American Solution FC: MLS Teams & Links

Tuesday, January 26
Portland Timbers draft St. Edward- Cleveland native Darlington Nagbe. Wins MLS Cup 2015..
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   Portland Timbers

The Portland Timbers are based in Portland, Oregon . The Timbers are the 18th club of Major League Soccer, and replace the USL First Division's team of the same name, while retaining the same ownership. The MLS club is the fourth Portland team to share the legacy of the Timbers name, which first originated in the old North American Soccer League in 1975.
                             Portland plays in the newly-renovated Jeld-Wen Field (formerly PGE Park), which they expect to share with the Portland State Vikings football team. The The capacity of the renovated Jeld-Wen Field is expected to be between 22,000 and 23,000. In the 2011 MLS Superdraft on January 13, 2011 with the Whitecaps having the first pick, and the Timbers having the second pick. Vancouver surprised some by selecting youngster Omar Salgado and Portland swiftly selected Akron midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe. The Timbers played their first MLS game on March 19, 2011, against reigning MLS champions Colorado Rapids, but lost 3-1. The first goal in the Timbers' MLS era was scored by Kenny Cooper.
                             The main supporters group of the Portland Timbers is the Timbers Army.  Its members are known for their loud, enthusiastic support and the raucous atmosphere they create at Timbers games. The Timbers Army was founded in 2001 as the Cascade Rangers. Portland Timbers continue a long-running Seattle-Portland rivalry with Seattle Sounders FC.  Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the other Cascadian USSF Division 2 Professional League team was replaced by a MLS franchise in 2011, who will compete along with Portland and Seattle Sounders FC in the "Cascadia Cup".

                             After the Coaching hire of at the time Akron University Boss Caleb Porter things went in a direction to a MLS Cup. Nagbe, Ben Zemanski, and Michael Nanchoff, all Cleveland-Akron area boys got Cup flavor in a final down in Columbus against a home town Columbus Crew side.. 



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Major League Soccer. LA Galaxy win Back-to-Back MLS Cup's, David Beckham leaving team.
  
LA Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy  soccer club is based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, and competes in MLS. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, and the league's second most-decorated club, after D.C. United.
                           Los Angeles is the reigning MLS Supporters Shield champions. Galaxy has won the MLS Cup twice (2002, 2005), the MLS Supporters' Shield three times (1998, 2002, 2010), the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and is one of just two MLS teams to win the CONCACAF Champions League championship, which they accomplished in 2000.
                          Los Angeles is home to a storied soccer tradition. The first professional soccer team in the Los Angeles area was the Los Angeles Kickers, formed in 1955 by the former owner of the Fall River Marksmen, Sam Mark. Prior to the launch of Major League Soccer in 1996, teams from Los Angeles teams played in the Western American Soccer League, the North American Soccer League and the American Soccer League/A-League, winning ten league championships, seven Lamar Hunt US Open Cups , four regional championships, and one international championship in 1975. George Best, Johan Cruyff, and many others graced the soccer field with their presence during this period in Los Angeles soccer history, for clubs such as the Los Angeles Aztecs, California Surf and the Los Angeles Salsa. When MLS was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 with Los Angeles being one of the ten founding teams. The name "Galaxy" was derived from Los Angeles being home to the 'stars' of Hollywood.
                          Los Angeles officially adopted and recognized the city's soccer heritage during the opening of the Home Depot Center in June 2003. In addition, the stadium features several tributes recognizing the soccer tradition in Los Angeles.
                          Initially, Galaxy played its home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, but since 2003 has played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, which it shares with its rival, Chivas USA. Galaxy's current head coach is former US national team coach Bruce Arena.
                            In January 2007 the club made international headlines by signing English player David Beckham from Real Madrid in a deal potentially worth $250 million, at the time the most high-profile signing in the history of MLS.


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Becks Beautiful Face Man!

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Tuesday, January 26
Seattle Sounders best supported Club in MLS.
 
