Michael Bradley might have been the best American player in European soccer. Instead, he decided to come home and play in the MLS. It's a big deal, for him and his league, even though the story's a long way from finished.
Major League Soccer is looking to expand, and the expansion Sacramento Republic FC wants to be a part of it. It'll be a lot of work, but the presence of an American soccer legend has helped them to see the goal clearly.
Michael Bradley is one of America's best soccer players, and very much in his prime, which makes it that much more surprising that he's coming home to America's soccer league. But maybe he and Major League Soccer both know what they're doing.
New York City may be about to get its own MLS team, courtesy of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour. But it won't be the New York Cosmos, in name or coolness or spirit or any other sense, and that's a pity.
The Green Bay Packers and Barcelona FC are among the two most successful franchises in any sport, by any measure. They are also owned by the communities that support them. So who's to say that couldn't work in MLS?
The big news last week before the MLS’s Chicago Fire flew south to Florida to begin their winter training camp was not a star player signing, or a new coach, or an addition to their Toyota Park home. On Tuesday, it was revealed that The Quaker Oats Company (a tentacle of PepsiCo) would pay the Fire at least $7.5 million to place their name and Quaker Larry’s smug face across the chests of their players for the next three years.