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April 11, 2000 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the huge success locally of last summer's Women's World Cup, Los Angeles will not have a team in the women's professional soccer league set to begin play in April 2001. The Women's United Soccer Assn. (WUSA) on Monday identified its eight initial franchise cities and announced that it had signed a four-year cable TV contract with Time Warner Inc. The league conditionally named Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Orlando-Tampa Bay, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
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April 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former German national team coach Berti Vogts. Sacking your top assistant two months before the World Cup is a little like a presidential candidate dumping his running mate after the convention. So was it an act of panic or prescience? It's too early to tell.
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October 23, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Orlando took a big step toward joining Major League Soccer on Tuesday when the Orange County, Fla., board of supervisors approved a funding plan for construction of a downtown soccer-specific stadium. Orlando City SC, the USL Pro champion, will begin expedited negotiations toward becoming an MLS expansion franchise in time for the 2015 season. An expansion franchise has already been approved in New York for the 2015 season. "We'd like Orlando to be the next expansion franchise," MLS President Mark Abbott told the Orlando Sentinel.
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March 10, 2014 | By James Barragan
Since becoming president of Chivas USA at the end of last month, Nelson Rodriguez has been busy trying to turn around an embattled Major League Soccer franchise. The league has affirmed that it wants the team to remain in Los Angeles, believing that there is enough room in the city for two MLS teams. For most of its history, Chivas USA has played second fiddle to the Galaxy in the Southern California market. At Sunday's season opener, which Chivas won 3-2 against the Chicago Fire, Rodriguez spoke with reporters at halftime about the team's situation and shared some glimpses into the future of the franchise.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that it has purchased the troubled Chivas USA franchise from Mexican owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes and will begin operating the team immediately. The team will begin the MLS season next month under league control but MLS is hoping to conclude a quick deal to sell the team to an ownership group committed to building a new stadium that would keep the team in Los Angeles. Although Vergara and Fuentes, the husband-and-wife owners of Mexican league team Chivas de Guadalajara, will retain all licensing rights to the Chivas name and the logo, the MLS-owned team will continue using the Chivas USA brand on a transitional basis.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Major League Soccer said Wednesday that its 2014 All-Star Game would be held at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.,  home of the MLS' Portland Timbers. The match will take place in late July or early August and feature the league's top players competing against a leading international club. This year's All-Star Game, in which the MLS All-Stars will play AS Roma of Italy, will be played July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Jeld-Wen Field reopened for MLS play in April 2011 after a major renovation, and since then the Timbers have had 42 consecutive sellouts, the league said.
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October 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
More than 6 million fans attended regular-season Major League Soccer games this season, a record for the 17-year-old league. The 19 teams drew an average crowd of 18,807 for each match, a 5% increase over last season, according to figures released by the league. That also marked the third consecutive season in which average attendance rose in MLS, which outdrew the NBA and NHL for a second straight year, per game. The rising tide did not lift all boats, however. The defending league-champion Galaxy, which played to six sellouts at the 27,000-seat Home Depot Center, was one of eight teams to see its average attendance fall, dropping 199 fans a game to 23,136 for 17 dates.
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March 21, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
There might be more at stake than simply a summer trip to London when the U.S. team opens play in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament Thursday in Nashville. Because with 14 of the 20 players on the American soccer squad coming from Major League Soccer teams, the eight-nation tournament can rightly be seen as a referendum on the progress of MLS as well. "It's a strong statement about our league and the development of young players that the Olympic tournament — a reflection of the strongest young players in each country — includes so many that are on our clubs," MLS spokesman Will Kuhn said.
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May 21, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
New York will get a second Major League Soccer team jointly owned by Manchester City FC of the English Premier League and the New York Yankees, MLS announced Tuesday. The team will be called the New York City Football Club and is expected to start play in 2015, which would give the league 20 teams overall. The MLS already has the New York Red Bulls -- which defeated the Galaxy on Sunday, 1-0 -- but their home stadium is in Harrison, N.J. Executives of the new team said they plan to build a stadium somewhere within New York City itself and already have held talks about possibly constructing a facility in Queens.
