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  1. The Script "State" is important at MSU same with the cursive "Michigan State" in hockey
  2. Detroit has viable owners who are currently trying to buy a downtown location to start stadium construction. Tom Gores(Detroit Pistons Owner) and Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers Owner) have teamed up in an effort to bring the MLS to Detroit.
  3. It's pretty much a done deal that pro soccer is coming to Detroit, St. Louis, Sacramento, and San Antonio definitely has an edge over Austin... considering the San Antonio MLS expansion is getting backing from the Spurs.
  4. Goals The goals of the top three leagues are basically the same. The top league should aim for high television ratings, pooling top flight international players along with the absolute best Americans and to average attendance at 30,000-35,000. Attendance should average above 40,000 in the post season. League 2's goals are to fill their stadiums and to create an atmosphere that captures the minds of the fans. The stadiums here are smaller, but the goal is to average 15,000-17,000 a game. The goal for every League 2 team is to compete in the top league through the promotion process. The goal is to draw top players from America, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, as opposed to the entire world. During the post season attendance should average above 25,000. All of Canada's and America's national teams should at least be in the second league. League 3 and 4's goals is similar to those of AAA Baseball and the AHL. Have markets not normally represented, or markets with interest, but not enough to hold a pro team to compete on a national stage. The League 3 teams here are hoped to average 8,000-10,000 fans a game. League 4 are hoped to average 4,000- 6,000. In addition, they will be filled with the top US college players along with much of the US U-23 teams and surrounding nations future stars. Playoff games hope to bring over 10,000 fans in for each. League 5's goals are similar to those of the NBA D-League. The goal is to feed fans in smaller markets the live entertainment they desire without traveling to major cities. Fans of these teams will ofter support another League 1 Club. This league will be mostly made of NCAA DI players, Ex-professionals, and other college elite players. The players here would get a feel of the national lifestyle while playing less games. Less games also stresses an importance on home games and will create a great home field environment. The target attendance is 2,000-4,000. League 6 and 7's goals are to have a community club that area fans can see during the weekend or on Friday nights. The hope is for 2,0000 fans a game. They will be playing in smaller stadiums, so the goal is to fill the stadiums and to generate the best game day atmosphere. These levels are important because they should draw interest in the sport from locals and possible affiliations will help the upper leagues. This league will be filled with ex-college and current college players. There will be some NCAA DI players but it will most be filled with the ranks of NCAA DIII, NAIA, and NCAA DII players. They effectively serve as area college all star teams. Although they can promote, the lack of definite rosters, and the long offseason will make it hard to retain their best players. Players at this level will almost always have 1 year contracts and most teams will host invite only tryouts to fill their ranks. The hope is for the highest team in attendance to average around 5,000 while many lowly teams may struggle to gain 750 fans. This disparity would sort itself out with first 3 seasons as by then the best teams, most organized, most supported, and highest funded could possibly be in leagues 4 & 5.
