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Beckham 'asks PSG for MLS funding'
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David Beckham has asked the wealthy Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain to help fund his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, according to Le Parisien.

Beckham, who was last month invited to a PSG charity function, hopes QSI will join him and backers Marcelo Claure and Simon Fuller in helping re-establish football in Florida's main city.

"Yes, David Beckham has asked us for help," Le Parisien quotes a QSI source as saying. "No decision has been taken yet."

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Portland Timbers announce stadium name change to Providence Park
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The home of the Portland Timbers has a new name.

The club announced Monday that their stadium will be called Providence Park, as part of a multi-year partnership with not-for-profit health care provider Providence Health & Services.

Providence takes over the naming rights of the stadium from JELD-WEN, who will continue to be a partner of the Timbers and MLS. Providence and the Timbers organization plan to work together in a variety of community initiatives in the coming years, including the revival of the Special Olympics Oregon Fall Games in 2014 and youth soccer camps and field-related projects. Providence will become a Founding Partner of the Portland Timbers Community Fund and a presenting partner of the Timbers’ Hispanic community outreach platform, “Somos Timbers.”

"I am thrilled to announce our new, expanded community partnership with Providence Health & Services,” Timbers president Merritt Paulson said in a statement. “This partnership signifies a huge commitment to the community from the largest private employer in Oregon, which will keep Providence Park the name of our facility for years to come.

"Additionally, I want to thank JELD-WEN for their past and continued significant commitment to the Portland Timbers."

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New York City FC coach Jason Kreis says team can bring in four Manchester City players on loan
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NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis told Manchester City’s website on Wednesday that the new MLS club will be allowed to carry four players on loan from its parent club in England, the first clear indication that there will be a direct link between the sides in the future.

“We will have the ability to take four players on loan from the club here, so I’m looking a lot at the younger players, and the U-18s and the U-21s at the moment,” Kreis said. “And also the players that are out on loan.

"We have a very big interest in bringing some City players over to join us in New York and I certainly think there’s the talent there. And the ambition is there as well, so we’ll have to get with those guys over the next six months to a year and see whether or not that’s something they would like as well.”

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Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe
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TORONTO – Monday’s press conference to introduce Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley was billed to Toronto FC fans and media with the tagline “It’s a Bloody Big Deal.”

Turns out TFC’s newest Designated Players were in complete agreement.

Both Bradley and Defoe admitted they had other options with clubs in Europe, but both were also quick to state that they simply could not turn down the opportunity to be part of something they perceived as “really special, something unique and something different,” as Bradley put it, that is now being built in Toronto by TFC head honcho Tim Leiweke, general manager Tim Bezbatchenko and head coach Ryan Nelsen.

“As a player, you want to be a part of something like that and at a place where the people share your ambition, you goals and your drive,” said Bradley, whose signing was made official on Monday. “It took all of two seconds for me to understand that I was going to be coming to place where I would be surrounded by people with that motivation and commitment.”

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MLSE's Leiweke:
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Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke says
MLSE would pay “almost all” of the cost of expanding the Toronto FC stadium


BMO Field, at Exhibition Place, could be expanded from its present 20,000 capacity to 30,000 - and up to 40,000 on a temporary basis, as for the Pan Am Games in 2015.


BMO Field, owned by the city, is home to Major League Soccer team Toronto FC, owned by MLSE. CEO Tim Leiweke, fresh off a splashy $100 million investment in two players, wants to add a partial roof and more seats to a seven-year-old facility that he says has already “fallen behind the rest of the league.”

The $63-million stadium was built with about $45 million in public funds, including $10 million in cash from the city — plus a city donation of land worth $10 million.

Taxpayer funding of sports facilities is perpetually contentious. Leiweke said he believes the renovation agreement “will be a deal that won’t have a lot of controversy to it”: this time, he said, MLSE expects to pay the majority of the costs.


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MLS stadium progress in Downtown Orlando
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Downtown Orlando is shaping up to become a sports entertainment hub with the addition of a new major league soccer stadium.

It will call an area on Church Street home and fit in alongside the Amway Center and the Orlando Magic's plans for a sports entertainment district, not to mention the Orlando Citrus Bowl, which is undergoing its own makeover.

Fox 35's John Brown spoke with Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlins to get new details about the new MLS stadium and how all of the sports venues are coming together to change the Downtown Orlando experience.


Read more: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/24494376/mls-stadium-progress-in-downtown-orlando#ixzz2qzj5HyNi


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San Jose Earthquakes unveil new 2014 jerseys,
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New MLS TV Deal With Fox/ESPN Could Be Worth $70M Annually
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ESPN and Fox Sports have emerged as the front runners to sign a new rights deal with MLS, according to several sources. The sides are in advanced negotiations that would have MLS double its rights fees to an annual average of $70M per year for at least eight years. The two channels have been negotiating a joint bid with MLS, though sources caution that no deal is signed; the two sides are continuing to negotiate specific deal points.

