I'm sorry, WHAT?
Quite the coup for Galaxy. Best signing in MLS history?
I don't understand why Barca are mortgaging their future (and coming up short) and jettisoning promising players to bring in old dudes like Lewandowski.
Apparently they've asked Pique and Busquets to take pay cuts and they still won't pay de Jong what he's owed. I'd expect them to get bailed out but pulling a Leeds has to be a possibility.
And in other-other news:@iain_games wrote:
Southend United have sold the naming rights for their West Stand to the local estate agents Gilbert & Rose.
I don't think they thought this one through...
I'll burn in hell for this one, but I saw that earlier today and burst out laughing. Someone somewhere at Southend has probably had a really, really bad day
I forget who posted it before, but the only explanation that even seems mildly sane to me is that they are absolutely, positively banking on the Super League idea coming back. I have not seen anyone reasonably explain where they're getting this money from.
As a fan of both European soccer and US college football, I hope this never happens.
If anyone would like to see this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing they'd like to see.
League starts TOMORROW, ZOMG!
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Faintly afraid to ask but are we bothering with a fantasy league this year?
Good game so far!
I think the parity of MLS is one of the best features it has, don't you? I think the lack of it in Europe, especially Germany (but several others too) is one of the worst things about European soccer.
Riqui Puig to LA Galaxy: the biggest summer in MLS history just got bigger
What I find most interesting here, beyond the fact that someone of Puig's talent turned down clubs like Lyon, Monaco and Wolves to play in the MLS, is the contention that the MLS might be holding itself back by not increasing their salary cap.
MLS might be holding itself back by going to 29 teams. I can't buy-in to that model.
I'm also not sure about the Riqui Puig omg coup. Maybe if it was Pedri or Gavi. There's so many big name prospects that level out to just ok players. I'm sure Riqui will do well in the MLS but then the automatic question would be can he cut it in Europe. Will Spain even call him up if he does play well? They might not even be able to gauge his results relatively.
Gareth Bale at 33 in the MLS might actually be a retirement tour. If I was a fan of any of the 20 prem clubs and we signed Bale I'd be pretty tentative about what to expect. In the MLS though? Let's go! (as a fan)
Now if Mitrovic went to he MLS..... That would be something.
Spurs 1st. Can we please close this now?
Players need to rest for the world cup anyway.
The parity can create a more equal playing field, but it can also flatten everything out so there are no "actually good" teams, just a shedload of "pretty okay" ones.
Well, that doesn't happen in our other, similarly competitive leagues, and it's not happening in MLS. My hometown team is helping with that!
It must be the solstice of MLS v Euro model for soccer.
Usually happens every 10 months or so here.
Some friends are visiting Toronto next weekend, they gave me the choice of going to a Blue Jays game Friday and Toronto FC Saturday or both. I'm going to see Vladi jr.
EDIT: I take it all back, MLS #1.
I would have sworn that's a red, but according to an image posted in the replies, it's not. I guess Chiellini knew that?
In the first half today West Ham completed 74 passes. Manchester City completed 373.