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It's being reported that Beckham has chosen Miami for his franchise.

Also Orlando has thrown their hat in the ring for an expansion team having recently voted for a new tourism tax to fund a stadium, no news however on who would own that team.


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The MLS are contractually obliged to give Becks a franchise. They don't have a choice. It was the biggest reason he signed for LA Galaxy in the first place.

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Yea and they are giving it to him at the low price of $25m. He's just been looking for a place and it would seem now he chosen Miami as the place.

Bit of an interesting choice as they already had a team there that folded, but they did play their games in Fort Lauderdale which is about 30 miles north of Miami.

I don't know why it wouldn't work the south east isn't at all represented in the MLS the closed teams being the 2 in Texas and the one in Washington, D.C.


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On the same day that news emerged that David Beckham had selected Miami as the location of his planned MLS franchise, the city's most popular sport's team were having a party.

It was the opening night of the NBA season and the Miami Heat were to be presented with their championship rings from the previous season before their match against the Chicago Bulls.

The Heat are currently the 'Barcelona of basketball.' In LeBron James they not only have the best player in the world, but someone who may eventually surpass Michael Jordan as the sport's best ever. In Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen they have two more players who will enter basketball's Hall of Fame as soon as they're eligible. They have played in the last three NBA finals, winning the last two.

The ring ceremony should have been a chance for their supporters to go crazy with joy. However, everything was strangely muted, the match was sold out but there were plenty of empty seats for the ceremony, while the announcer was forced to urge those in attendance to "stand up and make some noise!!!!!" before 'Seven Nation Army' was blared out by the loudspeakers to prompt them still further.

Good teams do not make good fans… and Miami have terrible, terrible fans.

Just last season, during the NBA finals, the Heat supporters were roundly ridiculed across America when footage emerged of them desperately trying to get back in as their team staged an unlikely comeback in front of a half-empty Arena.

This, let us not forget, is Miami's most popular team, playing for the NBA Championship. The fans arrive late and leave early but at least, I suppose, they turn up.



This is the city that David Beckham has decided to invest in but comparing his proposed football team to the Heat is fanciful stuff – Beckham's side won't be close to being the best in the world.

One of the reasons being spun suggesting Miami is such a suitable home for football is because of its huge Latin community and we all know Latins love their football.

They also love their baseball. In fact in some of Miami's biggest Latin communities – Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela for example – hold much stronger ties to America's Pastime than the Beautiful Game.

Despite all this, the support for the city's Major League Baseball team - the Miami Marlins – is nothing short of an embarrassment.

Even when they were winning World Series titles (in 1997 and 2003) their attendances were poor. The only time it seemed they could draw a crowd was when a big city team from elsewhere was visiting; out-of-towners, tourists and pensioners who had relocated for the sunnier weather, filling at least part of the stands to cheer on the opposition.

The Marlins' official attendances were awful but even those were inflated. For one match in 2007 they announced a crowd of 10,121 but somebody had actually counted the people in the ground when the first pitch was thrown – it wasn't hard to do – there were only 375 people there.



In 2010, they even started selling tickets, at face value, for a match that had already taken place. Roy Halladay had pitched a perfect game, a rare feat in baseball, so the Marlins decided to allow fans purchase tickets for the game after the fact so they could pretend that they had been there. They counted these tickets sold as part of the official attendance. What makes this even more embarrassing is that Halladay didn't even pitch the perfect game for the Marlins… he played for the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

The owners of the Marlins claimed that the venue was the problem – for many years they played at the city's NFL stadium which was not suitable for baseball. So on the threat of moving the team to a new city, the owners persuaded the city to fund 80 per cent of a new $634m stadium. The city will eventually pay much more than that though. According to Forbes there will be some $3 billion in interest expenses on the construction loans that will be paid by city and county taxpayers.

Teams usually get a boost in attendance when they open a new stadium and this did happen in Miami when they moved to their new digs in 2012. That season they averaged 27,400, but even still, of the 14 new MLB ballparks that have been opened since 2000, Miami's average in their first season ranked dead last.

