The European Super League in 2018

stadium-seating By J Hutcherson (Jan 23, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's not just since Deloitte started doing the work and showing us how much money European soccer clubs make. It's not the idea of clubs as brands capable of generating worldwide revenue. It's not the lobby group the biggest clubs in Europe once ran for their own benefit. The idea that the biggest teams in Europe should for a league to address their mutual best interests has been the obvious conclusion for a very long time. The question since the Premier League breakaway and the creation of the Champions League in the early 90s remains the same. Why is it taking so long? American soccer's current fascination with promotion and relegation is at least partly in response to the specific MLS model. Soccer league as business plan under a restrictive single-entity system strips away a lot of the romance. There's Continue reading "The European Super League in 2018"

Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Newcastle United on NBC

premier-league-logo-wide-manchester-city-newcastle-unitedOur pick for the game worth your time on the weekend soccer TV schedule is the one available on over-air television. It's the Premier League on NBC on Saturday with Manchester City playing Newcastle United. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the US Women play Denmark on Sunday on ESPN. Manchester City vs Newcastle United at 12:30pm on NBC on Saturday. Manchester City has finally lost a Premier League game this season, breaking their win and undefeated streaks. Newcastle United is currently embroiled in a potential takeover bid. What that means for the game on the field is an open question, with Manchester City still the team everybody else in the Premier League is chasing. "We didn’t have any pressure before, and we don’t have any pressure when we play against them now," Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said. "They are so good, there is never a good time to Continue reading "Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Newcastle United on NBC"

MLS players pushing for trades

lee-nguyen-new-england-revolution-soccer By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - The MLS offseason drips with intrigue over international signings in a manner previously unseen in its more than two decades of existence. Rumors abound, a function of a new influx of cash infiltrating the league through big money ownership and initiatives created to expand the power of the salary budget. While tracking the possibility of arrivals from South America, another trend had taken hold during the MLS version of the silly season. A spate of high profile MLS players have expressed a desire to be traded, giving the winter an extra layer of intrigue. The phenomenon is another example of the rising tide of player power in a league that is known for using a heavy hand over player movement. Without easily achievable free agency, players are left to try and improve their situation by pushing for Continue reading "MLS players pushing for trades"