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Daily MLS Rumors - Allentown USL team a new investment in development for Union

Daily MLS Rumors - Allentown USL team a new investment in development for Union

Allentown USL team a new investment in development for Union

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 05:56 PM PDT

BETHLEHEM >> The trade winds of MLS' partnership with USL started blowing in a different direction in 2014. For a club like the Philadelphia Union, ...

Lehigh Valley USL team a new investment in development for Union

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 05:56 PM PDT

BETHLEHEM — The trade winds of MLS' partnership with USL started blowing in a different direction in 2014. For a club like the Philadelphia Union, ...

Hull City close to signing midfielder Shaun Maloney from MLS outfit Chicago Fire

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 04:03 PM PDT

The 32-year-old Scotland midfielder's move from MLS side Chicago Fire is nearing completion, and boss Bruce said: 'Shaun is close to joining.

The sack race in MLS

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 12:52 PM PDT

Like every MLS season, however, there is one thing that hasn't happened. ... MLS lacks the kind of pressure we see in other soccer leagues. ... in MLS incredibly difficult, even for the best of the group that ply their trade here. In a few ...

803 N Trade Wind, PEORIA, IL 61604 (<b>MLS</b> # 1165452)

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 12:46 PM PDT

This super sharp 3 bedroom home features a functional design that you'll adore. The home has new hardwood in kitchen and dining room. Cozy lower ...

LA Galaxy Striker Gyasi Zardes Linked With Move To English Championship

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 12:41 PM PDT

The young striker was an MLS All-Star this season, and has been a revelation with the ... Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with a transfer to England.

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Wednesday's Game Shows Two Approaches to Building an ...

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 12:30 PM PDT

When Major League Soccer began in 1996, the league was all about fair play ... allowing teams to have multiple DPs and the ability to trade those slots. ... compete on the transfer market with teams like New York City or the Galaxy.

LCFC seeks sustainability, starts stadium talks

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 10:37 AM PDT

Estopinal, a local architect by trade, said he has as many as five potential ... A minor-league soccer arms race of sorts is on to attract MLS attention.

Cardiff City and Swansea City Transfer News: Michu interests Celtic as Filip Kiss leaves Bluebirds <b>...</b>

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:31 AM PDT

He's a club legend but after being linked with the MLS all summer, Leon ... Filip Kiss was in Haugesund for a medical as a plans a loan move to the ...

Wednesday's Transfer Rumor Roundup: Mane to Manchester, Defoe to Bournemouth

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:30 AM PDT

Defoe only joined Sunderland last January after a stint in MLS with Toronto FC, but according to The Guardian, Eddie Howe is keen to bring the ...

MLS clubs in crisis

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 08:56 AM PDT

Of course, this is MLS where the concept of "club" isn't the accepted ... on players but on the transfer fees to get them to MLS changed the discussion.

Ambitious Vancouver Whitecaps thrilled to secure future of club "building block" Pedro Morales

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 07:48 AM PDT

After previously failing to secure Brazilian striker Camilo Sanvezzo into a contract extension, and eventually losing him in a transfer tug-of-war with ...

American Exports: Championship side Reading latest to express interest in LA Galaxy forward ...

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 07:26 AM PDT

On Wednesday, Reading manager Steve Clarke made it clear that he was still eager to get in some last-minute shopping before the summer transfer ...

Leon Britton to stay at Swansea City

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:15 AM PDT

No transfer: Leon Britton to stay at Swansea City ... Having been heavily linked with a move to MLS, Leon Britton is now set to remain at Swansea City.

Swansea City and Cardiff City transfer news Live: All the latest gossip on the Swans and the <b>...</b>

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 12:37 AM PDT

The 29-year-old striker, who has scored 28 goals in 67 games for the Swans, spent last season on loan at Napoli, making just five goalless ...

Tuesday's MLS Capsules

Posted: 18 Aug 2015 11:33 PM PDT

Upton, acquired from the Braves in a seven-player trade the day before the season opened, homered in the sixth inning off David Aardsma and in the ...