This season's their average slumped to 19,584, making them second last in the whole MLB, only Tampa Bay (another Florida team), had a lower average crowd.



Baseball, like the MLS, is mainly played in the summer. The Florida heat makes the beach a far more attractive option than watching a game in a stifling stadium. Miami has second-rate sports teams but first-rate beaches. It costs money to enter one, the other is free. It is hardly a surprise that people are picking the bikini-clad babes over the stick and ball men now is it?

Even the Dolphins of the immensely popular NFL struggle to draw crowds.

Quarterback Dan Marino helped make them one of the most popular and recognisable American football teams in the UK when the game was first broadcast over here in the mid-80s, but their support base in small fry Stateside.

The Dolphins' UK popularity was only partially the reason why the NFL picked them to host the first NFL regular season game in London back in 2007. The real logic behind the choice was because the NFL knew that the dispassionate Dolphins fans would not kick up nearly as much of a fuss at losing one of their home games as fans in "sport towns" like Chicago or Seattle or Pittsburgh.

The Dolphins only play eight games at home a season, but at their last match against the Buffalo Bills (who are divisional rivals), empty seats littered the stands.



It is a similar story with the city's ice hockey team – the Florida Panthers. When they were playing the Boston Bruins earlier this season they made a point of noting in all advertisements of the game that they would be showing a big Boston Red Sox's baseball game on TVs around the Arena because they knew so many in attendance would be Bostonians as opposed to local fans.

This is how sport in Miami works, they've even had an MLS team in the past, The Fusion, who were closed down after only four years due to lack of interest.

There of plenty of smart people joining Beckham in investing in this Miami MLS team so it seems inconceivable that they not aware of all this.

So why pick Miami? Well it is hard to argue with Sir Alex Ferguson's assessment in his recent autobiography that Beckham is more obsessed about celebrity than football.

And in that regard Miami seems like a good fit. Outside of LA, it is the most celebrity obsessed town in America and LA already has two MLS sides, so setting up shop in Hollywood would never have been an option for Becks.

Miami is a good alternative as Beckham should have little trouble persuading his Hollywood pals to come down to South Beach to enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Maybe, in his mind, the presence of one A-Lister is worth more than 10,000 loyal fans and he better hope this is the case because he is going to struggle draw the latter far more than the former.

However, a celebrity owner does not a sports team make. Wigan would not start selling out if Simon Cowell replaced Dave Whelan tomorrow.

No, instead this looks like a mere vanity project for Becks and I suppose picking Miami is an expensive mistake a man of his vast wealth can afford to make.

Miami is a town were waitresses want to be models, and models want to be stars. David Beckham is of course both, but a successful sports team owner? His first big decision in picking Miami could have ruined those chances before he's even properly started.


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NASL side San Antonio Scorpions have completed a unique January transfer, snapping up Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ Walter Restrepo in exchange for “free lodging and transportation during the Strikers’ two road trips to Texas in 2014”.

The United States second tier seldom makes headlines of any type – the return of the famed New York Cosmos brand was the only real big news from the division in 2013 – but the deal for Restrepo has raised a few eyebrows.

Restrepo, a 25-year-old midfielder from San Diego, was named to the league's Best XI in 2012 before tearing his ACL.

After eight months away from the pitch, he returned to have a productive 2013, so he might be a little disappointed to learn that all that hard work was only worth a few hotel rooms in San Antonio.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated explained how the deal came about: “I spoke to two people involved in the deal over the phone on Wednesday,” he said.

“The first was Bill Brendel, the general manager of the Crockett Hotel, a Scorpions sponsor which hosts all the NASL teams visiting San Antonio.”

“The Scorpions reached out to us to see if we could be creative,” said Brendel, whose hotel was thanked by the Scorpions in their official press release (which has since been taken down). “It was kind of a win-win for everyone.”

