beckham and new york city: a match made in MLS heaven?

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From its very beginning, Major League Soccer’s proposed return to Miami has seemed a bit off. It’s an exciting market, but one that professional soccer had yet to conquer.

Under the stewardship of global superstar, two-time MLS Cup champion and owner of a discount MLS expansion agreement, David Beckham, the goal of bringing professional soccer back to Southern Florida got under way with a bang. A glitzy press conference featuring Golden Balls himself, smiling and answering questions with fellow investors and MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Pledges to build a spectacular new soccer-specific stadium in the city and on the waterfront were used to hype the handfuls of fans in attendance. Garber spoke of the promise, know how and star power that Beckham and his team of investors possessed. Quickly, a full fledged supporters groups sprung up, club names were debated, kits and crests were floated and stadium renderings filtered out through the media. The hype was real.

Too, the February 2014 announcement that Beckham intended to put his discounted MLS club in Miami came right in the middle of a slew of similar league expansion press conferences. First was New York City FC in March 2013, Orlando in November, Miami was next in February 2014, Atlanta in April and then Los Angeles FC in October.

Of course, the key word in that previous paragraph being “similar”.

None of New York, Orlando, Atlanta or LA have had MLS completely fail there. Miami has — though one could argue that it wasn’t Miami alone that ushered the Fusion to contraction, as the team actually played in Ft. Lauderdale. And while Los Angeles did see Chivas USA fail before too, the city also features the trump card that is the pride and joy of Major League Soccer in the five time champion Galaxy.

But more importantly, unlike the other four cities in that list, Miami’s press conference featured words like “contingent” and “if”. In order to get the Beckham his club, he and his team of investors would have to first secure a stadium. In downtown Miami. And since that announcement nearly a one year ago, we’ve not really heard any good news from Miami, Beckham or MLS.

And it’s that stadium issue which has proven the biggest stumbling block thus far.

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ten words or less #104

The Crew's Justin Meram playing for Iraq

Yes, I’m well aware that things around here have slowed down a bit lately. Posts have dropped off. Our Twitter feed has been relatively quiet. And I’ve not written much elsewhere either. Sorry. But I promise there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes.

A considerable amount of my time recently has been poured into the launching of our new podcast network, Background Noise FC — not to mention the entire site and branding on the link for it below. I’ve also spent a hefty amount of effort recently working on a potential redesign for this website — though whether the new coat of paint sees the light of day remains a big if at this point. And we’ve also been hard at work on a number of other side projects.

Those are nothing but excuses though, right? Right. Well, I do have some things in the works for this space, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get at least one of them up this weekend. But as I normally do when trying to keep you entertained while I get my ish together, here’s a new link round up to hold you over.

Check out our new podcast network, Background Noise FC. – backgroundnoisefc.com

Dear Pro/Rel proponents… – twitter.com/greekfooty

I’d watch this State of the Union Address every time. – washingtonpost.com

The Crew’s Justin Meram has enjoyed a crazy Asian Cup. – si.com

Umbro blind tests their new Velocita boot with the press. – soccerbible.com

I want this as a print to hang up in my hypothetical office. – inbedwithmaradona.com

Mino Raiola for… FIFA president? Ummm…  –  prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com

Kane has torn it up this season. Here’s why. – espnfc.com

A long awaited FIFA backlash… or a coincidence? – telegraph.co.uk

This is how you appropriately fade into the sunset. – goal.com

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 23

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 23.

We know this wasn’t the most exciting of Premier League weekends — though we’d expect Arsenal fans might have something different to say about that. Chelsea smashed someone, Villa and QPR continued to stumble, Spurs tripped their way to three points at home, Everton continue to do the opposite of impress and Alan Pardew pulls off another Palace miracle. You know, usual stuff. But the guys run down the action anyway in addition to discussing a busy off-season of MLS player transactions, naming our Winners & Wankers for the week and getting an update from Fulham Watch. Oh yeah, and listen in for a quick announcement about a new partnership we’re forging.

Think of any questions and topics you’d like for the guys to tackled on next week’s podcast? Shoot them our way by email (contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com) or by using the social media links at the bottom of the page.

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pic of the week 1/12-1/19

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This is an actual screenshot of an actual tweet from the actual official Twitter account of Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC sent just one day after the club had shipped AWOL Englishman Jermain Defoe to Sunderland for cash plus Jozy Altidore. In fact, as of publication, this tweet is still somehow live.

I totally get Toronto being pissed about the situation. Along with Michael Bradley, Defoe was to be the centerpiece of a TFC’s ascension to MLS royalty. They bent over backwards to land the former Spurs striker, including sky-high wages and reportedly appeasing his very demanding mother. Hell, they paraded him right out of the gates as a “Bloody Big Deal”. And even though they broke both the bank and the all rules about avoiding embarrassing English clichés, Defoe still left them high and dry just 11 months.

