Posts Tagged ‘MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER EXPANSION’

LES ROUGES REPORT: An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

July 8, 2010

LES ROUGES REPORT

An Occasional Update on Canadian Soccer

NO CANADIAN WORLD CUP UNTIL 2034

Canada will not attempt to host the World Cup until at least 2034, according to the Canadian Soccer Association.

“Canada has great organizational ability to host a FIFA men’s World Cup, as it has for a Summer Olympics and two Winter Olympics, so certainly, from a Canadian perspective, we would be great hosts for a men’s World Cup,” said the CSA’s general secretary Peter Montopoli, who cited a number of concerns that would have to be addressed before the tournament could be even considered, including the proper time frame. “We would have to wait for our turn,”

The United States has put in a bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and, if successful, the tournament would not likely return to North America for decades.

Montopoli also stated finance, infrastructure and national team performance as key areas that would have to be improved upon.

Stadium requirements would also have to be met, and the CSA would need a minimum of 10 world-class facilities capable of holding (more…)

MLS NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS and WEEK 13 PREVIEW

June 25, 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNS TO ACTION – MLS WEEK 13 PREVIEW

Most everyone’s eyes will be on the World Cup this weekend, and rightly so, the sheer weight of match-ups over the next four days is incredible.

Having said that, lets take a look at what we have in store for ourselves this weekend and touch on some of the stories we may have missed while over-indulging in the World Cup Garden of Eden.

PPL PARK OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUNDAY
The Philadelphia Union fans will agree with Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part, but now the wait is over as Peter Nowak’s boys will christen their new home, PPL Park on Sunday against Seattle Sounders at 5pm ET. The match will be shown on ESPN2 and will see Union attempt to turn around a less than stellar Expansion campaign. Union are dead last in the East having garnered 7 points from 10 matches. Philly fans will be hoping that the League’s newest Soccer Specific gem will provide the inspiration for some points down the stretch.

SACHA KLJESTAN MOVES TO EUROPE
Belgian Champions Anderlicht acquired Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan during the World Cup break leaving the Goats, who are in the midst of a five game losing streak, missing some key talent.  Manager Martin Vasquez has brought for Chivas USA midfield standout Paulo Nagamura back into the side with an aim to fill the missing Kljestan’s shoes. Another help for Chivas might come in the form of Venezuelan international
Giancarlo Maldonado who is training with the team.

BLAISE NKUFO IS COMING TO SEATTLE
This deal was done early in the season, but since then we have all had a chance to see Nkufo play for Switzerland in (more…)

WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

June 8, 2010

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS UNVEIL NEW CREST, TICKET DETAILS

The Vancouver Whitecaps held a press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Tuesday morning to unveil what they called ‘the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.”

The team released the logo (above) which will be the brand that will carry them forward into their first Major League Soccer season in 2011.

The club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor at a later date and merchandise with the new logo is already available.

Vancouver also announced that they will push for one last round of MLS season ticket deposits beginning on Saturday. The ‘Caps will accept $50 deposits for 2011 MLS seasons tickets, which start at $319 for 17 matches.

The Whitecaps, who will play at a refurbished Empire Stadium for the 2011 season, have capped season ticket sales at 16,500 and have already taken 10,000 deposits, meaning this last push will be for fans to grab the remaining 6,500 seats.

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #4

June 8, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #4

LIVE VIDEO – VANCOUVER TO UNVEIL NEW LOOK AT 11:30am ET

June 8, 2010

LIVE VIDEO – VANCOUVER TO UNVEIL NEW LOOK AT 11:30am ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps plan to unveil the clubs new look as the prepare for their first season in Major League Soccer in 2011.

The club has scheduled an 8:30am PT press conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 8, where they plan to display ‘The first is the unveiling of the new brand that will lead the 36-year-old club into a new chapter as an MLS outfit.” according to the team website.

The ‘Caps will also be making important announcement regarding season ticket availability for the teams 2011 Major League Soccer Inaugural Season.

There are also reports that the club will be unveiling the designs for their 2011 Season kits, complete with jersey sponsor, later in the week.

The press conference and logo unveiling will be broadcast online via

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vancouvermls2011

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #3

June 5, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #3

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #2

June 1, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #2

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #1

May 27, 2010

NEW PORTLAND TIMBERS CREST: VIDEO CLUE #1 VIDEO

PORTLAND TIMBERS TO UNVEIL NEW LOGO JUNE 12

May 22, 2010

PORTLAND TIMBERS TO UNVEIL NEW LOGO JUNE 12

The Major League Soccer bound Portland Timbers will unveil their new logo on June 12 at a World Cup watch party in downtown Portland.

The outdoor watch party, centered around the United States v England match, is to be held at the city’s Director Park. Similar events in 2006 drew thousands of people to see the matches on huge 12-foot by 17-foot, LED screen.

The 2010 event promises to be the biggest yet and offers the Timbers a chance to put their new identity in front of a massive collection of the city’s soccer fans and re-introduce itself to the city’s soccer community.

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: BOCA JUNIORS ADD PORTLAND TO SCHEDULE

May 19, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: BOCA JUNIORS ADD PORTLAND TIMBERS TO SCHEDULE

Boca Juniors have added a third date to their North American tour. The Argentinian Superclub will be playing USL and future Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers to their schedule.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the world’s most prestigious clubs to Portland,” said Timbers head coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson. “Boca Juniors carries an unparalleled tradition of success and history. They have produced some of the best players to play the game and regularly feature world-caliber players. This will be an incredible game for our fans.”

Some of those players include Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo.

Boca will be in action this Saturady when they take on the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson CA, then head to the Pacific Northwest were the will battle Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field on May 26.

Portland have already scheduled a July match with English Premier League Manchester City for July.

MONTREAL IMPACT OFFICIALLY NAMED MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S 19TH TEAM

May 7, 2010

MONTREAL IMPACT OFFICIALLY WELCOMED AS MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER’S 19TH TEAM

In 2012 Montreal Impact will be celebrating the clubs 20th year in existence, but in the same year, they will be celebrating the clubs inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

Both Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact called press conferences on Friday for  an announcement that was one of the worst kept secrets in North American Soccer as it had been anticipated and expected for months.

The announcement that Montreal would be awarded a Major League Soccer team for the 2012 season, becoming the league’s 19th team and the leagues 3rd Canadian team, was still warmly regarded by American and Canadian fans alike.

Toronto FC, joined the league in 2007 and Vancouver Whitecaps will enter the league for the 2011 season, meaning that in the span of 5 years Canada has gone from no top-tier professional soccer clubs, to having three; an achievement that will, no doubt have a significant ‘impact’ on the long-term exposure, marketing and development of the sport in Canada and the continent in general.

Legitimate stadium, committed ownership and tradition were all cited as reasons when Vancouver was admitted as MLS’s 17th, just over a year ago, but those praises could apply equally to Montreal. Congratulations to Montreal, the Impact and its fans. A very fitting and welcome new addition to Major League Soccer.