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MWN

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Ok enough with the P2p, getting old but ever articles has to mention it.

Here's the real reason why the US men's soccer team didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/11/world-cup-2018-us-men-soccer-team-youth-kids-sports-column/768826002/
No, no, no and no. The real reason the US men's soccer team didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup is because the players that were chosen for that team did not represent the "best" US National players. Bruce "go with what I know" Arena chose MLS players instead of the better and more qualified US nationals playing Internationally. Articles like this simply demonstrate the idiocy of sports writers in America and the fact we are blind to the level of substandard play the MLS represents compared to International soccer.

Here is the USMNT that played against Trinidad Tobago and lost:
25 Players - 15 that play in the MLS and 8 that play Internationally.

Here is the USMNT that played against Ireland and France and took France to a draw:
https://www.ussoccer.com/mens-national-team/latest-roster#tab-1
24 Players - 4 that currently play in the MLS and 20 that play Internationally.

With regard to the rosters for Trinidad and then France:

Starting 11 for the USMNT against Trinidad Tobago (MLS players in Red):

USA: Howard; Yedlin, Gonzalez, Besler, Villafaña; Nagbe, Bradley, Pulisic, Arriola; Altidore, Wood.

Speaking of that French game (https://www.ussoccer.com/matches/mnt/2018/20180609-mnt-vs-france#tab-1), there was no question that the US wasn't at the same level from a time of possession and shot differential, but did well enough that is soccer.

The lads that actually played the game (note, MLS players are in Red):
USA: 12-Zack Steffen; 18-Shaq Moore (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga (14-Erik Palmer-Brown, 57), 21-Tim Parker, 17-Antonee Robinson (19-Jorge Villafaña, 82); 4-Tyler Adams, 20-Wil Trapp (capt.), 6-Weston McKennie; 16-Julian Green (8-Joe Corona, 70), 7-Bobby Wood (13-Josh Sargent, 74)
Substitutes: 1-Bill Hamid, 11-Tim Weah, 15-Eric Lichaj, 23-Rubio Rubin

So what we can reasonably conclude based on the rosters and results is that playing no more than 4 MLS players might get us a tie against top competition. Playing 6 or more MLS players and we lose. It therefore follows that since the players on the field are the ones that actually play the game (not youth academy players) that building a USMNT from International professional players is good, more than a few MLS players is bad.

The bigger lesson here is that the MLS is only as strong as its weakest link. Our National Team is as strong as its weakest links. The players train and play against each other. We have great talent in the MLS and that talent is wasted and doesn't improve at the same level versus our talent that moves to International level 1 teams/play.

Croatia, a country of 4 million (same size as the City of Los Angeles) can field a World Cup semi-finalist team because its National team players are forged in top level leagues with top level player that play top level competition.

Good news, is we now have a GM (Ernie Stewart, a soccer guy with significant international experience), we have a new President that appreciates what he doesn't know (Gulati was delusional and a legend in his own mind) and we will have a coach that understands the MLS is a B or C level league from an international perspective and will encourage US nationals to go play with the big boys Internationally.
 
The European model has serious challenges in the American market (and a 150 year head start). While each of the 1000's of clubs across Europe has their own beginning story, many sprung from Sporting Clubs. These Sporting Clubs were community organizations, owned by the community focused on providing the youth and adults an opportunity to meet, socialize and exercise. Others clubs started as just small community based businesses, financed by a few community leaders and many even offered shares to the citizens of the town. They all played in local leagues and the "investments" were minor in the grand scheme. 100's, then 1,000's would watch the matches, and the stadiums grew gradually from a few bleachers, to a few more, to a few more.

When the English Football League was established in 1888, it started with the idea of "election" to continue in the league (a form of pro/rel) in order to compete with the other leagues and to market the league as providing best/better teams. The EFL was not closed and would add clubs to fill the holes if clubs were not elected. In 1889, a competing league was formed, the Football Alliance, which later merged. The EFL made up the 1st division and the FA became the 2nd division, later in 1920, the Southern League merged and became the 3rd tier. There wasn't pro/rel yet, but the system required reelection.

