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The Massachusetts House passed oddly specific legislation last week to rezone an industrial site near the new casino north of Boston such that, maybe, you could put a soccer stadium there. Apparently no formal talks (even on background) have been reported, but this is something more concrete than the usual every-three-years Revolution stadium scuttlebutt.

 

Of course I've yet to figure out how the numbers would work for a standalone Boston stadium in a hypothetical scenario, never mind one that involves environmental remediation of old gas tanks first. But, it's not my money!

 

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2022/07/16/house-measure-eases-path-for-a-professional-soccer-stadium-in-everett/ 

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Sacramento has upset Kansas City! The Republic hold off SKC in penalties. 0-0 (5-4) and will head to Orlando to battle Orlando City in the US Open Cup Final. Orlando slammed New York Red Bulls 5-1. Sacramento becomes the first non MLS team to make the final since 2008!

 

Also congrats to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on defeating Toronto FC to win this years Canadian Championship last night

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1 hour ago, RichardWitham said:

we took the kings from kanasas city and now we took the open cup. 

 

I really hope Sacramento wins it all. Sporting is absolutely rotten right now and needs a total refresh. Orlando will certainly be a tougher challenge.

 

If nothing else, the visual on ESPN+ of seeing the state fair lit up in the background was really cool. I hate that Sacramento isn't going to be in MLS. They clearly have the fan support, but you know.

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I went through a lot of bull :censored: working for that dumb little team. That being said, I couldn’t be any more proud of what those guys have been able to do. That club is resilient as all hell, and I hope this can help them right the ship a bit for the long term. They absolutely deserved better than how they were treated for many years by many different groups. I’m really glad to see that club and that city have something tangible to celebrate. 

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Unless my club of choice is about to wind up on the wrong side of the score line, I’m always pulling for the “underdog” in a national knockout tournament. Here’s hoping that Sacramento Republic hoists the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy this year!

 

Meanwhile, on the soccer stadium front, the latest news seems to indicate that New York City FC is headed to Queens. 
 

The New York Post is reporting that New York City Mayor Eric Adams is prepared to announce that he supports plans for a 25,000-seat stadium for NYCFC  being built on land within the 61-acre Special Willets Point District. The privately financed facility would be sited on property leased to the soccer team by Sterling Equities and Related Companies.

 

There are still hurdles to be cleared, including successfully navigating the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, but team officials are hopeful that they could begin construction within a time frame that would see the facility completed by 2025.

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The fledgling D3 league NISA is in shambles as its four expansion teams for this season might not make it. Valley United started on a hot streak but was caught with some illegal immigration  on the team and was forced to forfeit their first six games (which they previously all won). They then went 1-1-1 before the team took a 30 day operational pause. Two days ago the team suspended operations for the remainder of the season due to the complexity of these legal issues.

 

Next Bay Cities FC is apparently in financial trouble. Supposedly players and employees havent been payed in a couple months and the players. The players are considering a strike.

 

Finally Flower City Union and Syracuse Pulse may be merging. Syracuse is struggling financially, but were bailed out at one point and Flower City Union arent doing well either as they are having trouble drawing fans. Competing club Rochester New York FC (MLS Next Pro) are drawing more fans (not a lot more)

 

There are more expansion teams set for next season but for a league that is already very sketchy, this is not a good look.

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With all the crap the Republic and their fans have dealt with over the last few years it's nice for the players, coaches and the fans who've stuck by them to see them make the US Open Cup Final.  This bunch is scrappy as hell and I couldn't be prouder of them and their resilience.  

 

Just got some tickets and will take that horrible drive up I-4 to see them play in the final.  Can't wait.  Hope they win!

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I haven't been keeping up with the Revolution closely this year, but pretty cool that they transferred in Altidore and Lletget and Gonzalez in winter 2022, and then transferred out Altidore and Lletget in summer 2022 while Gonzalez rots on the bench. The Bruce Arena Experience is never not a roller-coaster! 

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3 hours ago, Digby said:

I haven't been keeping up with the Revolution closely this year, but pretty cool that they transferred in Altidore and Lletget and Gonzalez in winter 2022, and then transferred out Altidore and Lletget in summer 2022 while Gonzalez rots on the bench. The Bruce Arena Experience is never not a roller-coaster! 

I think any possible new Revs fans after last year have learned their lesson. Stick to the Patriots.

 

It's like a Monkey Paw, Kraft sacrificed any success the team would have, to give it to the Patriots.  

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Meanwhile the LA Carson Galaxy is trying to get the USL Orange County SC evicted from Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine. The Galaxy have submitted a bid to Irvine city council to evict OCSC (as well as all other teams) from the stadium in order to place their division 3 club there next year in MLS Pro Next.  Currently the Galaxy operate LA Galaxy II at the track and field stadium at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, in the same league that OCSC is in.. LA Galaxy Ii is expected to move to MLS Next Pro next season. Needless to say Orange County SC is pissed, as is the USL, and both are looking to fight this.

 

LA doesnt need to move the team to Irvine.  The Championship Soccer Stadium seats around 5000 and MLS Next Pro teams (as well as LA Galaxy II) are lucky to even draw 200 fans. There is no need to move them to a larger stadium

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7 hours ago, DG_ThenNowForever said:

What's going on in LAFC?

 

 

 

They sure seem to have a lot of DP slots.


They’ve had an available DP slot since Rossi was transferred. 
 

I have to say too watching the two League’s Cup games in SoFi that stadium is going to be absolutely incredible for the World Cup. The atmosphere was really good. It should host the Final IMO. 

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49 minutes ago, Rockstar Matt said:

I have to say too watching the two League’s Cup games in SoFi that stadium is going to be absolutely incredible for the World Cup. The atmosphere was really good. It should host the Final IMO. 

 

Yes, except the field is too small.

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Hey @Dilbert tell me how to feel about this

 

 

I know nothing about this guy other than the few times I've seen him with USMNT. Surely this will help the Swiss cheese defense, right? 

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Miazga was once the next big thing for the USMNT defense and was real hot when he moved from NYRB to Chelsea, but never seemingly panned out having rarely been a consistent first teamer anywhere he’s been. Also a cautionary tale for players moving to Big Clubs but Big Club just ends up loaning you out to a different other club every year. Maybe he’ll be a real star again if he can manage to actually get established some place.

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45 minutes ago, Digby said:

Miazga was once the next big thing for the USMNT defense and was real hot when he moved from NYRB to Chelsea, but never seemingly panned out having rarely been a consistent first teamer anywhere he’s been. Also a cautionary tale for players moving to Big Clubs but Big Club just ends up loaning you out to a different other club every year. Maybe he’ll be a real star again if he can manage to actually get established some place.

Yes, I think it is often the best option  for a player to end up at a club at a step below if it meant getting meaningful playing time. But too often, the big clubs, like Chelsea, can make an offer that a club like Leicester cannot match.

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7 hours ago, Sport said:

Hey @Dilbert tell me how to feel about this

 

 

I know nothing about this guy other than the few times I've seen him with USMNT. Surely this will help the Swiss cheese defense, right? 

Im not too familiar but I know FCC fans have been begging for him. We desperately need CB and defense and hopefully he will be what we need

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Most years, you can be a good team, play like crap, and still beat FC Cincinnati.

 

Not this year.

 

We played like crap and FC Cincinnati beat us 3-1.

 

Pat Noonan is doing a very good job with them.

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