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MLS in Minnesota? Perhaps, but at what cost?


I know all about the fantastic synergy between the NFL desks and the MLS desks of the Seattle sports empire. That is an ownership arrangement that clearly works, where an MLS team functions smoothly, never suffering from younger brother status next to NFL in the family.

But I also see the New England Revolution – and we all know how pro soccer in New England and formerly in New York has suffered as a result of shared arrangements.  At other places, too. Generally speaking, when NFL and MLS get partnered up in any way, shape or form, we know who calls the shots and who frequently must tolerate the inattention.

The NFL is king-daddy in domestic sports, so the deciders have every right to do as they please. Who could possibly argue with NFL success?


Major League Soccer does have a say in this. The obvious choice here is not to be in league with NFL. The best chance for soccer’s top professional tier to protect itself here is by crossing the street to avoid any unnecessary interaction.

Specifically, MLS should decline overtures that would create any situation where an MLS club is just a place holder.

I just read a good interview in IMSoccer News with Lester Bagley, VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development for the Minnesota Vikings.

If they are just talking about making the facility compatible with soccer, that’s fantastic. But past that, just hearing an NFL team talk about MLS makes me queasy. The cynic in me says this is one of two things: More spin to help keep as much public trust on the organization’s side, or;

An NFL team covering all its bases on filling up the event calendar once a pretty new palace is built.

Clearly, Major League Soccer should be well past the point of getting in bed with money men who reduce a soccer team to a “holding” or see the exercise as a component in a real estate deal.

But that’s just me; I care about the sport and the league.

Other than all that, it really is a swell looking football stadium.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.