MLS Thoughts: Portland Timbers a real contenders this year
Portland struggled last season, failing to win a single road match in their MLS Cup title defense. But this season has been very different. The Timbers sit atop MLS with nine points and ten goals. And they look ready to make another MLS Cup run.
Who the next four teams to join MLS should be
With Atlanta and Minnesota joining the league this year and Los Angeles FC and hopefully Miami joining next year, MLS has laid out a timeline for announcing teams 25-28 within the next year or so. Here are the four cities I hope earn an expansion team soon.
U.S. Soccer Federation needs to be more proactive in helping lower leagues grow
The U.S. Soccer Federation is expected to make a decision on what division the NASL and USL will be in next season, which could be the death knell for the NASL. But the USSF wouldn’t be in this position if it worked more to support all leagues and not just the top one, MLS.
Promotion/Relegation will take a long time to be a viable option in the U.S.
Last week, the Deloitte consulting firm released a study saying that promotion/relegation could be a good thing for U.S. soccer. The problem? The study was commissioned by the owner of the NASL’s Miami FC. While I would love for promotion and relegation to happen in the U.S., we’re still a very long way from that happening.
It’s time for the NASL to go gently into the night
The NASL is in deep trouble. After a number of teams leaving the league and only one team joining, the league is in danger of losing its Division II status and even folding. With so much negative momentum, it’s probably best if the league just goes away.
U.S. Open Cup win opens many doors for FC Dallas
It was a moment that has been seen in 19 years — FC Dallas lifting a major trophy after a win in a cup final. The celebration the ensued was incredible, but what’s even better is what this could do for this team, both on and off the field, as it moves towards a potential American treble.
Testing of instant replay means soccer closer to entering 21st century
Last week, FIFA and IFAB announced that a number of leagues in the United States, Germany and Brazil, among others, would be the first to test out a new instant replay system beginning in 2017 with the goal to implement it fully shortly there after. Once that implementation is complete, soccer will finally be a 21st century sport.
Support for lower division teams will be biggest indicator of soccer’s success in America
MLS gets all of the attention, but following FC Cincinnati’s recent record-setting attendance matches, here’s a reminder that a big indicator of soccer’s success in this country will be the support of these lower level teams.
Affiliation with OKC Engergy FC fine, but FC Dallas needs its own USL team
MLS teams owning United Soccer League teams as their own reserves teams is all the rage these days. But FC Dallas is not one of them. With one of the best development academies, FC Dallas has to create its own USL after its affiliation with OKC Energy FC is up.