Month: May 2018

Sounders Practice Notes [05-31-18]: Reinforcements

The Sounders went through a full scrimmage today at practice, and by far the most important thing was that two injured players appeared to make it through with no issues. Both Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez fully participated in the scrimmage and didn't look to have suffered any problems. Whether that means that both are ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-30-18]: Progress

It was a spirited and intense practice today, as the Sounders prepare for their visit to Real Salt Lake. You can feel there is some frustration with the recent results and the current standing of the team; there weren't too many smiles throughout the training session as the side gets ready to try to avenge ...

Media Notes

Just a couple of personal/media notes here. First, if you're looking for a long form discussion keeping you up to date on the latest NASL/USSF/MLS legal happenings, I joined the Feuerstein's Fire podcast with Daniel and Kartik Krishnaiyer to chat about the latest. Good 45-minute discussion, so give it a listen. Second, I'll be joining SonarFeed as a regular panelist ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-29-18]

A relatively short practice today, as the team returns from a couple of days off. Nonetheless, there were a couple of newsy notes from training. First, both Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez were both out here for the start of practice and involved in training. Victor left a bit earlier Bruin, but Coach Schmetzer sounded ...

Stadium Lease Snapshot with FC Dallas and Frisco: Together Forever

FC Dallas is the first of the "original" MLS teams I've done one of these stories on. Formerly known as the Dallas Burn, FC Dallas like the other original MLS sides began their playing history at a large (oversized) NFL/College stadium. This wasn't a surprise, as nobody in the mid-90s was building soccer specific venues ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-25-18]: Forward Help

A nice overcast day met us at Starfire (and frankly, that was fine with me) for the last practice before the Sounders take on Real Salt Lake tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., and the Sounders it appears have some help for their depleted ranks. Pending receipt of his paperwork from USL, the Sounders have signed 19-year-old ...

Report: Hope Solo Domestic Violence Case Dismissed

Note: You can read my previous piece, The State (of Washington Versus) Hope Solo, to get some context. It appears that the four-year saga of the Hope Solo domestic violence criminal case is about to come to an end. Reports are surfacing that the City of Kirkland prosecutors will move to dismiss this matter, if it hasn't ...

Ohio Potpourri: A SaveTheCrew Procedural Update; Explanation for Delay in FC Cincinnati Expansion Announcement?

It's an all-Ohio update today. Let's start off with the procedural stuff. SaveTheCrew: I outlined this on Twitter, but for those who don't use that platform, I'll go over it here. We've got confirmation that the lower court record has been transmitted to the Appeals Court. That consists of any pleadings, orders, exhibits, transcripts and ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-23-18]: Some New/Old Faces

It's annoying to have client meetings cancelled at the last-minute, but my loss is also my gain, as it enabled me to go outside and head back down to Starfire to check out another Sounders practice. Not a cloud in this sky and 70+ degree temperatures isn't a bad way to spend a mid-day. First ...

SaveTheCrew: Plaintiffs File Motion to Dismiss PSV/MLS Appeal of Lower Court Order

As expected, the Plaintiffs in the Modell lawsuit have filed a motion to dismiss the Appeal filed by PSV/MLS, which contests the Order entered by Judge Brown. That Order required the defendants to potentially hand over certain financial documents, tolled the six-month waiting period and stayed a decision on the motion to dismiss the case (among other ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-22-18]

https://soundcloud.com/miki-turner/brian-schmetzer-interview-52218   A beautiful day out at Starfire, as the team got back on the practice field after having the last couple of days off. It was a fairly intense practice, though it focused mostly on fitness and the like. The best news team-wise is that Will Bruin made his way back out to practice ...

Stadium Lease Snapshot: Portland and the Timbers/Thorns Keep it Weird

Note: Most of you reading this site (or interacting with me on Twitter) know that I am a Sounders fan/season-ticket holder. That aside, I pledge to write this story as a by-the-numbers analysis of the lease, and the old-age jokes and references to garden sheds will be kept to a minimum. Promise! Ah, Providence Park. The ...

What’s In a Name? Prospective MLS Franchise in Detroit Learns the Hard Way

When you're starting a professional sports team, there are a number of things you need. Three of the more important ones are: An actual team, a place to play, and a name. At the moment Dan Gilbert, Tom Gores and the Ford Family's (GGF, we'll call them) prospective Detroit's MLS franchise only has one of ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-17-18]: M*A*S*H Unit

  https://soundcloud.com/miki-turner/brian-schmetzer-interview-05-17-18 The Sounders returned to the practice field after three days off, and it's certainly fair to say that this bye week couldn't come at a better time. Injuries and absences left the team with just enough players to do some seven-sided drills. I would have offered to be a body, but I injured ...

SaveTheCrew: Plaintiffs’ Oppose PSV/MLS Motion to Delay Filing Reply to Motion to Dismiss

To mix my sports metaphors: We have a bit of hardball on the soccer pitch from the plaintiffs here. To briefly recap: The defendants filed a motion to dismiss this lawsuit back on April 20, 2018. Victory by the defendants would (likely) mean the case is dismissed. The plaintiffs filed their response to the motion on on May ...

Deadline for David Beckham to Extend Right to Close on Overtown Property is Just About Up

David Beckham can't seem to do more to signal that he no longer wants anything to do with building his MLS stadium in Overtown. Ever since he reached a deal on the land purchase nearly a year ago, the site has been plagued with one headache after another. From lawsuits, to local opposition to Beckham's ...

Proposed Community Benefits Agreement Between Port and FC Cincinnati Provides Insight into Expansion Future

It's been a long, strange road in the expansion travels of FC Cincinnati. The history of the club is well-known to any soccer fan who has been paying attention. The club broke on the scene in 2016, with record and enthusiastic crowds that have yet to dissipate. Almost immediately, talk of expansion to MLS started, ...

SaveTheCrew: PSV/MLS File Appeal of Ruling; Argue Court Wrongly Granted Toll of Six-Month Notice and Compliance with Process for Sale

I had a feeling this was coming. Nothing about the action of defendants has indicated they were going to play particularly nice. In this case, PSV/MLS have decided that the ruling (which I understand came as a shock to them, and left them very upset) is a bridge too far. We now have confirmation that ...

Legal Linkage

There are a couple of things I wanted to briefly comment on (but don't necessarily warrant a full post at this time): GAMBLING: Chief among them, is the ruling from the Supreme Court this morning which has overturned the federal law on sports gambling. You can read the ruling here, but the tl;dr summary is: if the ...

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NASL v. USSF/MLS: Dramatic Change in Tactics as Defendants File Answer to Amended Complaint

We've had a pretty big change in legal strategy in the NASL v. USSF/MLS anti-trust case. As far back as October, USSF (then the only defendant) was angling to file a motion to dismiss the anti-trust case. That was put on hold while the parties argued over the preliminary injunction. When that was decided in February, the ...

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