October 30, 2012 |
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.
July 10, 2013 |
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.
February 20, 2014 |
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.
March 21, 2012 |
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.
July 31, 2013 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
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.