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We also don't have to worry about the stupid away goals rule which I have always hated. If the two games end 1-1 and 2-2, the winner shouldn't be decided based on who the road team was in the 2-2 game. Sure, Liverpool's massive comeback in the UCL last year against Barcelona was truly magical, but single-elimination gives us a higher likelihood of an exciting game and entertainment is the whole point of putting sports on TV and charging admission.

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Lansing Ignite of USL League One has folded:

 

https://www.uslleagueone.com/news_article/show/1058296

 

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Tampa, FL – Lansing Ignite FC announced today that it has ceased operations, effective immediately, and will not continue beyond the 2019 season.

“While we’re disappointed that Lansing Ignite FC will not return for the league’s second season, we want to thank the City of Lansing, club ownership, staff, players, supporters, and the community as a whole for their support of the club over the past year," said USL Senior Vice President Steven Short. “We wish everyone involved nothing but success going forward and will continue our mission to grow the sport of soccer at all levels across North America.”

“We are extremely disappointed to make this announcement—and we know our fans will be disappointed too," said Tom Dickson, owner of Lansing Ignite. "We brought the team to Lansing with high hopes for success, but due to business realities, we simply have no option other than to discontinue the operation. Rest assured, we left no stone unturned looking for ways to continue beyond 2019 but simply could not find a viable path forward.” 

Dickson went on to say, “We are incredibly thankful to this community for the support shown to our club over the past year. While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, we will cherish the memories we’ve made together this past season. In addition to the loyal fans and supporters, we particularly want to single out Coach Miller and our wonderful players for a terrific and electrifying season; Jeremy Sampson, our team General Manager who created the passion for soccer in Lansing from the very beginning; Mayor Schor and the Lansing City Council for the support they have given us; our wonderful and supportive sponsors and of course, our dedicated employees”. 

Nick Grueser, President of Lansing Ignite echoed the comments by Dickson. “This was a very tough decision. We gave this effort every ounce of energy we had, but it wasn’t quite enough. My sincere thanks to Coach Miller, the players, The City of Lansing, our staff, sponsors and fans. We also wish the very best to the USL, and other member clubs going forward.”


 

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Have to say the single elimination format has been exciting.  You know teams have to play for their lives every single game now!  Adds to the excitement where every play, every kick, every goal matters. 

 

Also very excited for @Bucfan56 and the entire Sacramento Republic group and their fans.  I hope they'll be able to keep the name for today's announcement.  It's truly unique for MLS and would be a shame to see it lost.  Let's hope they have a Sounders/Timbers/Whitecaps deal in place where the legacy of Republic will transcend to the highest tier of Soccer here.  I'll definitely be rooting for them to succeed in MLS!

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30 minutes ago, Pharos04 said:

Have to say the single elimination format has been exciting.  You know teams have to play for their lives every single game now!  Adds to the excitement where every play, every kick, every goal matters. 

 

Also very excited for @Bucfan56 and the entire Sacramento Republic group and their fans.  I hope they'll be able to keep the name for today's announcement.  It's truly unique for MLS and would be a shame to see it lost.  Let's hope they have a Sounders/Timbers/Whitecaps deal in place where the legacy of Republic will transcend to the highest tier of Soccer here.  I'll definitely be rooting for them to succeed in MLS!

 

I can't say for sure on the name just yet (I'm pretty sure it'll be retained), but I know for certain that at least Old Glory Red is staying in the fold for the MLS move. 

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I can't wait to find out and enjoy the block party later today! We finally did it, y'all! 

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A long time coming. Welcome to MLS, Sacramento!!! You'll always have a little place in my heart. 

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Nashville, Austin, St. Louis and Sacramento are All In.

 

Who's now on the outside looking in? Detroit? Louisville? Desert cities like Phoenix and Vegas? Sacramento gets MLS to 29 (by my count), so it feels like they need at least one (or three) more teams. And then also existing markets like Houston, Dallas and Denver to get their :censored: together and invest in the location and gameday experiences of their clubs.

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55 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

I can't say for sure on the name just yet (I'm pretty sure it'll be retained), but I know for certain that at least Old Glory Red is staying in the fold for the MLS move. 

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I can't wait to find out and enjoy the block party later today! We finally did it, y'all! 

 

So happy for you. Glad both St. Louis and Sacramento could both get in without it being an either/or situation. Found myself rooting for Sacramento to get a club as well.

