Football legend David Beckham and his ownership group would be elated that they can proceed with plans for a new MLS team after the land required to build a stadium was acquired.
The Miami-Dade Commission voted on the proposal by the group to buy three acres of county land needed to build a football stadium.
The commissioners voted nine to four in favour of the plan, meaning the last major hurdle for Beckham and his group was over. The land, situated at the corner of Northwest Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue, is the last piece required for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star to move on with plans for a 25,000 seat capacity stadium.
Miami Beckham United (MBU) said they reached another major milestone by acquiring the land to build the privately funded stadium. They asked that the MLS help them move forward with the dream of a soccer club that Miami has been waiting for. (more…)
The United States of America have promised to partner their South American neighbours Mexico and their Northern counterparts Canada to submit a three-nation bid for the 2026 World Cup.
The US Soccer chief Sunil Gulati, the Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria and the Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montaglianihave made the pledge to submit an official bid to host the world’s biggest football tournament.
The bid would likely favour joint heads going by the stance of current FIFA president Gianni Infantino – it is one of his promises as he took office, aside the expansion of the event. Two nations combined to host the 2002 World Cup but this would be first time three countries would be combining resources.
The United States remain the ‘main’ host as they have 60 games allotted to them while the two partners would stage ten games apiece as FIFA extend the number of participants from 32 to 48.
“When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game, serve players, supporters and partners alike,” Gulati said at a press conference as they made the pledge. (more…)
Former United States international Landon Donovan joined Swansea City this summer in an advisory role to contribute his wealth of experiences especially with his Premier League understanding playing for Everton.
The 34-year old is set to step up to the season which promises to be very exciting yet with special challenges for Swansea City.
Donovan retired from professional football, ending his time with Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy in 2014. He joined Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien in advisory role as the new owners consulted with him before taking over the Premier League club in June.
“The new owners met with me a few months back and said this is likely going to happen and admitted that they didn’t know a lot about football. [They said] ‘We know that you know the game and you’re passionate about it, you played at Everton, spent time in world football and sort of understand it a little better, would you be willing to help us, advise us and consult with us on certain things?’ I said yeah, that would be great and that’s something I am certainly open to,” Donovan told the NBC Sports about his new role.
Trust names like Landon Donovan to feature in all the right causes and issues related to US Soccer.
Having captained the national team before, Donovan is now a leading figure in different ways, acting as an analyst for sports channels to running charitable football organizations for promoting the sport among the youth in the country.
He recently spoke out in favor of removing wage discrimination for the women’s team. The wage dispute that has arisen with US Soccer and USWNT is shocking for many. Landon has voiced his concerns and states that the women’s team should be treated equally as the men’s team when it comes to providing compensation and other benefits. Usually, compensation is decided as per net revenue proceedings. (more…)
There have been numerous critics targeted towards James Milner following England defeat on Tuesday. The Liverpool player who was the captain on the night has been the subject of constant critics from the England fans.
In fairness, it was not only Milner who was at fault during the game. It was the whole England team who was below par following an incredible match against Germany. Milner may have been the victim of a comparison between his game and the one played by Eric Dier and Dele Alli against Germany.
James Milner was the culprit of missing several crosses when his teammates were in good position. Fans were keen to make their voices heard on social media and were desperate for the Liverpool player to be replaced.
Despite having his own share of critics, Millner has come to the rescue of his England teammate John Stones. The Everton defender was guilty of giving the ball away in the build-up to the goal that allowed Holland to equalize. James Millner has encouraged Stones to take the critics as a compliment and to work harder to please the fans. (more…)
LA Galaxy were recently knocked out of the MLS Cup play-offs after suffering a defeat in the second leg match against Real Salt Lake. This means that will not have any matches between now and the start of the new season. This will allow Landon Donovan to get some much needed rest in order to cure his ankle. The striker has been suffering from an issue with his ankle since September. He has revealed that he will be taking a break for up to a month in order to rest his ankle.
This may mean that Donovan may miss the matches for the US national team. He should be back in time for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matches against Club Tijuana. US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann omitted from the upcoming matches against Scotland and Austria. Both these matches will be taking place in Europe, which would have meant more travelling for Donovan. There have been rumours that he had fallen out with Klinsmann, but it appears that they have a good working relationship.
Donovan missed one league match as a result of this injury. After being left out of the recent World Cup qualifiers, Klinsmann recalled him to the team for the final two. Donovan has also revealed that he is not thinking about the World Cup 2014 right now.
“That is a little bit of a blessing, and I’m probably going to need the full time to let it heal. My aim is to take at least the next four weeks and probably six weeks and let the ankle heal and then get myself ready. It’s healing, hopefully. We’ll see what happens. I have to speak with Jurgen and [see] if that’s something he wants me to be a part of,” said the striker, who has been on loan at various European clubs in the past.
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