This is far from the strangest transfer fee world football has seen, though. In 1921, future England international Ernie Blenkinsop was sold for £100 and a barrel of beer for his team-mates. In 1985, another future England star, Ian Wright, was sold to Crystal Palace for a set of weights. And in 2002 Kenneth Kristensen was sold for his weight in shrimp in the Norwegian third division.


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As David Beckham confirmed his plan to set up a Major League Soccer team in Miami, the former England captain dangled the prospect of superstars joining the new Florida franchise.

“Who wouldn’t want to play in Miami, live in Miami?” Beckham said of the players who are apparently already clamouring to become part of the 22nd and newest franchise in MLS. “I’m getting messages saying, ‘When’s it happening? When can we get there?’ I know this city is ready for football.”

As the Miami team moves from vision to reality, speculation is bound to swirl around which players (and former players) may join Beckham: will former Manchester United colleagues such as Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes be tempted to Miami? Or former England colleague Frank Lampard, frequently mentioned as a future MLS recruit? Or, given Miami's south and central American outlook, will former Brazilian teammates be more of a draw?

Beckham declined to name names, saying it would be "disrespectful", but is already pushing the team as a superstar brand by tempting Miami's NBA MVP LeBron James to become involved.

Beckham presented his vision for the future of professional soccer in Miami on Wednesday as the commissioner of MLS welcomed the former England captain’s decision to formally exercise the franchise ownership option he was granted when he signed for the LA Galaxy.

With the picturesque Miami waterfront as a backdrop, and standing beneath the tropical foliage dangling from the pergola of the city’s brand new Perez Arts Museum, Beckham spoke passionately of a bright new beginning for the sport in “the world’s most vibrant city” that would follow his creation of a brand new club.

It was, he said, “a deeply personal project, I want to make it my own team.” He promised some of the world’s greatest players, a top-class coach, a Kids Academy to develop the stars of tomorrow, and a successful and community-focused club in the heart of the city’s downtown area that already hosts the basketball championship-winning Miami Heat.

Don Garber, the MLS commissioner, was no less enthusiastic at the well-attended press conference, praising a player whom he said had “set the stage” for the rise in soccer’s popularity in the United States since his championship-winning spell in Los Angeles.

“He’s had an incredible impact on our sport in this country,” Garber said. “As a player he kept us on the edge of our seats. He’s incredibly focused and incredibly smart. Very few people have that focus that enables him to translate what made him a great athlete into what will make him a great owner.”

Garber added: "This is the first time in the modern era that an ex-athlete has joined the ranks of owner. As a player and ambassador for MLS he's had an amazing impact on our league. He helped motivate champions like Thierry Henry come to the MLS."

Cheered on by 40 to 50 vocal South Florida fans, most waving specially prepared MLS Miami scarves, Beckham addressed the “bumps in the road” that he said would make the next two to three years hard work until the as-yet unnamed Miami franchise is ready to take to field.

Chief among them is the construction of a new 25,000-seat stadium in Miami that will host his new venture. Beckham, who landed the franchise for a cut-price $25 million as part of his MLS contract, has partnered with entertainment impresario Simon Fuller and Bolivian telecoms billionaire Marcelo Claure to raise the funds and promised: “We do not want public funding.”

Yet they group still needs the backing of the Miami-Dade commission, which still has criticism ringing in its ears over the recent construction of Miami Marlins’ baseball stadium that some critics say will leave taxpayers on the hook for more than $1 billion.

Despite having looked at several sites in the city, especially vacant commission-owned land at the Port of Miami that could be leased, and which Beckham favours, he admitted that no deal was yet in place for construction to begin.

In fact, Carlos Gimenez, the Miami-Dade mayor, confessed that he had only begun formal discussions with the Beckham group a week ago, and that they had still only got as far as talking about how to proceed. But Gimenez, who at one point started talking about “Mr Beckman”, said he did not anticipate any hold-ups. “There is political support to get this done,” he said.

