Category: Soccer

The Year in Soccer Jurisprudence

Who knew that soccer litigation would be its own industry? With all that has been going on, I figured it would be a good idea to dial up Professor Steven Bank from UCLA, and attorney/sportswriter Neil Morris out of North Carolina to discuss all of the legal happenings over the past year. Great conversation with ...

Judge Brown Denies Motion to Dismiss; Stays Lawsuit Proceedings Until Further Notice [Updated]

Updates: I just did a Periscope talking about the ruling. Check it out! Read the entire ruling.Download Read MLS' reaction to the decision. The shoes continue to drop. Alongside the question of when there may be an announcement that the Crew have been sold to local ownership, there is still the question of how the ...

MLS Allowing More Charter Flights Seems Overdue, but Would Teams Actually Use Them?

Photo used with permission from Max Aquino Photography Eagle-eyed readers who read my story on the tentative changes to the MLS schedule, noticed a little tidbit related to the implications from additional midweek games. The long and short of it was: Additional mid-week games will put additional stresses on players, which may require MLS loosening ...

Ch-Ch-Changes

My next story is up at The Athletic, and it's a doozy. Big changes are in store for MLS as they prepare for the 2019 season. Per the story, we can expect that the date of MLS Cup is moved from December to October, and some additional midweek games. There is (way) more in the ...

Cat’s Out of the Bag: There Will Not be an MLS Team Playing in Austin in 2019

Forbes is out with their valuations for each Major League Soccer team, and buried in the story are some quotes from an interview with MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Aside from the usual platitudes, there was a discussion about expansion. With Cincinnati coming online in 2018, Garber was asked about the future of MLS expansion. That ...

The Vote: SoccerSuffrage2018 [Live Blog]

Well, here we are. The votes that will decide the future...of MLS expansion/relocation. Sort of. Polls are already closing around the country, and for those of you who won't be hiding under your beds, or drinking yourselves silly. I'll be following the important votes impacting MLS expansion and/or relocation. A short summary: MIAMI: At stake ...

Seattle Sounders @ Portland Timbers Western Conference Semi-Final [Leg 1]

Made the (surprisingly quick) drive down I5 for leg one of the Western Conference Semi-Final between the Sounders and the Timbers. Should be a hell of a game; the Sounders are at close to full strength, with only Jordan Morris and Felix Chenkam definitely out for  the away side. Thanks to the Sounder At Heart ...

My First Athletic Article

I won't do this all the time, but I had to plug my first article for The Athletic, which is on the issue of Solidarity Payments/Training Compensation. I've written about this before, but we got a pretty big update courtesy of the interview I did with Lance Reich, the attorney for Crossfire. Hope you enjoy; ...

SavedTheCrew: What Now?

So, the Crew have been saved. Well, not quite, but it's looking good. There's actually a lot of work left to do, and plenty of unanswered questions. From not knowing when this deal will be finalized (and whether there will be a new stadium), to the background behind the attempt to move the team in ...

Social Socceresq

As the site continues to (hopefully) grow, I figured I'd publicize the various places you can link to, find, follow and/or share the content I'm putting out. No, I won't be telling you to "smash that subscribe button" or any other annoying buzzwords. But if you could, please do follow and share, as it helps ...

Austin Initiative Aims to Rein in Council, Expand Disclosures (And an Update on the PSV Lease)

It's been a very slow period for news both out of Columbus and Austin as it pertains to where the Columbus Crew will end up in 2019 (and beyond). It's been a bit surprising; if you read my "Save These Dates" story, you'll have seen that we've already blown through a couple of deadlines with ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-28-18]

The Sounders finished up training on Friday in advance of their game tomorrow against Colorado on beautiful early Fall day. The team appeared to be about as healthy as they could be, excepting those previously ruled out by Coach Brian Schmetzer. There were a few interesting comments from Schmetzer in light of the team having ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-18-18]: The Gang Welcomes Philadelphia

A three-game week means the Sounders were out preparing for the game against Philadelphia tomorrow. For probably the first time all year (I'm sure someone will correct me), the Sounders had every available healthy player out at training. Only Jordan Morris and Felix Chenkam were not involved, and even they were out at training working ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-17-18]: Homecoming

A light practice today, as the Sounders began to prepare for Wednesday's game versus Philadelphia. The actual session went about as long as usual, but the participants were limited, as the entire starting lineup from Saturday's big win in Vancouver trained inside. Of those who were outside, the return of Roman Torres was probably the ...

Sounders 2 Are in the Market for a New Name, But What About a New Division?

The Seattle Sounders and Tacoma Rainiers announced on Tuesday their new rebranding campaign for the Sounders 2,  which will culminate with a new name (and eventually redesigned colors and badge) for the USL side. Originally, the Sounders and Rainiers partnered up for a move to Tacoma in 2020, but circumstances (cough) led to that relationship being consummated ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-13-18]: Anniversary

Today saw the return of the remaining Sounders who were on international duty, as both Christian Roldan and Gustav Svensson returned to the training pitch. Both slotted in seamlessly, though Svensson took things easier than Roldan, as he had a much longer trip from Europe. Svensson said that while he took it easy today, he ...

Two Stadium Sites, Two Lawsuits, Two Appeals: David Beckham’s Quest for MLS in Miami

It's been a while since we checked in with David Beckham and his interminable goal of finally getting his MLS franchise online in time for a 2020 start. Most recently everyone has been debating the release of his team name and logo (for the record: like the badge; the name not so much). Being who ...

The Decision 2: Austin City Council Votes on MLS2ATX [Live-blog]

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 beginning of the end; or, the end of the beginning. Either way, we've been promised a decision Wednesday (8/15) by the Austin City Council on ...

A Look at the Proposed Austin City Council Amendments to the PSV Term Sheet

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 big day in the MLS2ATX saga returns on Wednesday, August 15, when the Austin City Council reconvenes to consider the proposal from Precourt Sports Ventures/Major ...

Austin City Council Votes on MLS2ATX [Live-Blog]

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:   We're about 20 minutes away from the Austin City Council returning from recess to take up the MLS2ATX proposal, which if successful would pave the ...

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