- SI.com: Chivas USA sued for alleged discrimination
- J Hutcherson: MLS and the Next Rounds of Expansion
- Paul Kennedy: MLS wants all its clubs either fielding reserve teams in USL PRO or affiliating with one by 2015
- Avi Creditor: Dempsey deal calls MLS transparency into question — again
- Christian Science Monitor: Once a ‘league of stars,’ Spanish pro soccer crashes down to earth
- ESPN FC: UEFA continue FFP crackdown
- Independent: Idealists v ‘the monetisers’ – a struggle for football’s soul
- Barney Ronay: Kieron Dyer: a wasted talent and poster boy for English game’s excesses
The Business of Soccer
- Owen Gibson: Real Madrid are €590m in debt so how do they get round Uefa finance rules?
- Premiership Talk: Wenger calls FFP a joke
- US Open Cup: US Open Cup Semifinals
- UEFA Champions League: UCL prelims begin
- Europa League: Europa League Begins
- Copa Sudamericana: Copa Sudamericana underway
- RSL: The Big Debate: RSL v. LA roster development
- Shin Guardian: MLS: You Go Sit Down The Other End Of The Table…
- NY Times: Let Them Eat Soccer
- Independent: Mr Blatter, the party’s over
- Barney Ronay: Spain and Brazil: two contrasting routes to footballing beauty
- Guardian: You don’t need to have played football at the highest level to understand it
- Counter Attack: The State of Analytics: Shot Analysis—the bridge between analytics and football tactics?
- Medical News Today: Soccer Headers Can Lead to Brain Injury
- Wright Thompson: When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly
- Soccer Without Limits: The Rise of FC Porto and the Perfect Transfer Stratagem
- Georgina Turner: In EPL, big transfers mean small minutes for academy players
- ESPN: Best-paying teams in the world
- US Open Cup: How U.S. Soccer has failed the Open Cup and how USSF can improve it
- Matthew Doyle: The evolution of the playmaker, Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3
The Dark Side
- SI.com: Serie B’s Bari, 33 people face match-fixing trial in Italy
- Fox Soccer: UEFA punishes Fenerbahce, Besiktas
- Special 1 TV: Will He Or Won’t He? The Special1 TV Press Conference
- Ben Rycroft: CSA pressuring MLS to change domestic player rule
- Kyle McCarthy: MLS, USL put players’ interests first
- Jason Davis: Authentically Major League Soccer
- RSL Prespective: The reality and perception of MLS’s inferiority complex
- Alex Olshansky: How Much Should MLS Spend on Players?
- Best Team on Paper: MLS, and what makes it a good league to follow
- Who Scored: Following MLS with a statistical slant
- Jonathan Wilson: The Question: what were the tactical trends of 2012-13?
- Paul Doyle: Monaco splash out £100m on transfers despite Ligue 1 ban
- Jakarka Casual: Indonesian Football & Politics
- Guardian: Lazio look forward to Europe as Roma face wrath of their fans
- Guardian: The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong
- BBC: ‘In the six’ and football’s other strange Americanisms
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know by now that Manchester City of the EPL and the New York Yankees of MLS have partnered up to be the 20th franchise in MLS.
I’m not going to link to any of the gazillion stories that have flooded the soccersphere, just do a search and you’ll find all you want to know, and more.
I will, however, give you my two cents on this announcement. It’s good. Having grown up in the New York metro area, I can say that the Red Bulls are a New Jersey team. Period.
Money is the driving force in a league that still has too many teams that struggle to achieve financial stability. Television is the cash cow that the league has yet to milk and another team in the #1 media market with owners of deep pockets is the smart way to go. I have written several articles over the years about the need for MLS to tap national TV revenues more deeply in order to achieve the level they aspire to and this is the best way to try and gain appreciable levels of TV rights fees increases when all of the contracts expire in 2014.
That’s it from me. Writers like Grant Wahl, Steve Davis, Drew Epperly and others have written some good pieces on the expansion. I’d advise you to peruse them if you want more opinions. And for a good laugh, read the comments or the twitter stream of #MLS for the usual moronic postings from the ignorant mob.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame, my weekly MLS attendance report, will not post on Monday after Week 8 as I will be otherwise occupied. I will post it along with Week 9 sometime around April 29 or 30.
- Through 7 games Sporting KC have yet to yield a 2nd half goal
- Through 5 games New England have yet to yield a 1st half goal
- Through 7 games Dallas has conceded 7 goals, all in the 2nd half and 6 in the final 15 minutes
- MLSSoccer: MLS introduces intra-league loan system for first time in league history
- Graham Parker: Can MLS escape the violent side of soccer’s globalization?
- Kyle McCarthy: Recent revelations about the top Mexican earners obscure the financial differences between Liga MX and MLS
- Dave Zeitlin: Is the Philadelphia Union’s Amobi Okugo the future of the US national team defense?
- medium.com: Perception versus reality in Major League Soccer – Thanks to Drew Epperly for pointing me to this.
- Earl Reed: Quantifying early 2013 MLS season ugliness
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- It appears we are headed to a repeat of Monterrey v Santos Laguna in the finals of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League after both Mexican clubs won on the road at MLS representatives Los Angeles and Seattle. Monterrey is seeking to cement its place as a regional power as it vies for its 3rd consecutive CCL title.
As for MLS, it seems the league still has a way to go before it can compete(and win) consistently vs top LigaMX clubs.
- L.E. Eisenmenger: DC United leads MLS in community soccer development
- Howard Hamilton: Which path to success in MLS?
- J Hutcherson: What Seattle Lost
Recent stories I don’t link to because I’d only be adding churn to a widely covered topic
- Robbie Rogers declares his sexuality and leaves futbol
- Anything about Landon Donovan
- FC Dallas: The FC Dallas Way: Affiliate Program – Last week I linked to a story of LA’s youth program. Here’s a look at the very successful program in Dallas.
- Dave Laidig: Money & Performance in MLS – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3
- WV Hooligan: Get your 2013 MLS team previews here.
- Matthew Doyle: Opta Chalkboards a new MLS feature
- Central Winger: More to possession stats than meets eye
- Kitsap Sun: Tucson turning into MLS’s Cactus League site
- L.E. Eisenmenger: MLS and diversity in media
- WV Hooligan: The Mess Of Discovery Claims
Interesting Reads(or Views)
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- Tom Dunmore: When American Soccer Moved West
- Jonathan Wilson: The Question: Has 4-2-3-1 lost its gloss?
- 3FOUR3: Quality Pro Player Development or Recreation? People don’t know the Difference.
- Christian Science Monitor: SOCCKET energy-generating soccer ball powers up poor villages
- Guardian: The export of commercial US football talent is gathering pace
- theScore: The State of Analytics: Tactics and the metaphysics of football
The Business of Soccer
- SoccerLens: Agent Fees: Are Premier League clubs getting value for money?
- Independent: The parachute payments to clubs relegated from the Premier League can be a lifesaver – but is it fair to all the other teams?
- Futbol Focus: FIFA Discuss New Global Player Exchange To Revolutionize Current Transfer System