What made all of this work were two factors: (1) investment into the various clubs were equal; and (2) each of the clubs were "independent" entities, competing against the other clubs. The idea of "re-election" was fundamental to being part of the league, thus, investors in the clubs assumed this risk and managed the risks appropriately. Please note, the MLS doesn't do this.

Over time, re-election turned into pro/rel and other leagues were added to the pyramid, which each league and club coming in having similar facilities and similar investment to the tiers above and below. The owners of these various teams/communities bought into in the FA's concept of the football pyramid.

U.S. Soccer / MLS - USL

Professional soccer in the US is really getting started about 110 years after the soccer party started. The MLS began play in 1996. The NASL had a run but folded because it was an economic disaster for its owners. It's model was that investors "owned the team" and played within the league. If the teams didn't turn a profit they were sold to another investor group and/or folded. The league eventually folded.

Because the sporting culture of the US is not a "soccer" culture, the European model of similarly financed community clubs coming together in local leagues and forming a soccer pyramid through mergers, etc., is a non-starter.

Former USL's Pro/Rel Petition System
The USL in its previous form did adopt a Pro/Rel system of sorts in that it was voluntary. Clubs that couldn't make it financially at the top level (due to financial demands of being at the top level) could petition to go down. Clubs at the lower levels could petition to move up. Kinda based on merit, but more out of financial stability.

MLS is a single closed entity
Unlike the rest of the world, the MLS formed in 1995 with the intent to actually survive by taking into account the problem with the NASL ... controlling costs, its growth, sharing most of the profits (if any) between the teams through a single entity model, and eventually engaging in a pyramid scheme funding model (franchise fees rise and are shared with the senior members). Its a "slow growth" model designed to ensure survival for its multi-millionaire and billionaire investors. These Owners made their millions/billions because the are actually pretty smart, they know how to manage risks and will fight tooth and nail to preserve their investments.

Arguing ... heck ... even considering the thought that the MLS ownership would adopt Pro/Rel with and risk their investments in the current landscape is absurd. Its a non-starter (in today's economic environment). Unless and until the MLS perceives an economic threat to its model it has no motivation to change.

Role of the USL
Could the USL provide that threat? Not for a very, very long time because its owners are not on the same financial level as the MLS owners. Moreover, the USL is infected by the MLS. This was not by accident. The MLS understood that the only potential threat is the USL and have placed their second teams (Galaxy II, NY Red Bulls II, Real Monarchs, etc.) AND its mutually beneficial to the MLS to work with the USL because it allows MLS teams to hang on to talent that it couldn't under the MLS roster rules.

Pro/Rel in the USA - A Potential (but unlikely) Option
The current landscape is not fertile for the idea of Pro/Rel to take hold. The only way that I see it happening is that the another independent league, unsanctioned by the USSF must be formed in the U.S. by billionaires with the goal of taking on the MLS. The only potential investors in this league are going to be European clubs that bring the Pro/Rel model and attempt to capitalize on existing goodwill of their international clubs and attempt to capitalize on the USSF's failure to adopt FIFA training and solidarity payments, which fosters the P2P system for elite athletes.

This will not happen until one of two things occur:
1) the US is ready for it. It will require MLS stadiums to be filled with 40k fans, TV contracts to be in hundreds of millions (and not $60M per year) and the 2nd level to be profitable, or
2) the MLS collapses and leave a void, at which point the top European teams and Latin American teams owned by billionaire groups enter the market (at a much lower price) and offer a deal to the USL owners to join as the 2nd level.

Ultimately, soccer in the US has to stand on its own as a business model. Until it does, its not a good investment and the smart money will sit on the sidelines.
Thank you. Promotion / Relegation sounds great to the soccer purists. But I feel it would mean the collapse of MLS (some may say this is a good thing). It would put pro soccer in the US even further behind until it catches up again.
There just isn’t the community support of 2nd and lower tier soccer. Especially in markets that already have an MLS team. The OC Blues (I think this is the team that plays at the great park) aren’t going to sell out stadiums. In some smaller markets, without MLS teams you will get decent attendance. Much like you will for a minor league baseball team. But it’s more of a novelty than anything. If ticket prices for Detroit FC increase to a level of other sports and there is no superstar player- those stands will be empty.

