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Columbus Crew Lift MLS Cup

MLS Cup 2020

Columbus Crew SC delivered on their lofty aspirations from a 25th Major League Soccer season like no other, winning the 2020 MLS Cup in convincing fashion in what’s likely the last major game at MAPFRE Stadium, the first soccer-specific ground in league history.

Behind an inspired performance from club-record signing Lucas Zelarayan, the Crew resoundingly beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 on Saturday night, denying Seattle a championship repeat and returning to MLS’s peak for the first time since 2008. The Crew, who entered new ownership in 2018 after a fan-led movement to keep the club in Ohio, overcame incredible adversity to lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

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Major League Soccer Announces $1B Loss

New MLS Logo

Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today that it has lost almost $1bn during 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

MLS was only two weeks into its historic 25th season when a halt was called to the campaign in March. It did not resume until July, with the MLS is Back competition in Florida, before a revised regular schedule resumed on 12 August.

“The overall [financial] impact is going to be deeper than we expected,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber.

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Seattle Sounders Sign Jordan Morris

While New England Revolution fans are waiting for the naming of their recently signed Designated Player, the Seattle Sounders have been busy signing arguably the best American soccer player anywhere.

On Thursday the Sounders officially unveiled Jordan Morris, the 21-year-old reigning Hermann Trophy winner and U.S. national team member, as their newest Homegrown Player signing.

Morris, who joined the Sounders FC Academy in 2012 before then moving on to play college soccer for Stanford over the past three years, turned down an offer from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in order to return to Seattle earlier this week.

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Sounders Fans Pay Tribute To Kasey Keller

Wanted to out some perspective on the 64,000 Seattle Sounders fans who came out for Kasey Keller’s farewell game.

The Seattle Sounders crowd was the fourth largest crowd to watch a soccer match anywhere in the world on Saturday night. Only FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich had larger attendances.

And this was not a one-off attendance in Seattle as the Sounders have averaged 36,893 fans a game this season. By comparison, only 8 of the 20 Premier League sides have averaged more fans this season than Seattle and only 5 of the 20 La Liga sides.

 

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Seattle Sounders Acquire All-Star defender Tyrone Marshall

The expansion Seattle Sounders have acquired two-time All-Star defender Tyrone Marshall from Toronto FC for cash. The Sounders announced the deal Tuesday. It will bring the 34-year-old member of the Jamaican national team to Seattle for his 12th season in MLS.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid says he values Marshall for his speed and his championship experience. Marshall was on the Los Angeles Galaxy’s MLS title teams in 2002 and ’05. Los Angeles traded him to Toronto midway through the 2007 season.

This is a great addition for Seattle, who are poised to have the best season of any MLS expansion team.

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Seattle Sounders Get New Sponsor

Seattle Sounders FC which will begin playing in Major League Soccer team in the 2009 season has snagged Microsoft to be their naming sponsor. The sponsorship deal is for deal for five years and a reported $20 million. The Microsoft Xbox 360 Live brand will be prominently displayed on the front of the Sounders’ green and blue jerseys

This is a big deal for MLS to involve a corporate sponsor the size of Microsoft in MLS and I beelive reflects the impact that David Beckham has had on raising awareness of soccer in corporate America.