Seattle Sounders FC  was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team. Fans chose the Sounders name through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer team to share the moniker. The team's majority owner is Hollywood producer Joe Roth, and its minority owners include Drew Carey. Two-time MLS Cup winner Sigi Schmid has been the team's only head coach. Sounders FC home matches are played at Qwest Field. Along with several organized groups, a 53-member marching band called the Sound Wave supports the team at each home game.  Seattle competes with rival MLS clubs Portland and Vancouver in the Cascadia Cup.
                          Sounders FC, the league's 15th team, played their inaugural match on March 19, 2009, a 3–0 win over the New York Red Bulls. In their two seasons, Seattle has sold out every league match, set MLS records for average attendance, and led the league in season ticket sales. The team qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs in each of its first two seasons. In 2009, Sounders FC became the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup, and in 2010 became the first ever MLS team to repeat as Open Cup champions.
                               The Sounders FC Alliance was established at the request of minority owner Drew Carey. Based on the fan association at FC Barcelona, members of the Alliance have the ability to vote on the removal of the General Manager and on other team decisions.


Tuesday, January 26
Kansas City Wizards-- Sporting KC
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Beautiful Soccer Park built sport specific.
It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception  For the majority of its first 15 years of existence the team was known as the Kansas City Wizards. The team formally renamed itself as Sporting Kansas City in November 2010 to coincide with its move to a new stadium for the 2011 season. The team won the MLS Cup in 2000, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004, and the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2000.
                                   


Tuesday, January 26
Columbus Crew.
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Frankie Hejduk
Columbus Crew.   MLS club based in Columbus, Ohio It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS. The club was owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas until his 2006 death. Upon his death, his son Clark Hunt took over his sports properties. The Crew currently plays their home games at Columbus Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium ever built by an MLS franchise, with a seating capacity of 20,455 - as of the 2008 Season. From 1996 to 1998, the Crew played their home games at Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University. The nickname "the Crew" is the result of a local fan contest. The team colors are black and gold. The team mascot is Crew Cat.
                           The Crew has won five major trophies: MLS Cup 2008, the 2004, 2008 and 2009 Supporters' Shields, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Crew won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy by a score of 1 to 0 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Crew then won its first MLS Supporters' Shield during the 2004 in a tie-breaker over the Kansas City Wizards. During the 2008 MLS Season the Crew won its second Supporters' Shield by six points over Houston, en route to defeating the New York Red Bulls in MLS Cup 2008 by a score of 3 to 1. The Crew reached the 1998 U.S. Open Cup Final, which was postponed due to a hurricane and controversially relocated from Virginia Beach to Soldier Field, then the home of Chicago Fire, who won the match 2 to 1 after extra time. The Crew lost in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup Final at Qwest Field, home of Seattle Sounders, again by a 2-1 scoreline.
                           Some USA National Team members who have wore the 'Black & Gold' are Brian McBride, Thomas Dooley, Mike Lapper, John Harkes, Brian Maisonneuve, Edson Buddle, Brad Friedel, and Frankie Hejduk. Motto is "America's Hardest Working Team"


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Columbus Crew Opening Match

Tuesday, January 26
Chicago Fire.
Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire  soccer club based in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in MLS.  The organization is named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was founded on October 8, 1997, the event's 126th anniversary.
                           In their first league season in 1998, the Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup the "American double". They have also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006,  in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield.
                     
                       Some US Internationals to put on the Fire crest are Chris Armas, Eric Wynalda, DeMarcus Beasley, Tony Sanneh, Frank Klopas, Josh Wolff, and Carlos Bocanegra. Foreign stars Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria), and Cuauht'emoc Blanco from Mexico have also played for Chicago.


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Toyota Park

Tuesday, January 26
New York Red Bulls.
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French Great Thierry Henry
The New York Red Bulls are an MLS club based in Harrison, New Jersey . It is one of the ten charter clubs of  MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.
                 The team was a founding member of MLS , but has gone through several name changes. The team was originally known as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars through 1997. From the 1998 season through the 2005 season, the team was known as simply the MetroStars. On March 9, 2006, the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH, leading to the team's current name.


