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NeilJLeonard
02-13-2009, 02:44 AM
Another 2-nil win for the USA over the Tri's... Somehow I think we should always play them in Columbus in February!

Now if we could just get a win in Azteca....

We'll get a win there when they get a win in Columbus...:D

deltask8er
02-14-2009, 04:17 AM
David Beckham is reportedly interested in staying with AC Milan. But he still has 2 years left on his contract with LA Galaxy.


David Beckham is coming back to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The English midfielder will return to the MLS team next month as scheduled after his two-month loan agreement with AC Milan ends despite his wish to stay in Italy.

http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/9217616/Report:-David-Beckham-to-remain-with-the-Galaxy?MSNHPHMA

Based on watching the first match with AC Milan, it looked like he truly was enjoying playing there. And Milan is a fashion capital, so I could see why his wife would like it there, too. :glamor:

4rkidz
02-16-2009, 03:21 AM
:cheer:L I V E R P O O L :cheer:

:40beers:

NeilJLeonard
03-04-2009, 05:25 AM
(...and there is a persistent rumor that Miami will get an MLS franchise to begin playing in the 2010 season alongside a new, already accepted, Philadelphia franchise. The latest rumor, reported in the Spanish press, is that the outfit that will provide the management team, a group of Catalan unknowns called FC Barcelona, are reviewing a draft of a franchise contract now and an announcement about the MiamiMLS franchise should be made on or before February 15, 2009. The $40,000,000 franchise fee is being paid by Bolivian/Miami billionaire Marcelo Claure. He will be the franchise holder & Barca will manage the team. We'll see about this, too...;) ...)
There will not be a Miami team in MLS. FC Barcelona pulled the plug for financial reasons. Claure can't, or wont, go it alone. MLS has 5 or 6 other cities bidding, so, adios Miami.

The problem with all this is that MiamiMLS was the front runner until last week when FC Barcelona discovered that the USA was having a bit of a financial downturn and that FC Barcelona may not make the millions of $$$ they thought they'd make. This was after reps from both Barca & MiamiMLS had told local people that the franchise is in the bag. There are more than a few folks here that are very pissed at both Barca & Claure.

To make it worse, our minor league USL-1 team, Miami FC, may die on the 8th or 9th of March. Their Brazilian owners, Traffic Sports, requires that the team, that rarely draws 2,000 people to a game, come up with 5,000 season tickets sold by March 8th or TS will close down operations in Miami & either drop out of USL or move to another city next year.

Maybe the nice folks in South Florida will learn that you've gotta have local ownership. You can't depend on a foreign sugar daddy to carry you.

NJL (of course, if Marcelo Claure loves the sport & Miami as much as he says he does, maybe he'll help Miami FC survive...whatever that may cost him it has to be less that the $40,000,000 franchise fee that MLS was going to charge him, along with the $20,000,000 that would be needed to get the team up and running...but, for some reason, I do not think he'll do it...:( ...)

Buzz
03-04-2009, 07:27 PM
I am sorry to hear that Miami will not be vying for that franchise because I think Miami is the best place for one. I know ottawa and cannot imagine there is room for another pro sports team, let alone a footie team since futbol is not very popular here.

NeilJLeonard
03-04-2009, 09:01 PM
I am sorry to hear that Miami will not be vying for that franchise because I think Miami is the best place for one. I know ottawa and cannot imagine there is room for another pro sports team, let alone a footie team since futbol is not very popular here.
Montreal did not hurt itself with 55K attending the CONCACAF Champions League playoff game there last week. Vancouver is still in the running. And St Louis. A few others, too. To be honest, I really do not care who they take now. All efforts here are to try to save Miami, FC from going under.

NJL

KHenry14
03-05-2009, 06:14 PM
Im surprised that St. Louis still doesn't have an MLS team, as it's been big on the sport going back many many years.

I think MLS needs to be real careful right now. With the economy in the tank, they should be real cautious about doing any expansion. The breakdown in Miami is indicative of this. They really don't want to lose franchises, especially new ones. So far they've done OK, as Toronto seems to be thriving, and Seattle seems to be on sound footing. But they need to be conservative about handing out new franchises unless they are certain about the finances and the prospects for a stadium.

They league doesn't really need to add franchises if you ask me.

NeilJLeonard
03-05-2009, 09:08 PM
Im surprised that St. Louis still doesn't have an MLS team, as it's been big on the sport going back many many years.

I think MLS needs to be real careful right now. With the economy in the tank, they should be real cautious about doing any expansion. The breakdown in Miami is indicative of this. They really don't want to lose franchises, especially new ones. So far they've done OK, as Toronto seems to be thriving, and Seattle seems to be on sound footing. But they need to be conservative about handing out new franchises unless they are certain about the finances and the prospects for a stadium.

The league doesn't really need to add franchises if you ask me.
St Louis has it's own $$$ problems, IIUC. As do others. In fact, none of them are really good for one reason or another. Miami's was the strongest overall until Barca got cold feet over the $40,000,000 Franchise Fee and $20,000,000 start-up expense.