MLS rules dictate that a stadium deal must be in place for franchise ownership to be confirmed and to move forward, but there seems to be little prospect of the league placing obstacles in Beckham’s way, even if it means the team must play its first season or two at a rented ground, such as Marlins Park, while its own stadium is finished.

“We will be in downtown,” Beckham said. “You can’t build a stadium in six months but once we have a site and work with the mayor and the commissioners, we will be quick. Hopefully.”

Meanwhile, despite Beckham’s assurances that his group would not seek county taxpayers’ money for the stadium, he has appointed a lobbyist in Tallahassee to explore options for securing state subsidies that other professional sports teams in Florida have enjoyed.

Wednesday's announcement comes at a busy time for the sport in Miami. The city is aiming to reestablish itself as a hub for the game nationally, and announced on Tuesday the line-up for this summer’s Guinness International Champions Cup at the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium. Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Liverpool FC, AS Roma and Olympiacos will face off in the tournament in August, two months after England complete their pre-World Cup warm-up with two friendlies there, against Ecuador and Honduras.

Last summer, 67,000 fans saw Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in Miami, and 71,000 watched Brazil play Honduras, the largest crowd ever for a soccer game in the state. Beckham said the revitalisation of interest in the sport in South Florida was a far cry from 13 years ago, when Miami Fusion, the last professional MLS team to play in the region, folded after losing more than $15 million in only three seasons. Garber acknowledged that no other city in the country had been awarded such a “second chance” with a new franchise after the demise of a previous one through lack of interest.

Alfredo Cevallos, 40, a Fort Lauderdale-based fan among those at today’s event, said he was delighted at the return of professional soccer to Miami.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this moment,” he said. “We’re thankful to Beckham for bringing his team here and his star power is a big part of making this work. He’ll fill the seats.”

MLS, which will begin its 19th season in March, currently features 19 clubs with teams in New York City and Orlando set to join in 2015.



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David Villa has announced he will leave Atlético Madrid after the Spain striker received what he described as an “irresistible” offer thought to be from the MLS side New York City FC.

The 32-year-old was seen at Manchester’s Bridgewater hospital on Saturday, where he was said to be undergoing a medical for a move to Manchester City’s US franchise.

“It is an irresistible project for me and my family, it is very, very good. It is about football and I have to accept it,” Villa said in a message to fans published on the La Liga champions’ website.

“I will be a fan of Atlético all my life for what they have given me this year.”

Villa moved to Atlético from Barcelona last summer and, leading the attack alongside Diego Costa, helped them win a first La Liga title since 1996. They also came within 90 seconds of winning the Champions League before Real Madrid rallied to claim the title 4-1 after extra time in last weekend’s final in Lisbon.

“It has been a great project for me both personally as well as sporting and now I face a new challenge which is what I have always looked to do in my career and my life,” he added.

“I would like to thank the people at Atlético and those that tried to convince me to stay, like Cholo [the head coach, Diego Simeone] and the rest of the coaching staff.”

Villa was named in Spain’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil, where the defending champions will open their Group B campaign against Holland in Salvador on 13 June before facing Chile and Australia.


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Frank Lampard has held informal talks with new Major League Soccer franchise New York City, Sky sources understand.

The England midfielder is out of contract at Chelsea, who have not yet announced whether their record scorer will be offered a new deal.

In the meantime Sky sources say New York City - part-owned by Manchester City - have made an approach for the 36-year-old, who flew out to Miami with England's World Cup squad on Sunday.

The newly-formed franchise, whose first MLS game is still nine months away, have reportedly also approached Spain striker David Villa.

Villa has confirmed he is leaving Atletico Madrid to join an "irresistible project", although he did not name New York as his next club.

Lampard admitted earlier this week that he was unsure about where he would be playing next season, although he made it clear he intended to carry on.

"I don't know if I'll be at Chelsea next season," the former West Ham favourite, 35, told The Sun.

"I'd like to carry on for two or three more years but it would be good to end on a high.

So, if that means it all ends tomorrow, I wouldn't have any regrets.

