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Son reacts to first goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Vicious deflection or not, Heung-Min Son will always have the distinction of being the first Tottenham Hotspur goal scorer at the new stadium.

He loves that, sure, but his reaction to playing in the new venue was one of awe after Spurs beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to move back into the Premier League’s third place.

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 “It’s just amazing,” Son said. “What an unbelievable stadium. The noise was just so loud. To score the first goal at this stadium … I just want to say to thank you to my team-mates and the fans.”

As he continued, Son noted what everyone knew but few acknowledged: Playing at Wembley as long as they did was a problem for Spurs. From the BBC:

“White Hart Lane is our history but the new stadium … I can’t believe it. To play in it is an amazing feeling. It’s a bit different from Wembley. Wembley was not our home.”

Planned Roma stadium meets with opposition from city council
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ROME (AP) Roma’s long-delayed plans to build a new stadium met with more opposition from the city council’s urban planning expert on Thursday.

Speaking at a discussion over the stadium at a regional government meeting, Paolo Berdini criticized the mostly privately financed 1.6 billion euro ($1.7 billion) project for including 200 million euros (more than $200 million) in public funding.

“It’s a project that I don’t consider positive and which won’t benefit the city’s treasury,” Berdini said.

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Berdini’s pronouncement comes in the same week that Roma released a university study saying the stadium would deliver nearly 20 billion euros ($21.7 billion) in additional revenues to the Italian capital over the next decade.

The new stadium was in Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics but the candidacy was rejected in September by Mayor Virginia Raggi over cost concerns.

“You can be certain that this vice of paying for huge projects with public debt will end forever with this administration,” Berdini said.

The proposed stadium site in Tor di Valle is about halfway between downtown and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport.

The start of construction has been delayed for years because approval for the Serie A stadium, training center, and surrounding business and entertainment park was slowed at municipal and regional levels.

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James Pallotta, Roma’s American president, first presented the stadium plan in March 2014, saying then that it would be ready for the 2016-17 season. However, then-mayor Ignazio Marino acknowledged that that stadium would not open before an extensive amount of transport infrastructure was completed around the area.

With a design inspired by the Colosseum, the stadium is slated to seat 52,500 and be expandable to 60,000 for major matches.

Roma currently shares the 72,000-seat Stadio Olimpico with city rival Lazio.

Report: Revolution discussing UMass Boston stadium site

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If the New England Revolution’s latest stadium idea comes to fruition, the Revs, Boston, and even UMass Boston could be in for a major soccer boon.

The Revs currently play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, but would prefer to play in Boston proper in what could be a key component to strengthening its rep in the city.

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The Kraft family is speaking with City of Boston and UMass Boston in the hopes of putting a stadium on the latter entity’s Boston campus. The discussions are said to be in the very early stages, with several obstacles.

From the Boston Globe:

The Kraft family has been engaged in regular discussions with the city of Boston and UMass, which owns the Bayside site, but the sides do not appear close to an agreement. Any deal would be likely to involve the University of Massachusetts offering a long-term lease for the land, while the Krafts would pay for a $250 million stadium that seats 20,000 to 25,000 fans.

Both Fenway Park and TD Banknorth Garden are 15 minute drives from UMass Boston, while the new site would be a half-hour drive from Foxborough.

UMass Boston has Division III programs in men’s and women’s soccer. The men’s team entered Saturday with a 13-1-1 record and a No. 16 ranking nationally under coach Jake Beverlin.