Now transfer fees and training compensation could have s serious impact on soccer in the US. But likely not for a long time.
 
@InTheValley I feel you are missing the point about P/R and Albion Pros. The whole Albion Pros is a hypothetical example of a grassroots program ran by a savvy businessman, I mean after all NG is the poster child of all tracksuits! Albion Pros if P/R would happen won't jump overnight into D2 or D1(MLS). They would have to move their way up from D5 which is what they are now and along the way they would need to make right investments and attract the right sponsors. Maybe Primos won't be able to sponsor them past D3, but Classy has the revenue along with other local VC's that have close ties to NG.

NG built the entire Albion empire out of nothing, he sugared up thousands of families to believe that giving him a mortgage payment and putting at risk their children alongside gophers and pervs in the shithole known as Robb Field, just imagine what he would be able to do if P/R was a thing. And getting to what I'm trying to convey is that there are many situations like this in which a small group of people are passionate about their local team and eventually makes it to the bigs, and because they started from scratch, their economics are not as complicated as you have many times communicated that are the factor why MLS has to protect the investment of the current members.
What is the point again? To make up the least realistic way to make the US better at soccer? I thought I did pretty well with my NFL idea, other than it seems more realistic than the Albion empire saving American soccer.

I get your point. Your point is that money grows on trees, although you call them “sponsors.” Of course the economics of fantasyland aren’t complicated. They’re whatever you want them to be.
 
Yeah your right their losing even more $ on the financing of the stadium and the +$4 million in losses since Avaya hasn't been paying for the sponsorship.

Who cars about Albion pros, if it wasn't for the sunstone investors and there other profitable real estate holdings the quakes would be facing bankruptcy just like there main sponsor.

Hardly anybody body but locals care about San Jose quakes or the Oakland A's either but at least there near the bay area. Too bad there both one of the wrost draws in the league on the road. Heck Minnesota United in thier 2nd yr outraws the quakes but don't let the facts interfere with your perceived reality. Oh yeah 100m in construction cost for that stadium not 350.
I think you forgot the land value when you did your property assessment, boss.

That fact about Minnesota selling slightly more tickets than the Quakes would be a really brilliant assessment except for the fact that the average Quakes ticket is almost 3x that of a ticket in Minnesota. Why don’t you try out a little math to figure which is better. I’ll give you a hint, which is it’s almost 3x better.
 

coachsamy

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No, no, no and no. The real reason the US men's soccer team didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup is because the players that were chosen for that team did not represent the "best" US National players. Bruce "go with what I know" Arena chose MLS players instead of the better and more qualified US nationals playing Internationally. Articles like this simply demonstrate the idiocy of sports writers in America and the fact we are blind to the level of substandard play the MLS represents compared to International soccer.

Here is the USMNT that played against Trinidad Tobago and lost:
25 Players - 15 that play in the MLS and 8 that play Internationally.

Here is the USMNT that played against Ireland and France and took France to a draw:
https://www.ussoccer.com/mens-national-team/latest-roster#tab-1
24 Players - 4 that currently play in the MLS and 20 that play Internationally.

With regard to the rosters for Trinidad and then France:

Starting 11 for the USMNT against Trinidad Tobago (MLS players in Red):

USA: Howard; Yedlin, Gonzalez, Besler, Villafaña; Nagbe, Bradley, Pulisic, Arriola; Altidore, Wood.

Speaking of that French game (https://www.ussoccer.com/matches/mnt/2018/20180609-mnt-vs-france#tab-1), there was no question that the US wasn't at the same level from a time of possession and shot differential, but did well enough that is soccer.

