Portland hasn't officially announced, but Merritt Paulson acts like he already announced it on Twitter and this hit the news Friday:
http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index ... towar.html
Now, I thought the Timbers might locate this team in Eugene. Old Civic Stadium in Eugene is in the process of, perhaps, approving a renovation of the old baseball stadium for soccer dependent on a couple contingencies. The noise I hear from the underground suggests (1) the contingencies may be bypassed in a surprising manner, and (2) they may host their own USL PRO team rather than partner with the Timbers.
http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index ... s_usl.html
http://seattletimes.com/html/sounders/2 ... 15xml.html
- Site Admin
- Posts: 2314
- Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:22 am
- Location: Racine, Wisconsin
Not given the resentment over the split in 2010 lingers. And the fact some of those teams would be hard pressed to afford to play at that higher level.
Example: Portland outright says they will sign 14 players to Timbers2. The obvious plan from there is to "loan" reserves from the first team to play games... and that really should happen, hopefully with more flexibility than I suspect will actually happen.
So, if there's an MLS strike, sign more players? Try to outright sign some of your MLS trialists? How ethical could that be?
It's really easy for me to believe that the whole issue of rushing NYCFC and bringing on Orlando NOW is all too conveniently tied to the end of the now-departed CBA... though, yes, $100 million for NYC speaks some volumes itself. I could say the same about a whole new bunch of these MLS/USL signings being prepared to be scabs... but I strongly suspect an attempt to do that will go very badly for MLS.