Sounders Practice Notes [07-27-18]

It was back to the practice field, as the Sounders have a short turnaround in this three-game week. Today was mostly a regeneration session, as the starters from Wednesdays' 1-0 victory over San Jose weren't involved in full training. One bit of good news: Chad Marshall, who was unavailable for selection for the game on ...

Personal Announcement: I’m Joining The Athletic as a Contributor

As it says in the headline: Thrilled to announce that I will be joining The Athletic as a contributor. My focus will be mainly on the legal issues throughout U.S. Soccer, both national (NASL/USSF/MLS) and local (SaveTheCrew), although most of these issues affect soccer on a national level in some way. I've been a fan ...

David Beckham’s Road to Paradise Hits a Speed Bump

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: You didn't think it was smooth-sailing from here, did you? David Beckham's prospective Miami franchise appeared to clear a huge hurdle last week, when the Miami ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-24-18]

It was a blazing-hot day out at Starfire, as the team got in their final practice before traveling down to San Jose for their game tomorrow versus the Earthquakes. Much like yesterday, the focus was on making sure the team takes advantage of a struggle San Jose side, who is last in the Western Conference, ...

PSV, MLS File Their Initial Witness Lists for Trial

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: I mentioned on Twitter that this may be a slow week for news in #SaveTheCrew v. PSV/MLS. Well, I'm filing a motion of my own to ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-23-18]: Cautious

A fairly light training session today, as the majority of the starters from Saturday's victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps did some light jogging while watching the reserves practice. With a short turnaround before the next game versus San Jose Wednesday, coaches focused on regeneration. The word after practice today was cautious. As in, while the ...

Waiver of Magnus Wolff Eikrem Won’t Impact Seattle Sounders’ Salary Budget Flexibility

The waiver of Magnus Wolff Eikrem ended a short tenure with the Sounders that never ended up being a good fit. Aside a promising start in the Concacaf Champions' League, the player never got consistent playing time, even with the Sounders decimated by injuries this spring. As it was apparent the Sounders did not see a ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-20-18]: Departure

The late-night news that the Sounders were going to waive Magnus Wolff Eikrem certainly came as a bit of surprise to Sounders fans. Though frankly, it probably shouldn't have. His appearances this season were limited, even when the team was decimated by injuries. He was left off the 18-man squad versus Atlanta United, and at the ...

SaveTheCrew: A Quick Review of the Protective Order

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: With the appeal of the May 8th Order in the Modell lawsuit behind us, things are moving forward towards trial. While the parties continue to explore ...

PSV/MLS File Reply to Motion to Dismiss

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: After a lengthy delay, PSV/MLS have filed their reply to their Motion to Dismiss (MTD). The original motion was filed way back in April, with the plaintiffs' ...

Beckham’s Day of Reckoning is Here, Again

Well, we're (almost) here. At 10:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, David Beckham and his business partner Jorge Mas will appear in front of the Miami City Commission, to try to get approval to put before Miami voters authorization to negotiate a lease for the Melrese property with the City. There are still hurdles to ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-17-18]: Schmetzer Jabs

Back from a 5/9 (shameless plug) point road trip, the Sounders got back out on the practice field to prepare for a Cascadia clash with Vancouver this weekend. While the team is happy to get back home on an undefeated streak, they know that a win this weekend is absolutely necessary. Designated Player Raúl Ruidíaz was ...

Major League Lobbying

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Austin City Council Campaign Finance Disclosure Day

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: Some of you may recall last month that I told you to "Save the Date" for July 15, 2018. That was the date that financial disclosures ...

Legal Links: The Week in Soccer Legal News

I'll try this out and see if it gets a good reception. Hopefully it'll serve a catch-all for the news tidbits you may have missed during the week. USSF v. NASL/MLS: MLS Spared Accelerated Antitrust Trial Against Soccer League. [Paywall] The article is paywalled, but I was able to get a copy of the full entry ...

David Beckham’s MLSMiami Project Gets an Incomplete; Re-test Set for July 18

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:   If you want to check out my real-time Twitter take, you can here. I'll say this for city council meetings: they're not nearly as dull ...

SaveTheCrew: Judge’s Order Puts Parties Back on Track, but Not Much Else

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:   Well, that was a bit less than I was hoping for. Judge Brown has issued his first Order since the case returned to him from ...

Sounders Practice Notes [7-11-18]

The news of today centered around yesterday's big win by the Sounders Academy in the U16/17 championship game over Atlanta United's Academy. Things were shaky in the first half, especially after dueling red cards left the game 10 v. 10. But after that, the Baby Sounders' quality took control. Sounders GM/President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey came ...

Emails Provide Insight Into How USSF/MLS Used Fraser “Stipulation” to Refuse Training Compensation Payments

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: My story on Training Compensation/Solidarity Payments got a great reception (thanks!), and aside from the issues involving the MLSPA's reluctance to agree to participate, the other focus ...

Sounders Practice Notes [7-10-18]

The first practice since the Sounders returned from the first two games of their road trip saw the return of at least one smiling face from the World Cup, though the questions after practice mainly revolved around the debut of the newest Designated Player. Roman Torres returned to the practice field, though he wasn't involved ...

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