The lads that actually played the game (note, MLS players are in Red):
USA: 12-Zack Steffen; 18-Shaq Moore (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 3-Matt Miazga (14-Erik Palmer-Brown, 57), 21-Tim Parker, 17-Antonee Robinson (19-Jorge Villafaña, 82); 4-Tyler Adams, 20-Wil Trapp (capt.), 6-Weston McKennie; 16-Julian Green (8-Joe Corona, 70), 7-Bobby Wood (13-Josh Sargent, 74)
Substitutes: 1-Bill Hamid, 11-Tim Weah, 15-Eric Lichaj, 23-Rubio Rubin

So what we can reasonably conclude based on the rosters and results is that playing no more than 4 MLS players might get us a tie against top competition. Playing 6 or more MLS players and we lose. It therefore follows that since the players on the field are the ones that actually play the game (not youth academy players) that building a USMNT from International professional players is good, more than a few MLS players is bad.

The bigger lesson here is that the MLS is only as strong as its weakest link. Our National Team is as strong as its weakest links. The players train and play against each other. We have great talent in the MLS and that talent is wasted and doesn't improve at the same level versus our talent that moves to International level 1 teams/play.

Croatia, a country of 4 million (same size as the City of Los Angeles) can field a World Cup semi-finalist team because its National team players are forged in top level leagues with top level player that play top level competition.

Good news, is we now have a GM (Ernie Stewart, a soccer guy with significant international experience), we have a new President that appreciates what he doesn't know (Gulati was delusional and a legend in his own mind) and we will have a coach that understands the MLS is a B or C level league from an international perspective and will encourage US nationals to go play with the big boys Internationally.
Yes because the federation had nothing to do with giving an extra home game to Costa Rica! And talking about that game, didn't Geoff Cameron got beat continuously on that game and caused Bruce to use Omar???
 

coachsamy

SILVER ELITE
What is the point again? To make up the least realistic way to make the US better at soccer? I thought I did pretty well with my NFL idea, other than it seems more realistic than the Albion empire saving American soccer.

I get your point. Your point is that money grows on trees, although you call them “sponsors.” Of course the economics of fantasyland aren’t complicated. They’re whatever you want them to be.
My point is that there is a difference between executives that expect to make 9 figures a year of a product than executives that will be happy with 7-8 figures a year and provide a quality product. MLS current system just protects greed on the top.

Now Timmy was kind enough to point this out: "There just isn’t the community support of 2nd and lower tier soccer. "

I got to say that you are not wrong by any means. We just disagree in different aspects of economy.
 

MWN

PREMIER
Yes because the federation had nothing to do with giving an extra home game to Costa Rica! And talking about that game, didn't Geoff Cameron got beat continuously on that game and caused Bruce to use Omar???
The Costa Rica Game:

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi (18-Jordan Morris, 84), 20-Geoff Cameron, 14-Tim Ream, 2-Jorge Villafaña (8-Clint Dempsey, 65); 10-Christian Pulisic (21-Paul Arriola, 87), 6-Darlington Nagbe, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson; 9-Bobby Wood, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Kellyn Acosta
Head coach: Bruce Arena


5 MLS players started that game and during play, 2 International players were replaced with 2 MLS players. Thus, MLS 7 and International 6. So, yes. We have to find a way to limit the mediocre MLS influence on the National Team.

Ironically, Klinnsman understood what the players needed ... stay in International leagues:

The Mass Return Of USMNT Players To MLS Was A Catastrophic Mistake
https://the18.com/soccer-news/jurgen-klinsmann-mls-criticism

Klinsmann was involved in an infamous feud with MLS commissioner Don Garber following Dempsey’s decision to sign for Seattle and Bradley for Toronto.

“[MLS] is getting better and stronger every year, which we are all very proud about, and I want everyone to grow in the environment,” said Klinsmann, “but the reality also is that for both players, making that step means that you are not in the competitive environment that you were in before.

“I made it clear with Clint’s move back and [Bradley’s] move back that it’s going to be very difficult for them to keep the same level that they experienced at the places where they were. Reality is that both players making that step means that you are not in the same competitive environment that you were before. It’s not easy for Michael, and it’s not going to be easy in the future.”

Let me try to draw an analogy to Youth Soccer:

Premiere League and Division 1 Leagues across Europe are like CSL Premiere, SCDSL Champions, the DA, National League. The elite players are constantly playing and challenged by other elite players.

