Major Link Soccer: Don Garber Speaks Of Florida Expansion, George John Returned To FC Dallas

Could Florida and namely Orlando be in the expansion cards for Major League Soccer?

Only a couple more day's until meaningful soccer! Catch the #BeatSantos fever! Where was I?

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Don Garber: Orlando now on MLS' expansion radar - SOCCER - Sporting News
"It’s not a matter of if, but when," Garber said when addressing Orlando’s chances. But that "when" could be a while. "The No. 1 (requirement) in any expansion process is ownership, and we have that in place," Garber said. "No. 2 is the right market from the supporters, and No. 3 is the facility.

I think we have a good market here. We've got the right ownership group. We have not even begun the process on the facility, and until we're able to get further on that it will just force us to continue to work harder on the last piece of the puzzle."

Colorado Rapids happy with the flavor that new coach Oscar Pareja has brought to the team - Goal.com
"I think we have brought two players, Martin [Rivero] and Jaime [Castrillon] that are going to give us a different flavor in the middle," coach Pareja said in an exclusive interview with Goal.com. "I think they are going to help the guys that have already been here, and are very solid for me, the two best center midfielders in MLS which is Pablo [Mastroeni] and Jeff [Larentowicz]."

Newsmakers - Spokesman.com - March 4, 2012
West Ham declined its option to purchase George John and is returning the defender to the Major League Soccer team. John signed with West Ham on Jan. 13 on a two-month loan, and the League Championship team had an option to buy.

Galaxy update: Hints of Wednesday's starting XI, roster decision day & more - 100 Percent Soccer
A largely reserve and auditioning lineup for the Galaxy won their first silverware of the year Saturday, beating the New England Revolution on penalty kicks at the Desert Diamond Cup in Tuscon after the game ended 0-0. Probably more of a guide to the starting XI Wednesday were the personnel present this morning at the final practice in Southern California before the season begins.

Soccer at Kino Stadium a success | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona
Fans realized they needed to support the games if they wanted to bring more events to town. "Everything is dwindling down here in Tucson," soccer fan Greg VanAlstine said, "and I think you have to keep some kind of professional sports here."

FIU hires Kenny Arena, son of former U.S coach, as men’s soccer coach - FIU - MiamiHerald.com
Florida International University has another head coach with a famous name. Kenny Arena, son of former U.S. World Cup coach Bruce Arena, was hired on Friday to lead the Golden Panthers.

The younger Arena, 31, is a former Major League Soccer player and University of Virginia standout. He spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins. Arena replaces Munga Eketebi, a three-time All-American for FIU in the mid-1980s who spent nearly his entire career at the school. Popular in the soccer community, he was head coach for five years and had a 27-51-9 record. The team was 5-8-2 last year.

Nguyen Picked Up by Revs
The 25-year-old winger/forward signed with MLS in December and was selected by Vancouver via lottery, but was waived by the Whitecaps on Thursday prior to the MLS roster compliance deadline. "Lee gives us added versatility in the attack," General Manager Michael Burns said in a statement. "He is an effective player on either wing or up top, and he has great potential in MLS."

Major League Soccer's Facebook Account Likes Strippers
According to one reader, the instagram-y photo appeared on the MLS facebook page around 2:00 p.m. and remained up for about an hour before finally being taken down. Soccer and strippers, this weekend's meat and potatoes.

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