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Tuesday audio news update

Posted on 18 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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Wednesday audio news update

Posted on 21 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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One year ago in American Soccer News

Posted on 31 January 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced plans to submit a simultaneous bid to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups (ASN, Jan. 29, 2009).

When Major League Soccer announced it would take an unprecedented break for the World Cup this year, it was seen as an attempt to curry favor with FIFA. But U.S. hopes to host the 2018 event were dealt a blow last week when FIFA president Sepp Blatter said a deal was being negotiated with “only a European candidate.” Earlier this month USA Bid Committee chairman and U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced the list of candidate cities. Curiously, neither Chicago or Northern California made the list.

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Chicago, Northern Calif., won’t see World Cup action in 2018/22

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

If the U.S. gets the World Cup in 2018 or 2022, it won’t play any games in Chicago or Northern California. Those omissions were the biggest surprise of the USA Bid Committee decision, announced earlier today at ESPN Zone in New York. Committee chairman and U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati cited “Olympics burn-out” as the main reason Chicago didn’t make the cut. No specific reason was given for any of the other omissions–which also include 1994 World Cup cities Detroit and Orlando, Fla.–other than that the committee found other cities more compliant with its 21 key criteria.

These include market size, geographical location, climate, existing hotel space and transportation to the availability of adequate training sites, distances between facilities, diversity and its ability to provide a unique fan experience. Also of “primary consideration” was the history of each city related to soccer, attraction as a tourist destination and history hosting major sporting or cultural events. The stadiums affiliated with each city were judged based on capacity, premium facilities, pitch size and overlay. The technical bid presented by each local organizing committee was crucial to the selection process as did each city’s marketing campaign and the sustainability plan of each local organizing committee along with the local support logged by their city’s petition counter on www.goUSAbid.com.

The 18 cities that will be included in U.S. Soccer’s official bid book to FIFA (with corresponding stadiums) are: Atlanta (Georgia Dome), Baltimore (M & T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Dallas (Cowboys Stadium or Cotton Bowl), Denver (INVESCO Field), Houston (Reliant Stadium), Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl or Memorial Coliseum), Miami (Land Shark Field), Nashville (LP Field), New York/New Jersey (New Meadowlands Stadium, Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix/Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium), Seattle (Qwest Field or Husky Stadium), Tampa (Raymond James Stadium, Washington, D.C. (FedEx Field).

This does not mean all of the aforementioned will host games should the U.S. get the World Cup. There could be as few as nine host venues when all is said and done. FIFA’s executive committee will make that call.

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Two small steps in the right direction for MLS

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

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Major League Soccer displayed an uncharacteristic sense of levelheadedness with its announcement to break for the 2010 World Cup and move next season’s schedule to a balanced, home-and-home structure. With any other professional soccer league in the world, these moves would not have even registered. But this being MLS, they were met with widespread applause from the blog- and twittersphere.

This will give outsiders an idea of just how far MLS has come and much pent up demand there is for the league to “reinforce its place among the global family of soccer nations,” as the New York Times so eloquently put it. But really, these moves are beyond obvious.

First, the World Cup is soccer’s signature event and one that takes place only every four years. For MLS to play through it (as it has historically) is an affront to the game, its fans, traditions and culture, etc. It showed not only lack of respect but worse, just how out of touch the league authorities were when it came to the realities of the sport. Don Garber and Co. now finally appear to appreciate the magnitude of the world’s most-watched sporting event. Or maybe they just realized nobody would pay attention to the games MLS played during the tournament. Either way, it’s a no-brainer.

The balanced schedule is long overdue as well. MLS is simply not big enough to require separate divisions in the first place (more on that in a bit), much less some goofy arrangement where certain teams play each other more often than others. The home-and-home thing is simple: all teams play each other twice, once in both stadiums. It’s also a lot fairer if each team only has to play once on Gillette Stadium’s horrific fieldturf, for example.

Kudos for MLS for finally showing some common sense, but more will be needed if it is going to be taken seriously. Here are just a few initiatives we would like to see as soon as possible:

  • Stop play for all international match dates, not just the World Cup (and it’s not even the entire World Cup but just the first forthnight. Better than nothing, but still…)
  • Get rid of the divisions and switch to a single table.
  • Cut the playoffs to a single game: The MLS Cup, pitting the top two teams from the regular season, played at the first-placed club’s home ground. This will a) make the regular season (far) more meaningful and b) increase the incentive for finishing first. Are you really making that much money from the other playoff games? We didn’t think so.
  • Get rid of the SuperLiga, once and for all.
  • Allow clubs to keep all players who come up through their developmental academy and (wait for it!) count only a fraction of their salaries against the salary cap. This will reward clubs for investing in their academies and spreading the game locally.
  • Increase the size of the rosters and/or allow clubs to play academy players on the senior roster if needed.
  • Increase the salary cap and minimum wage for individual players.
  • In most parts of the country, summers are too hot and winters too cold to expect grown men to play soccer outdoors for 90 minutes. Make the necessary adjustments to the league schedule.

Promotion/relegation, while a nice idea, is not realistic at this point. No owner will ever agree to it and for good reason: the risks are simply too great. But it isn’t necessary either. With the above bullet points, the league can finally move toward the real time. And join the global family of soccer nations.

Addendum: There may have been another reason for MLS’ decision to shut down during the World Cup. According to World Football Insider, the move is expected to boost U.S. chances of capturing the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Especially, as the same article points out, now that Australia’s bid is hit with funding issues.

Your thoughts, U.S. soccer fans (and anybody else who wants to opine)?

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U.S. to bid on 2018, 2022 World Cups

Posted on 29 January 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Soccer Federation plans to submit a simultaneous bid to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. USSF president Sunil Gulati will discuss the federation’s plans on Monday, Feb. 2, at which time he will also introduce the executive director of the USA bid committee.

FIFA set Monday, Feb. 2, as the deadline for federations to submit the official paperwork expressing their interest to bid for either or both of the competitions. FIFA emphasized that at this initial stage in the bidding process, the only requirement is for countries to be able to demonstrate their ability to host a sporting event as large as the FIFA World Cup. Something the U.S., which only hosted the event 15 years ago, is clearly in a position to pull off.

ASN’s take: Not a huge surprise seeing as there has been talk the U.S. would bid for an upcoming world cup for some time. But the simultaneous bid means the U.S. means business. We fully expect to host one of the two events, perhaps with a few games played in Canada. 2022 is probably more likely seeing as FIFA will likely want to return to Europe in ’18. But one wild card is China. Will the middle kingdom bid for one of these cups? If so, they should be considered a front-runner.

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