Meanwhile in New York, the Cosmos make $400m plans
It’s no secret that the revamped New York Cosmos are hoping to make a splash as they return to professional soccer in the North American Soccer League (NASL) this August. It’s no secret that Major League Soccer wants its20th team to be in Queens.
Today, the Cosmos launched a microsite with full details about their plan to privately fund a new 25k seat stadium in Belmont Park, almost on the border of Queens and Long Island. The proposed stadium hoping to open in 2016 is designed by Populous, the firm behind projects like the Emirates, Wembley, and the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. Questions are being raised as to whether or not the New York City area could even support 3 clubs, but before we get to 3 we need to get to 2. A fair share of drama lies ahead between the Cosmos and MLS, as does plenty of entertainment, but it’s reasonable to say that this could be an extravagant, exciting leap forward.
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Yesterday good friend of AFR Rocco Cammisola tweeted, “I didn’t realise the MLS Cup Final was Beckham vs Houston. He’s bound to get outnumbered.” It’s true, the media reduced this match into Beckham’s final farewell in Hollywood. But, to a degree, the attention was well-deserved. And Beckham’s leaving his legacy in American soccer as a champion, which is just how he left Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Last week Galaxy fan and esteemed writer Maxi Rodriguez summed up his Beckham experience for us: “If Beckham found himself in the pitted grass that makes up the Home Depot Center pitch, I hope that it was a fulfilling moment, befitting of a man who gave the rest of us so much. And if he’s still searching for himself, still drawn to the allure of another adventure, at least there remains one more opportunity to provide the requiem he so deserves. I feel honored to have watched him in person, and even more so to have [had] one [last] opportunity.”[Posted by Eric. GIFs by Josh and Love of USSoccer]
The first few months of the Montreal Impact’s inaugural season in MLS have been both exciting and frustrating. Last Wednesday, I grabbed my camera and took a trip up to Montreal with a good friend. We took in the Canadian derby between Montreal and Toronto FC. We danced with the Montreal ultras. We saw Marco Di Vaio’s debut for the club, and we surprisingly crossed paths with the newly signed Alessandro Nesta. The two were teammates almost two decades ago in Rome, which Lazio fans refer to as “the golden days, when we were winning.” The Impact is still in transition, but the football culture in Montreal has been anything but boring. The potential is there, and hopefully we’re seeing the birth of a new hub for Le Foot in North America.
Every passing tournament brings a new kind of coverage.
I don’t know about you, but for me last night was not pretty. Striving for more football to sustain my Euro 2012 fix, I resorted to Beach Football, followed by futsal. Obviously, it just wasn’t the same. Actually, it got ugly. I know the (Beckham-less) Olympics will be here soon, but after Spain lifted yet another trophy I couldn’t help but look back on just how fantastic Euro 2012 was.
But beyond the drama on the pitch, it’s always fascinating to see how coverage on the internet progresses every time a major tournament comes around. In 2010, Twitter and Tumblr took to the World Cup. While both were still in full force, something refreshing popped up on YouTube: KickTV. Only a few months old, KickTV has been something that transcends the type of coverage found on ESPN and the BBC. It’s more intimate and interactive, and the ridiculous amount of all-access, yet fan-centric content is refreshing.
One of KickTV’s main presenters, the easy-going Jimmy Conrad (former United States Men’s National Team player and MLS All-Star), went to Poland and Ukraine to cover the tournament and take in “his first major sporting event as a fan.” The video posted above is a “Best Of” of his right of passage into fandom in Eastern Europe, which is unlike any coverage of a sporting event I’ve seen. I’m predicting big things for KickTV as they continue to grow, and I’ve subscribed to their channel to go along for the ride. [Posted by EB]
As stated above, I’m genuinely fascinated to see what becomes of the KICK TV project.
Marketing by DC United. Interesting given the tagline that the biggest graphic is of a Red Bulls player…albeit Thierry Henry, who sells tickets.
As pointed out, it seems inconsistent to diminish a team’s reputation, but allow their star player to dominate the ad’s space. Especially when DC United has Dwayne De Rosario, the league’s 2011 MVP. Perhaps there can be a separation made between Thierry Henry (his legacy, talent, status as an Arsenal legend) and the city of New York, but ultimately a New York Red Bulls player will bring fans to the stadium. Why? Because they like him…
Good to see the Revs advertising on, or rather outside, the T (Green Line) this afternoon
It’s tough to compete with the four “bigger” Boston/New England franchises, but it’s always nice (and appreciated from a fan’s standpoint) to see the New England Revolution marketing department making an effort to reach their most diverse market. Snapped a couple pictures when getting off.