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The All Star roster is starting to be announced. Atlanta had Guzan, Barco, LGP, and Martinez* voted in and had the decency to change the jersey color in the announcement 🤣:

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* - Pity! Not Josef! Unreal. Honestly, he'll probably get selected by the commissioner anyway (and I don't want any of the guys to play at all), but that was stunning.

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San Diego set to start a USL team

 

Landon Donovan being the figurehead for this project is something that I find to be less than thrilling, but I understand why that would be a successful angle. 

 

What does excite me though is that his business partner is Warren Smith, who is my old boss and one of the original co founders of Sacramento Republic FC. If there's anyone who an up and coming USL team would want to help build their brand and business, it's Warren. He did some absolutely BRILLIANT things with Republic, and much of what has been truly successful for our team can be directly attributed to him. Awesome guy, too. Always went out of the way to personally thank me and the rest of the staff for our work. I miss having him as a boss. 

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1 hour ago, Bucfan56 said:

San Diego set to start a USL team

 

Landon Donovan being the figurehead for this project is something that I find to be less than thrilling, but I understand why that would be a successful angle. 

 

What does excite me though is that his business partner is Warren Smith, who is my old boss and one of the original co founders of Sacramento Republic FC. If there's anyone who an up and coming USL team would want to help build their brand and business, it's Warren. He did some absolutely BRILLIANT things with Republic, and much of what has been truly successful for our team can be directly attributed to him. Awesome guy, too. Always went out of the way to personally thank me and the rest of the staff for our work. I miss having him as a boss. 

San Diego deserves a soccer club. Even though its not MLS, USL Championship will work just fine there. If they become as successful as Sacramento did at their start then maybe someday we will see them in MLS (alongside Sacramento of course, hoping they will be named the next MLS expansion in the coming weeks).

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On 6/20/2019 at 11:13 PM, Bucfan56 said:

San Diego set to start a USL team

 

Landon Donovan being the figurehead for this project is something that I find to be less than thrilling, but I understand why that would be a successful angle. 

 

What does excite me though is that his business partner is Warren Smith, who is my old boss and one of the original co founders of Sacramento Republic FC. If there's anyone who an up and coming USL team would want to help build their brand and business, it's Warren. He did some absolutely BRILLIANT things with Republic, and much of what has been truly successful for our team can be directly attributed to him. Awesome guy, too. Always went out of the way to personally thank me and the rest of the staff for our work. I miss having him as a boss. 

 

 

🤩 USL San Diego 🥰 🔸🔹

 

I'm positive as they seem to have knowledgeable, passionate people behind it for the right reasons with Warren Smith (for his business/team launch experience) as well as Landon Donovan (who adopted San Diego as his home and clearly loves soccer). 

 

Cool, that you can give such a glowing recommendation of Warren Smith!

During one of the local SD media interviews he was talked up to be THE real star behind the name (Landon) and he simply responded in a very humble way, despite seemingly deserving these plaudits. He came across very sympathetic. 

 

On 6/21/2019 at 1:05 AM, Dilbert said:

San Diego deserves a soccer club. Even though its not MLS, USL Championship will work just fine there. If they become as successful as Sacramento did at their start then maybe someday we will see them in MLS (alongside Sacramento of course, hoping they will be named the next MLS expansion in the coming weeks).

 

Totally agree with you on that.

 

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To me at least, the whole thing came of the blue with no rumors or teases. What a pleasant surprise for a change!

I'm hopeful it doesn't turn into another SD politics/business interest slug fest as the 3 year (Torero) stadium agreement, including expansion up from around 6 to 8 thousand is already agreed with USD.

 

Fingers crossed they'll get a good name, logo, colors and kits.

I'd prefer them to launch when they are ready, whether that means 2020 or 2021.

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1 hour ago, Magic Dynasty said:

 

 

I guess the blueprint is an Open Cup run?

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Just now, fnz said:

I guess the blueprint is an Open Cup run?

 

Lol. No. 

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North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik and Raleigh developer John Kane have unveiled their proposed Downtown South project.

