Written by Will Parchman

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If you haven’t yet, run over to Forbes to check out this article breaking down the economics behind NYCFC’s unveil and the impact that might have on the league’s blinking television contract. The whole thing unearths some interesting yarns, a few of which I’d like to tug on here.

In the heady days of the David Beckham era (and now the post-Becks era), MLS has made meteoric gains in its on-field form. Some, including your humble host here, have ventured to call our current state of affairs “MLS 2.0.” With a glut of entertaining DPs, a rising amount of flair and increasingly technical play, this clearly is no longer the era of high studs, meaty challenges and poorly weighted balls.

It isn’t cashmere, but it’s not scarred lead anymore, either. MLS is growing up.

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Written by Will Parchman

 

It was a great week for attractive goals in MLS. And because everyone needs to see that Alan Gordon goal one more time.

 

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No words necessary. MLS 36 heads to Texas to profile Brad Davis, who embodies everything about the Bigger Is Better state. 23 minutes of awesome.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

Real Salt Lake has MLS’ only residency academy, a satellite program in Arizona that feeds one of the league’s most consistent programs over the past five years. It’s not the most convenient program in the country — Arizona to Utah isn’t ideal by any stretch — but as you can see, it’s also one of the best stocked. Even when it was started nearly three years ago, RSL knew it was going to be one of the best training facilities in the country.

Here, you can follow RSL’s Trevor Hyman as he leaves home, sets up in RSL’s impressive indoor facility and then runs through training. A day in the life of a youth player? Yes please.

 

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Can we just go ahead and book all future qualifying, and international friendly matches in Seattle already? I’d say the results speak for themselves.

Not only has the USMNT performed well there, as they did in yesterday’s victory against Panama, but the Pacific Northwest crowd just continues to shine. The success of the MLS Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers is well documented, and the region lived up to its reputation yesterday with the above chant: We, Are, Going to Braziiiil!!!!

Awesome. A little premature. But still awesome.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

It’s nothing new that the L.A. Galaxy will be playing Spanish power Real Madrid this summer. However, what is new is that it will be part of a new inaugural summer tournament with 8 teams consisting of two brackets, East and West. Juventus, Everton Real Madrid and LA Galaxy will compete in the West bracket with AC Milan, Valencia, Inter Milan and Chelsea competing in the East.

The tournament play will begin July 27 at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain before migrating to the United States. Valencia is the only European city that will host a match with the other venues being Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Met Life Stadium in Rutherford New Jersey (listed as New York?!?!?) and Sun Life Stadium in Miami for the final on August 7. For the complete schedule by date click here. For the complete schedule by bracket click here.

Each team is guaranteed three matches with L.A. playing at least one game at home in L.A. at the legendary Dodger Stadium (fun fact: this will the be the FIRST soccer game to take place in Chavez Ravine). The Guinness International Championships Cup, as it’s being called, will be good international exposure for teams like Valencia, Everton and the Galaxy who are trying to grow their international brand. It will also be particularly good for the young Galaxy  players who will get the chance to play against top quality players and teams.

While I’m excited for the tournament, especially for Valencia to come to the States again, I do wonder if this will help or hurt the Galaxy’s chances of winning a third successive MLS Championship and becoming another dynasty in Los Angeles. Let’s hope it helps and L.A. gets their third in a row. Move over Lakers!

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Robbie Rogers made a dramatic return to soccer on Sunday night. After a whirlwind past few months that included him retiring and revealing that he is gay, Rogers rejoined MLS in front of an approving LA Galaxy crowd.

Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to participate in a U.S. professional league. As you can see and hear above, he was met with loud cheers from the crowd and great support from his teammates.

A positive night all around for MLS, and professional sports as a whole.

 

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Brooklyn

It’s been a big week for the Beckhams and New York. First, David rode off into the soccer sunset, capping a marvelous career, then it was announced New York would be adding a second club to MLS.

Now, a hybrid of the Beckhams and the Big Apple, Brooklyn Beckham – the 14-year-old son of David – has made news of his own by announcing he is joining the Queens Park Rangers Academy. The English club trains near the Beckhams’ home in London.

Brooklyn’s passion for the game has always been obvious, and now it appears he’ll try to follow in the footsteps of his father.

 

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Major League Soccer is adding a second New York team and the Yankees are helping to make it possible. The league announced today that it will add an expansion team New York City Football club beginning in 2015.

Manchester City FC and Major League Baseball’s legendary New York Yankees have teamed up to acquire MLS’s 20th expansion club. Manchester City will be the majority owner, according to the league’s announcement, while the Yankees will play an active role.

Here is the obligatory ‘we’re excited’ quote from commissioner Don Garber:

“This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country. The New York area is home to more than 19 million people, and we look forward to an intense crosstown rivalry between New York City Football Club and the New York Red Bulls that will captivate this great city.”

There is talk of building a new stadium, though it certainly won’t be ready by the start of 2015. Will the league be ready? We’ll see. Red Bulls, you have company.

[MLS Soccer]

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

You think you’re a super soccer fan? Think again. The Union Ultras, supporter group of Chivas USA, take things to new levels with their pregame, postgame, and in-game passion. The 91st Minute went behind the scenes for exclusive access with these fans and chatted with a couple Chivas stars about their impact on the club.

Also, check out our behind-the-scenes with LA Galaxy’s Angel City Brigade HERE.

 

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