Sounders Practice Notes [09-26-18]

The Seattle Sounders returned to training today for the first time since their loss on Sunday to the Los Angeles Galaxy. If there were any lingering effects from the two-loss week falling the nine-game winning streak, they weren't visible. Perhaps the visit from Saturday's honorary captain, Emmanuel, helped brighten their spirits. Emmanuel is from the ...

Discovery in NASL v. USSF/MLS Anti-Trust Case Moving Forward

With a discovery cutoff of April 30, 2019, the parties in the NASL v. USSF/MLS anti-trust case are starting to prepare to obtain the necessary documents to bring this matter closer to a conclusion. To be sure, we're still likely ten or so months out from a trial (or a summary judgment motion) in this ...

Sounders Practice Notes [09-21-18]: Silver Linings

The Sounders returned to the training field for the first time after Wednesday's disappointing loss to Philadelphia. Most of the starters remained inside as it typical for a practice two days after a game. However, there were a couple of pieces of good news. First, Chad Marshall was training off to the side this morning, ...

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 ...

Save These Dates

With the oral arguments for the PSV/MLS Motion to Dismiss in the rear-view mirror now, we can look forward as the Modell lawsuit continues on its track towards a potential trial in March, 2019 (although that is not a firm date as of yet). However, there are number of upcoming dates which could impact this ...

Sounders Practice Notes [9-11-18]: Break’s Over

The first international break since the World Cup concludes today, but the Sounders are hard at work as they prepare for this weekend's game versus the Vancouver Whitecaps. Players on international duty are already returning, highlighted by Nicholas Lodeiro, who was full in training today. Lodeiro's return wasn't particularly shocking, since his Uruguay team had ...

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 ...

ESQ2CLB: So, What Did I Think?

Become a Patron:   Note: I covered some of the following in my Periscope after the hearing. Well. I'm home back in Seattle after something of a whirlwind four-day trip to Ohio to check out Columbus and cover the Motion to Dismiss hearing. I was hoping to do more of a daily diary, but Tuesday ...

ESQ2SEA

Peace out Columbus! As I said on Twitter: Never fly to Chicago on United. Flight debacles notwithstanding, I had a great time in Columbus the last four days; thanks to everyone who showed me around. It was nice to put faces to Twitter/Reddit/BigSoccer names. On the way to Seattle by way of (ugh) Dulles. I'll ...

PSV/MLS v. Columbus/Ohio Motion to Dismiss Oral Arguments [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:   Got the best seat in the house: One that is close to an outlet. As always when I'm doing a live blog, excuse the typos, ...

Preview (and Required Reading) in Advance of PSV/MLS Motion to Dismiss Oral Arguments

We're almost at that time: The oral arguments for the PSV/MLS Motion to Dismiss are set for September 4 at 2:30 p.m. local time. Each side will have 45 minutes to present their arguments. As the moving party, the defendants (PSV/MLS) will likely go first, followed by the plaintiffs. Within that 45 minutes, the parties ...

ESQ2CLB: Day 1

Whew! After a 12-hour ordeal, I finally got into Columbus around 1:00 p.m. local time Sunday. I checked into to my room; thanks to German Village B&B for the set up. I'm staying in the German Village ('natch) which is located right on the edge of Downtown Columbus. It's a pretty nice area, and I'll look forward ...

Diary From the Front Lines

  Dearest, After a long trek, I have finally made it. I made a questionable decision riding the public transport at this late hour. Though the trip was mercifully short, the men of questionable character (and hygiene) made for an arduous journey. Unfortunately, morale is low here. The four-hour delay has left people on edge. ...

Why Alexi Lalas’ USL2Columbus Proposal Won’t be a Thing

Alexi Lalas, former MLS player/GM/President-turned soccer pundit, tossed a couple of logs onto the SaveTheCrew fire, opining in a commentary during halftime of the game between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls, that Anthony Precourt and MLS should "rip off the bandaid" and make the move to Austin official. Further, he suggested that as ...

M

MunchkinWeek

I'm on Munchkin duty all week, so limited writing from me. If you've been following along on Twitter, I'm going to try to write a story on the take from Alexi Lalas on the Columbus Crew accepting a USL team as a penance of sorts from PSV/MLS. But if you want a preview: Don't count ...

Sounders Practice Notes [08-22-18]

Amidst the heat and terrible weather conditions, the Sounders continued their preparations for the big derby match versus the Portland Timbers on Sunday.  The health of the team, in light of the continuing poor air conditions, continues to be a point of discussion. Christian Roldan said the team is suffering some effects from the air conditions, ...

NASL Files Motion to Compel USSF and MLS to Provide Discovery; Court Sets Hearing for August 27

You didn't forget there were other lawsuits in U.S. Soccer besides SaveTheCrew, did you? With the motion to dismiss the Modell lawsuit set for next month, and the MLS2ATX proposal resolved (for now), I'm afforded an opportunity to check in with the NASL v. USSF/MLS anti-trust lawsuit. When last we left off, NASL was attempting to ...

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