I think your last sentence says it all. That may be the wisest thing to do for a few years until the economic mess straightens itself out. Seattle in this year, Philly in 2010, then no more teams until 2013 or 2014. Longer if needed.

MLS has lasted longer here than any other top league that I can recall and is improving over time. Taking the long view & not risking the league's existence is the primary concern, IMO. Make haste slowly to at least retain what we have.

NJL (of course transferring a team to another city may have to be done, I hear that Chivas USA is not that strong, and we're not so proud that we'd not welcome them to FIU Stadium....I'm sure that Mr Garber understands that...;)....In the meantime, we'll do our best to keep the Miami FC Blues alive in USL-1...)

KHenry14
03-09-2009, 06:06 PM
NJL, Chivas USA will always be the step-child to the Galaxy in LA. they draw about 40% less than the Galaxy, and frankly have a LOT of problems with their supporters groups keeping fans away.

Much like the Clippers and the Lakers, until Chivas moves out of the HDC and into their own building (Maybe in the OC?) they will never make any money nor grow the franchise. But I doubt that they would move out of California, as the whole point of the franchise is to draw on the Mexican fanbase. Which is another reason why they don't draw well. :rolleyes:


But I agree that overall, MLS is healthy. I just hope Garber doesn't get greedy.

NeilJLeonard
03-09-2009, 09:26 PM
NJL, Chivas USA will always be the step-child to the Galaxy in LA. they draw about 40% less than the Galaxy, and frankly have a LOT of problems with their supporters groups keeping fans away.

Much like the Clippers and the Lakers, until Chivas moves out of the HDC and into their own building (Maybe in the OC?) they will never make any money nor grow the franchise. But I doubt that they would move out of California, as the whole point of the franchise is to draw on the Mexican fanbase. Which is another reason why they don't draw well. :rolleyes:


But I agree that overall, MLS is healthy. I just hope Garber doesn't get greedy.
Dumping Claure & Barca eliminates much of the fear about greed. Seemingly, it ran one way, towards Spain. And, the marvelous Mr Clare was invited to come and participate in USL-1 with Miami FC to keep the game alive in Miami. He declined. Wants to step away from the sport for a time. (I honestly don't blame him after the roller coaster ride he's had for the past 6 months, but he does not add any luster to his rep by doing it.) Of course, FIU's new stadium is not available to Miami FC. Guess they're not good enough, because when they asked they were turned down. FIU seemingly has no interest at all.

Welcome to Miami, where everyone is from somewhere else & that's where their heart is. Sounds like the perfect place for a revitalized Chivas...;)

NJL (BTW, expect the Marlin's Stadium to fail to get enough votes from the Miami City Commission to get the contracts signed...the remarkable demands being made by several commissioners are now beyond incredible..:( ..)

KHenry14
03-12-2009, 11:18 PM
St. Louis' MLS bid just got some help from Anheiser-Busch:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mls/news;_ylt=AhZWjWOPVvf.gNe7ICfIynyBvrYF?slug=ap-mls-stlouis&prov=ap&type=lgns

Not sure how much help this will be, but I'm certain Garber would like a larger relationship with the Budweiser people.

One also wonders if Garber is going to look at how well cities like St Louis support their new WPS team before he gives them a bid.

Off Topic, the new women's league is charging way too much for tickets if you ask me...

NeilJLeonard
03-18-2009, 08:22 PM
There is life for the Beautiful Game in Miami. Traffic Sports has decided to let USL1 side Miami FC play again this year. No players signed yet, no stadium contracted and the season starts in mid April. There will be some busy, busy people at Miami FC over the next few weeks, but I doubt they'll complain or be unhappy about it. After all, it is better to be busy than unemployed...;)

NJL (gonna have to buy me some tickets plus some Miami FC stuff to wear, too...GO BLUES! ...:biggrinbo ...)

KHenry14
03-18-2009, 11:17 PM
Looks like the winner is Vancouver!!

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20090318&content_id=227084&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

The Whitecaps have always been a strong franchise, now they get to take it to the next level. And MLS sets up a local Derby with the Sounders.

BC Place getting the major renovation for the Olympcis helped a lot with this bid. Evidently there is a configuration of the stadium for soccer with a 20K seating arrangement.

NeilJLeonard
03-19-2009, 03:20 AM
Looks like the winner is Vancouver!!

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20090318&content_id=227084&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

The Whitecaps have always been a strong franchise, now they get to take it to the next level. And MLS sets up a local Derby with the Sounders.

BC Place getting the major renovation for the Olympcis helped a lot with this bid. Evidently there is a configuration of the stadium for soccer with a 20K seating arrangement.
Congrats to Vancouver. One more to go for 2011. Wonder who it will be.

NJL

Buzz
03-21-2009, 12:00 AM
Looks like there is a good possibility that 3 out of the 4 teams left in the CL this year will once again be from the EPL. That cannot be good for the competition but then again the best teams are in England so until the rest of Europe catches up, the EPL will continue to dominate the Champions League.