8
Aug

Has Orlando City SC made the final step to joining MLS?

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After a long 12 year wait, Major League Soccer may finally be returning to Florida.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Central Florida’s two top mayors have agreed to a deal that could put a new soccer-specific stadium downtown and bring an MLS franchise to Orlando.

Orlando City SC needed a crucial $20 million — which has been committed to in this deal — to be able to build the stadium. As long as everything is finalized without issues, it seems almost certain that OCSC will be one of the four expansion teams MLS plans to have by the 2020 season.

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Orlando has often been discussed as the place for MLS to make its return to Florida since the now-defunct Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny bowed out after the 2001 season. This deal could make that dream a reality.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, and the agonizing wait continues a bit longer while for OCSC and their fans. The finish line, however, is certainly in sight.

28
May

Thanks for the memories, Roberto

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If Roberto Mancini was in any doubt about how his departure from Manchester City affected the club’s supporters he can worry no more. City supporters splashed out £7,000 ($10,500) to place an advert in Italian sports newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport to show their appreciation for his efforts. Will the same be happening in Chile next season we wonder?

13
Mar

Newly elected Pope Francis shows San Lorenzo colors

By now, the entire world is reading up on newly elected Pope, Jorge Bergogolio, and what his appointment will mean to the Catholic Church.

Though that question remains to be answered, it really doesn’t concern us soccer junkies. Photos surfaced on the Pope’s true colors on Wednesday, that of Argentine club San Lorenzo.

Still an active member, San Lorenzo released images highlighting Bergogolio’s love for the club. Is worth noting that San Lorenzo were named after local priest Father Lorenzo Mass, the same priest who allowed children to play in his church’s yard to discourage them from playing near the dangerous trams around the city.

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano and Argentina’s basketball international Lucas Victoriano congratulated Bergoglio’s appointment on Twitter:

15
Jan

Out of hand? Club bans high-fives due to flu outbreak

Widespread concerns over this year’s flu epidemic has reached new proportions after a New York City youth sports club took extreme measures by urging kids from giving high-fives and fist bumps during matches.

The Manhattan Soccer club reportedly sent an email on Monday warning parents that “the safest thing to do is touch elbows” during a team’s post game lineup for club high-fives.

Read more here.