If you follow MLS, you’ve already heard the news but let’s repeat it for old time’s sake. Columbus Crew, in a last second (seriously, like 12:55a) deal, have traded their star forward, Kei Kamara to New England for “a record amount of allocation money…as well as New England’s highest first round SuperDraft pick in 2017, second round pick in 2018 and an international roster spot for the 2016 season.”source
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Colorado wins another one at home, running their unbeaten streak to 6 games. Their challengers tonight were the rapidly falling Sporting Kansas City, who seem to be collapsing during each match. It’s been six matches since KC has garnered more than a single point and the weight of that streak seems to be sitting heavily on their shoulders. Continue reading ““This isn’t a beauty contest””
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.
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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.
How’s that for a hot take…
Image from vicesports.com.
Let me begin this review with a quick note on stadiums. Playing a USL match in an MLS facility is a mistake. I don’t care if your name is LA Galaxy, the II matters (or as they are known, Los Dos) . Average attendance for LA II last year was just a hair over 1,000. StubHub Center seats 27,000. So what you get is a lot, lot, lot of empty seats. Apparently the USL club typically plays in a smaller (capacity: 2,000) facility in StubHub Center’s area, and that makes sense. Them playing this match in the big club’s stadium, not so much. But what the Galaxy II lack in fan base, they have tons of talent including Home Grown talents Jack McBean and Bradford Jamison. The club has offensive talent for days and, at least in their first two matches, a back line that hasn’t been put to the test at all.
Facing them this evening was newly formed expansion team St. Louis FC. While StL FC is brand new, I hadn’t realized the long history of soccer in St. Louis, dating all the way back to the turn of the last century. Club after club has set up shop, achieved success and folded up over time. Maybe the most successful franchises were the St. Louis Steamers, an indoor soccer club that lasted 9 years (1979-1988). During the early 80s, they actually outdrew the St. Louis Blues four consecutive years. Clearly St. Louis FC has a foundation of soccer fans to draw in and it bodes well for their future success in USL.
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