So much soccer news heading into the weekend!
MLS expanding – with teams in St. Louis and Sacramento about to make pitch
Major League Soccer unveiled plans to expand to 30 teams in the coming years, up from the previous target of 28 clubs that the league had established in December 2015.
The decision was made by owners at Board of Governors meetings held in Los Angeles. No official decision was made on future expansion markets, but the Commissioner’s office was authorized to advance discussions with Sacramento and St. Louis ownership groups regarding their bids. Both Sacramento and St. Louis groups will be asked to make formal presentations to the MLS Expansion Committee to address each bid’s final stadium plan, corporate commitments, the composition of the respective ownership groups, detailed economics on funding, strategic plans for fan development, commitments on player development and details on community programs.
In addition to Sacramento and St. Louis, the league remains in discussion with several other ownership groups in other cities.
“Professional soccer at all levels is thriving in the United States and Canada and we believe there are many markets that could support a successful MLS club,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “Expansion during the last 15 years has been enormously successful and a key driver behind the league’s continued rise, and we are pleased that some of the top business and community leaders representing great markets in North America are aggressively pursuing MLS expansion clubs.”
What city would you like to see MLS expand to (Detroit)?
Winners book their spot in the 2019 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional
The 2018-19 US Youth Soccer National League Desert Conference has come to an end, and 16 Premier I Division winners booked their spot in the 2019 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships. Additionally, the Premier I Division winners in the 13U-18U age groups have earned an opportunity to automatically qualify for the US Youth Soccer National League’s 2019-20 season. Click here to view all qualification opportunities for the National League.
England sending four clubs to semis for the first time in 35 years
English football has four teams in the semifinals of European football’s elite competition for the first time in 35 years. Liverpool and Totteham booked their respective places in the final four of the Champions League. Arsenal and Chelsea are still alive in Europa, making the semifinals and giving English football bragging rights on the biggest stage.
With the way the fixtures fall, there is now potential for two all-English finals. To observe the last time English football has such dominance, one has to peer back through 35-years of the record books. The last time four English clubs were in European semifinals was in 1983-84, when there were three UEFA competitions.
Which team has the best chance to win it all?
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