Category: Leagues: Major League Soccer

‘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 not only lack the necessary acumen to offer up meaningful critique but also only possess a range of influence extending over their like-minded social media bubble. Thus, when a major presence in US soccer speaks up, we need to ... Read more

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’ve learned from them how they handle marketing and how they handle the brand, which is completely different [to us]. “We came to know LAFC about a year and a half ago when they came to Dortmund. There was contact made through people at each club. They got to know ... Read more

MLS TV ratings a concern given they account for just 6% of soccer TV viewing

Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports 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 to compare the performance of MLS on TV to its two main broadcast rivals, Liga MX and the Premier League across the entire season. The year 2017 was also a bigger year for international ... Read more

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 the concept of a salary cap. Though you will not find agreement on what is the best league in the world, most soccer fans hold strong opinions about what their favorite league lacks as compared with other leagues around ... Read more

Average attendances down for 15 MLS clubs so far this 2018 season

Photo credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports 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 seen no increase or decrease). The MLS franchises who have seen the biggest drop in attendances compared to last season are: 1) DC United — down 71% (due to playing in a ... Read more

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 on Friday. His arrival in Los Angeles was announced with stereotypical swagger as a full-page advert in the LA Times read simply: “Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome.” The giant 6ft 4ins tall (1.95m) striker has an ego to match his towering physique, ... Read more

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 injury. “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Manchester United,” said an ESPN report. “He is close to sealing a move to Major League Soccer this week following persistent links to LA Galaxy.” The Galaxy have a history of luring ageing ... Read more

2018 MLS opening weekend attendances up 2% compared to last year

Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports 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 to their 11.4% increase. Only five other teams had increases albeit small, while Portland continued its perfect record of sellouts. This season, I don’t expect a bump from LAFC joining the league ... Read more