But to take to Twitter and publicly root against a guy you had just called a “Bloody Big Deal” just one day later? Yikes. It’s hilarious, in that “you’re a crazy ex girlfriend” kind of way.

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 22

WSOTP Pondcast - Season 2 Episode 22

Premier League recaps? Check. Balon d’OR Predictions? You know it. Transfer Fodder? There’s plenty of that. Crazy Jurgen Klinsmann USMNT call ups? Of course. Narrative about new managers winning their first games in charge? Regrettably. Episode 22 of the Pondcast features all those discussions and much, much more.

Have something you want us to chat about next week? Send your topics and questions by email (contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com) or hit us up on the social media links at the bottom of the page.

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power to abuse

Frank Lampard NYCFC

Undersell and over deliver.

That may be a classic sales cliché, but it’s an expression that’s still worth following. By not setting the bar too high, a business gives itself the opportunity to exceed customer expectations, earn their trust and hopefully gain a long-time commitment from them. Promise too much and miss the mark, and you can pretty much kiss those clients goodbye as soon as they’re out your door.

Yet despite this strategy being a no brainer business practice, it’s appears to be a lesson the folks at New York City FC and MLS never learned. Case in point: the Frank Lampard Fiasco.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 21

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 21

Thanks to a weekend of rather underwhelming FA Cup third round matches, the “Pondcast” team now finally have a chance to catch up with the hectic English football holiday stretch. On this episode, the guys dive into the “Magic of the Cup” — or lack there of — rundown the New Years Day Premier League fixtures, and preview the January Transfer Window. But that’s not all, as the forever intertwined Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard invade our domestic football discussions, which is probably just fine for Gideon Zelalem’s sake. You’ll also find our weekly Fantasy, Winners & Wankers and Fulham Watch segments too.

Want to get involved in the discussion? Send us your questions and topics via email to contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or hit us up on the social media links on the bottom of the page, and we’ll do our best to integrate them into our next episode.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 20

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 20

Despite most of Europe in the midst of a winter break and MLS being in a bit of dull period during its off season, the last podcast of 2014 still has plenty to offer. D.J. and Jeremy do their best to recall all of the Premier League action from Boxing Day and the past weekend’s double dose of fixtures, including hashing out the surprise managerial moves expected from Crystal Palace (#PardewIN!) and yet to be made by (Coloccini?). The guys also take a look back at the best and worst of world football from 2014, as well as making a few bold predictions for 2015. And as is normally the case, you’ll get your normal weekly servings of Fantasy Update, Fulham Watch  and everyone’s favorite, Winners & Wankers.

Don’t forget that we will still want to answer your questions and talk about the topics that interest you in the “Pondcasts” coming in 2015. So send them to us via email to contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or hit us up on the social media links on the bottom of the page.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 19

WSOTP  Podcast - Season 2 Episode 19

As 2014 winds down to a close, the world of soccer continues on at a torrid pace. And since you’ll probably have ample downtime to fill as you suffer through the annual family gatherings, the latest episode of the “Pondcast” is a perfect way to keep yourself entertained. Listen in as the guys talk about a throng of world-class finishes from last weekend’s highly interesting slate of Premier League matches, offer up a review of the Champions League Round of 16 draw, and chat about an MLS offseason that continues to throw news at us at an almost breakneck pace — among other things. You’ll also find weekly Winners & Wankers, Fulham Watch and Fantasy League Update segments, per usual. So find a secluded corner at Grandma’s house and grab your headphones, as we provide you a solid 80 minutes of soccer listening.

If you happen to think of question or topic you want us to cover on next week’s episode — yes, we’ll be offering you up one more before 2015 — send it our way via email to contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or hit us up on the social media links on the bottom of the page.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 18

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 18

With the 2014 MLS season now in the rearview mirror, we could forgive you if you thought this week’s Pondcast would be on the light side. It’s not. An interesting weekend of Premier League fixtures kept D.J. and Jeremy extra busy, as did the conclusion of the Champions League group stages and an already hectic MLS offseason. There was also a need to chat about some potentially earth moving news that was revealed by our pal Chad from Reckless Challenge, and a serious rant against one notorious member of the American soccer community that spawned against it in our Winners & Wankers segment. And of course we made time for Fulham Watch and a few listener questions.

Should you desire to hear your question or topic covered on next week’s pod — and why wouldn’t you? — send it our way via email to contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or hit us up on the social media links on the bottom of the page. Just make sure to get it to us by this coming Sunday.

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