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  • • A sterile aesthetic in American soccer fandom
    Editor’s Note: Spencer Abel examines the aesthetic of soccer support in today’s stadiums and reflects on the broader interest for soccer in America.  The aesthetic of soccer has a persuasive power that’s able to knock the reason out of a spectator. In American soccer, that aesthetic is blunt. Catching a full 90 minutes of soc...
  • • MLS will hit point of diminishing returns if league doesn’t embrace change
    MLS continues to pat itself on the back. And why shouldn’t it, many would ask? The 2018 season has seen MLS reach new heights in visibility and quality of play relative to a past when the league existed in a complete vacuum and the level of soccer on display was average by any truly objective standard. But permanent growth is difficult in a c...
  • • ‘What’s Wrong with US?’ book should be retitled ‘What’s Wrong with Bruce Arena’
    As we know, the United States men’s soccer team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup. This simple fact sent shockwaves throughout US soccer. Everyone, it seemed, has an opinion on what went wrong and what the nation has to do to improve. Few, however, are actually in any sort of position to affect change. In fact, many and most n...
  • • LAFC and Borussia Dortmund working together to share best practices
    MLS team LAFC and Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund are unlikely bedfellows, but both trendy clubs have been working together behind the scenes. Speaking exclusively to World Soccer Talk during a recent visit to Miami, Borussia Dortmund Head of Business Development Benedikt Scholz said, “We’re very close to the LAFC franchise. We’...
  • • MLS TV ratings a concern given they account for just 6% of soccer TV viewing
    Last year, I analyzed the soccer TV ratings data World Soccer Talk collected for 2016. This year, World Soccer Talk writer and researcher Collin Werner has more data for the 2017 season. The 2016 data did not include the Liga MX Clausura, amounting to just over one hundred games, but that is included in 2017’s numbers. This makes it possible ...
  • • Creating the ultimate soccer league with best attributes from leagues around world
    What if you could combine the best parts of soccer leagues from around the world, and turn them into one league that, on paper, would be the ultimate soccer league? Writer Greg McKay lets us inside to see what it would look like. Super clubs dominate European leagues. Fans of smaller teams in those leagues will feel more strongly about borrowing th...
  • • Average attendances down for 15 MLS clubs so far this 2018 season
    After six gameweeks played in the 2018 season, attendances are down for 66% of the MLS clubs who have played home games this season. The only MLS clubs who haven’t seen a drop in attendance compared to last season are Atlanta United (up 10%), LA Galaxy (up 23%), Vancouver (up 26%), NYCFC (up 4%), Sporting KC (up 1%) and San Jose (who have see...
  • • Glamour of the Galaxy a fitting end for ‘Indiana’ Ibra
    London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never shied away from the spotlight, so it is fitting that the outspoken Swede should choose Hollywood as the likely final chapter of a glittering career. Ibrahimovic, 36, became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to swap the heights of European football by leaving Manchester United for LA Galaxy o...
  • • Ibrahimovic close to MLS move – report
    London (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United could come to an end as early as this week with a move to Major League Soccer in the pipeline, according to a report on Thursday. Ibrahimovic, whose contract expires in June, has made just seven appearances for United this season on his return from a cruciate knee ligament in...
  • • 2018 MLS opening weekend attendances up 2% compared to last year
    Welcome to a new season of MLS attendance reports. In 2017, Orlando had a decrease due to the fact of the reduced capacity of their new stadium, 20.1% lower than their 2016 average. Four more teams lost more than 6%. NYCFC was down 17.9%, Los Angeles was down 11.5%, Columbus was down 9.4% and Houston was down 8.0%. Chicago’s great season led ...
  • • Atlanta United expectations at a fever pitch for second season in MLS
    As a huge fan of European soccer, I usually stray away from watching the MLS because the difference in quality is so noticeably vast. However, this year I’ll be making an exception by trying to tune in to watch as many Atlanta United games as I possibly can. Last year, Atlanta United became the third-ever MLS expansion team to qualify for the...
  • • 2018 MLS Western Conference preview
    On March 3, MLS will kick off its 23rd season featuring a new team in Los Angeles, a new stadium in DC, and new investments in first-teams and academies across the league that have raised the bar again.   1. Portland Timbers What’s To Like: Despite losing two franchise cornerstones in Caleb Porter and Darlington Nagbe in November and Dec...
  • • 2018 MLS Eastern Conference preview
    On March 3, MLS will kick off its 23rd season featuring a new team in Los Angeles, a new stadium in DC, and new investments in first-teams and academies across the league that have raised the bar again.   1. Toronto FC What’s To Like: Pretty much everything. Toronto more or less returns the best team in MLS history and should threaten to...
  • • The future of soccer broadcasting is going to get expensive for consumers
    In the next five years, we are certain to see more volatility in the way soccer is broadcast and delivered to US audiences. As the broadcast and media industry in the United States continues to evolve in order to adjust to new realities in terms of audiences, it’s likely that change will be a common theme for the next several years as well as...
  • • ESPN Plus’ niche audiences could help increase MLS exposure
    Self-dubbed as the “Netflix for sports,” ESPN Plus, a new streaming service from Disney is set to make its debut this spring. Beyond the recycling nomenclature once used by ESPN to brand syndicated college sports broadcasts on regional sports networks and local over-the-air channel, this concept is entirely new. The service will cost ju...

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