Thursday, March 02, 2006

Major League Soccer News

With the start of the MLS season less then a month away, just about every club is making some sort of news.

DC United lost their warm-up match in Spain against First Division team Getafe 3-1. United took an early lead in the 10th minute thanks to a strike by Lucio Filomeno. However, by half time it was tied and the second half was a difficult one for United. DC will continue to train on the plains in Spain till March 10th.

Talking about Spain, FC Dallas as taken off for their week in La Manga. After their time in the Spanish sun, they will travel to England for an additional week of training. To celebrate this news, FCD announced their 28-man roster for the 2006 season. However, only 26 of the 28 will be in Europe due to either being un-signed or paperwork.

FCD also got a little bit of good news for their home stadium as Pizza Hut Park was named the recipient of the Dallas Business Journal's Best Community Impact Award for a Real Estate Project in 2005. Here is the list of reasons behind this choice: The facility brought Major League Soccer to Frisco, providing an entertainment spot for residents of Frisco, Collin County, and North Texas; the stadium and soccer fields are available for use by the Frisco Independent School District; and that the complex increased sales revenue to the City of Frisco and will be a boost to the Collin County tax base because of the additional business the Park attracts to the area.

Finally, FCD tryout midfielder Sean Babcock has elected to return to the University of Portland to complete his senior year and receive his degree in Marketing and Management. Babcock played in three preseason matches getting one goal during last Saturday's match against Missouri State.

The Columbus Crew have ending their training camp in Cyprus with a 2-1 win over Armenian side Panas. This follows yesterday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of ENP. The record for their time overseas was 3-1-1.

The LA Galaxy dropped the still named Houston 1836 yesterday 2-1 at the Home Depot Center. Goals for LA were scored by Peter Vagenas (pk) and Mike Enfield. For Houston, Eddie Robinson got their lone goal.

LA Defender Todd Dunivant has been diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps following a MRI and will miss the next 2-3 weeks, including the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup. Midfielder Paulo Nagamura will also miss time as he has been diagnosed with a fractured sternum. They will reevaluate him in 3-4 weeks.

Chivas USA has signed a big contract with Aeromexico. Financial terms were not released, but the agreement includes a wide range of promotional opportunities for the two partners, such as stadium advertising at The Home Depot Center during team home games, announcements via the stadium jumbotron, participation in special events, and joint print and broadcast advertising. Aeromexico will also serve as the official airline of Chivas USA, transporting the team to worldwide destinations served by the airline. Aeromexico joins other club sponsors Honda, McDonald's, The Home Depot and Chivas Regal, among others, in helping make Chivas a standout when it comes to MLS sponsorships.

Above I mentioned that FC Dallas had named their roster for the season. Well in order to make the salary cap and other such MLS rules, they had to trade away defender Steve Jolley to the MetroStars. Jolley played 104 games for the Metros from 2000-2003, making him the third most cap player for the club. Following the 2003 season, the MetroStars traded Jolley to FC Dallas in exchange for defender Tenywa Bonseu and a 2004 third round pick (which was used on former MetroStars goalkeeper Zach Wells).

The Metros have also signed Canadian National Team midfielder Adrian Serioux. Serioux has played the last two seasons with Millwall of the Championship League in England. He played in the recent US-Canada match and managed to keep Landon Donovan in check.

More good news for the team from New Jersey as the number one MLS draft pick Marvell Wynne underwent a successful procedure yesterday in Munich, Germany to repair a sports hernia. Wynne should be able to return to training in 1-2 weeks.

The last bit of Metro's news, they have waived defenders Chris Leitch and Tim Regan. Leitch has been with the club since 2003 and played the most minutes for the team in 2004. Regan was drafted in the second round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and last year started in 18 of the 20 regular season games he played in.

In order to make the 28-man limit in roster, Real Salt Lake waived senior roster midfielders Adolfo Gregorio and Diego Walsh and also released GK Chase Harrison. Also, midfielder Seth Tremby will miss most of the 2006 season due to an ACL injury to his left knee.

Now for a little non-MLS news (at least not yet). The Atlanta Silverbacks have announced a new sponsorship by Best Buy. Included in the deal are advertising signage agreements, as well as naming rights for "Best Buy Game Day." The Best Buy logo also will appear on Silverbacks' player cards and team posters. Throughout the year, Silverbacks players will make appearances at Best Buy events.

Also, the MISL (indoor soccer) will hold their 2006 college draft next Wednesday via teleconference.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

FC Dallas has also signed an agreement to work with Tigres of Mexico. In which the teams will split home and home games this year. Also the two clubs front offices will work together in this partnership.

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