The MLS is like CSL Silver, SCDSL Flight 2, Presidio AA-A, AYSO Matrix/United. The top players have an easy path. They are not challenged day-in and day-out. Their positions are secured and their skills stagnate.

The USSF/MLS SUM deal means that the USSF is soft on the MLS (especially Sunil G.) because we are kinda partners from a marketing standpoint. When Klinnsman and Don Gerger (MLS Commish) had their war of words, the USSF didn't get behind Klinnsman and say "Preach it brotha." Instead it told Klinsmann to keep his trap shut for the good of the MLS.

The MLS will improve over the next 10 to 20 years, but the players in the MLS that have talent must rethink their priorities and move to International play if our USMNT is going to improve and compete.
 

mahrez

SILVER ELITE
I think you forgot the land value when you did your property assessment, boss.

That fact about Minnesota selling slightly more tickets than the Quakes would be a really brilliant assessment except for the fact that the average Quakes ticket is almost 3x that of a ticket in Minnesota. Why don’t you try out a little math to figure which is better. I’ll give you a hint, which is it’s almost 3x better.
Now your comparing the bay area to Minnesota? Housing is what 4x, entertainment 3x, and so forth so what. The population density is much different so is the cost of living, so what? No comparsion, the bay area alone is worth more than the whole State of MN and almost everything is more expensive.
 
The Costa Rica Game:



The MLS will improve over the next 10 to 20 years, but the players in the MLS that have talent must rethink their priorities and move to International play if our USMNT is going to improve and compete.
I agree that in the short term the best solution is for Americans to play overseas but I point out there are barriers to having that happen. First, there's the fact that Europeans are skeptical of our players and are unlikely to give them the benefit of the doubt in trying out....breaking into that system is hard unless like Pulisic you've got some connections or have played there as a youth. Second, there's the language barrier. Third, there's the immigration barrier....in part because the US is tough on Europeans immigrating to the United States and working here the EU reciprocates. Pulisic holds dual citizenship with Croatia (wonder if he regrets not playing for Croatia now?) and so was able to avoid that trap, but otherwise a European team would have to use it's very limited exceptions to bring on an American and they've just been reluctant to do that unless they need someone in particular (like a goalkeeper) or that player is something truly outstanding and a proven value. Fourth, there's the tax barrier...the US treats income earned overseas as being earned here which (depending on the treaty with a country) can lead to double taxation as it will be taxed both by the country being played in and by the US (at a minimum, it requires hiring a tax lawyer to navigate). Fifth, some European leagues have local national quotas (formal and informal) which means again a slot to an American would be precious and not easily given away. So in some ways this is easier said than done. Long term (I agree the short term is a lost cause) our biggest hope is reforming the MLS.

Two minor quibbles with your post: I don't think Howard would count as MLS given his extensive experience both playing overseas and with the US National Team (I'd have marked him mixed, or should have been disqualified for other reasons such as his age and that his style of play is no longer current)...also AYSO United plays within the various leagues and while they couldn't play DA theoretically they can play gold.
 

MWN

PREMIER
I agree that in the short term the best solution is for Americans to play overseas but I point out there are barriers to having that happen. First, there's the fact that Europeans are skeptical of our players and are unlikely to give them the benefit of the doubt in trying out....breaking into that system is hard unless like Pulisic you've got some connections or have played there as a youth. Second, there's the language barrier. Third, there's the immigration barrier....in part because the US is tough on Europeans immigrating to the United States and working here the EU reciprocates. Pulisic holds dual citizenship with Croatia (wonder if he regrets not playing for Croatia now?) and so was able to avoid that trap, but otherwise a European team would have to use it's very limited exceptions to bring on an American and they've just been reluctant to do that unless they need someone in particular (like a goalkeeper) or that player is something truly outstanding and a proven value. Fourth, there's the tax barrier...the US treats income earned overseas as being earned here which (depending on the treaty with a country) can lead to double taxation as it will be taxed both by the country being played in and by the US (at a minimum, it requires hiring a tax lawyer to navigate). Fifth, some European leagues have local national quotas (formal and informal) which means again a slot to an American would be precious and not easily given away. So in some ways this is easier said than done. Long term (I agree the short term is a lost cause) our biggest hope is reforming the MLS.