Tuesday, January 26
New England Revolution
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Taylor Twellman former Rev and current MLS/ESPN analyst

 

  New England Revolution

The New England Revolution is a club based in Foxborough, Massachusetts . It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.
The club is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the New England Patriots of the National Football League. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's involvement in the American Revolution.
                           The Revs currently play their home matches at Gillette Stadium. The club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs hold the distinction of being the only original MLS team to have every league game in its history televised.
                            However, it took them until 2007 their twelfth year of existence to win their first trophy, the 2007 US Open Cup. The following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have never won MLS Cup, despite reaching finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
                             



Tuesday, January 26
DC United.
D.C. United  soccer club is based in Washington, D.C.  It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception. Considered the most successful club in Major League Soccer, D.C. United has won the U.S. Open Cup twice and holds the record for most MLS Cups and MLS Supporters' Shields with four apiece. D.C. United was the first club to win both the MLS Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup back-to-back. In 1998, D.C. United became the first American club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup  and the Copa Interamericana.  Internationally, D.C. United has played in numerous CONCACAF competitions, including the recent 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League. They are also the only US-based club to ever participate in a South American CONMEBOL competition, playing in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the Copa Sudamericana.
                       The team's home field is the 45,596-seat Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, owned by the District of Columbia and located on the Anacostia River. The team has proposed building a new 24,000-seat soccer-specific stadium at multiple possible sites in the Washington metropolitan area. The team is owned by San Francisco-based William H.C. Chang through the consortium D.C. United Holdings. The team's head coach is long-time starting midfielder Ben Olsen, who has coached the team since 2010.
                      Players such as Jaime Moreno the team‘s All-Time leading scorer, Marco Etcheverry a Bolivian International , and American defender Eddie Pope are among the team's most successful stars. D.C. United has a strong fan base, with three supporters' clubs and one of the highest attendance averages in Major League Soccer. The club's official nickname is the "Black-and-Red" and home uniforms are black and white with accents of red. The team's name alludes to the "United" appellation commonly found in the names of soccer teams in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.


Tuesday, January 26
FC Dallas
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FC Dallas is an MLS club based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception, and was known as Dallas Burn prior to the 2005 season. Dallas plays its home games at the 20,500 capacity soccer-specific Pizza Hut Park, where they have played since changing their name in 2005. The team is owned by MLS investor Clark Hunt, who also owns the Columbus Crew and the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas's current head coach is former Southern Methodist University college soccer coach Schellas Hyndman.
                        On April 14, 1996, the Dallas Burn defeated the San Jose Clash in a shootout win in front of a crowd of 27,779 fans at the Cotton Bowl. The Burn would become one of MLS's better teams as they used a midseason 5-game winning streak to earn their first playoff berth with a record of 17-15 in the leagues first season. In the playoffs, the Burn would be defeated by the Kansas City Wiz in three games. The Burn started the 2nd season with mixed results. The Burn would win the US Open Cup by defeating the MLS Cup Champion D.C. United.
                       In their third season, at the start and in the middle of the season the Burn would struggle. Despite a poor record of 15-17, the Burn would qualify for their third straight playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Los Angeles Galaxy swept and defeated the Burn in the first round. The team would play on as ‘The Burn’ up into the 2005 season. Where they would the become FC Dallas.
                       


Tuesday, January 26
Philadelphia Union.
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 The Philadelphia Union is a Major League Soccer club based in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union became MLS's sixteenth team upon their expansion into the league in 2010. The team plays their home matches at PPL Park, a soccer-specific stadium located on the banks of the Delaware River.  In 2007, the Sons of Ben supporter group formed and began advocating for Major League Soccer to award Philadelphia an expansion team. They are credited with convincing the league that the area already had an established fanbase for soccer. The team is owned by Keystone Sports & Entertainment.
                          The Union's first game was played on March 25, 2010, in which they lost by a score of 2–0 to Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field, the first game of the 2010 Major League Soccer season. Sébastien Le Toux became the first player to score a goal for Philadelphia in their home opener on April 10, 2010, a 3–2 win over D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field. The team again played Seattle Sounders FC for the first match at PPL Park on June 27, 2010. Sébastien Le Toux scored the Union's initial goal at the venue on a penalty kick, which was instrumental to their 3-1 victory. All 12,000 season ticket packages for 2010 were sold prior to this opener.
                          The Philadelphia Union's primary rivals are D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. These rivalries exist primarily because of geographical proximity and the traditional animosities between the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City in other professional sports leagues.


