Precourt updated the logo and changed the official name from "Columbus Crew" to "Columbus Crew SC". But even though Precourt is a reviled figure in Columbus, the truth is that the new logo was really good. His insistence in the media guide that the team be referred to as "Crew SC" was really...
I regret to report that they (are rumored) to be at it again, with a potential rebrand of a classic, bedrock MLS name like Columbus Crew to some trash, anodyne Anglophile name, and an even worse crest. Hopefully it's not true!
Aaronson scored a brace today. Red Bull Salzburg lead by nine points with three games to play, so they've all but officially won the double this year. Brenden adjusted to life at his new club pretty seamlessly. At the rate things are going, I'd expect him to be sold no later than summer 2022.
Bangers only in MLS this year:
As an aside, is Rubio Rubin back from the prospect graveyard? He has 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 starts so far. He also had 7 goals in 5 games for a brief stint with San Diego Loyal last year...
Orlando City is on the verge of being sold to the Wilfs. The Wilfs initially tried to get the Minnesota team, but were beaten out by another ownership group.
LAFC signed Atuesta to a one-year contract extension. This is huge...
Ok fine, be that way. The CONCACAF thread is not supposed to be a place for sober analysis.
Liga MX clubs do have somewhat mercurial performances up and down the table because of the small-sample size Apertura/Clausura. Tigres are 5th across the 2020/21 season — and last winter finally helped...
Honestly, Tigres would be a mid-table club in the EPL. Change my mind!
They recruit such good players from Latin America and lately have been signing some impressive European players. That's been uncommon in Latin America...
A major reason why promotion and relegation has survived in European leagues is culture and tradition. But there also hasn't been a ton of pressure to end it any particular league, and that's because it doesn't matter financially all that much, aside from the aforementioned collective action...
I think the really important difference in how a lot of the US vs. Euro sports league dynamics have played over the years is that top Euro soccer leagues have external competition and top American sports leagues do not. Big-time European sports owners are jealous of the American sports system...
From how I read the article, it's Juve, Barça, Real Madrid, and Milan who are facing a two year ban. The other clubs have avoided a ban by signing a formal commitment to not pursue a Super League (or are close to such an agreement).
Last night the results were predictable: Philly advanced over Atlanta, Toronto were eliminated by Cruz Azul.
Tonight, Columbus and Portland take draws down to Monterrey and Club América respectively. Chances are that neither will advance, but we'll see.
I'm not sure if this means retirement or a return to MLS, but as far as I know Cameron has been a solid enough Championship player even at his advanced age.
A nine year career in England is quite nice especially given that he went overseas at age 27.
Friendly vs. Costa Rica announced for right after Nations League:
I had totally forgotten that the USMNT scheduled Switzerland just before Nations League (despite posting about it at the time...), so we'll have a four-game stretch...
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