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It’s been a while, so here is a litte catch up post.
Belated congratulations to Kris Lantz on becoming President of La Furia Roja.
Arizona United is preparing for the new season under new manager Frank Yallop.
It will be interesting to see how the team fares at the gate now that they have returned to Peoria. ASUTD finished 10th in attendance with 3,304.
Real Salt Lake preparing to build new soccer facility, possibly move academy to Utah
It seems inevitable that RSL’s academy will abandon Grande Sports World for a location closer to home base.
Last spring I heard from Petar Draksin talking about reviving the Arizona Sahuaros. Nothing further on that and his voicemail is full.
As the NASL prepares for the start of their fall schedule, here are the attendance numbers for the spring season. The spring schedule showed a 21.8% increase over 2014.
With MLS’s plans to expand to 24 teams, cities are hustling for the final spot. Atlanta United, LAFC and Minnesota have already been awarded franchises.
At one time it was a foregone conclusion that Miami was going to make the show with David Beckham’s group ready to make a go in South Florida. But difficulties in finding an acceptable location has put a damper on that move.
That being said, Sacramento and St. Louis have made moves to be the 24th club. St. Louis has long been a hotbed of soccer in the US, while Sacramento are drawing phenomenal numbers in USL-Pro, leading the league in attendance by a far margin(11,233).
Now Drew Epperly of WV Hooligan is reporting that the new Charlotte USL-Pro team is throwing its hat in the ring to make the jump to MLS.
FIRST, join members of the AmericanOutlaws Phoenix (AOPHX) and La Furia Roja 1881/The Red Fury 1881 supporters’ groups for a WCQ Viewing Party at the Filmbar and support the U.S. Men’s National Team in their tough away qualifier against Jamaica. Let’s cheer the Yanks on to an important win at “the Office”!
Immediately following the match, we’ll head over to the Open House for PHOENIX FC, Phoenix’s new USL Pro team. The team’s ownership group is hosting this event to commemorate the official kickoff of the team. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the team and staff. There will food, non-alcoholic drinks, and live music. The event is FREE and open to the public.
(Note: If you’re not a USMNT fan but want to join us for the march to the PFC Open House, meet us at the FilmBar just before 7:00 p.m.)
Come out for one or both of these events and help demonstrate that there is a large and vibrant fan base for soccer in the Valley of the Sun.
USA-JAMAICA World Cup Qualifier Viewing Party
815 N. 2nd St. (in the Roosevelt Row area near Roosevelt and 2nd streets)
PHOENIX FC Open House
314 E. Roosevelt
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. (we will head there immediately after the U.S. match)
Key members of the ownership and management group for the new USL PRO team, Phoenix City FC, that is slated to begin play in the Phoenix area at the start of the 2013 season, met with fans at an informational event hosted by the soccer supporters’ group La Furia Roja on Sunday, July 15 for an open and frank discussion of their plans for the new team. The group discussed their short and long term goals, fielded tough questions from participants, and made some big announcements about the team. If you’d like to find out what happened during the free-wheeling event, “Like” the La Furia Roja 1881/The Red Fury 1881 facebook page (facebook.com/LFR1881) for a summary of the meeting and to get updates about the team.
You’ve probably heard by now that there are plans underway to bring a USL PRO team to the Valley for the 2013 season. La Furia Roja 1881/The Red Fury 1881, the new supporters’ group in town, is hosting a meeting with some of the principals behind this effort on Sunday, July 15, 2012. If you would like to hear first-hand about the plans to bring USL PRO to Phoenix, visit La Furia Roja’s Facebook page (facebook.com/LFR1881) and “Like” the page. When you accept their friend request they will send you an invitation with the details about the meeting.
I know some of us are a bit skeptical because we’ve heard this type of news before. However, the official USL announcement about the team (http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/641887.html) is a good reason to be cautiously optimistic. The meeting on Sunday will be an excellent opportunity to hear about the ownership group’s (BDR Sports LLC) plans, ask questions, and judge for ourselves. Go visit La Furia Roja on Facebook NOW and sign up!
Support LIVE soccer in Phoenix!
Come out and support the Phoenix Monsoon in their home opener against the Fullerton Rangers at Tolleson Union High School (9419 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson, AZ) on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 4 pm. Tickets are only $8 and only $5 for youth under 10. Let them know you are an MLS PHOENIX RISING supporter! We can negotiate future ticket discounts if we have a good turnout for this match.
We know it pales in comparison to having our own MLS team but … Arizona soccer fans are truly fortunate to be able to see several MLS teams “up close and personal” while they take advantage of our gorgeous weather and excellent training facilities to prepare for the 2012 MLS Season. We were able to catch the scrimmage between DC United and Sporting Kansas City at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande on February 11. (Check out our photos on Flickr!) Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC were also using the training fields at the same time. It was a fun opportunity to see several old and new, famous and not-so-famous players in a very open and relaxed atmosphere. We also got to check out Phoenix native Nick DeLeon — DC United’s pick in this year’s SuperDraft—and newly acquired DC United player Danny Cruz from Glendale, AZ.
So far this year, MLS teams have practiced at Reach 11 in Phoenix, Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, and in Tucson. We hope you’ve been able to catch some of the action. If not, you still have time! The Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, and Real Salt Lake are here for the Desert Diamond Cup at Kino Stadium in Tucson (Feb. 22-March 3 – info below) and the Red Bulls vs. Pumas UNAM Reto del Sol match at Chase Field in Phoenix on Feb. 23 (info below).
Take advantage of the opportunity and get out and catch some live MLS soccer!