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SBD/October 24, 2013/Franchises
MLS Franchise Notes: Orlando Joining League With Well-Established Roots
Published October 24, 2013
SEATTLE'S BEST: MLS Sounders GM & minority Owner Adrian Hanauer said of the team setting another attendance record at CenturyLink Field this season, "Can we keep it going indefinitely? I have my doubts. Can we keep it going for one more year? Two more years? Three more years? ... Our fans have been amazing. It’s been sort of humbling and just made me really proud to be part of this community to see the support that the team gets, see the support the players and coaches get in good times and in bad" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 10/22).
TIMBER, HO! In Portland, Jamie Goldberg noted the MLS Timbers, currently in second place in the Western Conference, "sit in the middle" of the league in terms of payroll, ranked 10th among 19 teams. The team after a "disappointing" '12 season parted ways with designated player F Kris Boyd, who was making $1.5M, and "did not look to replace him with another highly paid and recognizable designated player." Of the nine players in MLS this season making over $1M, seven "play for teams that currently sit above the red line in the playoff race." The '13 Timbers "haven't shelled out millions for a single player." Coach Caleb Porter said that they have "been efficient in bringing in the right players to fit their system" instead (OREGONLIVE.com, 10/22).