A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations said, "There's still a lot of work to be done on this. Don't write this as a done deal." One of the sticking points holding up the negotiations appears to center on the length of the deal.

NBC Sports Group Friday said that it pulled out of the bidding process, leaving ESPN and Fox Sports as the remaining bidders. NBC released a statement to THE DAILY that said, "We've enjoyed our partnership with MLS. Don Garber and his team are building something very positive, and we wish them well." The MLS package includes U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifying home matches.

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Canadian national TV networks TSN,
RDS reveal extensive broadcast packages for 2014 MLS season

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Canadian national television networks TSN and RDS released their national broadcast packages for the 2014 Major League Soccer season on Monday, including the details on four all-Canadian matchups this year.

TSN will broadcast 90 regular-season matches this year – including 65 games featuring at least one MLS Canadian team – and RDS will air 30 games, all featuring the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps.

TSN and RDS platforms will also have exclusive coverage of the MLS Cup playoffs, MLS Cup 2014 and the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 6 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland.

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http://www.mlssoccer.com/schedule?month=all&year=2014&club=all&competition_type=all&broadcast_type=185&op=Search&form_id=mls_schedule_form

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TSN and RDS schedules feature four all-Canadian matches, including Montreal at Vancouver on June 25, Vancouver at Toronto on July 16, Toronto at Montreal on August 3, and Montreal returning the visit on October 18 in Toronto.

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Major League Soccer reveals 2014 regular season schedule,
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NEW YORK – Major League Soccer unveiled its complete 2014 regular season schedule on Monday, with one special wrinkle while the world turns its attention to the World Cup in Brazil.

Just as it did during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break between June 12-24, when a number of MLS players are expected to compete for various teams in the group stage of the World Cup.

The league’s 19th season will begin on Saturday, March 8 in Seattle, where the host Sounders will take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field (NBCSN), followed by seven matches that evening and one on Sunday, March 9. The regular season will conclude on Oct. 26 before the MLS Cup playoffs begin the following week.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE: http://www.mlssoccer.com/schedule

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Ranking MLS overhauls as preseason ramps up
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19. Montreal: Veteran defender Matteo Ferrari recently said the Impact were “a little bit … not as good as before.” A little bit, yes: They lost Alessandro Nesta and Davy Arnaud and have made no significant acquisitions.

18. FC Dallas: Said goodbye to former MVP David Ferreira, versatile Brazilian Jackson, and big striker Kenny Cooper, and hello to … journeyman midfielder Adam Moffat, former UVA attacker Brian Span, and draftee Ryan Hollingshead. Fans are no doubt waiting for the other shoe – or several pairs of other shoes – to drop.

17. Vancouver: The Whitecaps lost 2013 MLS Golden Boot winner Camilo and his 22 goals in a messy, embarrassing exchange with Liga MX side Querétaro. On the bright side, they picked up Iranian international and 2012 MLS All-Star defender Steven Beitashour.

16. Houston: The Dynamo reached their third straight Eastern Conference Championship last season, and have more or less stood pat since, replacing center back Bobby Boswell with David Horst, adding defender A.J. Cochran in the draft, and getting winger Tony Cascio on loan from Colorado. Are they keeping pace in the revamped East?

15. Real Salt Lake: The team that came within a penalty shootout of the 2013 championship is obviously still equipped to contend, but they’ve been very quiet in the offseason, only signing young attacker Jordan Allen to a Homegrown contract, and adding two-time NASL Best XI midfielder Luke Mulholland.

14. Sporting Kansas City: Confident in their title-winning roster, the defending champs have only added winger Sal Zizzo and keeper Andy Gruenebaum. They also re-signed defender Chance Myers to keep their stout backline intact.

13. New England: Don’t underestimate how much Juan Agudelo brought to this young, exciting team last season. Draftees Patrick Mullins (pictured right) and Steve Neumann are skillful players, but not likely to replace Agudelo’s impact this year.

12. San Jose: The Quakes gave up one of the league’s better wingback duos in Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow, as well as quality midfielders Rafael Baca and Marvin Chávez. Are replacements Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (from Ligue 1 side AJ Ajaccio), Billy Schuler, Brandon Barklage and Shaun Francis enough?

11. Chicago: New boss Frank Yallop revamped the Fire defense, sending Jalil Anibaba to Seattle in exchange for veterans Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni, and acquiring former RSL wingback Lovel Palmer. Yallop could use midfield help, though.

10. New York: No splashy signings, but the Red Bulls re-upped club Defender of the Year Jámison Olave, and acquired versatile veteran Bobby Convey and rugged defender Richard Eckersley, along with Spanish center back Armando.

9. Chivas USA: The Goats tabbed former US Under-17 national team boss Wilmer Cabrera as their head coach, and improved their defense with the addition of athletic center back Andrew Jean-Baptiste, who will likely partner former US international Carlos Bocanegra. On the attacking side, they brought in aging former Mexican international Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista, 34, and former Seattle winger Mauro Rosales, who turns 33 on February 24.

