Archive for the ‘MLS’ Category

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.

Panthers owner David Tepper to meet with MLS about expansion

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and team president Tom Glick will travel to New York next week and meet with Major League Soccer officials in an effort to convince them to bring an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina. Tepper has been working to bring an MLS team to Charlotte since purchasing the Panthers last summer. MLS will announce two expansion teams by July 31.

MLS franchise ‘belongs in Charlotte’

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina is not one of the cities which has been high up the list for potential expansion franchises in Major League Soccer, but it should be. Tepper, a hedge-fund manager worth $11 billion, revealed to journalists that the president of the NFL's Panthers, Tom Glick, (who was formerly involved at Derby County, Manchester City and with New York City FC) is pushing the cause for a team. “We are having ongoing discussions with Major League Soccer,” Tepper said.

Crew to stay in Columbus under new owners, MLS announces

Friday, December 28th, 2018

The owners of the NFL's Cleveland Browns and a Columbus-based family have agreed in principle to take over ownership of the Columbus Crew from January, Major League Soccer announced on Friday. Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Columbus investors led by Pete Edwards Jr will take over ownership of the 22-year-old franchise from Precourt Sports Ventures, effectively ending a year of uncertainty over whether owner Anthony Precourt would move the MLS franchise to Austin, Texas.

Tuesday Sports in Brief

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with assault and battery and being drunk in public stemming from a fight at a restaurant and retail complex near the team's practice facility in Ashburn, Virginia. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell confirmed Nicholson's arrest. Police say Nicholson and 24-year-old Sydney Maggiore were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated to a physical assault of two victims, one man and one woman.

Forbes: Atlanta United is Major League Soccer’s most valuable team (Slideshow)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Arthur Blank's investment in Atlanta United FC appears to be paying off. The United has ridden the wave of its record-setting fan support to debut atop Forbes magazines's list of most valuable Major League Soccer clubs. The second-year squad hadn't produced enough data for last year's list, but Forbes valued the club currently at $330 million — edging the LA Galaxy by $10 million.

Crowd of 50,000-plus will watch Minnesota’s last home game

Friday, October 19th, 2018

After almost two full years as a Major League Soccer franchise, Minnesota United FC has been an unquestionably successful draw in a crowded sports market. The Loons have more than 50,000 tickets sold and distributed for their final home game of the season to prove it. When Minnesota hosts a Los Angeles team that needs a win Sunday to stay in contention the Western Conference playoffs, superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy will be the target of more than twice the usual jeers from the crowd at TCF Bank Stadium.

Soccer: Browns’ owners aiming to keep Crew in Columbus

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are part of a group in deep negotiations to buy Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew and keep the team in Columbus. The Haslams and the family of Columbus-based orthopedist Dr. Pete Edwards make up the Columbus Partnership, which released a joint statement with MLS on Friday that reads: "Major League Soccer and the Columbus Partnership have been working together for several months on a plan to keep the Crew in Columbus and we have made significant progress." It continues: "MLS, the Columbus Partnership and the investor group all agree that for the Club to be successful, it requires strong local owners, long-term corporate support, a strong season ticket base and long-term plans for a stadium, practice facilities and associated sites.