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1 minute ago, DG_Now said:

Nashville, Austin, St. Louis and Sacramento are All In.

 

Who's now on the outside looking in? Detroit? Louisville? Desert cities like Phoenix and Vegas? Sacramento gets MLS to 29 (by my count), so it feels like they need at least one (or three) more teams. And then also existing markets like Houston, Dallas and Denver to get their :censored: together and invest in the location and gameday experiences of their clubs.

 

I'm assuming Charlotte will be 30 in 2023. Just a prediction: Phoenix & dark horse Indianapolis as 31 & 32 in 2025. 

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On 10/16/2019 at 11:04 AM, GDAWG said:

 

 


I refuse to count Inter Miami until they play a game. Until then, they’re vaporware.

 

Anyway, congrats @Bucfan56 and the Sacramento fans! You finally got in. With the Fake Quakes being utter fakers, I think I found an MLS team to support!

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I made this:

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Well, I found an image with the current league and then I added Austin, Nashville, MLS logos for St. Louis and Sacramento and then some old Western/Eastern Conference logos for likely expansion targets. If you keep Minnesota, KC and the Texas teams in the west, this balances 16 teams in each conference nicely.

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5 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:


I refuse to count Inter Miami until they play a game. Until then, they’re vaporware.

 

Anyway, congrats @Bucfan56 and the Sacramento fans! You finally got in. With the Fake Quakes being utter fakers, I think I found an MLS team to support!

 

Miami will be stuck in their Ft. Lauderdale pop up stadium for life or if the Marlins ever fold they can slide on in to Marlins Park. 🤣

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Finally Sacramento gets a major league team and (probably) getting the last California spot in MLS.

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27 minutes ago, Wings said:

 

I'm assuming Charlotte will be 30 in 2023. Just a prediction: Phoenix & dark horse Indianapolis as 31 & 32 in 2025. 

 

If they can get a stadium deal and a billionaire to back them, New Mexico United could move to the front of the line for 31 or 32.

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11 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

Finally Sacramento gets a major league team and (probably) getting the last California spot in MLS.

 

I still think San Diego will get in in the future. 

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1 minute ago, Wings said:

 

I still think San Diego will get in in the future. 

 

Maybe.  If so, that will mean MLS will be the first of the Big 5 leagues with 5 California teams.

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Surprised that a team with extant USL infrastructure has to wait all the way to 2022 to get in, when there's an opening for another team in 2021 -- stadium reasons at play?

 

Seems like Charlotte is the clear front-runner for slot 30 so hopefully they can get it up and running in 2021.

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18 hours ago, DG_Now said:

Grey v white isn't as nice as Minnesota in white vs. Galaxy in blue would have been.

 

Allianz Field is probably the class of MLS. Its beautiful and I wish Seattle had as nice a stadium. That said, I'm going to feel bad when LA wins because the universe really, really wants LAFC vs. LA Galaxy in the playoffs.

 

6 hours ago, Gothamite said:

 

Gray and white are their primary shirts, so I think that looks better than any other combination.  

 

Games look best when both teams look like themselves. 

The grey is dark enough that the navy blue uniforms would be harder to distinguish from than white is. 

17 hours ago, 4_tattoos said:

Honestly wouldn't have thought they'd be okay with that.

Depends on when they originally planned the game. It was most likely at least a year in the works.

16 hours ago, GDAWG said:

 

Surprised they chose not to play at US Bank. 

D III teams can't expect to fill a stadium like US Bank to the required numbers to make rent. 

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1 hour ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

I can't say for sure on the name just yet (I'm pretty sure it'll be retained), but I know for certain that at least Old Glory Red is staying in the fold for the MLS move. 

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I can't wait to find out and enjoy the block party later today! We finally did it, y'all! 

Are they going to have those scarfs for sale at the party?  Should I be asking if you can reserve one for me in case they sell out fast 😎

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Taylor Twellman just appeared in a video congratulating Sacramento.....which means it's officially official!

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And because I'm obsessed with alignment issues, trying to think that through as well -- my best guess is:

 

2020: MIA and NSH to East, CHI moves to West

2021: AUS to West, CHA(?) to East

2022: SAC and STL to West, CHI moves back East? Would all that back-and-forth fly with the Fire?

 

Can't help but wonder if ditching the two conference format would make more sense, especially as the schedule will only get *more* unbalanced if you can't play everyone in your division twice and keep to a sane number of games.

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