MLS Notes: All-Stars To Play Bayern, Miami Stadium Progress, Houston to NWSL
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game would continue the format in which a team composed of the best players in the league as a whole face off against a top international opponent. The 2014 edition of the match will pit the MLS All-Stars against the European champion Bayern Munich and has been awarded to Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore., home of the Portland Timbers, the NWSL’s Portland Thorns FC and the Portland State University football team.
- The first round of voting on David Beckham’s proposed stadium – reportedly set to hold a capacity of 75,000 – is set to take place on Tuesday. Beckham has until the end of the month before his option to own an expansion team at the discounted price of just $25 million dollars – as opposed to the $100 New York City FC paid and the $70 million Orlando was charged with – and has recently registered “Miami Beckham United LLC,” which in all likelihood will only be the legal name for the operation of the team that will have a very different name.
- The Houston Dynamo will become the second Major League Soccer team to own a franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League on Thursday following a 3:30 p.m. press conference to announce the formation of the Houston Dash, which will begin play in the 2014 season, bringing the NWSL up to nine teams. The other such partnership exists between the MLS’s Portland Timbers and the NWSL’s Portland Thorns FC. The team will play at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, and only the lower bowl of 7,000 seats plus suites, te party deck and the president’s club will be opened for the team’s games, according to Dynamo President Chris Canetti.
- The league’s Re-Entry Draft will take place during a 2:00 p.m. teleconference on Thursday. The Fire have eight players eligible after midfielder Daniel Paladini opted out of the draft, the most notable of which are midfielder/striker Chris Rolfe and midfielder Logan Pause.
Fire Re-Entry Draft Notes:
- Corben Bone was taken by the Philadelphia Union in the first round.
- The Fire passed with their first round pick.