  5. Teams League 1 New England Revolution (MLS) New York City FC (MLS) New York Red Bulls (MLS) Philadelphia Union (MLS) DC United (MLS) Toronto FC (MLS) Montreal Impact (MLS) Orlando SC (MLS) Columbus Crew (MLS) Chicago Fire (MLS) Sporting Kansas City (MLS) Houston Dynamo (MLS) FC Dallas (MLS) Real Salt Lake (MLS) LA Galaxy (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) Portland Timbers (MLS) Seattle Sounders (MLS) Vancouver White Caps (MLS) Colorado Rapids (MLS) League 2 LAFC (MLS ex) Atlanta FC (MLS ex) Minnesota United (MLS ex) Miami FC (MLS ex) Carolina Rail hawks (NASL) FC Edmonton (NASL) Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) Indy Eleven (NASL) Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL) New York Cosmos (NASL) Ottawa Fury (NASL) Puerto Rico FC (NASL ex) Rayo OKC (NASL) Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) Austin Aztecs (NASL) Rochester Rhinos (past NASL) (MLS pos ex) AC St. Louis (past NASL) (MLS pos ex) Crystal Palace Baltimore (past NASL) Detroit City FC (MLS pos ex) (NASL pos ex) (NPSL) League 3 Virginia Cavalry FC (NASL pos ex) Connecticut Bicentennials (NASL pos ex) El Paso (MLS pos ex) Sacramento Republic (MLS pos ex) (USL) Las Vegas Mobsters (MLS pos ex) (PDL) AFC Cleveland (MLS pos ex) (NPSL) Hamilton (NASL pos ex) Calgary Foothills FC (NASL pos ex) (PDL) WSA Winnipeg (NASL pos ex) (PDL) Saskatchewan (NASL pos ex) FC Cincinnati (USL) Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) Louisville City FC (USL) Arizona United FC (USL) Orange County Blues (USL) Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) Charleston Battery (USL) Pittsburgh River hounds (USL) San Fransisco City FC (MLS pos ex) (NASL pos ex) (PDL) San Diego Zest FC (MLS pos ex) (PDL League 4 Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) Charlotte Independence (USL) Rio Grand Valley Torros FC (USL) Bethleham Steel FC (USL) Reno (USL) Dayton Dutch Lions (past USL) Nashville FC (USL pos ex) Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) Richmond Kickers (USL) Albuquerque Sol FC- Albuquerque NM Mississippi Brilla- Jackson MS Midland/Odessa Shockers- Midland TX FC Tucson- Tucson AZ KW United FC- Kitchener Canada Michigan Bucks- Pontiac MI Des Moines Menace- Des Moines IA Rhode Island Reds- Providence RI Chattanooga FC- Chattanooga TN Memphis City- Memphis TN New Orleans Jesters- New Orleans LA League 5 Brooklyn Italians- Brookyln NY Shreveport Rafters FC- Shreveport LA Knoxville Force- Knoxville TN Little Rock Rangers- Little Rock AR Thunder Bay Chill- Thunder Bay Canada Reading United AC- Reading PA Hershey FC- Hershey PA Virginia Beach City FC- Virginia Beach VA Grand Rapids FC- Grand Rapids MI Myrtle Beach FC- Mrytle Beach Tobacco Road FC- Raliegh NC FC Wichita- Wichita KS Ocean City Nor'Easterners- Ocean City NJ AC Conneticuit- Danbury CT GPS Portland Phoenix- Portland ME Long Island Rough Riders- Long Island NY Seacoast United Phantoms- Portsmith NH Milwaulkee Torrent- Milwaulkee Torrent Lane United FC- Eugene OR Victroia Highlanders- Victoria Canada League 6 North East Kingston Stockade FC- Kingston NY New York Athletic Club- Pelham NY Jersey Express SC- Newark NJ Westchester Flames- New Rochell NY Clarkston SC Eagles- Clarkston NY GBFC Thunder- Binghamton NY New Jersey Copa FC- Metuchen NJ Western Mass Pioneers – Lowell MA Seacoast United Mariners- Scarborogh NH Jersey Blues FC- Madison NJ League 6 Pacific West Kitsap Pumas- Bremtom WA Washington Crossfire- Redmond WA Burlingame Dragons FC- Burligame CA Freson Fuego- Fresno CA FC Golden State