Report: Minnesota United Set To Lose Brand

NASL club Minnesota United FC is set to join the MLS in 2017 alongside expansion franchise Atlanta United FC. Without even meeting on the pitch, it looks like Atlanta have drawn first blood. According to a report from Sports Illustrated‘s Brian Straus, MLS is not so united on the use of one of footballs most iconic monikers.

According to Straus, conversations are taking place within MLS regarding concerns about the league’s introduction of two Uniteds in the same season with the already well-established D.C. United. Though Minnesota has used the United label in competition since 2013, one year before the announcement of Atlanta’s brand, they will likely be compelled to drop United from their name when they begin play in 2017.  Continue reading

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MLS Teams Return To Action For Preseason Tournaments

With just a little over two weeks before MLS begins its 21st regular season, teams are finalizing their rosters and getting a feel for who their main contributors will be for opening day and beyond. The preseason is well underway, but two major preseason tournaments kick off Feb. 17, giving some MLS teams their first action against other clubs in a competitive tournament format.

Three-fourths of MLS will be in action Wednesday, most competing in either FC Tucson’s Desert Diamond Cup or the Tampa Bay Rowdies Suncoast Invitational. Continue reading

A Look at Crew SC Going into 2016

After an MLS Cup loss that was as shocking as it was disappointing, Gregg Berhalter has wasted no time to making moves in preparation for Crew SC’s 2016 campaign. Fullback Chris Klute and striker Jack McInerney have already been traded to the cup-winning Portland Timbers for an undisclosed amount of general allocation money. Also leaving Columbus are goalkeeper Matt Lampson, midfielders Kristin Steindorsson, Kevan George, Ben Speas and forward Aaron Schoenfeld. In their place, Crew SC have added defenders Corey Ashe and Amro Tarek, Danish winger Emil Larsen, as well as forwards Conor Casey and Ola Kamara . The front office also signed 19th overall SuperDraft pick Rodrigo Saravia. Continue reading