Two minor quibbles with your post: I don't think Howard would count as MLS given his extensive experience both playing overseas and with the US National Team (I'd have marked him mixed, or should have been disqualified for other reasons such as his age and that his style of play is no longer current)...also AYSO United plays within the various leagues and while they couldn't play DA theoretically they can play gold.
@Grace T. , yes and no.

1. Disagree. Europeans are not skeptical in as much as they don't want to deal with the hassels that come with non-EU Country passport holders that are minors. FIFA's Article 19 anti-child trafficking provisions make it near impossible for U18's to train and play for European academies. The 2 main exceptions are EU passport holder (Pulisic and Lederman); or parents are in EU working for a totally non-soccer related reason.

Its a business for these guys and they want the best of the best whether the kid is from Arizona or Mozambique.

2. Language barrier is not that significant for English speakers as most Europeans and Latin American's know a little english.

3. See 1, above. Its not an immigration barrier as a FIFA Article 19 problem.

4. Tax implications are minor to non-existant. US Citizens earning income abroad have two tax reductions, these are the "Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE)" and the "Foreign Tax Credit." Basically, US Citizens are going to pay no more than they would have if they earned the income in the US. So no double tax problem that would cause them to pay more ... unless they are being tax at a rate higher by their host country, then they pay that tax but not US tax.

5. True, quotas exist, but the top level talent always has a seat at the table.

AYSO matrix/united/??? - I know you are an AYSO gal, so lets just agree that there are always some teams that are just great and AYSO United may have a team or two that can play at the Gold or Premiere level, but the vast majority of AYSO United teams are Bronze to Silver (aka Flight 3 or 2). See, https://coastsoccer.us/web/coastsoccer/clubs?YEAR=2017&CLUB=611&Send+Form=Go! and https://coastsoccer.us/web/coastsoccer/clubs?YEAR=2017&CLUB=982 and https://coastsoccer.us/web/coastsoccer/clubs?YEAR=2017&CLUB=983

Howard doesn't count as a European player because (1) he was playing in the MLS and (2) he would have been out of work if still in Europe and frankly should have never been on the USMNT as his time had passed as a USMNT player. He left Europe to go back the US where he would have a job. We have better US National's playing in Europe that should have been between the sticks and arguably, if they were the results might have been different. Indeed, Howard is the perfect example of our F'up from a rostering point of view. If you can't cut it in Premiere or Champions league then you should be ineligible for the USMNT.
 
If you can't cut it in Premiere or Champions league then you should be ineligible for the USMNT.
great point about the trafficking rules. I wasn’t aware. But it sets up an thorny chicken and egg problem. I think we both concur that for Europe to take a chance on a player that player has to be more than mls caliber (ie something special). But how then does the player get to be good enough to be considered if they don’t hold a European passport? It’s kinda like my first exec job: I’d do a great job but had no experience, but how do I get the experience if no one would hire me.

The tax issue varies from country the country depending on treaty and for high earners the deduction is capped. I had to do a stint in the UK for a bit and it was a tax nightmare. My sibling did one in Spain which was harder immigration wise but easier re taxes. There’s also the issue of us nationals opening bank accounts— because of the money laundering provisions put in place after 9 11, foreign banks make it difficult to open accounts unless you hold an eu passport.
 
Now your comparing the bay area to Minnesota? Housing is what 4x, entertainment 3x, and so forth so what. The population density is much different so is the cost of living, so what? No comparsion, the bay area alone is worth more than the whole State of MN and almost everything is more expensive.
What are you even talking about? You claimed that Quakes are going bankrupt because they sell fewer tickets than Minnesota. I simply pointed out that you’re a moron because ticket sales are irrelevant to your argument. Instead, it’s revenue from those sales that helps determine whether a company makes money.