Force- Glendora CA Southern California Seahorses- La Miranda CA Ventura County Fusion- Ventura CA CD Aguiluchos USA- Oakland CA OSA FC- Tacoma WA Corinthians USA- Fontana CA League 6 Mid West Buxmont Torch FC- Perkasie PA Electirc City Shock SC- Scranton PA Junior Lone Star FC- Drexler Hill Pa AFC Ann Arbor- Ann Arbor MI Kalamazoo FC- Kalamazoo MI Lansing FC- Lansing MI LC Aris FC- La Croix WI Kokomo Mantis- Kokomo IN Springfield Synergy- Springfield MO Joplin Demise- Joplin MO League 6 South East Palm Beach Suns FC- Boca Raton FL Sout Florida Surf- St. Luice FL The Village SC- The Village FL SW Florida Adrenaline- Fort Myers Weston FC-Weston FL SC United Bantams- Greenwood SC Tormenta FC- Statesboro GA Peachtree MOAB- Peachtree GA FC Carolina Discoveries- Rock Hill SC Georgia Reveloution- Conyer GA League 7 Mid Atlantic Evergreen FC -Leesburg VA Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors – Bluefeild WV Tri Cities FC- Johnson City WV West Virginia Chaos- Charleston WV Carolina Dynamo- Greensboro NC Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors – Bluefeild WV Tri Cities FC- Johnson City WV West Virginia Chaos- Charleston WV Carolina Dynamo- Greensboro NC Evergreen FC -Leesburg VA League 7 Metro Atlantic ASA Charge- Gambrills MD Chesterfield United FC- Chestfield VA FC Frederick- Frederick MD Fredericksburg FC- Fredericksburg VA Legacy 76- Williamsburg VA Lexington KN Bowling Green KN Morgantown WV Dover DE Annapolis MD League 7 Plains Liverpool Warriors- Saginaw TX Topeka KS Omaha NB Lincoln NB Pierre SD Fargo ND Lubbock TX Sioux Falls SD Norman OK Laredo TX League 7 Pacific West Deportivo Coroas- Riverside CA FC Force- El Centro CA FC Hastenal- Agora Hills CA North County Battalion- Carlsbad CA Southern California Sports Club- San Bernandino CA Telecuma FC- Telecuma CA Boise ID Salem OR Olympia WA Modesto CA
  6. Money Major League Soccer 1 250k-infinitie MLS 2 100k-250k MLS 3 60k-100k MLS 4 all new 50k-60k MLS 5 2k-max of 50k (mostly amateur college players) MLS 6 No salaries guaranteed (mostly amateur college players) MLS 7No salaries guaranteed (mostly amateur college players)
  7. Money Major League Soccer 1 250k-infinitie MLS 2 100k-250k MLS 3 60k-100k MLS 4 all new 50k-60k MLS 5 2k-max of 50k (mostly amateur college players) MLS 6 No salaries guaranteed (mostly amateur college players) MLS 7No salaries guaranteed (mostly amateur college players)
  8. Expansion Any expansion team must acquire the rights to a team. That means purchasing or agreeing to terms with a current League team. The exception is if one team folds. If a team folds the league will offer the rights to this team for free to the group who best offered a plan to start a new club. The new club can move, change name, logos, everything. In the case of claiming the league spot left by a folded team, the new team will start in the same level that the folded team ended at. Teams can force promotion through acquisitions. EX: if a group wanted to start a League 1 team, they would first have to buy a current League 1 team, then they would be allowed to change the entire team to their liking. Teams can force relegation without acquisitions. Teams wishing to be moved down leagues for possible financial reasons can submit their idea to their regional headquarters. If the regional approves it, the League HQ will look to approve. Teams forcing relegation automatically claim the 20th position in the standings at the end of their regular season. Forced relegation teams cannot qualify for any post season competitions dealing the League.
