Las Vegas still has sights set on Major League Soccer franchise

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“Viva, Las Vegas. Viva, soccer-specific stadium…”

Okay, so it may not be the first city on everyone’s list for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise but the folks in Las Vegas aren’t deterred.

In the past few weeks we have heard about plans for a soccer-specific stadium to be built in downtown Vegss and now the company planning to  build a stunning new facility, at Symphony Park, have been given more time to finalize their design and get this thing off the ground. We brought you the news of Vegas officials and MLS being in discussions last week and that has helped to keep this project going and give planners extra time to build what looks like a stunning venue.

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This summer Vegas already boasts a PDL side, the wonderfully named Las Vegas Mobsters, and the development group behind this proposed venue have their sights set on an MLS franchise. Cordish Companies and Findlay Sports and Entertainment Group switched their focus to building an MLS stadium downtown after MGM resorts broke ground on a new arena earlier this month.

With Vegas forever being linked with having a major league sports franchise to call their own, could MLS arrive in the next wave of expected expansion? With Miami, Orlando and Atlanta setting the league up for 23 teams from 2017, one more team will likely be added in the next three seasons. Minneapolis has long been the number option on many people’s list but if Vegas can get this stadium signed, sealed and built, why can soccer arrive in Sin City?

The guys at CBS Las Vegas take up the story, as a new soccer stadium was given more time to be finalized by the local council.

Councilmembers voted 6-1 Wednesday to ink a deal with Baltimore-based Cordish Companies and its new partner, Findlay Sports and Entertainment Group. The deal gives the partners until Sept. 1 to develop a financing plan. The city has maintained an exclusive contract for years with Cordish, which planned to build an arena in the revitalized downtown. But the project failed to materialize, and Cordish has irked some residents by proposing a tax to fund it. After MGM Resorts broke ground on a privately funded arena this month, Cordish announced it was changing directions and pursuing Major League Soccer. The original contract was set to expire June 1.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire

Late action (10:30 p.m. ET kick off)

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.