"You know your shelf-life, so I started to mentally prepare when I hit 30. I've been doing this for a long time, so there's a part of me that's looking forward to the future."


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Lampard and Villa. Two more big names join the party. Both relatively still young/fit enough to improve the profile of the game to.

Was discussing it the other day. And believe there is more chance of seeing America win a world cup in my life time than England.

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Lampard and Villa. Two more big names join the party. Both relatively still young/fit enough to improve the profile of the game to.

Was discussing it the other day. And believe there is more chance of seeing America win a world cup in my life time than England.


It's an interesting thought as it's growing rapidly in America but they have a hell of a long way to go to catch up and currently I don't think they've really got the youth development side of it worked out yet plus they need MLS to become a much stronger league or start exporting talent. America has an awesome track record when it comes to producing "athletes" but really they need their best talent to be competing regularly at the highest level of club football for the national team to succeed. It's 20 year since USA 94 and they've come a long way since then but it's taken 20 years for them to get to this level which is really only second round at best to get to a 1/4 or semi final might take them another 20 years.

England if it could ever get it's head out of ar*e for me still have a good chance of winning a World Cup but unlike a lot of other countries our club game is far more important to fans than the national team.

The reality is I don't think I'll see either nation win a world cup in my lifetime but I think England could win a European Championship if they got a few breaks in a tournament we were desperately close in 96 and I think in 2004 we would've won it had we got past Portugal. I actually think our best chance of winning something would be to compete as GB but that's another story.


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Brazilian playmaker Kaka will join former side Sao Paulo on loan before signing for new Major League Soccer club Orlando City in January 2015.

The 32-year-old had his contract with AC Milan terminated by mutual consent, bringing to an end his second spell.

He had one year left on his contract but activated a release clause after Milan failed to qualify for Europe.

"I've always said I wanted to play in the USA and now I have reached an agreement to play there," said Kaka.

The former Brazil international won a Serie A title and the Champions League in his first spell at Milan between 2003 and 2009.

In total, he has scored 104 goals in 307 appearances for the Rossoneri.

Kaka, who was part of the Brazil squad that won the 2002 World Cup and was also named Fifa's World Player of the Year in 2007, returned to the San Siro on a free transfer last summer after four years at Real Madrid.

He missed out on selection for Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad as Milan finished a disappointing eighth last season and failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 16 years.

Orlando City are set for their first season in the MLS and Kaka would be their first designated player.

"I'm happy to return to Sao Paulo, it's really satisfying for me," added Kaka of the Brazilian top-flight club, where he played from 2001 to 2003.

"Orlando City is a new team with a good project and the owner [Flavio Augusto da Silva] is Brazilian."


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The USA could bid to host the 2026 World Cup, according to FIFA's leaders.

The USA team’s fine run in Brazil captured the imagination of the American public, with viewing figures smashing previous records and tens of thousands watched on big screens in public areas.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s men departed after a thrilling extra-time defeat by Belgium in the first knock-out round.

US president Barack Obama and Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks were among those watching the Belgium match and tweeting their support.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told Brazil newspaper Globo that the surge in popularity could well result in a bid to host the event in 2026.

"What we see in the United States is staggering. The audience is unprecedented, more than the NBA," he said.

"The country has the largest level of youth soccer in the world, 20 million young people playing.

"There is a commitment from FIFA to work with US Soccer and I think after 2022, they have an interest in hosting the 2026 World Cup."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been equally impressed by the American reaction.

He said: "It's fantastic, the level of interest in the USA is very high. This World Cup is really getting under people's skin and the quality of the football is incredible."

US Soccer president and FIFA executive committee member Sunil Gulati has previously said the United States could bid for 2026 but only if bidding rules change - it lost out to Qatar for the 2022 tournament.

The USA previously hosted the World Cup in 1994.

United States skipper Clint Dempsey, the former Fulham and Tottenham player who now plays for the Seattle Sounders, said the game is growing quickly in the US.

