About a year ago, not many would have credited Nashville with the potential to get the Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise. Well now they are the first team from the initial 12-city list to get the nod.
The lead owner John Ingram would be very pleased with the achievement even as he would be thankful to the Metro Council and Mayor Megan Barry for their relentless efforts. The MLS would make the announcement on Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame, as per reports.
Continue reading MLS EXPANSION – WHY NASHVILLE?
Injuries and suspensions are a part of life in soccer and Orlando City has been no stranger to that over the last few weeks.
As the team headed on the road last weekend, Jason Kreis had to piece together a starting lineup, but it worked out as the team emerged with three points from a 2-1 victory.
“The whole week, we were just trying to make a decision,” said Kreis following the match in D.C.
“That’s the way we’re going to be, that’s the way we are going to operate now.”
One of the players who got the nod to start was Giles Barnes and he made an impact almost immediately finding Dom Dwyer with a key pass into the box who promptly fed a low cross to Cyle Larin for the opening goal.
While City came out of the match with the win, they also find themselves with more lineup drama heading into this weekend’s match in Atlanta. Seb Hines and Servando Carrasco will both be unavailable after receiving red cards in D.C. and José Aja and Kaká will sit due to yellow card accumulation. Continue reading LIONS FINDING POSITIVES IN LINEUP CHANGES
Former LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo believes that the team will improve after a poor start to their MLS season.
Curt Onalfo was sacked last month and has since then been replaced by an old LA Galaxy legend SigiSchmid.
Curt Onalfo said that the team had started the new season poorly, but he believes that there are signs that they are improving. He said that these weaknesses were evident when he was at the head of the team and he feels that the new coach is doing a right job on the training ground.
He believes that there is not a magic formula that exists and that the players should be ready to work hard if they want results to improve. Continue reading Curt Onalfo believes in LA Galaxy
After a standoff with the Manchester United management, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger agreed a move to America to feature for Chicago Fire.
His 20 month stay at Old Trafford was not as pleasurable as many would expect – well, at least he got good money for his time. In the whole of the 2016/17 season, the former Bayern Munich star played just 4 games.
The Chicago based outfit made Schweinsteiger one of the top ten earning stars in the MLS when they offered him £70,000 a week. After ten games, the 32-year old has fared better as he has scored twice, recorded pass accuracy of 84.6 with average overall rating of 7.30.
The midfield veteran seemed to have settled well in the MLS as his career winds down. It was just 17 minutes on the pitch on his debut when he netted to send a message to the fans. After an initial spark, the goals seemed to have slowed down.
The player spoke broadly about the league recently, claiming the MLS was different. He hinted that the teams were inferior but that he expected it. Continue reading SCHWEINSTEIGER SO FAR IN THE MLS
The MLS is a league that is generally considered to be as a football competition which is less intense and where the players don’t have to perform with so much pressure as well as stress in comparison to other leagues from around the globe.
Players who are out of their prime have been initiating a trend of making a move to the American League. One of the things that separates the MLS from other leagues is the fact that it’s the league in itself which establishes the budget that the clubs had to operate.
The majority of the top tier European leagues and football leagues in general allow their respective club owners to spend as much as they want without any real limit. Being able to spend so much money is something that has caused criticism to certain leagues, like the Spanish League, La Liga.
La Liga has traditionally been dominated by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Madrid with no other club really being able to compete at the same level as the respective owners of those clubs have a tendency of dishing out a significant large amount of money in order to sign their targets but other clubs don’t have that same kind of budget. Continue reading MLS promotes healthy rivalries with their financial restrictions