Archive for the ‘MLS’ Category

MLS’s Chicago Fire heading back to Soldier Field after sale

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire have been sold, with Joe Mansueto, the billionaire founder of investment research firm Morningstar, taking control of the club on Friday. The Fire announced that longtime chairman and owner Andrew Hauptmann has sold his controlling interest to Mansueto -- who had purchased a 49 percent stake in the club in 2018. The club also announced that it will play its 2020 season at Soldier Field, fabled home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Promoter suing U.S. Soccer for refusal to sanction league matches in U.S.

Monday, September 9th, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) A promoter filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over the governing body's refusal to sanction international league matches in the United States, a case similar in some aspects to an action launched last spring in New York state court. The new suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by Relevent Sports, a company owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Relevent is now represented by Jeffrey Kessler, the lawyer retained by members of the U.S. women's national team in their wage and gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF.

Promoter files 2nd lawsuit vs US Soccer over sanctioning

Monday, September 9th, 2019

A promoter filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over the governing body's refusal to sanction international league matches in the United States, a case similar in some aspects to an action launched last spring in New York state court. The new suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by Relevent Sports, a company owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Relevent is now represented by Jeffrey Kessler, the lawyer retained by members of the U.S. women's national team in their wage and gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF.

Lloyd scores 2, US women beat Portugal again on victory tour

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Carli Lloyd scored twice and the U.S. national team extended its winning streak to 16 games with a 3-0 exhibition victory over Portugal on Tuesday night. It was Jill Ellis' 105th victory as the U.S. coach, tying her with Tony DiCicco's record from 1994-1999. Ellis, now 105-7-18, plans to step down in October following the team's final two victory tour matches.

2019’s 25 Hottest Sports Power Couples

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Alex Morgan has won back-to-back World Cup titles with the U.S. women's soccer team to go with a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics. The couple married on New Year's Eve in 2014. Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee Two-time All-Star David Lee played 12 seasons in the NBA before becoming engaged to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in November 2017.

St. Louis’s new MLS team boasts female majority ownership group

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

St. Louis MLS expansion team owners (from left to right) Patty Taylor, Joanne Kindle, Carolyn Kindle Betz and Chrissy Taylor. Major League Soccer made some welcome history in awarding its 28th club to St. Louis on Tuesday. When the team begins play as expansion side in 2022, it will be the first MLS franchise majority owned by women. Kindle Betz is the granddaughter of rental car magnate Jack Taylor and the president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Garber’s 20 years as MLS commissioner time of huge growth

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. Yet, it has not caught up with the NBA or NHL for television attention and averages fewer viewers on U.S. English-language television than the Premier League, despite more favorable time slots. When I hear stuff from my bosses at ESPN saying we're not going to show that game because we can make more money putting a 5-year-old rerun of the World Series of Poker on, then we got a big problem,'' said former U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, an ESPN analyst.

Garber’s 20 years as MLS commissioner time of huge growth

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. Yet, it has not caught up with the NBA or NHL for television attention and averages fewer viewers on U.S. English-language television than the Premier League, despite more favorable time slots. "When I hear stuff from my bosses at ESPN saying we're not going to show that game because we can make more money putting a 5-year-old rerun of the World Series of Poker on, then we got a big problem," said former U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, an ESPN analyst.

MLS give update on expansion situation

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Major League Soccer has issued an update on expansion, and it appears that the Charlotte bid is making a strong case for itself. MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed that the league is in “advanced talks” with both St. Louis and Sacramento who many see as the favorites to be awarded teams 28 and 29. Garber also revealed those two teams hope to begin play in MLS in 2022. At the last MLS board of governors meeting in Los Angeles in April the league was given permission to talk with the groups from Sacramento and St. Louis about a deal, while the board will meet again in December.

St. Louis, Charlotte bids make presentations to MLS in push for expansion slots

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Major League Soccer has confirmed that prospective expansion bids from St. Louis and Charlotte made presentations to the league's expansion committee on Monday. MLS has stated that the league intends to reach 30 teams with the likes of Sacramento, St. Louis, Charlotte, Phoenix, Detroit, Las Vegas and Raleigh considered among the candidates for the final three positions. St. Louis and Sacramento are the two groups that the commissioner's office has authorized to advance discussions.