It was another busy week in Major League Soccer, so let’s get straight to the MLS – Big 5.
1) Miami “Beckham’s” Release Stadium Plans
David Beckham and co. turned to the Miami Herald to reveal their plans for a new stadium that the group would like to build at the Port of Miami.
The renderings are impressive, as renderings tend to be, but don’t put your ticket request in just yet. There is opposition to the site from various quarters, including from the port’s largest tenant, Royal Caribbean.
That’s not to say this project can’t happen, but like any project planned in a major city it will take time.
2) Seattle Sounders Separate from the Seahawks
Seattle, the league’s best draw, has severed business operations with their shared cities National Football League franchise, the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.
This move means the Sounders are confident enough to stand on their own two feet, and doesn’t signal any trouble between the two teams. The Sounders will move their operations to separate offices in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.
The Sounders will continue to share CenturyLink Field with the Seahawks, and why not? The team averaged almost 39,000 fans last season, the 22nd highest average among soccer teams in the world.
3) Dempsey Suspended for Two Games
U.S. MNT captain Clint Dempsey picked up a two game suspension for his below the belt slap to Toronto defender Mark Bloom, in last week’s 2-1 Seattle loss. National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had already complained that Dempsey was in need of protection from the league, and he wasn’t happy that his man received two games.
For their part, the Sounders took care of business this Sunday, beating Montreal 2-0 behind goals from Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle.
4) NYC FC News
New York City FC coach Jason Kreis and Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna unveiled the expansion teams badge in Soho last Thursday night.
Over 100,000 votes were cast as part of a well orchestrated social media drive by the club, owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees.
Reyna and Kreis also answered questions from the media, the biggest news coming when Reyna revealed that the club is close to announcing a deal for a temporary home. No details were forthcoming, and the team’s permanent home still seems far off.
5) The Refs are Back
Major League Soccer’s lockout against its whistleblowers ended suddenly this week, allowing the officials back on the field for the weekend’s games.
They may be unloved, but they are necessary, so welcome back.