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MLS Not Planning On Moving Toward European Schedule In '14
Published October 15, 2013
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SOME SUPPORT FOR A CHANGE: FS1’s Eric Wynalda said he would "applaud the idea of changing" the MLS schedule, as it would allow some players "to be included in the transfer market" and would "prevent our games of relevance from being up against the likes of NCAA football, the NFL and baseball when it matters." Wynalda: "No more games of relevance in bad weather with no one watching.” FS1’s Cobi Jones added, “In the past this would have been trouble. But now when we look at the MLS, it is a strong league now and people are paying attention to it. I think the fan base is there, so any type of switch that happens I think the MLS is good to go, they can handle it. Do it now, don’t worry about the World Cup. There is never really a good time for something this major” (“Fox Soccer Daily,” FS1, 10/14).
WELCOME WAGON: ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle cited a source as saying that Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross is "looking to partner" with David Beckham "to bring an MLS expansion team to Miami." The source yesterday indicated that Ross' RSE Ventures is "looking to provide marketing services to the investment group being put together by Beckham, and possibly provide a temporary stadium solution for the proposed team." Beckham has been "negotiating with Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure to come up with the necessary funds." The source said that if Beckham and his partners are "successful in landing the team, Ross will work in conjunction with the group, and that Ross wouldn't provide any of the start-up money needed by Beckham's consortium." The source added that Beckham and Claure's negotiations are "ongoing, but that Beckham was also talking to investors from as far afield as Qatar, Singapore, and Japan" (ESPNFC.com, 10/14).