Month: June 2018

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Enjoy Your Weekend!

Been a busy week, and out here we've got the Cascadia Derby tomorrow afternoon. Tonight, I relax. Advertisements

Austin City Council Meeting Live Blog [MLS2ATX]

Note: I recently started a Patreon for those who want to help support/expand my writing content. Whatever you'd like to contribute is greatly appreciated! End plug. Become a Patron: The Austin City Council is currently meeting to discuss and vote on various agenda items before them. Of course, this type of thing happens in city ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-28-18]: Progression

It was a spirited training session in the penultimate practice before the big game versus Portland this weekend. The team did some short-sided drills right near us, so I was able to get some good pictures. Nico in particular dropped in a heck of a goal from distance. The team is about as healthy as ...

Q & A with Austin Attorney Bill Aleshire Discussing MLS2ATX

Today is a big day in the process of determining the viability of the potential move of the Columbus Crew to Austin. The Austin City Council will vote on two resolutions: Item 60 would authorize the City to solicit offers from interested parties who would like to develop the McKalla Place site. Item 64 (now ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-27-18]: Protocol

The Sounders continue their preparations for Portland on the weekend and heath concerns continue to be top of mind, in addition to the team's standing in the Western Conference. On the latter point, Ozzie Alonso indicated he is feeling better and better since having returned to the team from his dual quad injuries. Will Bruin ...

City of Austin Threatened with Lawsuit if Council Enters Agreement with PSV/MLS to Lease McKalla Place for Soccer Stadium

If there is one thing I've learned since covering stadium issues with local municipalities and MLS, it's that in recent times, these things rarely get built without a lawsuit trying to stop them. From Nashville to Miami, there is generally some issue that gives rise to a lawsuit. In Miami, it was the no-bid deal ...

Austin Save The Date: July 15, 2018

Note: I recently started a Patreon for those who want to help support/expand my writing content. Whatever you'd like to contribute is greatly appreciated! End plug. Become a Patron:   Most interested parties following either SaveTheCrew happenings in Columbus, or the negotiations between MLS/PSV and Austin, are focused on Thursday, June 28. That is when ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-22-18]: Frei Fires

The last Sounders practice before the game versus the Chicago Fire was a pretty standard affair. The team worked on shooting and prepared tactically for what will be a Chicago team that is likely to rotate their squad, after their mid-week U.S. Open Cup game versus Atlanta, where they played a first-choice lineup. It was ...

Analysis: After Rejection from Ohio 10th, PSV/MLS Options Narrow

The ruling from the Ohio 10th Court of Appeals, which unanimously dismissed the interlocutory appeal by PSV/MLS was a stinging (though not stunning) blow to the defendants. The order from which the defendants were appealing was determined not to be a final appealable order and was thus dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Here, I will review the ...

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Ohio 10th Court of Appeals Dismisses PSV/MLS Appeal; Case Remanded to Lower Court to Continue Trial Track

The Ohio 10th handed PSV/MLS a major blow, dismissing the appeal outright before hearing substantive arguments, and remanding the case back to the lower court continue trial. The defendants will either have to comply with the lower court ruling (or risk consequences), appeal to the Supreme Court, or attempt some other radical strategy. I'll have ...

Happy U.S. Soccer Financial Disclosure Day!

Okay, that's not a real day (and let us hope it never is). But the USSF has finally released its Audited Statement for FY 2017. In that includes an "explanation" of the financials of the 2016 Copa América Centenario. It's about as clear as mud, especially if you're not an accountant (and I surely am not). ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-19-18]: Rising Shipp

There was a big group out for practice today, as some Academy and Sounders 2 players had the opportunity to train with the senior team. There was a lively full field 11 v 11 scrimmage, with what could be considered the first team versus reserves and backups. One thing that was interesting to note was ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-18-18]: Back to Work

The "World Cup Break" is officially over, with the team back on the field after having a bit of extended time off. It seems like most of the players enjoyed watching some World Cup action on their down time, and otherwise getting away from things for a few days. However if the comments of Christian ...

TravelBlog: Las Vegas Vacation With ECS

Ah, the end of vacation. It always brings a sense of dread to get back to the routine. Except when you're coming back from Las Vegas that is. The difference between a trip to Sin City and say, camping (aside from the prevalence of the cosmetically enhanced), is that unless you're doing the trip with ...

Vegas Vacation

No, it's not just the title of a terrible Chevy Chase movie (seriously, what was he thinking). I'm off for a fun little jaunt to Las Vegas for a long weekend. Drinks, bets and questionable behavior are all on the menu. The Sounders 2 are taking on the Las Vegas Lights, and assuming we make ...

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PSV/MLS File Appeal Brief Contesting Lower-Court Order; But Will They Get to Argue it?

By way of a procedural quirk, we've had a number of briefings by both parties on the same case, arguing different things. When PSV/MLS gave notice of their intent to appeal the lower court Order, the City of Columbus and State of Ohio almost immediately filed a motion to dismiss on a number of procedural ...

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Enjoy Your Weekend, and a Personal Update

I'm here at CenturyLink field, and I am taking in the game from a different view: The Press Box. I've been credentialed for the rest of the year, so I'll be working some games from up above. It's been awhile since I've worked games from the media side, but things haven't changed too much from ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-08-18]: Recovery

The weather may have been overcast, but the mood around the team was bright, as the Sounders continue to work their way towards full (relative) heath. Sure, Jordan Morris is still out for the year, and Handwalla Bwana suffered an unfortunate injury, but Victor Rodriguez working his way towards full fitness, and Ozzie Alonso training, ...

Analysis: Plaintiffs File Reply to Motion to Dismiss Appeal; Stage Now Set for Court to Rule

Note: You can read my analysis of the Motion to Dismiss the appeal by the plaintiffs, and the response by PSV/MLS. The final chess piece has been deployed in the plaintiffs' motion to dismiss the Appeal. To briefly recap: The Order, which required PSV/MLS (and the plaintiffs for that matter) to comply with certain requirements, ...

NASL v. USSF/MLS: Parties Propose Wildly Different Scheduling Orders; Court Calls Both Parties in for Expedited Scheduling Conference

Things are moving along in the North American Soccer League anti-trust suit versus U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer. When we last left the case off, the USSF and MLS had declined to file a motion to dismiss, and instead answered the complaint. That meant that discovery could begin to proceed, subject to the parties ...

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