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The Excitement of the Superdraft - 2012 MLS Thread

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21 Nov 2012 08:15 #734126 by NHH
The Western New York Flash could well be the worst team name ever.

be interested to know from Goldstone about what's different about this incarnation which will learn the lessons and avoid the problems of previous attempts to make a pro women's league?
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21 Nov 2012 08:33 #734130 by jason voorhees
To me, that will always be a problem for teams in America.

I was thinking New Jersey could have some neat small towns with teams, but everything's quite parochial and people 4 miles away will never support that town. It's why high school state championships or high school football games draw well...there would simply have to be a pro team in every town like England.

Thus, just about every PDL team in New Jersey has a New Jersey in its name. The only team that has done well while having an identity has been Ocean City, because enough people vacation there and the stadium is right off the boardwalk. Even so, it's the second-fiddle to the more famous Ocean City in MD.

So then you try to name an area, the Central North Northwest Nebraska Cornspitters vs the Southern North Northwest Nebraska Cornjuicers, and the fan ends up saying "Wait....where ?"
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21 Nov 2012 08:35 #734131 by jason voorhees
Don't know what's worse/creepier in that SI Beckham gallery...the girl with the Beckham tramp stamp or Becks with a Brooklyn tramp stamp.
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22 Nov 2012 02:18 #734510 by jefe
Branko Boskevic leaves DC to go home to tend to family issues.

So, the women's league:

No name yet, tentative agreement with first sponsor, working on TV.

8 teams from 11 offers chosen, LA was one of the not.

The 3 federations are big into this. US Soccer will fund up to 24 players and run the league office, the CSA up to 16, the FMF up to 12.

22 game season. The Sounders are not the Seattle team, Merritt Paulson has at least part of the Portland team, the people running the DCU Women's team will run the DC team and keep the DCU women as their reserve side, and play at the Soccerplex. (All DCU had to do with the women was license the name). A bunch of the US women are already on board with this, and they're trying for budgets between $500/750K.
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22 Nov 2012 09:29 #734530 by Anton Gramscescu

jefe wrote: The 3 federations are big into this. US Soccer will fund up to 24 players and run the league office, the CSA up to 16, the FMF up to 12.


OK, hang on. CSA and FMF are paying for players but don't get any teams? How does that work? Why wouldn't CSA just get a Toronto or Montreal franchise and play the national team (the men's side did this in one of the final years of the NASL)?
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23 Nov 2012 18:48 - 23 Nov 2012 19:04 #735057 by jefe
AG: This is a quote from the current CSA president:

"When they were looking at markets there was an opportunity to look into Canadian markets,” Montagliani said. “I think some of them weren’t quite ready. I think moving forward it’s not an exclusionary thing. Obviously if there are opportunities to move forward it is something that we would look at."

One of the other rejected markets/owners were the Philly Independence people. And to save money, the league will NOT be using MLS stadia like Toyota Park, as these are deemed "too expensive". The Breakers aren't going to play at Harvard Stadium either.

Schedule, again, is 22 games, an improvement on WUSA's idea. 3 against every team, and a 4th against your "rival", so SEA-POR, KC-CHI, WNY-JSB, and DC-BOS I assume.

one more edit, why not: Every team will get 3 US, 2 CAN, and one MEX international. Can you say, allocation process? And the whole world, led by Megan Rapinoe, seems to want to play in Portland. I have to imagine that they get her, and Christine Sinclair.

DC will announce its name next Wednesday, and say they have multiple sponsors committed for into 6 figures. KC is owned by the same people who own the MISL Missouri Comets.
Last Edit: 23 Nov 2012 19:04 by jefe.
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27 Nov 2012 17:12 #736120 by jefe
Kevin Payne is your brand new TFC president.

Excuse me while I go outside and weepvomit in rage.
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27 Nov 2012 17:21 #736122 by imp
Blimey. I said he should leave a year ago, but that was a year ago. Still, a deal for a new stadium with a new president at the helm wouldn't be bad for DC. He's the only football club president ever to write me a hilariously angry (and totally inaccurate) e-mail about something I wrote.
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27 Nov 2012 19:02 #736148 by Vulgarian Visigoth

NHH wrote: The Western New York Flash could well be the worst team name ever.

Obviously you're not familiar with the Toledo Mud Hens.
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27 Nov 2012 19:10 #736152 by Vulgarian Visigoth

jefe wrote: Hope Solo married her whacko druggie and kinda rapey fiancee Jerramy Stevens last evening. After he was arrested but not charged with domestic violence against her in the morning.

Someone who can't spell Jeremy is always going to be a bit druggie and rapey.
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28 Nov 2012 01:10 #736271 by jefe
Eddie Johnson MLS Comeback player of the year.

There is a rumor, and dear God I hope it's true, regarding the Cosmos. (No, not the Beckham one).

Remember that the NASL next year is going apertura/clausura, and having the separate "season" champions play off for the league championship. And it would function like other leagues in this regard. Play everyone home and away, break, play them again home and away. This would become somewhat more difficult and odd if the COSMOS ARE ONLY GOING TO PLAY THE SECOND SEASON.

Again, rumor. But oh boy...
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29 Nov 2012 04:34 #736589 by jefe
Columbus shitcans 7, most notably Will Hesmer and Sebastien Miranda. They've got exactly 3 defenders left right now.

Dallas lets Kevin Hartman go, as well.

Hope Solo's husband? Already arrested again.
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29 Nov 2012 05:28 #736592 by Reed John
The new MLS team will be in Queens, I read.
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29 Nov 2012 16:28 #736809 by Vulgarian Visigoth
Would that be the Cosmos?
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29 Nov 2012 17:55 #736870 by Reed John
Unclear. Jefe?
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29 Nov 2012 17:59 #736872 by ursus arctos
Presumably they need to sort the stadium out first.

That's moving forward, but not yet a done deal.
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29 Nov 2012 18:40 #736882 by caja-dglh
They should play at Citi field. Cancel the baseball.
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29 Nov 2012 18:59 #736891 by Renart

caja-dglh wrote: They should play at Citi field. Cancel the baseball.


Heh. Putting a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park isn't a bad idea, though. Is that one of the places they're thinking of putting it?
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29 Nov 2012 19:11 #736897 by ursus arctos
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29 Nov 2012 19:21 #736904 by Renart
Ah, thanks ursus. That's ringing some bells now that I look at it. You may well have posted that for me before.
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