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48 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

 

Excited to see Austin FC announce their Mascot: Anthony Precourt.

 

That role is filled by meme Matthew McConaughey

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8 hours ago, schlim said:

"It was on Jan. 13, 2019 that a coyote roamed through the streets of Nashville and ultimately found its way into an exhibit hall at the Music City Center."

 

Between this and the Sabre tooth tiger skull, Nashville really gets excited about naming teams and mascots after animals that have wandered around downtown. I'm completely expecting a baseball team named the Rats, Raccoons, or Bachelorettes.


Don't forget the Titans mascot for most of their time was T-Rac. 
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On 1/17/2021 at 9:40 AM, GDAWG said:

Excited to see Austin FC announce their Mascot: Anthony Precourt.


Austin FC already have their mascots: 

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                              Bat-istuta


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            TreeWeird the Ent


(I'll show myself out.)

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On 1/17/2021 at 1:28 PM, DG_ThenNowForever said:

 

That role is filled by meme Matthew McConaughey

Who will be forced to buy the team when Precourt gets quickly bored with Austin, Texas and wants to move that team to another trendy town.  

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https://www.si.com/soccer/2021/01/21/europe-super-league-fifa-ban-players-world-cup-uefa
 

Seems FIFA doesn’t like the idea of a "super league." They’re threatening to ban players who would play in the one proposed by UEFA from all international tournaments, like the World Cup and continental championships. If that’s how they feel about the European league, I guess the CAN/US/MEX super league isn’t gonna happen either.

 

Wasn't there a rumor going on that MLS may split into two leagues? Or did I dream that?

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4 hours ago, BigRed618 said:

https://www.si.com/soccer/2021/01/21/europe-super-league-fifa-ban-players-world-cup-uefa
 

Seems FIFA doesn’t like the idea of a "super league." They’re threatening to ban players who would play in the one proposed by UEFA from all international tournaments, like the World Cup and continental championships. If that’s how they feel about the European league, I guess the CAN/US/MEX super league isn’t gonna happen either.

 

Wasn't there a rumor going on that MLS may split into two leagues? Or did I dream that?

 

I could see it being something similar to CONCACAF Champions League but without the Caribbean and Central American teams.

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3 hours ago, Dilbert said:

 

The article also mentions that the Eastern Conference will have 14 clubs and the Western Conference will have 13 clubs. Nashville SC is staying in the East, I assume at least for this season. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a conference shuffle in 2022 when Charlotte joins the league.

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1 hour ago, BryanSmalls said:

 

The article also mentions that the Eastern Conference will have 14 clubs and the Western Conference will have 13 clubs. Nashville SC is staying in the East, I assume at least for this season. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a conference shuffle in 2022 when Charlotte joins the league.

I know Nashville was meant to join the East when STL and Sacramento join, but I guess to reduce travel they're going with them in the East for this season.

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Chicago NISA has announced that it will play home matches at... SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois.

"The location is better for some than others," said Chicago NISA President/CEO Peter Wilt. Talk about damning with faint praise.

In all seriousness, Wilt said more about the venue than that. In fact, you can read the Chicago NISA press release about making SeatGeek Stadium the club's home venue right here.

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I just saw a note on the bottom ticker of ESPN2 that read "MLS tells owners and players to prepare for lockout".

 

I haven't been following off-season news...anyone know what's up with this?

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On 1/21/2021 at 1:32 PM, kmccarthy27 said:

Who will be forced to buy the team when Precourt gets quickly bored with Austin, Texas and wants to move that team to another trendy town.  

George Strait.

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1 hour ago, tBBP said:

I just saw a note on the bottom ticker of ESPN2 that read "MLS tells owners and players to prepare for lockout".

 

I haven't been following off-season news...anyone know what's up with this?

MLS called force majeure on the CBA and gave 30 days notice. It ends at midnight tomorrow.

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On 1/29/2021 at 8:57 PM, Dilbert said:

MLS Players Union agreed to a one week extension for CBA talk.

I know the whole thing with COVID and such now, but why does it seem every year there is always a MLS/MLSPA Strike or Lockout always looming. Is MLS that mismanaged? 

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32 minutes ago, kmccarthy27 said:

I know the whole thing with COVID and such now, but why does it seem every year there is always a MLS/MLSPA Strike or Lockout always looming. Is MLS that mismanaged? 

Yes. 

On 1/29/2021 at 9:43 PM, insert name said:

New York Cosmos pause operations.

 

How long until they claim MLS did this to them?

 

On 1/22/2021 at 5:31 PM, BigRed618 said:

https://www.si.com/soccer/2021/01/21/europe-super-league-fifa-ban-players-world-cup-uefa
 

Seems FIFA doesn’t like the idea of a "super league."

FIFA doesn't like the idea of a club competition they don't run doing better than the competitions they do run. The teams that will risk falling on this hill are teams like Barcelona that are falling further into debt and need the money to compete. If La Liga had a TV budget equal to the Premier League they'd be in a much better shape. Bundesliga has been pragmatic and is still losing money. La Liga has been all about catering to the top two teams in the league, and now it's biting both of them in the pocketbook. Seeing how much Messi makes, supposedly, it's Barca's own damn fault for holding out for the full $750 million transfer fee instead of taking what City offered in the summer. They'd still be in financial trouble, but a lot less financial problems would be there. 

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3 hours ago, kmccarthy27 said:

I know the whole thing with COVID and such now, but why does it seem every year there is always a MLS/MLSPA Strike or Lockout always looming. Is MLS that mismanaged? 

It'll be interesting to see what the 32 team MLS does over the next 10-15 years without the annual windfall of expansion team fees that's occurred over the past 10.

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