Tuesday, January 26
Vancouver Whitecaps

 

  Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps are the 17th club of Major League Soccer and replace the USSF Division 2 team of the same name, which was owned and managed by the same group that operates the MLS team, and which played through the conclusion of that league's 2010 season. The MLS club is the third team to share the legacy of the Whitecaps name.
                                    An ownership group in Vancouver were granted the  Major League Soccer franchise on March 18, 2009 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. While no name was provided at the Vancouver announcement, over a year later the club confirmed it would keep the Whitecaps name.
                       
                        Whitecaps FC will play most of their inaugural 2011 season at Empire Field, a temporary stadium built at the former site of Empire Stadium to house the BC Lions and the Whitecaps while BC Place Stadium is renovated and fitted with a new retractable roof. Empire Field has spectacular views of the mountains which ring the city of Vancouver, providing an immediately recognizable backdrop for Whitecaps games.
 Whitecaps FC will make BC Place their home. The organization initially hoped to build Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium in Gastown in time for the 2016 season, but its owner has reportedly committed to BC Place in light of stadium opposition. The largest Whitecaps supporters group is known as the Southsiders. The group began in 1999 when fans of the Vancouver 86ers began congregating in the pitch-level beer garden behind the goal at the south end of Swangard Stadium. Cleveland native and U. of  Akron Midfielder Michael Nanchoff was drafted in 2011 and stars for the Whitecaps.



Tuesday, January 26
San Jose Earthquakes
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The San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team is located in the San Jose, California suburb of Santa Clara. The team is one of the ten charter members of MLS which competed in the league's first season in 1996 originally as San Jose Clash, and took part in the first game in MLS history, defeating D.C. United 1–0. Following the conclusion of the 2005 MLS season the franchise was officially put on hiatus and the players, head coach Dominic Kinnear and some of his coaching staff were moved to Houston, Texas where they became the Houston Dynamo. After a two-year absence, the Earthquakes resumed play for the 2008 season. The team has won two MLS Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003, and one MLS Supporters' Shield, in 2005. They currently play home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and are coached by former Canadian international and English Premier League player Frank Yallop.
                         The franchise's roots trace back to 1974, when the North American Soccer League (NASL) awarded an expansion franchise to San Jose, named the Earthquakes. The NASL folded after the 1984 season, and the Earthquakes played in the Western Soccer League (WSL) from 1985–88. The franchise's official name changed from Clash to Earthquakes on October 27, 1999. After missing four consecutive post-seasons with three different coaches. The team would become the Houston Dynamo. On May 24, 2006, an agreement was reached between Major League Soccer and the principal owners of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Lewis Wolff and John Fisher have a three-year exclusive option to develop a soccer-specific stadium and bring an expansion franchise to the San Francisco Bay Area.


Tuesday, January 26
Real Salt Lake.
Real Salt Lake club is based in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. They currently play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake became MLS's twelfth team upon their expansion into the league in 2005. The team won the MLS Cup in 2009, and reached the final of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. The team's head coach is former United States international Jason Kreis.
                         Real Salt Lake was the last team to qualify for the MLS playoffs in 2009. As the eighth overall seed, but the fifth place finisher in the Western Conference, the club was moved to the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. They defeated the defending champions Columbus Crew 4–2 on aggregate, and won the Eastern Conference championship by beating the Chicago Fire on penalty kicks after a 0–0 draw in regulation.
                        Real Salt Lake defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy during the MLS Cup November 22 at Qwest Field  Real Salt Lake played the L.A. Galaxy to a 1–1 tie through overtime and won the MLS cup (5–4 on penalties) to complete the upset. Real Salt Lake qualified for the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League 2010–2011. On April 20, 2011, Real Salt Lake played their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final at Estadio Tecnológico against CF Monterrey. RSL's Javier Morales was able to score an equalizing goal in the 89th minute, ending the game in a 2-2 draw. The second leg of the final was held on April 27, 2011, at Rio Tinto Stadium; Monterrey's Humberto Suazo scored the only goal of the game, giving Monterrey a 3-2 aggregate victory.
                        


