TravelPat1

Another impressive 4 - 0 win for TFC last night in Los Angeles. 

Checking the standings this morning Vancouver is in first place in the west.  Toronto on record pace in the east as they seem poised to win the Supporters Shield as best regular season team. Does that make them favourites to meet in the MLS Cup?

Wouldn't ESPN hate that. 

Aerial

All that matters Pat is how the new Atlanta stadium looks for the NFL, which is what it was built for.  The MLS, who the F cares.  8)  It's soccer.  8)  Ok, just kidding, while I'm not a big footie fan the stadium looks great for football, soccer or even Evangelical conferences.  :)
I'm not allowed to comment on lousy officiating - Former Saints General Manager Jim Fink

TravelPat1

Hey Earl. Actually the plan for Mercedes Benz stadium for soccer games is similar to what they do at BC Place stadium where the top deck is normally curtained off - so capacity will normally be about 45,000 for soccer.  And two earlier crowds for Atlanta FC at that new stadium did draw in the 45,000 range.

But for the Orlando game Saturday  - who they expect to be a big rival for Atlanta FC - they decided to sell the entire stadium because of the expected demand. 

Meanwhile in the second division USL - Cincinnati team bolstered their case for an MLS expansion franchise by drawing a USL record crowd of over 30,000 to their USL league game Saturday night too. They are averaging over 22,000 per game this season in the USL. 

 

Aerial

That's great for soccer, while I don't care for the sport from a spectator viewpoint, I realize the sport has a lot of fans who "get it" for entertainment.  I don't but that's my issue, not theirs.

TravelPat1

Supporters' Shield Winners.  First time ever for TFC as the team with the best regular season record.  That is normally the most sought after title in soccer leagues worldwide. 

But here in North America - we place a higher value on the winner of post season playoffs. So there is still work to be done for TFC. 

Here the highlights from Saturday night's game that clinched the title in front of another great crowd at BMO of 28,979.  

https://www.torontofc.ca/post/2017/09/30/match-highlights-new-york-red-bulls-toronto-fc-september-30-2017?autoplay=true

 

Mightygoose

An off field story in the midst of the expansion process

The Columbus Crew, an original team is angling at moving to Austin'  Texas for the 2019 season. Like any other major league, the move is due to stadium issues.

https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/10/16/columbus-crew-austin-texas-anthony-precourt-stadium

Mapre stadium, the first Soccer Specific Stadium opened in 1999 is considered obselete and ownership is effectively playing one city off the other.

If this move happens, does this kill San Antonio's expansion bid?

Aerial

That's the way all pro sports works though when there are alternative cities offering up goodies for you to relocate your team.  

The Last Word

Toronto FC breaks the record for most points in a season.  Congrats!

What a season!  TFC plays in front of capacity or near capacity crowds and they also win the shield.  The season is already a great success!
 


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