Downtown South

The venture, which would be built on nearly 55 acres of land on the southern edge of downtown Raleigh, calls for construction of a 20,000-seat stadium for North Carolina FC and over $1.9 billion in ancillary development, including:

* 1.6 million square feet of office space;
* 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space;

* 12,000 hotel rooms;
* 1,750 residential units  

Malik and Kane claim that the project will create $2.7 billion in economic activity for Wake County over the next 15 years, including:

* $20 million in property tax revenue;
* $3.7 million - annually - in tourism-related tax revenue;
* 5,900 new jobs

The Downtown South is seeking $13 million a year for 30 years from Wake County room occupancy and prepared food and beverage taxes. The money would be used to cover debt service on the project and pay for stadium maintenance. However, Raleigh and Wake County managers didn't include money for the stadium proposal on their list of recommended recipient projects last Wednesday. Instead, money was earmarked for PNC Arena, the Raleigh Convention Center, and a new indoor sports complex.

As a result, Downtown South would be competing for a partial share of $42 million in tourism money that has yet to be allocated. Amongst the other entities seeking a portion of that money are Marbles Kids Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Malik has said that if his group can't secure the $13 million a year for 30 years, then it will develop the property in a different manner. 

We shall see. 

    

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https://frntofficesport.com/mls-sports-betting/

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MLS has altered its commercial guidelines, and will now allow its clubs to sign jersey-front sponsorships with companies in both the sports betting and spirits categories. In addition, the league has liberalized several other policies as it relates to partners in those categories, which will also allow for a sports betting or spirits company to sign a stadium naming rights deal with an MLS club.

 

The changes, which were discussed by the league and its board of governors at its two most-recent meetings in December and April, are effective immediately.

 

Several clubs across MLS have already been in discussion with companies in these categories ahead of these changes being formalized, sources across the league said — especially in states where sports betting has already been legalized, or is expected to be in the near term. Both the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union have discussed stadium naming rights deals with sports betting companies, sources said, while D.C. United have taken steps towards allowing a sports betting facility operate at Audi Field.

 

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So I had to google "spirits company" because I've never heard that phrase before. First thought was it being religious organizations. I was wrong lol. Bring on the booze sponsors!!!!

 

Have a feeling Tecate will find it's way on a MLS jersey.

 

 

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26 minutes ago, 4_tattoos said:

So I had to google "spirits company" because I've never heard that phrase before. First thought was it being religious organizations. I was wrong lol. Bring on the booze sponsors!!!!

 

Have a feeling Tecate will find it's way on a MLS jersey. 

 

 

 

Is this close enough for you?

 

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12 hours ago, DG_Now said:

 

Is this close enough for you?

 

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I miss the gold ol' days. (Not a Chivas fan, I just miss this uniform.)

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29 minutes ago, WBeltz said:

I miss the gold ol' days. (Not a Chivas fan, I just miss this uniform.)

 

Right? MLS uniforms have definitely taken a turn for the simple over the past couple of seasons. The league is generally attractive, but used to be a whole lot moreso.

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3 hours ago, DG_Now said:

 

Right? MLS uniforms have definitely taken a turn for the simple over the past couple of seasons. The league is generally attractive, but used to be a whole lot moreso.

I think there are some that right now are outstanding (DC United, Columbus Home & Vancouver are by far the best in the league at the moment) but there has been a move towards plain looking uniforms or uniforms that aren't remarkable. Hopefully that changes.

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1 hour ago, RichO said:

Looking forward to Jeppson's Malort sponsoring the Fire

 

They kinda play how Malort tastes, so it works. 

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Wow. A rare FC Cincinnati win tonight 3-2 over Houston.

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The most unbreakable lease in sports is broken!

https://www.chicago-fire.com/post/2019/07/09/chicago-fire-soccer-club-and-village-bridgeview-agree-amended-stadium-lease

 

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The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and the Village of Bridgeview have agreed to an amended stadium lease that includes a significant contribution from the Fire toward the development of a multi-sport recreation and entertainment center in Bridgeview and higher annual lease payments to the Village. The deal also allows the Chicago Fire to play future home games and conduct team operations in other Chicagoland sports venues.

 

The Chicago Fire will contribute $5 million to the Village to be used to refurbish and expand the existing soccer facilities around SeatGeek Stadium. Also, under the terms of the agreement Bridgeview would receive $60.5 million over the remaining term of the lease, including an upfront payment of $10 million. The team will continue its valued partnership with Bridgeview by training at the facility and by operating Chicago Fire Youth development programs there.

 

It only cost $65.5 million! (Payable by 2036)

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I would’ve thought the Rays have the most unbreakable lease. Regardless, good for the Fire to be able to explore other options and possibly get closer to their city

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