the a league who continues to grow smartly.
So I’ve been silent for a bit, due to my wife delivering a baby, but I’m back now and I’ll continue to update this site as best I can.
I understand that stars live in a bubble made up of their own farts, but the shit spewed from Jermaine Jones’ mouth in a recent article on MLSsoccer.com is pretty rank. “When you know people hate you, you get respect from that,” Jones told reporters this week. “If you walk into the stadium and [fans] don’t like you, you know that they think you’re a good player. They’re scared.”
Dude, no one is scared of you. You are an aging player who has outlived his usefulness on the national team and is now biding time on a middle of the road club. I hope you trip on your own shit.