Tuesday, January 26
Colorado Rapids win first MLS Cup in 2010. Not much after..

 

 Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids club is  based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado.  It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception. Colorado is the reigning MLS Cup champion, having won the competition for the first time in 2010. The Rapids reached the final once before, in 1997, which it lost to D.C. United; they also reached the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1999.
Colorado played its home games at the Mile High Stadium in Denver from 1996–2001, and then at Invesco Field at Mile High in 2002, before moving to their current home - Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City - prior to the beginning of the 2007 season. Colorado's current head coach is Englishman Gary Smith.
                          The inaugural 1996 season was a forgettable one for Colorado. Despite fielding experienced players like Shaun Bartlett, Chris Henderson, Chris Woods, Roy Wegerle and Marcelo Balboa, and English Head Coach Bobby Houghton, the team finished dead last in the Western Conference with the worst record in the league. Balboa went down in history as the first player ever to score for the club and also the first ever player to record a goal at their home of Mile High Stadium in their first home match in 1996.  New head executive Jeff Plush had taken over the business responsibilities of the club when he was named Managing Director in January 2006. One of his main initiatives was to re-invent the club with new colors, in the form of burgundy and blue, leading the way towards constructing the world's largest and most state of the art professional soccer stadium and fields complex, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, formulating club-to-club relationships with Arsenal of the English Premier League and Pachuca of Mexico, and ushering in a new era of optimism.
                           With Major League Soccer's expansion in 2005, Real Salt Lake became the second team in the Rocky Mountain region and the Rapids' closest neighbor. The supporters of the two clubs created a regular-season competition between the two sides to foster and memorialize this rivalry. Colorado won the Rocky Mountain Cup in the first two years. In the following year, 2007, Real Salt Lake took the cup. Colorado looked set to take the cup back and advance to the playoffs on the last day of the season when they led RSL in the last minute. However, RSL equalized in the 90th minute, meaning RSL took the Rocky Mountain Cup, and advanced to the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs at the expense of the Rapids. The winning team's fans maintain control of the actual Cup trophy. 2010 marked a groundbreaking year for Colorado Rapids supporter groups. Before the 2010 season, the Colorado Rapids unveiled plans for a unique European style supporters terrace for the north end of the home park.



Tuesday, January 26
Toronto FC
Toronto FC (TFC) is based in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto became MLS's thirteenth team, and first Canadian team, upon their expansion into the league in 2007. The team plays their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore. The team is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which operates the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and is currently coached by former Dutch international Aron Winter.
 TFC fans have helped make the club one of the MLS' most successful franchises off the pitch, having been profitable since its first year with regular sellouts and sold-out seasons tickets.
                        


Monday, January 25
Houston Dynamo..
The Houston Dynamo entered Major League Soccer in 2005. The San Jose Earthquakes franchise was put on hiatus and the Dynamo were created as an expansion franchise with the Earthquake players and staff relocating from the Bay Area to Texas. Dynamo won back-to-back MLS Cup championships in its first two seasons of existence in 2006 and 2007.
                            Dynamo plays its home games at the 32,000 capacity Robertson Stadium, located on the University of Houston campus in southeast Houston, where they have played since their creation. A three-year lease was initially signed to play at the stadium while plans for a soccer-specific stadium were finalized. However, due to delays in getting a stadium built the team has remained in Robertson Stadium far beyond the original lease.
The team is owned by majority owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in partnership with Brener International Group, and multiple world and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.  The team's head coach is former US international Dominic Kinnear.
                                  On February 5, 2011, Houston Dynamo organization announced they are building a  20,000–22,000-seat soccer specific stadium will be built in Downtown Houston east of Minute Maid Park. Construction began later that month and the venue is scheduled to open in April 2012.