MLS attendance is still complicated

Mercedes-Benz Stadium. By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 21, 2018) US Soccer Players – MLS attendance has always been about looking at the bright side, especially in the league’s first decade. Seeing the glass half full has served the league well over the years. Boosters point to the fact that MLS now has a league-wide average that tops both the NBA and NHL. Despite that glowing talking point, there’s more to any assertion when you’re dealing with statistics. With the season a third of the way through, the league has averaged a healthy 20,809 fans per game. Before getting into why teams are drawing well this season, it’s worth a look back at history. MLS has seen attendance go up every year since 2014. In the league’s first season in 1996, it averaged 17,406 fans. Last season, Atlanta United, in its first season of existence, led the regular season with Continue reading "MLS attendance is still complicated"

This Is What You Need: Left Coast

I actually meant to start this mini-series last Monday, but that's just how busy work and family matters have been. Let's get straight to business, which is picking that one particular thing every MLS club requires to raise their game. Everybody can use something to improve, right? Some of them are obvious, some are a battle royale of problems. In the first of five posts, we'll lead with the

Is the Seattle Sounders’ era as an MLS superclub coming to an end?

The Sounders showed soccer can draw big crowds in the US. But as they’re outshone by the likes of Atlanta United, some fans fear a lack of ambition For years, it was the most authentic experience Major League Soccer had to offer. In many ways, they were US soccer’s marquee club. The usual derision thrown at American teams, the kind that mocks the plastic rivalries and contrived narratives of a soccer-sphere still establishing itself, never stuck on the Seattle Sounders with their decades of history and average home attendance of over 40,000 fans. They set the precedent for what a soccer team could achieve in the States. Making it to the MLS Cup final in back-to-back seasons, winning their first championship in 2016, underlined the stature of the Seattle Sounders. But despite that second MLS Cup final appearance coming just five months ago, a lot has changed. An insipid Continue reading "Is the Seattle Sounders’ era as an MLS superclub coming to an end?"

Galactic Comedy

The Zlatan-ification of American entertainment is well underway, folks. Not to be outdone by their current superstar, former Galaxy glamour boy David Beckham makes an amusing cameo with Ryan Reynolds in a Deadpool 2 promotional clip.
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Wayne Rooney wants Everton manager clarification before deciding future

• DC United offer on the table for former England captain
• Rooney unhappy at lack of playing time under Sam AllardyceWayne Rooney will await clarification from Everton on the club’s future management situation before deciding whether to end his Goodison Park comeback after only one season. The 32-year-old has an offer from DC United to move to MLS in July, with the Washington club willing to give the former England captain a two‑year contract. DC United have held talks with Rooney’s representative, Paul Stretford, but are one of several overseas opportunities available to the boyhood Evertonian. Continue reading...

Philippe Senderos is ‘forever grateful’ to Arsenal

Houston Dynamo’s seasoned centre-back Philippe Senderos insists that he will be ‘forever grateful’ to his former employers Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, as during his stunted 7 year career at the Gunners which comprised various loan moves, the Switzerland international ultimately realised and attained his ‘dream’. The 33-year-old left north-London 10 years ago for Fulham on […]