NEW YORK — Ticketing is the life force behind any professional team, yet very little training is offered for this trade. Major League Soccer, however, went about changing this.
Earlier this spring, MLS announced the launch of a ticket sales academy, the MLS National Sales Center, and carefully selected 10 applicants from across the country to relocate to Blaine, Minn., this summer for the inaugural class.
Days after earning just their fifth win of the season, D.C. United made a move that could help continue the side’s improvement.
A day before the roster-freeze date, DC announced on Tuesday the signing of Spanish winger Carlos Varela from Swiss Super League club Neuchâtel Xamax for the remainder of the 2010 season.
“We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Carlos,” United GM Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is an experienced midfielder who has excellent attacking qualities.”
NEW YORK -- They say that stats don't lie. If the numbers hold true, the San Jose Earthquakes stand a good chance of holding on to their playoff spot.
The Quakes currently sit in the seventh playoff spot and are set to play the weakest remaining schedule of any team in the league based on opponents' winning percentage. It also helps that half of San Jose's final eight matches will be played at home.
WASHINGTON — Thousands of voters go to the polls across the District of Columbia to take part in primary elections on Tuesday, including many D.C. United fans anxious to see if the capital’s next round of leaders will take action to assist their team’s long-running search for a new home.
Driven in large part by the hotly contested mayoral race between Democratic incumbent Adrian Fenty and his challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, a large turnout is expected throughout the District, which has only been able to elect its own leadership since 1974.
NEW YORK – With two new expansion clubs joining the fray in 2011, Major League Soccer will expand its regular season schedule to 34 games from the current 30-game season.
The 2011 campaign will kick off on Saturday, March 19, 2011, and the 34 matches will be played in the span of 32 weeks with the regular season coming to a close on October 22.
The league also announced that it will not break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup or any other international competitions next year. In 2010 there was a two-week hiatus in MLS league play during the World Cup group stage.
It had to happen sometime. The Power Rankings ended up in a stalemate when our editors clashed over Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy, offering up the first tie atop the rankings this season. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, gained some ground to No. 4 and Chivas USA vaulted four spots to No. 11.
NEW YORK — Ben Olsen understands his role as interim head coach: Get struggling D.C. United back on track. Being United’s manager, whether interim or not, has been a thankless job this season and one reportedly not on offer to Olsen for next year. But he remains hopeful.
“Would I like to coach this team next year? Yeah, I would,” Olsen said on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio.
LISTEN: Olsen on ExtraTime Radio
It all comes down to tonight for the Seattle Sounders.
In one of the most dramatic matches this early in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, the Sounders know that a loss at Saprissa tonight could mark the end of their Champions League dreams (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Seattle Designated Player Blaise Nkufo did not travel.
Just when D.C. United fans were preparing themselves for another goal-less performance on the road, an unlikely source provided some last minute heroics. Julius James picked a perfect time for his first goal of the year. “It was great, man” James said. “I was happy we were on the giving end of a late goal.”
Real Salt Lake inched closer to an impressive home unbeaten record this week, but there was no room to climb any higher in our Power Rankings. The champs are No. 1 again after a win over the Red Bulls, while the Crew swap spots with FC Dallas. San Jose and Toronto, meanwhile, seem headed in opposite directions.