8. Colorado: The Rapids don’t have a coach as of now, but they have an exciting mix of youth and experience, and made two useful signings in speedy winger Chávez and veteran defender Marc Burch.

7. Columbus: The Crew lost club mainstays Eddie Gaven and Chad Marshall, but brought in US international defender Michael Parkhurst, Costa Rica international Waylon Francis, and former Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez. Can new coach Gregg Berhalter inch them toward the red line this year?

6. Seattle: The Sounders parted ways with striker Eddie Johnson and center backs Hurtado and Ianni. In return they took on Cooper and defenders Marshall and Anibaba. They also added a good goalkeeper in Stefan Frei, and a potential replacement for Rosales’s assists in winger Marco Pappa. If the new parts fit well, Clint Dempsey & Co. have a shot at meeting the high expectations awaiting them in 2014. But that could be a very big "if."

5. LA Galaxy: The Galaxy picked their spots, adding Swedish international winger Stefan Ishizaki, 22-year-old Brazilian forward Samuel, and towering Canadian international striker Rob Friend to help bring variety to their attack, which can be over-reliant on Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. They also added midfield depth in former Chicago Fire man Baggio Husidic.

4. Portland: The Timbers look better on paper heading into 2014 thanks to some savvy, selective acquisitions: They picked up former Seattle winger Steve Zakuani, and added to their Argentine brigade by bringing in striker Gastón Fernández and defender Norberto Paparatto to join countrymen Diego Valeri and Maximiliano Urruti.

3. D.C. United: With nowhere to go but up, the Black-and-Red could soar this season. They remade their defense by picking up Sean Franklin, Jeff Parke, and Boswell, and their attack by bringing in Johnson and Fabián Espíndola. They also nabbed veteran Arnaud, and drafted promising former Cal center back Steve Birnbaum.

2. Philadelphia: The Union’s offseason rivaled the landmark one in Toronto. Philly acquired US international Maurice Edu, 27-year-old Argentine midfielder (and DP) Cristian Maidana, and 26-year-old Frenchman Vincent Nogueira, ex-captain of Ligue 1 side Sochaux. They also mined the SuperDraft for some promising talent, including overall No. 1 selection Andre Blake, and 6-foot-4 Brazilian midfielder Pedro Ribeiro out of Coastal Carolina.

1. Toronto: The biggest double-signing in league history rightly grabbed the headlines, but don’t overlook the Reds’ other pickups: Brazilian DP striker Gilberto, former MVP Dwayne De Rosario, versatile ex-Dallas man Jackson, 2012 All-Star wingback Morrow, and Blackburn loanee Bradley Orr

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/02/03/monday-postgame-who-won-offseason-ranking-mls-overhauls-preseason-ramps


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Montreal Impact say imminent signing of forward Santiago Gonzalez will fall under Special Discovery
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MONTREAL – Uruguayan forward Santiago González will not fill the Montreal Impact’s third and final Designated Player spot when he signs.

González, who was at Impact training on Thursday but did not take part in the session or address the media, will be a Special Discovery signing when the Impact officialize the deal, Montreal sporting director Nick De Santis told reporters on Thursday. González will travel with the team to Florida in the meantime, and De Santis is hopeful that the deal can materialize in the coming days.

The little-known Special Discovery rule is not a new one, said De Santis, who cited Real Salt Lake’s acquisition of Olmes García in 2013 as an example of its application.

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Chivas USA rebrand coming soon?
Trademarks filed on Los Angeles SC and Los Angeles F.C.


Potentially massive news regarding the future of Chivas USA, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received two trademark applications last month from "Chivas Guadalajara Licensing LLC" out of Carson, California.

The trademarks are for two names and logos:
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According to public database records from the USPTO, the company applied for separate trademarks on January 17, 2014.

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DC United finalizing jersey sponsorship deal with government contractor Leidos, Inc.
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After five years with Volkswagen, D.C. United are reportedly set to feature a new sponsor on their jerseys for the 2014 season.

According to a report Monday by Steven Goff of The Washington Post, Leidos, Inc. – a government contractor, engineering and health company based in Reston, Va. – is finalizing a deal with the club to become the team's primary sponsor. The company would replace Volkswagen, which had a five-year deal with D.C. that the car manufacturer ended in December.

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber addresses league's purchase of Chivas USA
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“It’s time to turn to a new chapter here,” Garber said. “That new chapter will start with us finding a new ownership group – we’re pretty good at that. And developing with a stadium plan – we’re pretty good at that, too.”

But despite Vergara’s "passion for MLS," as Garber said, the club continued to struggle.

Garber was adamant, however, that Chivas USA’s plight was not a failure in concept, but a failure of execution.

"There were a wide variety of decisions made both by the league and by ownership that just weren’t right,” the commissioner said. “That was 10 years ago. If we were to do it again, and we launched this exactly as the way it was intended, who knows if in today’s environment, whether it would have been more successful.”

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