Brian in Boston

North American Pro Soccer 2021

Recommended Posts

Columbus Crew SC are the MLS Cup Champions for 2020. They'll defend their title in a brand new 20,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in 2021. Expansion side Austin FC - Major League Soccer's 27th side - is also set to take the pitch in the new year. Canadian Premier League club York 9 FC will compete as York United Football Club. What other developments will 2021 bring to the pro soccer scene in the United States and Canada?   

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

While the club isn't set to begin play until 2022, USL League One expansion team Central Valley Fuego Futbol Club is hoping to begin construction of a pop-up soccer-specific stadium and adjacent training and development center in 2021. Team ownership and management are considering two locations for the project: downtown Fresno and in Madera County.

The preferred downtown location would be on three parcels of land that currently play host to Selland Arena, Valdez Hall, and an adjacent parking lot at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center site. The Madera County location would be near Valley Children's Hospital.

The first step towards potentially securing the downtown site occurred on Thursday. That's when the Fresno City Council unanimously voted to declare Selland Arena, Valdez Hall, and the adjacent ground level parking lot land as surplus property, which allows the city to make said parcels available to buyers.

United Soccer League Welcomes Central Valley Fuego Futbol Club to League One

New Fuego Futbol Club rekindles Fresno's soccer past, and offers redeveloped Selland Arena

Fresno could sell Selland Arena land to Fuego soccer team. Here's what we know

Fresno City Council Resolution

 


  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Ohio stadium wars are going to be fun, if we're allowed to visit them as intended. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Austin FC expansion draft results:

 

2020 Expansion Draft results: Austin FC makes picks | MLSsoccer.com

 

  1. FW Danny Hosen, San Jose Earthquakes
  2. MF Jared Stroud, NY Red Bulls
  3. GK Brady Scott, Nashville SC
  4. MF Joe Corona, LA Galaxy 
  5. DF Kamal Miller, Orlando City FC (Traded to Montreal for $225,000 in General Allocation Money and the 11th overall pick in the upcoming MLS Superdraft)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Dilbert said:

Grass is coming soon. Lights are on. Gary shines bright in all his glory.

And just like that, the grass installment began today.

 

EpY8d2XWEAgqw_5?format=jpg&name=large

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Major League Soccer has notified the Major League Soccer Players Association that it will invoke the Force Majeure clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was negotiated this past June. Said step obligates the parties to negotiate modifications to the existing CBA - in good faith - over the next 30 days. If said talks fail to produce a new agreement, the CBA negotiated in June could be terminated.

Per MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott:

"Unfortunately, based on the assessment of public health officials, it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions on attendance at sporting events will continue into the 2021 MLS season. We recognize the impact that the pandemic has had on our players and appreciate their efforts to restart and complete the 2020 season, but, like the other leagues in the United States and Canada, MLS needs to address the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic and will engage in good-faith discussions with our players about ways to manage the significant economic issues we are facing."

The MLS Players Association statement in response:

"Today, less than one week after players completed the most challenging season in MLS history, the league notified the Major League Soccer Players Association that it intends to invoke the Force Majeure clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"This action sets in motion a process that could results in the league and its owners abandoning the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement and commitments made to players for the second time in less than nine months. It comes in advance of any negotiations and at a time when many players are enjoying time away with their loved ones for the first time in almost a year.

"After a 2020 season of extreme sacrifice, immeasurable risk to personal health, and a remarkable league-wide effort to successfully return to play, this tone-deaf action by the league discredits the previous sacrifices made by players and the enormous challenges they overcame in 2020."
  

Stay tuned...

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, _J_ said:

Need to strike. Cant even give the owners an inkling that they can rip up a contract not even a year after signing it.

An MLS strike would have to be the hardest one to pull off. I don't think it would be that hard for the owners to find scabs, both foreign and domestic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, _J_ said:

Need to strike. Cant even give the owners an inkling that they can rip up a contract not even a year after signing it.

It wasn't actually signed yet. Regardless, they can't expect the players to go back to the previous CBA.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

cool video of the grass installation at the new FC Cincinnati stadium. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, MJWalker45 said:

What if it's Real Salt Lake? Would they rebrand?

 

If it is Real Salt Lake, I don't know if they would keep the team in Utah.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Messi and Suarez in Salt Lake City! Scenes!

 

Can't really imagine Messi, or Barca for that matter, in anything but the most marquee of markets, and I don't see those teams being up for sale any time soon. Nor do any heretofore empty markets seem right, save maybe San Diego?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
59 minutes ago, Digby said:

Messi and Suarez in Salt Lake City! Scenes!

 

Can't really imagine Messi, or Barca for that matter, in anything but the most marquee of markets, and I don't see those teams being up for sale any time soon. Nor do any heretofore empty markets seem right, save maybe San Diego?

 

Las Vegas.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Suarez has been linked to Seattle for forever. I can't see Messi not in New York, LA or Miami. SLC should would be a surprise!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.