The new Los Angeles MLS team was unveiled a few days ago and this team will start competing in the MLS in 2017 or at-least it’s expected to officially start competing around that year.
The Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and the retired star of the women’s national soccer Mia Hamm are some of the figures which compose the ownership of the club.
Cardiff City’s Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan and the former Major League Baseball player NomarGarciaparra are some of the other recognized figures that form part of the 22 person ownership of the new Los Angeles franchise.
The Vietnamese-American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen explained his delight and some of the plans that he has concerning this newly formed team and Nguyen did not hesitate in stating his intention of turning the new Los Angeles franchise side into one of the best clubs in the Major League Soccer.
“We believe this team can become one of the most outstanding clubs in Major League Soccer and a globally-recognized brand. Today is day one and time for us to focus on developing a world-class stadium for the club to play in and for fans to enjoy.” Henry Nguyen said.
The MLS will be expanding and growing within the next few years as the New York City FC is scheduled to start competing in 2015 which is owned by Manchester City and where the former Chelsea star Frank Lampard will be joining in a few months.
Peter Guber is one of the more well-known figures in the sports and entertainment industry as he is the chairman and CEO of the Mandalay Entertainment Group as well as serves as the co-owner of the Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and according to a report released by the MLS, Peter Guber is going to be implanted as the executive chairman of the new MLS club.
Today Major League Soccer declared a multi-year partnership deal with Kraft Foods and Capri Sun. According to the agreement terms, Capri Sun will be the official juice for Major League Soccer. The other Kraft Food brands that have been included in this deal are Tang, Country Time Lemonade and Kool Aid, which should be activates in all stores globally.
According to the contact, Capri Sun will use the intellectual property on MLS, to foster a strong connection with football lovers all through the country, especially grassroots institutions like youth soccer clinics across US. For their ongoing campaign on pros versus Capri Sun kids, Capri Sun is planning to utilize select few MLS players. These players will be showcased on their back to school packs.
Kraft Foods’ Senior Director of Refreshment Beverages, Greg Guidotti said that they are most pleased to be associated with such a top notch property, like Major League Soccer, since their values perfectly matches their own. Soccer is definitely the 1st sports that most of the kids play, besides it also hikes a sense of team building, active lifestyle and pushing one’s physical limitations. He admits that MLS has definitely played a major role in the popularity and growth of soccer throughout the country. Besides that most of their beverages, especially Capri Sun are consumed in lots of football matches. Hence the two partners are absolutely a match made in heaven.
David Wright, who is the senior VP Global Sponsorship of MLS, commented that they are pretty excited about welcoming Kraft Foods on board as a part of the MLS family. MLS grassroots extensions, with time have turned into an important aspect of the league’s growth and the beverage concern has chosen to take up the leadership place in the dynamic space.
Colorado Rapids have been recently benefiting from the improved form of strikers Gabriel Torres and Edson Buddle. Even though they both are at the different ends of their career, manager Oscar Pareja believes that they can form a deadly partnership for the club in the rest of the campaign. Colorado have been defeated only once in the last five matches, which is a form that has seen them rise to the fifth position. Hence, they will be participating in the play-offs if the league finishes of now. They have a four-point advantage over the team below them – Vancouver Whitecaps, although Vancouver do have a game in hand.
Colorado will be hoping to get three points from a difficult away match against Portland Timbers during the weekend, which will then be followed by a home match against inform Seattle Sounders. Due to that of nature of both these matches, Pareja is hoping to use this attacking strength to good effect. He believes that Torres and Buddle can form a great partnership, which will help them overcome some of their negative aspects. The club has scored just over 1.5 goals per game, but Buddle himself has got three goals in his last two matches.
Torres has been brought in as the designated player for the club.
“I think they complement each other. Edson has the strength, and we need to hold the ball and spread it after, and Gaby has the mobility, the diagonal movement. So they complement each other. It comes into the equation. Turf is turf, and as good as he could be, it’s not natural and it pounds the guys a lot,” said the manager about the possible partnership between his two strikers. Buddle has suffered a lot of injury problems in the past, but it appears that he has put them behind this season.
LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has decided to allow Robbie Keane to link up with the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly match against England. Arena was previously against the idea of allowing him to join with the international squad due to the hectic schedule for his club. Keane is also one of the important players within the LA Galaxy squad due to the poor form of striker Landon Donovan. Keane is one of the celebrated players at the international level for the Republic of Ireland. He has represented several top clubs like Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Celtic during his illustrious career.
Arena has said that the decision to allow Keane to join up with the Ireland squad has been taken with the state of other internationals in the squad in mind. Arena has said that the US internationals have been allowed to join up with their international squad. Hence, he does not see the reason why Keane should be denied this opportunity. As a result of this international date with England, Arena will be without the services of Keane for the crucial match against New England Revolution. LA Galaxy have had an indifferent start to the season and there are currently seven points behind the leaders.
“In all fairness it’s the right thing to do. In reflecting over it, if we’re required to release U.S. players, how can we not allow other internationals to go? If our U.S. internationals are going for friendlies then others should. We’re on the same team here. It’s not one rule for one and one for another. We were going to send him to the moon as well but we weren’t able to get a rocket ship in time,” said Arena. LA Galaxy have just two victories in the last five league matches.