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    http://www.sportingnews.com/soccer/n...7ezkc7pfqbtqcr

    Sporting News reporting that MLS has helped CONCACAF countries compete and improve. Costa Rica seems like a legit power.


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    The article was even more poignant after US elimination tonight, Sounder player scoring one of the two goals keeping us out. Disgraceful result for US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZhibee View Post
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    The article was even more poignant after US elimination tonight, Sounder player scoring one of the two goals keeping us out. Disgraceful result for US.


    Although I'd disagree with the last paragraph. It isn't helping US talent.
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    [QUOTE=Haymaker;5189490]

    Although I'd disagree with the last paragraph. It isn't helping US talent.[/QUOTE

    I guess you're right as displayed tonight. Watched the game with my son to get him hyped for the World Cup...fortunately like many US fans he is far more interested in Real Madrid.

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    Columbus to Austin? If true or of it pans out could or will negatively impact San Antonio's MLS bid.

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    Columbus to Austin? If true or of it pans out could or will negatively impact San Antonio's MLS bid.
    I always thought that Columbus was a strange place to have a team. Would be a shame if they moved though, imagine spending the last 10/15 seasons watching them for the team to just go somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    I always thought that Columbus was a strange place to have a team. Would be a shame if they moved though, imagine spending the last 10/15 seasons watching them for the team to just go somewhere else.
    Yeah, Columbus seemed like a novelty - Green Bay. Unfortunately demand seems so high for a franchise that Crew owner can leverage (or black mail) public financing. I presume that the 12 cities looking for expansion teams are precluded from negotiations with exisiting franchises otherwise there would be a bidding war for Crew.

    Phoenix has stared their media campaign to push for a franchise;

    http://www.espnfc.com/major-league-s...-for-mls-place

    I figure Phx will get a franchise and Hibs will visit during the 2022 World Cup winter break

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    Out of 12 cities bidding for four new MLS franchises Nashville has been chosen as the first. Maybe the success of Atlanta in their first MLS season helped the choice for another Southeast team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLake View Post
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    Out of 12 cities bidding for four new MLS franchises Nashville has been chosen as the first. Maybe the success of Atlanta in their first MLS season helped the choice for another Southeast team.
    Sacramento gets snubbed. I think the MLS wants to see who else can get their act together before risking Sacramento. Possibly St Louis or San Diego.

    Hopefully this is good news for Phoenix, they need western teams, and are waiting to see who else emerges before making any commitments. With Austin maybe canceling out San Antonio and Sac being snubbed, opening there for Phoenix Rising FC.

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    I see Miami has officially been named as a new franchise today.
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    Sadly they won't be named The Miami Vice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    I see Miami has officially been named as a new franchise today.
    I talked to an Uber driver a few days ago in Miami. He said Beckham had bought a load of land for building the new stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLake View Post
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    I talked to an Uber driver a few days ago in Miami. He said Beckham had bought a load of land for building the new stadium.
    Doubt Beckham did - he's too savvy for that, won't be his money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    Sadly they won't be named The Miami Vice


    Now thats effin hilarious

    Imagine the theme song being played as they drove onto the pitch in DeLoreans, exiting with sunglasses on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    I see Miami has officially been named as a new franchise today.
    Still 3 more to go, Miami deal done years ago. Still looks like Cincy will be next and Sacramento will be shafted. Detroit won't build a football specific stadium so who knows for the final two....Phoenix still a possibilty!!

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    Now thats effin hilarious

    Imagine the theme song being played as they drove onto the pitch in DeLoreans, exiting with sunglasses on.
    Exactly. Totally missed opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haymaker View Post
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    Doubt Beckham did - he's too savvy for that, won't be his money!
    The land around stadiums usually becomes more valuable as surrounding amenities compete for rents. He might have the city build the stadium but I bet he has bought surrounding tracts to develop into hotels, condos and retail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLake View Post
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    The land around stadiums usually becomes more valuable as surrounding amenities compete for rents. He might have the city build the stadium but I bet he has bought surrounding tracts to develop into hotels, condos and retail.
    Think that was the deal in Nashville, developers got the land around the stadium as part of the deal, with further development plans in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZhibee View Post
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    Think that was the deal in Nashville, developers got the land around the stadium as part of the deal, with further development plans in place.
    Might be worth buying a few lots around the proposed site in Phoenix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLake View Post
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    Might be worth buying a few lots around the proposed site in Phoenix.
    Lol, stadium on tribal land and Iím as white as Simon Murray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZhibee View Post
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    Lol, stadium on tribal land and Iím as white as Simon Murray.
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