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Another Over The Hill European Player Moves To MLS

I thought MLS had moved past this. Signing over the hill European players for big money contracts? Wasn’t the way forward the signing of younger, up-and-coming stars like Giovani dos Santos and Sebastian Giovinco ?

Well it seems that the Chicago FIre did not get the memo, as the have just signed Manchester United reserve Bastian Schweinsteiger to a one-year designated player contract that guarantees him $4.5 million in 2017 and includes a mutual option for at least one more year.

That salary makes the World Cup winner one of the 10 highest-paid players in MLS this season.

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Don Garber Outlines MLS’s Latest Money Grab

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has announced that is all about the money. Well actually, he announced the leagues plans for the next round of expansion, with the process, timeline, but with an expected $150 million expansion fee, it is clear that expansion is being driven by dollar signs.

There are currently 22 teams in MLS, including Minnesota United and Atlanta United, which will start play next season. Los Angeles FC will start play in 2018, while expansion plans in Miami are “making progress” according to MLS, which would bring the total to 24 teams.

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Don Garber Says No Thanks To The Cosmos

They are still the most recognizable USA soccer club worldwide but Major League Soccer President Don Garber said on Friday that the New York Cosmos will not be joining MLS as a third team in the New York area.

The Cosmos, which became world famous club during the 1970s when the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer played in the old North American Soccer League, was reformed five years ago but now faces an uncertain future.

A crisis in the modern North American Soccer League (NASL), US soccer’s second tier, has prompted the Cosmos ownership to terminate the contracts of its players.

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Beckham’s Miami MLS Franchise Dream Slowly Becoming Reality

MiamiIt’s fair to say David Beckham has found things more difficult than first expected when it comes to launching his own MLS franchise in Miami, but it seems as if there may finally be light at the end of the tunnel.

It was more than two years ago that the Beckham camp and MLS announced that the former LA Galaxy star had exercised an option to buy a MLS franchise for the cut-price sum of $25 million.

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Former Barcelona And Argentina Manager Heading To MLS

tata-martino-atlantaA huge win for Major League Soccer and expansion side Atlanta United FC, as the club announced that former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino will oversee Atlanta’s first season in the MLS in 2017.

“This is an incredibly exciting and historic day for our club,” Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank said.

“Gerardo brings an unprecedented level of international experience to our head coaching position that will be a valuable asset to our players and demonstrates the continuing growth of Major League Soccer.

“We’re thrilled he’s chosen to join our club and look forward to welcoming him to Atlanta.”

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LA Galaxy Creating Room For Another Big Name Signing

de-jong-kickThere are some MLS sides that have no plan in place (hello New England Revolution) while someone like the LA Galaxy are always looking two or three steps ahead.

The Galaxy have realized that midfielder Nigel de Jong is not worthy of a Designated Player place and the player is in talks with Turkish side Galatasaray about joining before the European transfer window closes this week.

De Jong joined the Galaxy earlier this year, making 21 league and cup appearances. But his contract had him poised to become a Designated Player at the end of the campaign, taking the place of Steven Gerrard who is retiring.

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New England Revolution Advance to U.S. Open Cup Final

jay-heaps-newThe New England Revolution advanced to the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with a 3-1 victory against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday night. With the win, New England clinches its third trip to the Open Cup Final and its first appearance since 2007, when it won the tournament.

The Revolution will play for the 2016 U.S. Open Cup title on the road against the winner of Wednesday’s Semifinal matchup between LA Galaxy and FC Dallas. The winner of the tournament will earn a berth in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.

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It Costs $200m Now For A MLS Expansion Fee

Timbers Army - The heartbeatThe interest in having an MLS franchise is so great that Major League Soccer is plans to nearly double expansion fees to $200 million.

MLS has announced that they want to expand from its current 20 teams to 28. The first two of those clubs will be Atlanta United and the Minnesota franchise who will both join next season.

Then LAFC is set to join in 2018, and the league is hopeful David Beckham’s Miami club will be prepared to start then as well.

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New Chelsea Boss Pans Quality Of MLS

conte-quoteIt is fair to say that current Italy national team boss Antonio Conte is not a big fan of Major League Soccer. Conte decided not to include Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo in Italy’s provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad because of where they play.

The former Juventus coach admitting that their decision to play in the MLS influenced his final selection.

“I spoke to Andrea, I needed to hear from him and we sent people to the US,” Conte said at a press conference. “However, we’ve made other choices and you have to accept them and deal with the consequences. Nothing was left to chance.

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MLS Fans Growing Up As Lampard Booed At Home

Don Garber and Major League Soccer have a fascination with former England internationals. From David Beckham to Jermain Defoe, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard there has been a steady parade of former Three Lion stars who have moved to the U.S.

Some like Beckham have been stars in MLS, but many like Defoe and Gerrard came here for the money and cannot wait to move back home.

MLS fans are no longer enthralled by aging English national team players and that is very much they case in New York where Frank Lampard is arguably the worst Designated Player signing in MLS history.