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July 31, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Major League Soccer said Wednesday night it plans to expand by four teams, to 24, by the 2020 season. "We look forward to adding new partners with the same commitment to the sport and love of the game," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in making the announcement during the MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City. The league said it already was in exploratory talks "with multiple markets and potential owners regarding future expansion. " There are two MLS teams in Southern California: The Galaxy, which has won the last two MLS championships, and Chivas USA. Former Galaxy star David Beckham, who said he intends to invoke a contractual option to become a part owner of an MLS expansion franchise, has been scouting locations in Miami for much of the summer.
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March 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Since taking over as coach of the U.S. national team 2 1/2 years ago, Juergen Klinsmann has repeatedly preached the superiority of European soccer. "When you watch Premier League, you watch the German Bundesliga or you watch Spanish football - Barcelona, Madrid - then you know the benchmark," he said. But with this summer's World Cup less than 100 days away, Klinsmann has softened his tone a bit. Not that he's had much of a choice. Because after the cream of Klinsmann's crop of European-based players was embarrassed during the U.S.'s 2-0 loss to Ukraine on Wednesday, it became apparent the team he will take to Brazil this summer will be dominated by players from Major League Soccer.
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March 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It's generally not a good sign when a team starts all its games with its best scorer on the sidelines. But unless Coach Juergen Klinsmann suddenly decides, at 49, to suit up and play, that's the situation his U.S. soccer team finds itself in less than 100 days before the World Cup. In the three world championships Klinsmann appeared in as a player, he scored 11 goals for his native Germany. But in the last three World Cups the U.S. appeared in as a team, it scored only 14 times. So Klinsmann will continue auditions for a starting striker Wednesday when the U.S. meets Ukraine in Cyprus, in the first of two tests before preliminary World Cup rosters are due in May. The friendly was originally scheduled for Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, but when deadly demonstrations in the capital of Kiev widened last week, the game was moved to Cyprus.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that it has purchased the troubled Chivas USA franchise from Mexican owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes and will begin operating the team immediately. The team will begin the MLS season next month under league control but MLS is hoping to conclude a quick deal to sell the team to an ownership group committed to building a new stadium that would keep the team in Los Angeles. Although Vergara and Fuentes, the husband-and-wife owners of Mexican league team Chivas de Guadalajara, will retain all licensing rights to the Chivas name and the logo, the MLS-owned team will continue using the Chivas USA brand on a transitional basis.
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February 12, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
David Beckham knows what he's doing. This is a guy who has used his enormous popularity as a soccer player to become an international brand. So the former Galaxy star should trust his every instinct as he starts a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami sometime between now and 2020, right? Uh, maybe not if his gut is telling him to name and fashion the team after a cheesy cop show from nearly three decades ago, remembered mainly for star Don Johnson's brightly colored fashion statements and an unmistakably '80s soundtrack.
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February 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former U.S. team captain Thomas Dooley was named coach of the Philippines national soccer team, the Associated Press reported Friday, making him the sixth American since 2002 to coach a national team outside the United States. Dooley, of Laguna Niguel, had 81 caps with the U.S., playing in the 1994 World Cup and captaining the team in the 1998 tournament. The defender spent much of his career in Germany, playing for four clubs before joining Major League Soccer, where he played with Columbus and the New York Metro Stars.
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February 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy on Thursday confirmed that Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena signed a multiyear contract extension with the Major League Soccer club. Terms of the deal, first reported Wednesday by The Times, were not disclosed. Arena's "commitment to the L.A. Galaxy, the club's winning tradition and continued excellence on and off the field is unrivaled," Dan Beckerman, chief executive of Galaxy owner AEG, said in a statement. Arena also issued a statement, saying "I'm honored to remain in this role with the preeminent soccer club in the United States.
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October 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
A Major League Soccer spokesman said Monday that the league's 2014 schedule will look similar to this year's, contradicting a report that suggested major changes were planned. "The timing and format of the 2014 schedule will be very similar to the current season," MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said. Next year's schedule is expected to be announced before this year's MLS Cup championship game Dec 7. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote Monday that the league was moving toward adopting a European-like schedule "that could be implemented by the start of the 2014 season.
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February 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy was set to announce a multiyear contract extension for Bruce Arena, the soccer team's head coach and general manager, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The announcement could come as early as Thursday, according to people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Arena, 62, is entering his seventh season with the Galaxy, having led the team to Major League Soccer championships in 2011 and 2012. His overall record with the Galaxy is 82-46-44.
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