Vancouver Whitecaps building around newly re-signed midfielder Pedro Morales

Posted: 18 Aug 2015 07:13 PM PDT

The local Major League Soccer club announced the new deal for Morales, often ... Morales will make $1.41 million this year, according to the MLS Players ... joined the Whitecaps on loan toward the end of the recent transfer window.

Americans Abroad: Zelalem set to leave Arsenal on loan

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:07 PM PDT

Americans Abroad: Zelalem set to leave Arsenal on loan

Sounder-down-Under: Melbourne City, NYCFC’s Aussie cousins

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:13 AM PDT

Sounder down under

Drew Dickson is a Sounders fans who lives in Australia. Here he looks at the NYCFC owners ‘other’ sky blue club, Melbourne City FC

Call it what you want.  Incredible marketing, cheating the transfer market, or just smart business.  Whatever you want to label it as, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayhan will soon have the entire football world seeing sky blue.

Most clubs have feeder teams in lower divisions, or scouting agreements with other clubs in other leagues, this is just the next step in a global footballing world.

While most readers are aware of the recent addition of New York City FC, it is fair to say that no one outside of Australia’s media reach has heard of Melbourne City FC.

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Go Green Devils! Manchester United were not always reds. via

That is right, the City Football Group’s first venture across the pond took them across the world.  Unlike NYCFC, Melbourne City existed in the top flight but under the name Melbourne Heart.

Melbourne Heart was founded in 2009 after a fan vote had decided the name. It competed under than name until 2014 when it was sold. Red and white became sky blue and Heart became City.

Rebranding of a corporation is not unheard of. It wasn’t invented in Australia.

It wasn’t even invented in Seattle although King County in Washington was originally named after William Rufus King, who was Vice-President of the United States when Washington became a state.

It was then rebranded with the same name after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1986.

Manchester United was once green and gold.  Columbus Crew just became Crew SC, and of course recently Kansas City Wiz waved their wand for the last time.

Orient have dropped and added the Leyton to denote the part of London they call home. In 1972, Bournemouth became AFC Bournemouth.

However, a complete re-everything is slightly harder to pull off.  But I suppose when you have a great deal of wealth you can do most anything, or at least spend the cash to make sure everyone is happy.

But what happens when a club is rebranded to become a pliable creation of a parent club?

NYCFC fans had been promised  two huge signings at the start of the year, David Villa and Frank Lampard. Both had pre-season training at City facilities, but this is the tale of two cities in all cases.

Lampard wanted to stay in England a while longer and was internally transferred to Manchester City, apparently without Chelsea’s knowledge. Although this was something never mentioned in the transfer deal, it transpires when Lampard’s move to NYCFC was initially announced, the player’s agreement was not with the new club but with the City Football Group, a worldwide company run by owner Sheikh Mansour that owns both clubs and Australia’s Melbourne City.

NYCFC fans were understandably not happy. Pardon the Australianism, but the move made MLS look ‘bush league’.

David Villa thought the idea of beaches, barbecues and deadly animals sounded better than Manchester, so he headed to Melbourne in what had now become a tale of THREE cities.

Can you spot the difference? via

Can you spot the difference? via

NYCFC, Melbourne City, and Manchester City all share in being the ‘other team’ in a city that is madly passionate when it comes to sports and who you support, although the name Manchester City actually predates Manchester United.

Being part of a floating roster group allows them to funnel players to give them an edge, versus being a club that has a youth system that you can pick from.

It is only a seven hour flight from New York to Manchester.

However you will need to block out a few days to get to Australia.

Can we expect to see more Americans and Australians become the first players from the ‘New World’ to grace the original blues of Manchester since the injury-plagued time that Claudio Reyna and DeMarcus Beasley spent there, rather than just see the colonial clubs used a dumping ground, as was the case with the likes of Shay Facey, a native Mancunian who was loaned to NYCFC on a season-long loan from Manchester City FC Elite Development Squad?

To make matters more complicated, the City Football Group owners of the ‘three Cities’ acquired  a minority share of Japanese league side Yokohama F. Marinos in May 2014. The ramifications are yet unknown.

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