Dempsey said: "There is a stat about the average age watching the World Cup being 38. That shows that people who have played the game, have grown with the game are passing it down to their kids. That is going to help us, it is great to see that the game is on the rise."

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was the American hero, making a World Cup record 16 saves during the match, and he said the fact the United States had qualified from a group also made up of Germany, Portugal and Ghana should be recognised.

He said: "We dreamed and we fell short of our dream. But I think to get out of the 'group of death' and then come up against the Belgian team, it's a tough assignment.

"We were right there, you know? We nearly had it, so hats off to the way we played. We are proud of ourselves and this is a young group, so we'll be back.

"We are hungry and we've tasted what it feels like to play against the best players in the world, the best players around Europe. So hopefully we will be back for more."


I think there will be big pressure from UEFA for the one after Qatar to be in Europe but if not USA/Australia are surely the front runners.

I do wonder though if the World Cup Buzz in America is similar to what we have here whenever the Olympics is on we all get a bit caught up in it for a few weeks then afterwards the majority of us go back to our usual sports. No doubt the sport is growing in America year on year and they seem to be getting the support behind the national team because they don't really compete internationally in their team sports apart from at Olympics as far as I'm aware.


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Frank Lampard looks set to complete his move to New York City FC next week. The former Chelsea midfielder has been without a club since he left Stamford Bridge at the start of June.

The 36-year-old received a host of proposals from across the world, but Lampard has decided to accept an offer from the new MLS franchise, which is part-owned by Manchester City chief Sheikh Mansour. It is understood Lampard was highly impressed with the club’s vision and he is expected to sign a contract next week.

The New York club was formed in May 2013, but will not start competing in the American league until March 2015. As a result, Lampard could spend some time with New York’s sister club Melbourne City FC over the next few months.

Lampard is currently taking a short holiday with his fiancee Christine Bleakley. During his 13 years at Chelsea, Lampard became the club’s all-time record goal scorer and won three Premier League titles and the Champions League, plus the Europa League and four FA Cups.

The midfielder was part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man World Cup squad, but he only made one appearance - in England’s dead rubber draw against Costa Rica. The former West Ham man has said he will take a few weeks to decide whether he wants to continue playing for England.


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David Beckham's plans to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami are showing no signs of progress and league commissioner Don Garber said on Tuesday the process "can't go on forever."

Beckham announced in February that he would exercise his option to become the owner of a new MLS franchise in Miami but he and his partners have been unable to find political support for their stadium plans.

"Certainly this can't go on forever," said Garber, who declined to discuss whether Beckham's option could be switched to another city.

"It is a private discussion and relationship as it relates to the specific option and I am not going to get into those details, but by all means this is not something that can last forever."

The MLS board of governors will hear a report from the league's expansion committee on Saturday and Garber indicated that they would aim to make some decisions on new franchises in the first half of 2015.

The league will grow to 20 teams in 2015 with the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City FC followed by Atlanta and a second LA-based team in 2017.

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Garber said MLS is looking to add at least three more clubs by the end of the decade and that he recently held talks with groups from Minnesota, Sacramento and Las Vegas.

"We have also been in discussions with San Antonio, El Paso and St Louis, they are just not as far along for the next round," said Garber.

The commissioner said, however, that Miami remained a goal for the league, but only if the right venue is found.

"I believe Miami can become a great MLS market if we can put the pieces in place," said Garber.

"The (Beckham) group continues to work to try and find a stadium solution that they believe will put them in a position to succeed. That is a difficult process and it is one that they continue to work hard on."

Although politicians have blocked Beckham's two proposed waterfront venues, Garber says he won't be putting direct pressure on elected representatives to help the former England captain.

"We are not putting pressure on anybody,” Garber stressed.

“What we do is we communicate to the public and their representatives what is necessary for us to be successful and ultimately ensure that David can exercise his option in Miami.

"They are well aware of it now and there is not much more really that we can do now and we are not asked to do much more."


