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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.

Europe, Major League Soccer

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.

Liverpool, Major League Soccer

Steven Gerrard Pining For A Move Back To Liverpool

gerrard-la-galaxySome players like David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane embrace the experience that is Major League Soccer. Others like Steven Gerrard do not. They cannot wait to get back to their homeland.

I thought that Gerrard could be a star in MLS like Beckham was. The former England captain arrived in LA with a lot of fanfare, but unlike Beckham, Gerrard seems to be in Major League Soccer more for the money than the challenge of winning trophies.

Major League Soccer

Post Match Reaction: New England Revolution 2 Orlando City 2

The New England Revolution and the Orlando City SC drew 2-2 draw in front of a season high crowd of 25,203 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for New England in the 7th minute, but Orlando City’s Kevin Molino equalized in the 30th minute. Juan Agudelo put the Revolution back in front just one minute after entering the match as a substitute in the 70th minute.

Conceding the late goal has been the Achilles heel of the Revs this season and it was again on Saturday. New England have drawn four times after either rallying or surrendering leads from the 89th minute on Saturday, allowing a 90th-minute goal by Carlos Rivas in extending their winless streak to five games.

Major League Soccer

Could Marchisio Injury Open Door For Pirlo Return?

Pirlo-JuventusAntonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro’s without the services of one of Italy’s key players.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, capped 54 times by Italy, was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri’s 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.

This is a blow for Conte, exacerbated by the fact another key central midfielder, Marco Verratti, has not played for Paris Saint-Germain since mid-February due to a persistent groin problem.

Major League Soccer

Revs Mediocrity Continues With Another Draw

roweThe draw specialists the New England Revolution were at it again on Saturday as they tied Toronto FC 1-1 at Gillette Stadium. The draw was the Revs fourth in their six games this, a remarkable number.

Kelyn Rowe put New England ahead in the 14th minute, finishing off a 18-pass buildup, when he headed home a terrific cross from Je-Vaughn Watson.

But the lack of a consistent goalscorer once again hurt Jay Heaps side as they were unable to get that second goal and Toronto took advantage in the 58th minute when the defense failed to close down Jozy Altidore and his pass found Sebastian Giovinco for the equalizer.

Major League Soccer

Orlando v RSL – 5th Highest Attended Match In World This Weekend

ocsc-opener-crowdIt was a brilliant opening weekend for Major League Soccer with 36 goals across the 10 games giving fans plenty to cheer about.

The action on the field translated into fans in the stands as MLS averaged 26,152 fans for 10 games on Sunday. That put MLS sixth in the world in average attendance over the weekend, ahead of such leagues as the French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A and Dutch Eredivisie.

From socceramerica.com

Average League Attendance (March 4-6):
43,496 German Bundesliga
35,910 Mexican Liga MX
34,500 English Premier League
29,103 *Chinese Super League
26,864 Spanish La Liga
26,152 Major League Soccer
25,152 French Ligue 1
21,644 Italy Serie A
19,259 Dutch Eredivisie
*Friday and Saturday games only

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Patrick Vieira: Coaching In MLS Is Difficult!

patrick-vieraHe has only been in the job for four months but new York City FC manager Patrick Vieira already knows one things. Coaching in Major League Soccer more difficult than in Europe.

Former Arsenal star Vieira, who was appointed NYCFC manager in November, said learning about the league’s structure has been “fascinating” ahead of his first game in charge on Sunday.

“I just think that coaching in the MLS is of course harder than in Europe,” Vieira told MLSSoccer.com. “Because of the salary cap and the roster, and the way you have to make things balanced in the squad, making sure you have the players you need.

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Could PSG’S Owners Be Investing In MLS?

MiamiThe Eastern Conference in MLS is about to become even more competitive with the news that Paris St-Germain’s owners Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) are interested in buying a stake in David Beckham ‘s MLS franchise in Miami.
The Eastern Conference already includes New York City FC and their middle eastern owners the Abu Dhabi United Group and it looks Beckham is going after NYC FC’s rivals to jump-start his Miami bid.

Beckham has close ties with the PSG owners after finishing his career with the French champions and a statement from MBU said: