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North American Pro Soccer 2017

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I prefer the standard european schedule, i do.

 

BUT

 

this schedule results in having soccer played year round, and that I am completely in favour of

 

And natural grass(or hybrid) is preferable to turf or indoor stadia

 

that all considered? keep it the way it is

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I'm going to revise what i said. 

 

However you want to do it, u would like for the MLS cup to be played mid November, rather than December. 

 

If that makes the start in Feb, then so be it. 

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Granted, Minnesota United seems overmatched and I think Chicago was last place in the East last year, but those two getting smoked 6-1 and 4-0 is pretty impressive.  Now Atlanta United just has to weather this west coast and lengthy road trip.

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Not quite ready to call DC United a bad team after 3 games, but umm they haven't looked good thus far.

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After severely shaking up their starting XI (with most of their legacy NASL players starting or being subbed in), briefly taking the lead, then playing the last 20 minutes (plus a generous five added) down a man following a questionable straight red, Minnesota United escapes Colorado with a 2-2 draw and their first-ever MLS point.

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On 3/17/2017 at 11:10 PM, DiePerske said:

I'm going to revise what i said. 

 

However you want to do it, u would like for the MLS cup to be played mid November, rather than December. 

 

If that makes the start in Feb, then so be it. 

The MLS Cup placement, and the playoffs, are the primary problem for sure. Though it seems like maybe a Saturday night placement was pretty good for TV ratings last year? Flip side to that, though, is that we can expect a lot of cold MLS Cups -- I think I prefer the neutral-venue setup for that reason.

 

At any rate, ultimately it comes down to an unsustainable amount of soccer being played between leagues, cups and international play IMHO. Fun for the fans but there are problems, clearly.

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This was a nice goal setup by the offense and punched in by Jordan Morris:

 

 

The Sounders haven't scored as frequently or as prettily since Obafemi Martins left, so it's nice to see them put something together like that.

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And one more calendar thing to whine about: MLS is playing with fire, or ice more accurately, a little bit with the staggering of home openers. Like, why put Minnesota and New England home openers in Week 2, and Columbus in Week 1 even, while Seattle and Dallas have to wait until Week 3? I realize that scheduling is a very tough thing to figure out, just seems like there's got to be a way to shove more temperate games into those dicey early weeks. 

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I think they went with this because the southern teams played a majority of home games at the front end of the season. I'm a fan of the first two weeks being that way, then somewhere along the way make it so teams are at home one week, away the next.

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A little late on this but to kind of go back to the conversation that happened regarding Seattle and how they viewed their history (not trying to reopen that topic) look at what TFC did:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2017/03/02/toronto-fc-unveils-new-wall-of-honour-at-bmo-field.html

 

A "wall of honour" that acknowledges some milestones in club history (the first goal, 2016 Eastern Conference Champs, ect) but talk about reaching.....the 1976 Toronto Metro-Croatia Soccer Bowl Championship is listed.

 

To make it even funnier: Global Television was the majority owner of that team. Global is owned bu Chorus entertainment, 1 of the very large media companies in Toronto. The other 2: Bell and Rogers currently are the owners of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment which own TFC.  

 

Nothing big, just thought it was kind of funny.

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2 hours ago, mr.negative15 said:

A little late on this but to kind of go back to the conversation that happened regarding Seattle and how they viewed their history (not trying to reopen that topic) look at what TFC did:

https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2017/03/02/toronto-fc-unveils-new-wall-of-honour-at-bmo-field.html

The Canadian title should be more of a thing.  It is for me.

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3 minutes ago, 2001mark said:

The Canadian title should be more of a thing.  It is for me.

WAY more. 

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It's official: http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2017/3/20/14994460/bastian-schweinsteiger-to-cf97-its-happening

 

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After years of waffling between no-name ineffective DPs and trying to make do on a shoestring budget, it seems as though the Fire are done :censored:ing around.

 

The Chicago Tribune is reporting tonight that the Chicago Fire have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 32-year-old midfielder and former Germany captain is joining the Fire from Manchester United on a reported salary of one-year Designated Player contract (with an option for a second year) reportedly worth $4.5m, making him one of the highest paid players in MLS. Per league and club policy, the exact terms of the transfer were not disclosed. The club could make an official announcement as early as tomorrow and Schweinsteiger, who was part of the Germany squad that won the World Cup in 2014, is expected to be available for selection for the Fire’s next league game on April 1st against Montreal.

 

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