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:16 am 
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If you thought the Gerrard love in on Sky would end in the summer when he leaves Liverpool turns out you were wrong as Sky have now taken the TV rights for MLS meaning we get to see Stevie G & Super Frankie Lampard all the way up to November :ohmy:

In other news ex WPOTY Kaka (remember him) scored a last minute equaliser on his debut last night for Orlando as they drew 1-1 with the other new team New York City FC.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:23 pm 
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So how does US Soccer deal with Hope Solo Clint Dempsey?

Just a few hours after the US women’s team and their controversy-dogged but apparently indispensable goalkeeper had secured their passage into the knockout stages of the World Cup, the US men’s team captain was tearing up a referee’s notebook, stalking off the field, sarcastically applauding an inch from the face of the assistant referee as he did so, and spitting in a manner that, to the neutral at least, looked distinctly editorial.

Not that there were many neutrals at Seattle’s Starfire Sports Complex – the intimate venue that has been the cornerstone of the campaigns that have brought Seattle Sounders four US Open Cups in five years. Seattle were playing, and losing to, rivals Portland Timbers in the fourth round of the competition. The Sounders were already down to nine men after a red card to Brad Evans and an injury to Obafemi Martins, and Dempsey’s protests at another red card to team-mate Michael Azira ensured that Azira at least had some company on the way back to the locker room.

The Sounders bizarrely resumed the game playing a 3-3-0 formation, to the glee of the visiting Portland fans, and ire anger of the Seattle supporters, who appeared to feed off Dempsey’s disgust.

Yet regardless of the merits of the decisions that caused Dempsey to explode – and even before his dismissal referee Daniel Radford had already probably done enough to ensure that the police escort he received off the field was coming anyway – the player’s actions didn’t leave any room for leniency.

The red card means Dempsey will be automatically suspended by the US Soccer Federation for Seattle’s next Open Cup game in 2016, but given the aggravating circumstances – his actions appear to constitute an assault under the federation’s own rulebook – Dempsey could face as much as a three-month ban from the national team, ruling him out of the forthcoming Gold Cup.

And unfortunately for US Soccer it’s happened right at the moment the federation is under extreme scrutiny for its handling of Solo’s off-field incidents.

Critics will now focus on whether there appears to be any suggestion that Dempsey, through his stature in the US national team, benefits from any of the leniency that they say has characterized US Soccer’s handling of the Solo case.

The comparison is fair not because of the nature of the “crime” – wholly unsavory as Dempsey’s behavior was, it’s as distinct in its nature from Solo’s alleged assault on her nephew, or for that matter the Ray Rice incident that’s unhelpfully been dragged into the conversation, as to make any direct comparison less than useful.

What is relevant is the perception of a two-tier system within US Soccer, where certain players are treated differently because of their importance to the national team. Solo is one. And Dempsey is a very particular symbolic example – his “homecoming” from Tottenham to Seattle in 2013, started a wave of such reverse migrations from Europe by top US players to MLS, in the months leading up to the World Cup.

It may have displeased Jürgen Klinsmann from a competitive standpoint, but for MLS and an increasingly bullish class of owners, Dempsey represented the elite domestic exemplar of the “league of choice” rhetoric they began to use at that time. His presence conferred legitimacy on the next phase of the MLS development plan to follow up its burst of expansion and stadium infrastructure with a credible competitive product on the field.

And thus far, Dempsey has held up his end of the bargain. In tandem with Martins, Dempsey has been part of the most formidable strike force in the league and a consistent entertainer. As Bruce Arena once infamously said of the Texan, “He tries shit.”

He also causes it apparently, and the latest example has put US Soccer in an awkward position as it tries to balance how to deal with a player in a manner consistent with its own rules, while also dealing with a national team coach who needs a successful Gold Cup campaign to ensure Confederations Cup qualification for 2017 and the optimal path to World Cup 2018.

And while the latter factor should not be a factor in assessing Dempsey’s punishment, nobody following the US game is in any doubt about the trickle down influence of Klinsmann’s priorities, whether directly expressed or not. He’s been placed in too important a position not to appease on certain key issues. The question now is, is that the case for Dempsey too?

