MLS CALLS FOR PRESS CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE

The Major League Soccer (MLS) has called for a press conference for Wednesday in Nashville. The MLS is expected to announce Nashville the new expansion franchise. The Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, the Mayor of Nashville Megan Barry and the league Commissioner Don Garber are all expected for the landmark event at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The lead owner for the franchise, Billionaire John Ingram is expected to be present as well as other member of the ownership group. Nashville is expected to enter the MLS in the 2020 season after being picked as the first to join the expansion drive. They were part of the four finalists including Detroit, Sacramento and Cincinnati. One other city would pick the 26th expansion offer but the MLS are yet to name them.
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LOONS FLOUNDER IN MATCH AT VANCOUVER

Minnesota United FC visited the Pacific Northwest, a place they have had a huge lack of success in, for the third and final time this year.


Coming into this game MNUFC had lost to both Portland and Seattle by a combined 9-1 out west, and that luck didn’t change tonight.

The Loons were short a few players as Francisco Calvo was back home in Costa Rica as he and his wife welcomed their newborn son into the world a few days ago. Kevin Molino was out due to illness while Christian Ramirez started the match as a sub, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in July.

In normal fashion for a MNUFC match, the opponents started off dominant holding possession for most of the first five minutes.

In the 5th minute the Whitecaps Marcel de Jong fired a beautiful long pass from the midfield line to the top of the box where Yordy Reyna took a touch and chipped it over Bobby Shuttleworth for the first goal of the night. Continue reading LOONS FLOUNDER IN MATCH AT VANCOUVER

Cole might leave LA Galaxy

Ashley Cole has revealed that he might sign for Birmingham City before the end of the transfer window.


The player who is now playing in the Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy said that he is opened to a return to England and that Birmingham is a club that is interested in him.

Ashley Cole is close to the end of his contract with the Major League Soccer team, and he said that he might consider a move to England as he has been seduced by Harry Redknapp’s project.

Ashley Cole has reportedly told reporters that he only has six months left on his contract with LA Galaxy and that he is keeping all his options open, and this might include a return to England.

LA Galaxy initially denied the rumors and said that the player would stay in the MLS after the end of his contract, but it now appears that Ashley Cole might be interested to return to his native England. Continue reading Cole might leave LA Galaxy

BECKHAM CLUB OWNERSHIP AMBITION RECEIVES HOPE

Not too far off there seemed to be final whistle set to be blown on David Beckham MLS club ownership dreams.


However, after getting approval to get the land his ownership group required to build a stadium life was breathed into those dreams again.

The former LA Galaxy player pictured owning a top team in the glitziest of cities in America – Miami. It was a viable retirement job but after series of issues, he most likely never anticipated it would be this difficult.

“Our heart is to be one of the best franchises in Major League Soccer and a great neighbour, partner and leader here for kids that are playing soccer in this community,” the chief negotiator for the project Tim Leiweke said. He added that within the next few weeks the group hoped that the MLS would accept Miami into the fold.

The next agenda would be to secure MLS approval for the planned 25,000 seat, open roof stadium. The plan is for fans to walk along picturesque waterfront boulevards to a state of the art stadium in “the world’s most vibrant city.” Continue reading BECKHAM CLUB OWNERSHIP AMBITION RECEIVES HOPE

MLS matches can be viewed from Facebook

One month ago it was confirmed that Facebook had teamed up with Univision in order to expand the availability of MLS matches to anyone in the United States as it’s only accessible for people residing in USA.


The head of Facebook’s global sports partnerships is Dan Reed and he revealed a few details concerning this recent feature to the online social media website as he said: “Even if they’re not at the stadium, people can watch the game on Facebook with a great view of the action while interacting with a highly-engaged community of fans’’

Being able to stream sports matches is something that has recently been picking up in different social media platforms for various sports and one example of this new trend is twitter as it was allowed to stream NFL games which began in the previous season and Hockey League games as well as PGA Tour matches was also recently given the green light to be streamed on twitter. Continue reading MLS matches can be viewed from Facebook

DONOVAN RECEIVES INAUGURAL WALT CHYZOWYCH AWARD

US soccer star Landon Donovan has been awarded the inaugural Walt Chyzowych Distinguished Playing Careeer Award, according to reports.


The Major League Soccer star picked up the award at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Los Angeles this year.

The event used to be for a lifetime achievement in soccer, usually for a coach but this year had a new twist in it being awarded to a player. The location of the convention and the timing were all just in Donovan’s favour. There was no player that could have beaten him to it.

This year the winner of the Lifetime Achievement honour was longtime US national team programme coach Jay Hoffman.

Donovan was happy to receive the inaugural honour, speaking at length at the event about how he look up the achievements of Chyzowych on American soccer from the 1960s to the 1980s. He spoke of how persistent he was despite the game being invisible to mainstream sports landscape. Continue reading DONOVAN RECEIVES INAUGURAL WALT CHYZOWYCH AWARD

LAMPARD LINKED TO NEWCASTLE AFTER LEAVING MLS

Frank Lampard recently made known his plan to leave MLS football where he plays for New York City when the season finally comes to an end.


This would however not stop the 38-year old from playing on and just recently, he has been linked with a return to England after Championship side Newcastle showed an interest in the player.

So far in the MLS playoffs, Lampard has shown a lot of success, coming up from below as an underdog in the competition, to score 12 goals in 19 appearances, despite missing spells due to injuries.

Newcastle has been doing quite well in the championship, and signing Lampard would be a good move for them. With Mo Diame in the attacking midfield role and no real quality, playing Lampard in that position would help the team a lot. The duo could both set up Dwight Gayle while Lampard can easily drift into the box to score. Continue reading LAMPARD LINKED TO NEWCASTLE AFTER LEAVING MLS

David Beckham Football franchise still away from getting into MLS

When David Beckham’s Football franchise in America had come into existence, the aim was to take it into the Major League Soccer within three years, but, three years will pass soon since that date and there are no signs of the franchise getting anywhere close to MLS.


Another franchise which is based in Atlanta had also been announced at that same time and its progress has been so good that it is final to appear in the next Major League Soccer.

While there are many things which are obstructing the plans of Beckham’s franchise, the fact that they have chosen Miami as their base hasn’t helped them.

The city although is beautiful in every sense, but, not from the point of view of setting up a Football club simply because it does not have enough land.

The building of the stadium was one of the foremost things to do for Beckham and his colleagues and they were looking for a land in the central area of the city, but, the space for that was unavailable anywhere downtown.

So, the search shifted to the side areas and when a suitable site was found, its purchase got stuck and even up to this point, there are complications in the purchase. Continue reading David Beckham Football franchise still away from getting into MLS