MLS has a ways to go, still


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MLS has a ways to go, still

Postby trackstar » Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:34 am

Soccer is doing better than track in America, but clearly the MLS still has a ways to go in capturing the public's attention. The MLS had its championship game yesterday in Dallas, and yet on today's Yahoo Sports website, there is absolutely no mention of it on the front page, other than a buried link that just says "MLS playoffs."

On the up side, they had a full stadium. Probably a bigger crowd than the IAAF World Championships would pull if they were held in the states.
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Postby gh » Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:04 am

In all seriousness, to give you an idea of how far they have to go, when I saw "MLS" in the header I had trouble remembering which disease it was! (combination of MS and ALS)
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Postby trackstar » Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:11 am

I have something similar happen every time I see a headline about some athlete injuring his/her ACL. I always think "Why is an article about Austin City Limits in the sports page?"

(That's not just goofiness on my part, either. If you search on my alt-weekly newspaper's website for "ACL," you get 436 hits and as far as I can tell, not a single one is about a ligament. I presume this confusion is primarily limited to us Austinites, though.)
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Postby tafnut » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:09 pm

MLS (an obvious recoining of MLB - I guess the runner-up name choice, ASL, sounded a little too suspect) still has growing pains, but they have the necessary toehold to GROW, as opposed to some sports we know, which are trying to keep from shrinking.

T&F is my first love, but MLS has a better marketing strategy (IMO) than T&F, even though they both have a similarly humongous youth grass roots infrastructure (HS vs. Club). We could learn from them, but will we?
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Postby trackstar » Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:43 pm

tafnut wrote:ASL, sounded a little too suspect


LOL. And I was just thinking what funny acronyms the old "NASL" and "MISL" were. Maybe they could merge with hockey and become the ASHL.
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Postby Cooter Brown » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:11 am

Read something a few days ago that a MLS team (can't remember which) has averaged like 21K for home games over the past few years. Better than all but a couple of MLB and NBA teams.
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Postby gm » Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:42 am

The MLS cup was well-done at a great, fan-friendly stadium. Beautiful facility that could teach us track folks a lot. The bad parts of the event: too many people trekking back and forth to stuff their faces and gulp down brewskis during play, and that infernal loud music they insist on playing to torment old fogeys like me...

ASL is the name (acronym) of the high school I gradjeamated from, so it is indeed suspicious :)
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Postby tandfman » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:15 am

Cooter Brown wrote:Read something a few days ago that a MLS team (can't remember which) has averaged like 21K for home games over the past few years. Better than all but a couple of MLB and NBA teams.

Of the 30 MLB teams, only two had attendance averaging under 21K this year.
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Postby tafnut » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:48 am

As MLS attendence is slowly growing and NFL/MLB attendance has plateaued, can we get one of those stat geniuses to tell us when soccer will surpass all other sports (except skateboarding, of course) as America's #1 sport? I'll say 2032. :D
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Postby maggot » Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:45 am

trackstar wrote:I have something similar happen every time I see a headline about some athlete injuring his/her ACL. I always think "Why is an article about Austin City Limits in the sports page?"


Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
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Postby az2004 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:50 pm

well, mls has a couple teams looking to movem with san jose and kansas city being two...

san jose looks like it's moving to houston, while kansas city, will be leaving arrowhead, and possibly move to a new city...

the key to mls is building soccer specific stadia of say 20-30k size...

in off season news, look for freddy adu to leaved dc united and head to new york..

mo johnston is the coach and his professional pedigree will help freddy get better ....

rumors have arena calling adu into the january camp, and partake in frieddlies with norway and japan...

december 9th, 2:30 est...world cup draw...

then we know whose playing whom in june of 2006....
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Postby trackstar » Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:46 pm

az2004 wrote:the key to mls is building soccer specific stadia of say 20-30k size...


They could move to Austin, as long as they didn't mind sharing with track & field -- U. of Texas' Myers Stadium can accomodate 20K. UT is open to arrangements with pro sports teams -- the Erwin Center is not only home to UT basketball, but also the Austin Wranglers arena football team.
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Postby az2004 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:50 am

well houston is a done deal, so austin might be too many texas based sides..

mls league headquarters is hot for philadelphia, the draft will be held there for next season, and philly is a hotbed for the game....
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Postby tafnut » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:55 am

az2004 wrote: philly is a hotbed for the game....


Granted there's a franchise in KC, but how did they miss St. Louis, the hottest enclave of soccer for the entire 20th Century.
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Postby az2004 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:02 am

I agree st louis would be a good selection....

tons of mls talent from st louis
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Postby Trackfan310 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:38 pm

Can see where my mind is. I thought this was going to be about Real Estate
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Postby az2004 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:09 am

http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/5120784

well, freddy gets his shot...

realistically the 2008 beijing olympics and the associated qualifying is his next step...

2006 in germany might be a bit too early for him
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Postby az2004 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:18 am

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/st ... us&cc=5901

nice article on rossi who plays for manu and is choosing between italy and usa
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