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MLS Pre Season Heats Up

The MLS is slated to begin the 2008 season on March 29th but teams are beginning to have scrimmages and exhibitions to try to tune up for the upcoming season. In three recent games it is interesting that the only shutout was given to another MLS team, while the American Under 17 team and even Santa Barbara City College (one of my Alma Matters, Go Vaqueros!!) managed to notch at least one goal each.

Chicago Fire 3, U.S. Under -17 National Team 1

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EPL: Coming to America?

Near the end of last week, the EPL, or English Premier League or Premiership (I have been instructed by Brits to never mention Barclay’s), announced its intention to play some of its regular season matches outside of the U.K. Perhaps inspired by the NFL’s decision to play a regular season game in London at Wembley Stadium last year, the EPL is seeking to expand its brand and attract new fans to its product.

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D.C. United 2008 Season Preview

D.C. United

2007 Record: 16-7-7 (1st in East)

Coach: Tom Soehn (2nd Year)

Key Players: Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen

Key Pickups: Marcelo Gallardo (from Paris St.-Germain)

Key Losses: Christian Gomez (to Colorado), Troy Perkins (to Valerenga I.F.)

2008 Outlook: Excellent

In 2007, Supporters’ Shield winner D.C. United achieved the rare feat of giving up the fewest goals of any team in their division, while simultaneously scoring more goals than any team in their division (or in the league for that matter). The scary thing for division opponents now is that United looks to be even better in ’08.

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FC Dallas 2008 Season Preview

FC Dallas

2007 Record: 13-12-5 (3rd in West)

Coach: Steve Morrow (2nd Year)

Key Players: Kenny Cooper, Pablo Richetti, Juan Carlos Toja

Key Pickups: Brek Shea (Drafted 2nd Overall), Dulio Davino (from Club America)

Key Losses: Carlos Ruiz (to L.A. Galaxy), Chris Gbandi (to FK Haugesund)

2008 Outlook: Average

The Hoops approach the 2008 season poised to improve on last year’s successful run. It should not be difficult for them to do so either so long as their fortunes continue to be controlled by their two South American stars.

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Off-Season Moves of Kansas City, New England, and New York

There has been a lot of press this off-season on the moves in the east but most has focused on D.C. United and all the foreigners they have brought in. United is favored to win the east, again, but the other teams that were near the top last year have also made many off-season moves. Will they be enough to offset the moves that D.C. United made? Only the upcoming season will tell.

Kansas City Wizards

Out: Jose Burciaga Jr. D, Edson Edcock, Nick Garcia D, Aaron Godbolt, Eddie Johnson F, Willy Guadarrama, Chris Konopka

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Watch David Beckham Play This Season

The just released 2008 MLS schedule finally answers the question that many “soccer fans” have been asking. When is David Beckham coming to my city?

The hard-core major league soccer fan has already purchased their season tickets and can debate the ins and outs of the MLS Draft last month. But for the average American sports fan the only thing they know about MLS is that David Beckham is making $250 million and that they should come and watch him play. Now this is not necessarly a bad thing. For soccer to continue to grow, it needs to appeal to the average sports fan. If Beckham the reason that they come to an MLS game then that is great. If they come back and watch a second game, that is even better.

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Major League Soccer Finally Releases Schedule

Finally the 2008 schedule has each of the 14 teams playing 30 regular season games. The 2008 season concludes on Sunday, Nov. 23 with MLS Cup 2008, live on ABC and TeleFutura from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Out of the 210 regular season games, 113 of them will be broadcast nationally. That is a major coupe for MLS. In order to build a mainstream fan base, fans need to be watch games and this schedule offers this opportunity.

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Toronto Hires Carver as New Head Coach

Though we are still over a month away from the first game, MLS had its first sacking of a coach last week as Tortonto FC replaced Mo Johnston with John Carver.

However, Toronto’s move was not motivated by unhappiness with Johnston’s performance. Actually, even though Johnston is losing his duties regarding managing the team on the pitch, his responsibilities are actually increasing when it comes to the club’s day-to-day management.

So no, Mo is not leaving Toronto. In fact, it’s more like he’s simply moving upstairs. Johnston will now serve as the “Manager and Director of Soccer” while Carver will serve as head coach. The two men pledged that they will collaborate on decisions regarding personnel decisions.

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Major League Soccer in Philadelphia?

The City of Brotherly Love is planning construction on a new stadium in hopes of landing a MLS franchise. A portion of a recent $47 million state funding package will help fund the building of a new soccer stadium on the banks on the Delaware River not far from Philadelphia. The stadium will be located in the city of Chester and seat 18,500 spectators. The nest step is to try to get a MLS franchise in the area.