Tuesday 12 Feb 2019

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by Stuart95, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The 4-2-3-1 formation in MLS
    https://ussoccerplayers.com/2019/02/the-4-2-3-1-formation-in-mls.html

    MLS 2026: Meet A 32-Team League
    https://the18.com/soccer-entertainment/mls-2026-meet-32-team-league

    Real Salt Lake 1, V-Varen Nagasaki 3 | 2019 Preseason Match Recap
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019...v-varen-nagasaki-3-2019-preseason-match-recap

    Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Iwaki FC 1 | 2019 Preseason Match Recap
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019...ecaps-0-iwaki-fc-1-2019-preseason-match-recap

    Brad Friedel: Revolution seek another designated player
    https://www.prosoccerusa.com/mls/new-england-revolution/friedel-revolution-designated-player/

    Red Bull Arena enhancements coming ahead of 2019 MLS season
    https://www.prosoccerusa.com/mls/ne...ments-at-red-bull-arena-ahead-of-2019-season/

    Jozy Altidore on future with Toronto FC: "I want to stay in Toronto"
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/02/11/jozy-altidore-future-toronto-fc-i-want-stay-toronto

    Orlando City SC Releases Defender Scott DeVoss
    https://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2019/02/11/orlando-city-sc-releases-defender-scott-devoss

    MLS Veteran Okugo Makes Move to Austin
    https://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/993952

    Former Sounders Homegrown and LAFC loanee Aaron Kovar retires
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019...homegrown-and-lafc-loanee-aaron-kovar-retires

    Pirates midfielder set to join MLS side – reports
    https://citizen.co.za/phakaaathi/so...ates-midfielder-set-to-join-mls-side-reports/

    City of Austin validates sports stadium petition following deal to build MLS stadium
    https://www.kvue.com/article/sports...dium/269-9a48eeea-0f9f-4741-a0d0-2426ba43f194
     
  2. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. Burr

    Burr Member+

    Boca Juniors
    Argentina
    Jul 8, 2014
    Tampa, FL
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. Mateofelipe

    Mateofelipe Member+

    Mar 10, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Made a comeback with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 77. Led the league in GAA, iirc, with one eye. The sign in the stands - "Only Jesus saves more than Gordon Banks."
     
  5. 007Spartan

    007Spartan Member+

    Mar 1, 2006
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. BakedAlaskan

    BakedAlaskan Member+

    Feb 28, 2002
    Ancho-RAGE,Alaska
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    **DISCLAIMER**
    THIS IS NOT A RECENTLY HATCHED IDEA FOR PROMOTION/RELEGATION
    I have always felt that if MLS were to ever implement Pro/Rel, this is their path. They would only do P/R if they could control who was promoted or relegated. Handing out a MLS franchise to just any USL or NASL owner didn't fit in their business plan and neither did getting bumped to USL after investing millions to be in MLS.

    For shits and giggles on this exercise, let's say they reach 32 by their target date in 2026.

    Freeze it at 32 for four years to allow the league to adjust to the new teams and the afterglow of WC 2026.
    Mid-January 2030, announce that applications for four new "MLS Franchises" in the upcoming "MLS 2" in 2034, announce it early in the day.
    Announce on the same day just at the end of the business hours that there will be a four year aggregate point total in MLS and six teams will be relegated to MLS 2 after the 2033 season. The news cycle would be owned by MLS for days even during NFL playoff season. Do it a couple days after the conference championship games and you can benefit from the upcoming Super Bowl's international media blitz. They can get tons of free publicity as it would be dragged out over a week.

    Going into 2034, MLS at 26 teams, MLS 2 at 10 teams.
    Three teams get relegated after 2034, one promoted from MLS 2. MLS at 24 teams, MLS 2 at 12 teams

    Three teams get relegated after 2035, one promoted from MLS 2. MLS at 22 teams, MLS 2 at 14 teams

    January 2036, announce that applications for two new MLS 2 fanchises to start in 2038
    Three teams get relegated after 2036, one promoted from MLS 2. MLS at 20 teams, MLS 2 at 16 teams

    MLS goes to balanced schedule with 38 games(won't need Summer cash friendlies with Man U, Barca, Bayern etc)
    Three teams get relegated after 2037, three promoted(German format or English playoff format). Permanent format

    January 2038 announces applications for two more MLS 2 spots in 2040
    2038 MLS 2 grows to 18 teams
    2040 MLS 2 grows to 20 teams. MLS controls 40 teams, profit sharing on TV deals keeps the MLS 2 owners happy. Do what Germany did in the late 90s and turn Monday Night Futbol into MLS 2 National game of the week(No mid-week CCL commitments by MLS 2 squads)

    2042 Nick Rimando retires

    Shred away.
     
