Category: MLS

Seven Minutes in (Timbers) Heaven

Seven Minutes in (Timbers) Heaven

Portland’s debut MLS season may have come to a halt but the misty-eyed memories and goosebumps-inducing flashbacks live on in Portland Timbers, We Adore You.


 A no-narration documentary chronicling JELD-WEN Field’s inaugural MLS match, the seven-minute film drips with both tasteful camerawork and nostalgia for the recent past.

There is also a little bit of odd timing as well as opening day was 8 months ago but that is of little consequence when the finished product to so damn pretty to look at.

Add in a handful of highly-stylized Adrian Healy soundbites and the end result is something any reasonable fan of American soccer would deem worthy of watching*. Twice.

BONUS TRACK: Alaska Airlines recently did their own JELD-WEN Field opening flashback video. Watch it.

MLS Cup 2011 Brought to You By AEG

MLS Cup 2011 Brought to You By AEG

Here we are with one game left to go on the MLS calendar and it’s an all-AEG affair with the Galaxy pretty much hosting the Dynamo.

AEGCup

So we can all rest assured that Tim Leiweke will be standing atop a podium in an AEG-built venue with a trophy, named after Uncle Phil Anschutz himself, at the end of 90 minutes come hell or high-water and I ain’t mad at that.

However I am upset about the fact that rumors of MLS Cup being “Phil Anschutz Bobblehead Night” are just that, rumors. Still, if ever there was anyone in modern, American soccer worthy of being immortalized in miniature form and distributed to fans it is Mr. Anschutz. Without him MLS Cup doesn’t exist.…

File Under “Out of Nowhere”: FL group planning $400m SSS

File Under “Out of Nowhere”: FL group planning $400m SSS

You sitting down? Good because there seems to be serious, on-the-downlow SSS talk in Florida. And in Tampa of all places.

According to a quasi-hidden website, “VSI Flames, Inc. (VSI Tampa Bay Flames) recently entered in to a formal agreement with its funding partner PRI Development Partners LLC for the purpose of providing the Tampa Bay region with a first class and purpose built soccer stadium along with a separate 20+ training field and Academy complex.”

Stadium

And not just any old stadium but “a new purpose built 28,888 seat soccer stadium that will have a retractable roof and the ability to increase the capacity to 40,000.” Apparently not content to simply fight Raymond James Stadium for the occasional USMNT matches, “the parties are committed to securing an MLS soccer franchise” for Tampa.

Crazy, right? Read on, it’s gets better.

Check out some of the names of investors in VSI: Shaun Wright Phillips, Mikel Jon Obi, Mark Hughes, and Ian Wright. Safe to say this group has more than a few real soccer heads. Oh and not incidentally, VSI will run a USL Pro club in 2013 that will play in an Empire Fields-esque temporary modular stadium built by Nussli.

In addition to big names and financial backing, VSI seems to have every civic duck in a nice, neat row; the project’s listed partners include Tampa Bay Sports Commission, the City of Tampa, Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Tampa Economic Development Corporation.

Names, cash, connections and ambitions aren’t enough though. To build a club and a stadium you need land. Take it for what it is but my man in Tampa –Florida soccer’s Huggy Bear if you will– says that the location VSI are focused on “in the heart of Tampa” is downtown near the Ice Palace and belongs to Jeff Vinik, Liverpool FC board member and owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you want another Lightning-soccer connection, their CEO is former Sounders CEO Tod Leiweke, brother of AEG’s Tim.

Would a Tampa MLS club & stadium be a collaboration between Vinik and VSI? I can’t say and, again, take that info for what it is. But if you want more answers, try to score yourself an invite to VSI’s event at The Tampa Club on December 11. According to the invite, VSI and PRI are “bringing a breathtaking center pitch to Tampa Bay on 3.30.16” at a cost of $400m.

Yeah, they’ve set a date. Call it confident or call it crazy. Either way the whole damn thing is intriguing as hell. Wonder if this is why The Don was high on Florida but not particularly talkative on perpetual also-rans Orlando & Miami in his recent State of the League address?

God, I love expansion gossip.…

Wanted: 2 Girls Who Like Soccer & Creepers from San Diego

Wanted: 2 Girls Who Like Soccer & Creepers from San Diego

OK boys fess up. Which one of you wannabe ballers from SD posted this on Craigslist?
LA Fans

Galaxy MLS Cup 2011 – $20 (home depot)

WELL, THE GALAXY MADE IT TO THE FINAL FOR THE MLS CUP.. I BOUGHT MY TICKETS LIKE 2 WEEKS AGO.. THESE ARE SECTION 231.. THEY ARE LIKE MIDDLE SECTION… MORE THAN SELLING THEM… I RATHER TAKE TWO GIRLS FOR FREE TO THIS GAME.. IM COMING FROM SAN DIEGO TO SEE THE GALAXY BE CHAMPIONS… SO WHICH TWO GIRLS WANT TO GO? EMAIL ME AND WE CAN EXCHANGE EMAILS AND PICS…

I know whoever placed this ad has high hopes that the respondents to his offer will resemble the Beckhamistas above in more than one way but trust me my dude, you are only setting yourself up for disappointment. This is Craigslist, not Jacques (NSFW); you will count yourself lucky if your dates are not “pros”/con artists and have all of their teeth.…