Time to start up the 2015 MLS thread, what with plenty of news going on as of late as teams build rosters for the new season.
Of course there's the bad news for NYCFC, no Frank Lampard until at least the summer. Even then, who knows? There are a lot of questions now as to whether the owners of Man City are serious about NYCFC as a separate club or merely a boondoggle to get around FIFA's financial fair play rules.
But hey, they got Mix Diskerud! I'm sure he'll receive a warm reception in Columbus and Portland.
Meanwhile, LA Galaxy has Steven Gerrard coming. Somehow I think it will work out better for them than NYCFC with Lampard. This isn't LA's first rodeo and they don't have to deal with their owner screwing them over to help one of his other teams.
TFC has acquired Jozy Altidore and sent Jermain Defoe to Sunderland. I like the idea of Altidore getting the opportunity to get more playing time, but I really don't like the idea of two key players for the USMNT playing for TFC, a disfunctional organization that makes me think of the Cleveland Browns of the MLS.
And looks like TFC is going to sign Sebastian Giovinco as well. They're good at spending a bunch of money and failing to make the playoffs. Will 2015 be any different?
Meanwhile, the Colorado Rapids' coach Pablo Mastroenni has acquired a handsome mustache.
San Jose will be playing in their new stadium this season.
DC United looks like they could actually pull off getting a new stadium in DC. This is really good for the team and the league. Now if the Revs can get one and get out of Foxboro (rumors are that the Krafts are considering it, but I'll believe it when I see it).
On MLS Expansion: Looks like Sacramento, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas are firm contenders. San Antonio is out there and it looks like St. Louis is getting some interest. With Orlando and Atlanta set to enter the league, they've got some coverage in the Southeast, so personally I think it would be wise for the league to consider Minneapolis and/or St. Louis, two soccer hotbeds in the Midwest, which has a huge population underserved by existing teams. Oddly enough, even though Beckham has been trying to get things going for Miami, the failure to get any kind of a deal for a stadium has called into question whether Miami will come to be or not.
Last but not least, for us Crew fans, Higuain has been resigned.