  7. alslammerz

    alslammerz Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Staten Island, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  9. jaykoz3

    jaykoz3 Member+

    Dec 25, 2010
    Conshohocken, PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  10. ToMhIlL

    ToMhIlL Member+

    Feb 18, 1999
    Boxborough, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How would they set up the divisions with those cities? Assuming you go with 4 8-team divisions, the West would be pretty straightforward, with the "Pacific" division of all the west coast teams (LAFC,LAG, SJ, Sacramento, Por,Sea,Van and Phoenix). Then you'd have RSL,Colo,Dal,Hou,Min,KC, and St. Louis and Austin ( or San Antonio if Precourt screws it all up).

    But there's no way to divide the East into 2 neat halves of 8 teams each. There are clusters of teams, but not enough to make groups of 8 without splitting them up. Toronto and Montreal need to be in the same division, and NE,NYC,NYRB, Phi, and DC should be together. Likewise Orl,Mia, Atl and the North Carolina team (maybe Nashville also). Then there's a group of Cin, Colum,Chi, and Detroit.

    Or you could go all NFL with North/South/East/West: WEST= "Pacific" teams noted above. SOUTH: 3 Texas teams plus Atl,NC,Orl,Mia,Nash. EAST: DC,Phil,NYRB,NYC,NE,Mon,Tor,Det. NORTH: Min, Chi, RSL, Colo, KC, StL,Colum, Cin.

    Not good that the "North" division spans 3 time zones, but whaddayagonnado?
     
  11. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Even with one eye, he was still a great GK with the Strikers...


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  12. 007Spartan

    007Spartan Member+

    Mar 1, 2006
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
     
  13. Mateofelipe

    Mateofelipe Member+

    Mar 10, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does anybody have a link where the video actually works?
     
  14. 007Spartan

    007Spartan Member+

    Mar 1, 2006
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If you click on the video it will open in twitter where the video works.
     
  15. ThreeApples

    ThreeApples Member+

    Jul 28, 1999
    Smurf Village
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #16 ThreeApples, Feb 12, 2019 at 5:36 PM
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019 at 5:42 PM
    Just do something that makes no particular sense, like the NHL Atlantic Division, which consists of three eastern Canadian teams not particularly near the Atlantic, the Great Lakes-adjacent Detroit and Buffalo, plus Boston and two Florida teams.

    Or MTL/TOR/CLB/CHI/DET/CIN/NAS/ATL would be a fairly reasonable division for an inland/coastal split of the Eastern Conference.
     
  16. Mateofelipe

    Mateofelipe Member+

    Mar 10, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Restarted my computer and got it working. That is Gov. Christine Gregoire with the Don, fyi. Fredy Montero and Brad Evans used to be young. And aren't anymore. Which means I am an old fart that watched Gordon Banks live and in person.
     
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  17. Yoshou

    Yoshou Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2009
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I did find it amusing how after Evans scored the announcer took it as an opportunity to compliment Sigi on believing in young players like Evans.
     
  18. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  19. Mateofelipe

    Mateofelipe Member+

    Mar 10, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Evans was an example of how the game was evolving. Sigi recognized. I didn't. And it took me a long time to appreciate Evans properly. I think that just maybe possibly Sigi knew a little more about soccer than I do. Just maybe possibly.
     
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  20. Kejsare

    Kejsare Member+

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Can't forget this contribution. Some things worked. Others did not.
    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/smaira/3372327921/
    [​IMG]
     
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  21. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Beacon NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And then there was 1999 (way before my time).

    Los Angeles head coach Sigi Schmid was named All Sport Coach of the Year. The awards garnered by Schmid, Kevin Hartman (Pepsi Goalkeeper of the Year) and Robin Fraser (BIC Defender of the Year) marked the first individual awards won by the Galaxy (not including ATAT's Best-11).

    The 46-year old Schmid, who finished ahead of Dallas' Dave Dir and DC United's Thomas Rongen, completed his first year as head coach of the Galaxy with a 17-9 record (.654) good for 49 points and a first place finish in the Western Conference. He was named the Los Angeles Galaxy's third head coach in team history on April 22, 1999 taking over for Octavio Zambrano. Prior to becoming the Galaxy's manager, Schmid served as head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
     
  22. Yoshou

    Yoshou Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2009
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #23 Yoshou, Feb 13, 2019 at 12:34 AM
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019 at 12:42 AM
  23. rocketeer22

    rocketeer22 Member+

    Apr 11, 2000
    Oakton,VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So, this means I'm now ready for a head coaching position...*sigh*
     
  24. Bill Archer

    Bill Archer BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 19, 2002
    Washington, NC
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    ..which in truth is kind of like finishing first in the 400 meter high hurdles competing against two guys in wheelchairs.
     

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