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  1. Ironically, Collins may turn out to be the best player among all of these guys.
  2. There were actually Looligans who opposed MLS because it would diminish their personal significance (which only existed in their minds anyway.)
  3. Between the U-17 World Cup and SKC, I have probably seen Busio play 10 times. I don't see anything exceptional for an attacking player. His dribble is good, but not great. His passing is average. His speed is good, but not game-changing. His shot is good, but not great. I haven't seen him have much success trying to play direct. I keep hoping to see something and am always disappointed. By contrast, every time I watched Pomykal and Brenden I am truly impressed with their skill and creativity on the ball in tight spaces and their vision to find teammates out of it. Plus, they both have engines that don't quit. They are both truly elite among North American players.
  4. Busio - it just doesn't make sense. Never seen a thing there. Brenden and Pomykal - future Bundesliga starters. Love both of their games.
  5. You do realize MLS has been around 25 years and is considered financially stable for both a short and long term with a demographic in its core fan base that is the envy of the long-standing US leagues? Comparing it to the XFL concept league doesn't make any sense. MLS has franchises worth over half a billion dollars. In a sport with literally 1000s of pro soccer leagues throughout the globe, MLS is generally considered a top 15 league. In 2019, it had an average game attendance of 21,310, which was higher than the NBA and NHL. In the US, soccer polls as the 2nd most popular spectator sport among 18-34 year olds (trailing only American football) and is a close third (behind football and basketball) with 35-55 year olds (sorry baseball and hockey).
  6. Plus, using a name that builds off the city/region allows the association to be emphasized and provides an opportunity for the team's supporters to organically develop an unofficial mascot or nickname (which is how Billiken became associated with SLU BTW).
  7. I am fairly certain every MLS franchise goes through a similar exercise. If they didn't, their marketing people would be really bad at their job.
  8. The obvious answer is Saint Louis United SC/FC with a logo that uses the colors of the St. Louis City flag. I have no inside info, but that seems to be the odds on favorite.
  9. Guys, please stop the political tangents. I just deleted a dozen posts.
  10. New thread. No politics. Please respect Steve, the Moderators, and the other posters by sticking to basketball only. https://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/slu/billikens-return-to-court-well-conditioned-but-with-restrictions/article_e15ac7ea-fea9-5d1e-aebe-b36243c8dfbc.html
  11. St. Louis will now have a top division US soccer team playing in a brand new stadium. Why would any fan ever want to risk having our team relegated because they have a bad season? I used to follow Bolton when Stu Holden was there; it is now an irrelevant club. Plus, in US soccer you would never tank to improve your draft position because player pool comes from the development academies and the global market with hardly any meaningful players coming out of the draft system.
  12. No, I stand corrected on Leicester City. The source I found must have published that statement before their surprise championship a few years back, which most consider the most unlikely regular season championship in the history of major sports. I think Promotion/Relegation is fine and interesting in the many leagues where it exists today, but I still don't understand how it solves any competitive problems in the US. On his podcast this week, Alexi Lalas was pointing out that with the championship streaks by Bayern, Juventus, and PSG (together with the duopoly in La Liga), the so-called top leagues are actually the lease competitive pro leagues in the world at the top. So what would you rather have? Real competition at the top or battles for relegation at the bottom?
  13. Really? The most exciting thing in sports was deciding which 3 of the 4 were worst among Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City? Or whether Leeds or Brentfor was going up? This is truly romancing of something that has zero impact on the actual quality of the league? Fun fact -- a promoted team has never won the EPL.
  14. I am in adamant disagreement about this position, and believe it is fool's gold perpetuated by insecure US fan's who are commonly referred to as "relegation truthers." I have yet to see any valid data or argument that shows how it will help the league and growth to trade a team owned by billionaires in Orlando, San Jose, Philly, or--what would have been the case in 2017--DC United or LA Galaxy for teams owned by less financially viable owners in places like Ottawa, Charleston, etc. Plus, it disincents wealthy American owners from investing in teams. The real opportunity for MLS is to eventually lessen the absurd salary limitations and rules so that ambitious teams and owners can truly compete in the global market for top talent. It is the real chicken and again paradox for the league; they cannot secure a top TV deal unless they have a product with top talent, but they are not willing to less than salary restrictions and invest in top talent unless and until they have top TV money. At some point, one of the US networks and the league are going to have to align on a plan that will pay top fees for TV with some kind of conditions that a huge percentage of it will be reinvested in dramatically upgrading the player pool. When that happens, this league has a chance to be top 5 globally.
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