The price of land has nothing to do with anything, other than its appreciating far faster in SJ, which doesn’t exactly help your argument. And the cost of living has nothing to do with whether a team turns a profit or loss. Do you want to know something that isn’t 3x as expensive in SJ, though? Team payroll. In fact, Minnesota has a higher payroll than the Quakes. The Quakes are raking in 3x the ticket revenue with lower payroll, which is really something. They’ve also got land interests that are far more valuable than Minnesota and which are appreciating far more quickly.
 

mahrez

SILVER ELITE
What are you even talking about? You claimed that Quakes are going bankrupt because they sell fewer tickets than Minnesota. I simply pointed out that you’re a moron because ticket sales are irrelevant to your argument. Instead, it’s revenue from those sales that helps determine whether a company makes money.

The price of land has nothing to do with anything, other than its appreciating far faster in SJ, which doesn’t exactly help your argument. And the cost of living has nothing to do with whether a team turns a profit or loss. Do you want to know something that isn’t 3x as expensive in SJ, though? Team payroll. In fact, Minnesota has a higher payroll than the Quakes. The Quakes are raking in 3x the ticket revenue with lower payroll, which is really something. They’ve also got land interests that are far more valuable than Minnesota and which are appreciating far more quickly.
Nope your arguing with yourself like you have with others in this thread.

Quakes are a money losing operation and have been for many years, their parent company sandstone has been keeping them afloat. The stadium sponser is bankrupt and haven't been paying there licensing fees, contributing to the finanical losses. MLS has been losing mutiple millions ever year for 20+ with no end in sight, deep pocket parent companies and rich individual familes have keep the league going even when teams like Chivas USA lost a estimated 50 million over ten yrs before the league stepped in and took over.

If you learn to comprehend or read better we can continue. MU a 2nd year small market team outdraws quakes like i mentioned. End of story, but you cant let it go & mentioned ticket prices, payrolls, etc because you have nothing else to contribute but more BS. Do you ever post anything of value or just more of this nonsense like NFL.
 

jrcaesar

SILVER ELITE
AYSO matrix/united/??? - I know you are an AYSO gal, so lets just agree that there are always some teams that are just great and AYSO United may have a team or two that can play at the Gold or Premiere level, but the vast majority of AYSO United teams are Bronze to Silver (aka Flight 3 or 2).
Up 'til now, most AYSO kids who would otherwise enable an AYSO team to reach Gold leave for other clubs. The new structure will keep teams and families together longer, which is good overall. But eventually the mandatory 50% playing rule is going to kick in and the teams either won't have their stars playing enough minutes or Players 6-16 will be interchangable ... but not quite good enough to compete vs. Gold teams where all 14 players are Good+, and they are playing heavy minutes. (That's the difference I see between Silver and Gold - Silver teams have 6-8 really good players, Gold teams have 12.) The road to Gold and Premiere is stacked against them.
 
Nope your arguing with yourself like you have with others in this thread.

Quakes are a money losing operation and have been for many years, their parent company sandstone has been keeping them afloat. The stadium sponser is bankrupt and haven't been paying there licensing fees, contributing to the finanical losses. MLS has been losing mutiple millions ever year for 20+ with no end in sight, deep pocket parent companies and rich individual familes have keep the league going even when teams like Chivas USA lost a estimated 50 million over ten yrs before the league stepped in and took over.

If you learn to comprehend or read better we can continue. MU a 2nd year small market team outdraws quakes like i mentioned. End of story, but you cant let it go & mentioned ticket prices, payrolls, etc because you have nothing else to contribute but more BS. Do you ever post anything of value or just more of this nonsense like NFL.
I only post the facts and the truth. Whine all you want, but I’m just describing what is actually happening in the real world, and why. You’re fawning over P/R like you’re looking at a photo of Kate Upton and rubbing one out. No matter how badly you want them, though, both will only ever be fantasies. Neither your wife nor the MLS are very glamorous, that is true, but they’re what is real and the best you’re ever gonna get.
 
I swear to f’n god, this thread has the longest f’n posts of all time! I’ve tried to follow a couple of times, stroll down a little bit, see the length of the posts, and say F’ this crap, it’s not with it and on to the next thread.
 
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