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  1. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    While we await the mods' renaming of the forum, the old thread with the old name can go away and we can discuss 2014 and beyond here.

    Gotta say....leaving the obvious time crunch issues aside for a moment, you have to feel more optimistic going into 2014 than at any point since before it became apparent that 2013 was going downhill, right?
     
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  2. Lobos4Sale

    Lobos4Sale Member

    Mar 6, 2014
    Club:
    Phoenix Monsoon
    I feel good just knowing who is involved. The last group was clueless pretty much when it came to customer service, marketing, sales, ....life....you name it.

    Gilmore has ties to youth soccer which is a huge plus. Was stunned in the way PFC never really attacked the youth organizations with group offers instead just thinking people would contact them.

    This looks better. Way better. I am on board. If it was the Robertson/ Bento show again I never would have attended another game. They didn't want me as a fan.
     
  3. Golot

    Golot Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Chandler, AZ
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We just need the team back at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium... or somewhere more centrally located.
     
  4. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Okay, so...options in that regard?

    SDSS in its full configuration was great. I dug it. We will see about PSC (but with the owner's offices right there...don't know if you can expect a change anytime soon).

    If not ASU, there is....well, back to square one. Phoenix College? Maryvale? Don't know.

    As with any soccer team, they will eventually need a stadium solution, and that will have to be addressed at some point. If this is going to be a viable, long-term team at whatever level, an actual stadium will have to happen.

    But first things first. Coach, players, tickets. The other stuff will have to be addressed, but not today.
     
  5. Macsen

    Macsen Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The press release said they're still looking at Peoria.
     
  6. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We know this.

    We're not talking about now.

    The offices of the owner are literally steps away from Peoria Sports Complex.

    We know they're playing this year in Peoria. We're not talking about this year.

    Long-term, a baseball stadium in the northwest corner of the Valley is probably not the solution.

    But the luxury of long-term thinking is not one that they can afford at this moment.
     
  7. Lobos4Sale

    Lobos4Sale Member

    Mar 6, 2014
    Club:
    Phoenix Monsoon
    Kenn, based on what you know is their ticket pricing and structure staying the same? Are they using Get Tix?
     
  8. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That I don't know.

    PFC's ticket prices last year were way out of whack, as we all know. They were more reasonable this year. But I have not seen or heard what they intend to do in terms of pricing for 2014.
     
  9. Golot

    Golot Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Chandler, AZ
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think they were out of whack this season too, more so than last if you do a section to section price comparison between SDSS and Peoria Park. Also, consider SDSS was a a great facility for soccer.
     
  10. CShine

    CShine Member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Huntsville, AL
    Club:
    Rocket City United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here's the official team site. It has jack squat for info right now but at least gives you a means to contact the club directly and subscribe to their newsletter if you wish. Will be interesting to see how they develop the site in coming weeks.

    http://arizonaunited.com/
     
  11. gunnerfan7

    gunnerfan7 Member+

    SJ Earthquakes/Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 22, 2012
    Pleasanton, California
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Closer to U of A colors. I like it! :thumbsup:
     
  12. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There is no way that THIS season's PFC prices were less reasonable than last year's. Last year's were completely out of touch with the market for the product. And I don't think any of us have actually seen a soccer match at Peoria to tell exactly what it is going to be like.
     
  13. Killersheep

    Killersheep Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We have a team and honestly that's good enough for me. It's easy to bash on the previous owners, but to my knowledge they were the first to bring a professional soccer team here. They stuck their necks out, and while it didn't work out, we as a soccer community can learn valuable lessons from it.

    That being said, I have had the pleasure of meeting the new owners and I feel extremely optimistic. They actively listened to what my concerns were and what I had to say. They want to be more transparent and they want to do this right. The fact that on opening day they had a spot on the MLS home page, speaks volumes about their reach compared to the previous guys. The credentials show that they have the pieces to do things that the previous owners could not or would not do.

    Further, I believe from the fans perspective we should give them a fair shake of what happens on the field especially in the early part of the season. Time is not on their side, but these guys are trying to save pro soccer in the valley, I support them 100%
     
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  14. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep. Turn the page, folks.
     
  15. Golot

    Golot Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Chandler, AZ
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree 100%.

    Care to share anything from your meeting with the owners? What are their mid/long-term plans? Are they staying in Peoria for a while? Plans for a long-term stadium solution?
     
  16. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Given how quickly this has come together and how much time they have to do the stuff that they need to do right now, trying to pin them down on a long-term stadium solution is like wondering if you should put in hardwood floors while trying to put out a grease fire in the kitchen.

    Surprised no one has asked yet when scarves will be available.
     
  17. Matt117

    Matt117 Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Didn't see the new thread when I posted this in the old one:

    Arizona United will pay Phoenix FC debts even though they aren't legally required to do so.

    This is a great first step in mending some of the bridges that were burned. I'm interested to see the new ticket pricing structure.

    I knew there was a reason I didn't buy a jersey last season. I'm going to wait at least a few games to buy another scarf.
     
  18. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Also from that:

    That'll be good, too.

    The watchword seems to be, in soccer parlance, to "play the simple ball" here in the early going. They have enough to do and a short time in which to do it to try to make things overly complicated.
     
  19. Lobos4Sale

    Lobos4Sale Member

    Mar 6, 2014
    Club:
    Phoenix Monsoon
    Collector's items. Hopefully one day we can look back and laugh.
     
  20. azjohnnymac

    azjohnnymac Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Arizona
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    I think the new ownership group are off to a great start. They have made commitments and followed through. They are saying all the right things and have been reaching out to the fans.

    The interview with Kevin Stevenson over the weekend, was another positive statement. There are, no doubt, going to be mistakes made along the way but I have little doubt that we now have an ownership group that will learn from any mistakes they make, that sees the big picture, that has a vision and can very likely deliver on it.

    This season can not come soon enough....but I am OK with moving the opening game to later in the season too :)

    April 12 is going to be a blast.

    Come join the party with LFR: http://lfr1881.com/shop/
     
  21. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Where was the Stevenson interview?
     
  22. azjohnnymac

    azjohnnymac Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Arizona
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
  23. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ah, okay, thanks.
     
  24. Matt117

    Matt117 Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #24 Matt117, Mar 17, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014
    Odeen interviewed Eng

    Eng says all the right things, but we'll see if he follows through. Getting some games on TV would be huge for building a fanbase.

    I might be wrong, but in the Stevenson interview on ESPN radio Tucson, Stevenson seems to hint that the first game might get pushed back. Eng also says the coach will have 2 or 3 weeks of preseason. 3 weeks would suggest the game on 30th isn't happening. I might just be reading too much into a few off the cuff comments.
     
  25. Lobos4Sale

    Lobos4Sale Member

    Mar 6, 2014
    Club:
    Phoenix Monsoon
    These guys are legit. I have a great feeling about it. It's obvious they know where things went wrong. The fact they are speaking so openly is a great sign, although you would think any owner of any business that wants it to succeed would be.

    On the surface this seems like what we all expected to get when USL Pro was announced as an expansion site. Customer service is so important and these guys get it.
     

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