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at Seattle

at the champs

home against the Western conference champs

 

welcome to the bigs, kid. 

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The Loons get NYCFC to open Allianz Field on April 13.

They also just landed their third DP. Earlier I mentioned they were looking at midfielder Jan Kirchhoff; that's still up in the air, but today they added a different midfielder named Jan.

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5 hours ago, McCarthy said:

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at Seattle

at the champs

home against the Western conference champs

 

welcome to the bigs, kid. 

 

Looking forward to your home opener. Will definitely be an awesome atmosphere. 

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On 12/20/2018 at 3:35 PM, McCarthy said:

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at Seattle

at the champs

home against the Western conference champs

 

welcome to the bigs, kid. 

Lol gonna be a rough start

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Atlanta United FC has tabbed Frank de Boer to serve as the team's new head coach. The Dutch star (112 national team appearances for the Netherlands... long-term club stints with Ajax and Barcelona... club managerial positions with Ajax, Inter Milan, and Crystal Palace) officially takes the reins on January 1st.

 

Atlanta United announces Frank de Boer as new manager

Atlanta United explain hire of Frank de Boer as head coach
 

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Very sad news today as Sigi Schmidt, the winningest coach in MLS history, has passed away at age 65. 

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Just now, Crabcake47 said:

Very sad news today as Sigi Schmidt, the winningest coach in MLS history, has passed away at age 65. 

 

Oh man. He hasn't looked well at all the past few years, so this isn't a complete surprise. But still, Sigi was a fixture on Seattle sidelines and I was a huge fan. I'm really sorry to hear this news.

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Would've thought Rooney would go back to England during the MLS offseason until camp began. Ah well. This isn't a huge deal, but the Brits on Facebook make it seem like he has a history of boozing that the rest of the world may not be aware of.

 

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46777318

 

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4 hours ago, dfwabel said:

DCU becomes the third team to eschew local TV or RSN for their non-ESPN/FS1 games.  They'll partner with FLOsports.

 

$9/month for non-season ticket holders. No solution yet for bars and restaurants.

 

Well, 2018 sure was a fun season. Seems like that's the end of DC United fandom in the DMV. $72 to watch a fledging soccer team is a non-starter.

 

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7 minutes ago, sohiosportsfreak said:

FC Cincinnati plays the Crew 2xs in three weeks. Wish they would have spread that out a couple months.

Or include it during Rivalry Week. 

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Plans for a Chicago-based USL Championship side to set-up shop in Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yards mixed-use development have been upended, with the developer scrapping a 20,000-seat stadium in the face of public opposition.

Alderman expected to reject 20,000-seat soccer stadium proposal on North Side

Lincoln Yards plan will scrap 20,000-seat stadium, Live Nation entertainment district

Alderman kills Lincoln Yards' soccer stadium and live entertainment district

Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins, who represents the ward in which Lincoln Yards would be sited, had been indicating that he would come down against the inclusion of a stadium in the development. Hopkins was skeptical about whether the traffic infrastructure in the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods would be capable of supporting a 20,000-seat venue. On Monday of this week, Hopkins sent an e-mail to his constituents that cited a public survey about the Lincoln Yards proposal. In the e-mail, Hopkins said that 53% of respondents to the survey were opposed to the stadium, 25% were undecided about the venue's inclusion in the development, and 23% supported its construction.

Yesterday, Hopkins sent out a follow-up e-mail in which he informed constituents that he had told Sterling Bay that he did not support the proposed stadium being part of the 70-acre, $5-billion project. Further, he stated that he had let the developers know that he wanted a planned entertainment district featuring venues operated by LiveNation to be replaced by independently-owned and operated restaurants, clubs, theaters and performance spaces scattered throughout the development. Said Hopkins:

"There would have been many other events besides soccer matches. Concerts and other things. In order to justify the cost of building such a structure, it became clear that it would need to be used somewhat regularly. That just put an undue burden on the neighborhood. There didn't seem to be a way to solve that. 

"In addition to that, the independent music scene in Chicago was very concerned that Live Nation was one of the owners of the (entertainment) district. They had an equity stake in it. They felt that would be unfair competition to the independent music venues. By removing the entertainment district, that takes Live Nation's equity stake out. That should satisfy concerns of the independent music promoters." 


In a statement later on Tuesday, Sterling Bay spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said:

"While much of the feedback has been positive, Alderman Hopkins and residents have been very clear: they do not want a stadium. And we want to say, 'We heard you loud and clear.' We have removed the stadium and broken up the entertainment district, allowing for assorted smaller venues throughout Lincoln Yards where all independent music operators will have the opportunity to participate. We have also heard the desire for improved transit and infrastructure in the area, a desire we share."

It is now unclear how - indeed, whether - Sterling Bay will attempt to proceed with plans to bring a USL franchise to Chicago.

Following the news of the stadium plan being scrapped, a spokesman for the USL sent out an e-mail in which the league claimed to be dedicated to moving forward with the establishment of a team in Chicago. According to the USL's Ryan Madden:

"We remain committed to bringing a USL franchise to downtown Chicago. Stadium projects are of course inherently complicated, but there is a huge appetite for professional soccer in Chicago and we look forward to working with Sterling Bay to deliver a club - and stadium - that the community can rally around and be proud of."

That said, Sterling Bay will need to find a new majority owner for said club, as the Chicago Cubs' Tom Ricketts - originally tabbed for that role - is apparently no longer involved in the venture. In the wake of the announcements by Alderman Hopkins and Sterling Bay's Sarah Hamilton, Ricketts family spokesman Dennis Culloton said:

"The Ricketts family's potential involvement was focused on the soccer team and contingent on city approvals. While we are disappointed the concept is no longer included in the master plan, we understand the ambitious Lincoln Yards project needs to move forward."

My gut instinct tells me that, regardless of pronouncements by the league to the contrary, the USL-to-Chicago effort is dead. At least any such attempt with Sterling Bay and Tom Ricketts involved.

One thing is certain: Andrew Hauptman, lead investor/operator of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire, can breathe a sigh of relief.         

 

 

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6 hours ago, DG_Now said:

 

$9/month for non-season ticket holders. No solution yet for bars and restaurants.

 

Well, 2018 sure was a fun season. Seems like that's the end of DC United fandom in the DMV. $72 to watch a fledging soccer team is a non-starter.

 

 

I hadn't even thought of the bars thing. What does LAFC do? (And at least they're on a normal streaming service; I personally wouldn't hate it since I already pay for Hulu's live service but I wouldn't want to pay anything extra.)

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19 hours ago, DG_Now said:

 

$9/month for non-season ticket holders. No solution yet for bars and restaurants.

 

Well, 2018 sure was a fun season. Seems like that's the end of DC United fandom in the DMV. $72 to watch a fledging soccer team is a non-starter.

 

Just by looking around Facebook, Twitter and the club's SB Nation page DC United may have pissed off it's entire fan base by doing this. I've yet to see any positive feedback from DCU fans about this move.

 

I'll just watch the team when they play nationally televised games.

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It’s "Soccer Night"at Enterprise Center during tonight's Blues game. Word is there may some new scuttlebutt revealed pertaining to St. Louis' MLS bid. Some new stadium renderings, perhaps?

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