The Tacoma Stars have moved from the historical confines of the Tacoma Dome into swanky new digs in Kent. With such a move comes a certain loss of identity, and almost certainly a mention in a future episode of The 206. One writer from the Tacoma News Tribune rips into Kent the way Seattlites tease The City of Destiny. At one point, Kent is even compared to Oklahoma City (obviously a low blow: No-where is as bad as OKC.)
The long-rumored expansion of CenturyLink Field's seating capacity may be finally coming to fruition if sources are correct. However, the modest number proposed would only get maximum capacity up to about 70,000 with suites full and every temporary seating option exhausted. It would also feature an excessive amount of Toyota advertisements, if the included render is to be believed.
In what may be his final entry in the "Seattle" section, Sean Okoli talks about how he saw a lack of opportunity in Seattle. Okoli wasn't content with simply being a S2 contributor and believes he will get those desired chances in Foxborough with the New England Revolution.
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A subtle change in the MLS advertising department: With Advocare's new font, their logo has to change everywhere it appears. That includes (regretfully) on the shirts of FC Dallas.
Justin Meram is something of a role player for Columbus Crew SC, but is one of many rock-stars for Iraq's National Team. Their quest to win the Asian Cup is going well after recently downing their arch-nemesis: Iran.
Opponents to soccer in Nevada have mobilized, managing to get the 8,000 ballots needed to put the proposed Las Vegas soccer stadium on the ballot. The stadium would have been pushed through without a public vote had the measure not succeeded.
You may have been panicking this weekend over the absence of Obafemi Martins, but Toronto FC laughs at your concern. Each of their three DPs are missing the early parts of their training camp, including newly inked striker Gilberto.
The Windy City has their own third DP with the inking of Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney. Maloney, 32, fits the profile of the older DPs to come into MLS. His goal will be to turn a few of the Chicago Fire's league-leading ties from 2014 into wins.
Soccer supporters in Miami are still waiting for some good news, seven years after forming with the goal of luring MLS back to south Florida.
Expect to hear the name "Andy Hertzog" a number of times in the next year: he has been tabbed to lead the men's U-23s to the Olympics in Brazil.
For all the things the NCAA does wrong, the premise of their advertising is spot-on: Almost none of their student athletes will get into professional sports (much less make a living out of it.) For participants, sports are the lottery.
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