  9. Head Quarters/Owners The HQ is in New York, New York. There are also branches in, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and New Orleans. Teams can have a board or an owner but not a membership. There is one MLS commissioner, but one co-commissioner per league. Team names, owner sales, city movement, and other large changes must be confirmed by the co-commissioner for the designated league and the overall MLS commissioner. League sponsors are discussed and voted on at these headquarters. States Covered by Each Regional Head Quarter Salt Lake City Alaska Hawaii California Washington Oregon Idaho Montana Utah Arizona New Mexico Wyoming Colorado Nevada British Columbia Saskatchewan Alberta Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut New Orleans Texas Oklahoma Arkansas Tennessee Mississippi Alabama Georgia Florida Louisiana North Carolina Florida Puerto Rico All Caribbean Islands Chicago North Dakota South Dakota Kansas Iowa Nebraska Minnesota Illinois Missouri Kentucky Indiana Michigan Wisconsin Ohio Ontario Manitoba Philadelphia West Virginia Virginia Washington DC Maryland Delaware Pennsylvania New York New Jersey New Hampshire Vermont Maine Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusettes Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia Prince Edward Islander Newfoundland and Labrador
  10. Televison All games are televised on either a Fox Network or ESPN. All games will air on the MLS website, MLSnet.com, and on the MLS TV network, MLSnet.
  11. During the Game MLS follows the rules and standards of the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The playoff extra time structure follows IFAB standards: two full 15-minute periods, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary. Major League Soccer will implement fines and suspensions for simulation (diving) through its Disciplinary Committee, which reviews plays after the match.
  12. Stadiums League 1 stadiums must seat 27,000. League 2 stadiums must seat 12,000. League 3 stadiums must seat 4,000. All other stadiums must seat 1,000. If a team doesn't have sufficient ownership, funds, or stadium, the team will be fined/ suspended/ or the team will be sold to a new owner. Teams can also be punished with relegation and the option of promotion can be suspended. Teams can play in football stadiums or soccer specific stadiums. There is an exception to the League 1 stadium rule, a team can play in 15,000 seat stadium of they present a plan to build a new 25,000 seat stadium within 2 years. If the plan isn't fulfilled, or never presented to begin with, the team can be relegated. The net is 22x8 and the pitch must be 110x70. The pitch can be real or artificial, domed or outside. The pitch must be green with only soccer lines visible. League 1-3 stadiums must have real grass.
  13. Sponsors and Jerseys Each team is allowed as many sponsors as wanted, there can only be one sponsor per kit. Home kits are light colored, away kits are dark. A team can have a max of 5 total kits, 2 mandatory and 3 optional alternates. Each kit can have a different sponsor or no sponsors. On the sleeves there must be a patch of the league the club is sporting, "MLS 1" ex. For holidays and playoffs the kit will sport a patch on the back under the collar. Each teams crest must be present on the left chest. Sponsors on the jerseys can vary in size but must be on the front of the kit. Shorts also must sport the team crest on the either side of the leg. Socks, shorts, and kits must be all the same color. If the kit is checkered/striped/designed the shorts and socks must match the main color. Players can wear headbands and concussion guard but no hats. Socks can be striped and checkered as long the main color is the same. Socks must have the teams crest on the front of the socks on the shin or on the back on the calf. Jerseys are up to individual club sponsorships and boots are up to individual players.
  14. Transfer Window TOP 4 LEAGUES- The preseason/postseason transfer window is 1 January to 26 January. Teams can trade, loan, buy, sell, sign, and release/cut players in this time with no restrictions. The mid-season transfer window is 3 July- 31 August, teams can trade, loan, buy, sell, sign, and release/cut players in this time with no restrictions. There is no salary cap, meaning teams may spend as much as they would like. There is no roster maximum nor minimum. There is no draft as in other American sports. There are no waivers or waiver order, a free player is free available to all and any. Teams can loan, sell, release/cut, sign, buy, trade, and have tryouts in the off-season with no restrictions and during the transfer period. During the season, players can be cut or promoted from academies/reserves. This is the lone exception for adjusting a roster while not being in the transfer window.
  15. Allstar Game In the middle of the League season (2 weeks into the mid season break) there is an All-star Game. The all star game is selected by fan voting, only MLS1 players are eligible. The all-star game is hosted through a bidding process. Each Allstar team has 14 players. They are coached by the coaches of the teams who participated in the finals a year before. After the 28 player pool is selected the two coaches draft their teams behind closed doors. There are also a panel who give input on how to make the two teams the most equal. Every player selected must play in the game.
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