US Soccer said on Wednesday that they are “reviewing evidence” and plan on coming to a quick decision. MLS, for their part, will be relieved for the small mercy this didn’t happen in a league game, which would have compelled them to invoke their own internal disciplinary mechanisms. US Soccer could yet impose a sanction that affects league play, but the league itself will prefer the lesser evil of inheriting rather than adjudicating any such decision.

Of course had Dempsey made a smarter decision on the field the conversation would not be happening at all, or would at least be postponed until the next time a top US player tested the federation’s tolerance, or indeed, its indulgence. But a decision has to be made, and if and when Dempsey receives his punishment, don’t be surprised if the Seattle Sounders star inherits a judicial climate affected by the antics of the goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:08 pm 
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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has joined Major League Soccer side New York City on a free transfer.

The 36-year-old won six Serie A titles with AC Milan and Juventus, two Champions Leagues with Milan and the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

Juve have agreed to end his contract a year early so he can move to the US on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

His new team-mates in New York include ex-Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard and Spain striker David Villa.

"What a signing! Welcome to the club Andrea Pirlo!" wrote Lampard on Facebook.

Pirlo will officially move on 21 July, meaning he will not make his debut alongside Lampard in Sunday's league game against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.

"I had several opportunities to play outside of Italy, but I never had a doubt in picking New York," Pirlo said.

The Italian started his career with Brescia and played for Inter Milan before joining their city rivals AC Milan in 2001.

After a decade at the club he moved on a free transfer to Juventus. There he scored 19 goals, including 15 free-kicks, in 164 games, winning the Serie A title in each of his four seasons.

He has won 115 caps for Italy, scoring 13 goals.


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Didier Drogba has made the switch to Major League Soccer by signing for Montreal Impact.

The 37-year-old Ivorian was a free agent following the end of his second spell with Chelsea, for whom he scored 164 goals across nine seasons at Stamford Bridge.

The deal for Drogba also involves Chicago Fire. The American franchise had filed a discovery claim for the former Galatasaray player but Montreal have acquired his rights for an undisclosed fee.

The Montreal president Joey Saputo told impactmontreal.com: “It’s an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact. From the first conversation I had with him, I felt that he really wanted to play in Montreal. This is one of the biggest days in club history and his arrival to the club will be beneficial in every aspect.”


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Orlando City midfielder Kaka has been revealed as the highest earner in the MLS, beating Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the top spot.

The MLS Players Union have released details of salaries for the league, with the former AC Milan star, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2007, receiving an annual base salary of $6,660,000 (£4,350,632).

Gerrard, paid a little over $6.2m (£4m) per annum at LA Galaxy, earns slightly more than his former international team-mate Lampard, with the ex-Chelsea midfielder on $6m (£3.9m) yearly at New York City FC.

Another former Stamford Bridge man, Didier Drogba, earns $1,666,668 a year at Montreal Impact.

Lampard's fellow superstars at New York City, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, who are both World Cup and Champions League winners, are also among the top earners in the league.

Villa earns just over $5.6m per annum while former Juventus player Pirlo earns less at $2m annually.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard's team-mates at LA, Robbie Keane and Giovani Dos Santos, are also among the highest earners in the States, with salaries of $4.5m and a little over $4m per annum, respectively.

Toronto pair Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco are both high earners, taking home $6m and $5.6m a year, respectively.

There are plenty of former Premier League players plying their trade Stateside, including Toronto's Jozy Altidore ($4.75m), as well as Clint Dempsey ($3.9m) and Obafemi Martins ($2.4m) who both play for the Seattle Sounders.

Former Wolves striker Kevin Doyle earns $1.125m per annum at Colorado Rapids, while Liam Ridgewell, who played for Aston Villa, West Brom and Birmingham, earns $1m at Portland Timbers.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and older brother Shaun play together at the New York Red Bulls, with the younger sibling earning $600,000 compared to Shaun's $116,004.


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