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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, March 19, 2009
Concluding an exhilarating week for the Northwest soccer world that included the announcement of Vancouver as the next MLS expansion team on Wednesday and the soldout season opener of the new Seattle Sounders franchise on Thursday, a report from The Oregonian has Portland being named as the league's 18th team ... Read the whole story
Ian Plenderleith points out that unlike most of the top Euro leagues where the title seems to always go to one of the three or four biggest clubs, at the start of the MLS season, all teams can believe in a championship. "No manager mutters the equivalent of: 'A UEFA ... Read the whole story
With the 2009 MLS season set to kick off Thursday in Seattle (TV: ESPN2, 9 pm ET), MLSnet.com's Jeff Bradley looks back at the past 13 years of MLS season openers, starting with the inaugural season when "there was Eric Wynalda, blonde bowl-cut whipping in the wind, faking Jeff Agoos ... Read the whole story
Using history to remind us that the buzz around the Sounders' MLS debut isn't the first time that the city of Seattle has been soccer-crazy, Tacoma News Tribune writer John McGrath tells of the times "before Qwest Field replaced the Kingdome, before an indoor soccer attendance record was set in ... Read the whole story
"For a league that non-believers will tell you really doesn't matter, Major League Soccer has certainly generated a whole lot of press these past few months," observes The Globe and Mail's Stephen Brunt of the months of offseason talk surrounding David Beckham and MLS expansion talk. While even the biggest ... Read the whole story
"He definitely wants to get called back. He has said if the coach calls him up, he'll go. He's itching to go back to the national team. (Mexico) should use a player with that kind of experience. At this time, they're struggling. They have so many young guys. A guy ... Read the whole story
"One: Being on the pitch after the game - he had no right to be there. Two: Being dressed in the manner in which he was dressed. Three: The pictures verify the aggression he was showing towards our players and staff after the game." Hull City coach Phil Brown, listing ... Read the whole story
"I think it would be opportune to have a salary cap, like they do in the United States. There are discussions at UEFA to introduce this system in the Champions League sooner or later. A weak, pale summer market awaits us, with player swaps but very little money movement. This ... Read the whole story


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