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#1365390 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by RedBullScouse on 28 May 2020 - 07:32 AM

Japan is testing a "remote cheerer" app. Hopefully it has a YSA button.



And in Denmark , they are doing this today


#1365264 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by RedBullScouse on 19 May 2020 - 11:13 AM


Certainly not at capacity, but I'd expect a little bit of an uptick in demand next year, especially if this entire year goes without any fans in stadiums. 

Could go the other way - many of  us buy these out of habit.  Once we break the habit, its a lot easier to not bother starting up again.

#1365260 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by RedBullScouse on 19 May 2020 - 10:37 AM

So, if I want the 10% bonus and locked in 2020 prices, will I need to tell my rep to continue taking out payments since it also says that they are suspending them?

Nope.  "making your payments as and when they become due,"  but none are coming due for now.

#1365218 Hamlett is in so far over his head

Posted by RedBullScouse on 17 May 2020 - 11:49 AM

I gotta applaud Hamlett's foresight. Why spend any money if there is gonna be no season? He was truly ahead of the time.

Hard work and diligence can pay off in the long run, but procrastination and sloth always reward immediately.

#1365201 MLS to return for July tournament?

Posted by RedBullScouse on 15 May 2020 - 04:23 PM

Every other row, every other seat? Still not 6 feet.

And still wouldn't be sold out

#1365157 MLS to return for July tournament?

Posted by RedBullScouse on 13 May 2020 - 09:05 AM

Strange, SBI removed the article... the one it credited on Wash Post is still up, but it's behind a paywall:



With no indication of when it could resume its season in home markets amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, MLS has proposed placing all 26 teams in the Orlando area this summer and playing competitive matches without spectators at the Disney sports complex and possibly other locations, multiple people familiar with the plan said.

Players, coaches and support staff, numbering more than 1,000, would live under quarantine at one of the large resorts near Walt Disney World for an undetermined length of time, said those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Teams would practice and play primarily at ESPN Wide World of Sports, which sits on 220 acres as part of Disney’s massive footprint in central Florida. Disney-owned ESPN is one of MLS’s broadcast partners.

Spokesmen for MLS and the MLS Players Association said they did not want to comment. The Walt Disney Co. did not reply to a message seeking comment.

The league is expected to accelerate plans over the next two weeks and set the framework for resuming a season that, because of the pandemic, was shuttered in March after two weekends of matches.


In jurisdictions where such activities are permitted, several teams have begun voluntary individual workouts. The league has postponed all matches until at least June 8, though the realistic timetable stretches deeper into the summer.



MLS hopes to soon allow players to begin training as part of small groups in local markets, a step the Bundesliga took last month before ramping up operations. The elite German circuit, along with the country’s second division, will resume this weekend with matches played without spectators. Other European leagues have also made plans to restart their seasons in the coming weeks.


Under its Orlando plan, MLS would welcome teams for workouts and multiple matches per day, which ESPN platforms would carry. It’s unclear whether the league’s other TV partners, Fox Sports and Univision, would show games.

Without spectators in the stadium, MLS is eyeing opportunities to bond with fans through behind-the-scenes packages and interactive engagement on ESPN and the league’s digital platform.

“We are more optimistic about what a return-to-play plan would look like,” Commissioner Don Garber said on Nashville SC’s website last week. “A month ago, we were very pessimistic.”

Florida partially reopened nonessential businesses last week, although sports venues, including ESPN Wide World of Sports, remain closed.


Players would have to be tested regularly — provided tests are even available in large quantities — and undergo regular medical evaluations.

They would not be allowed to bring their families, two people familiar with the plans said. For those with children, it would place a long-term burden on their spouses, and it would put emotional strains on relationships in general.

The league would also have to consider the health and safety of hotel and stadium employees, bus drivers, security and TV crews and accredited media. MLS would presumably have a contingency plan in place in case anyone tests positive.

“What is most important is to ensure they are safe in whatever environment we are able to develop to get them back to train first and then obviously get back to playing games,” Garber told Yahoo Finance last week.


At some point, the league would plan to send teams home for games without spectators, though varying degrees of state restrictions might leave some unable to host matches in the foreseeable future.


The Orlando idea is among multiple options that have been considered by MLS, which, like other pro sports leagues, is exploring ways to play without endangering players and employees.

Among the proposals is to select two or more locations to stage workouts and matches this summer. The league has also braced for not playing any games until at least September.

MLS does have some calendar flexibility. The regular season is scheduled to end in early October and the postseason one month later. In the past, the playoffs have finished the second week of December.


League officials have said they would consider playing a truncated schedule into the winter and holding MLS Cup at a predetermined, warm-weather site in early 2021.

The scheduling plans come as MLS and the MLSPA continue to negotiate salary cuts for the players. The league, which relies heavily on game-day revenue, sent its latest proposal to the union late last week.

#1365046 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by RedBullScouse on 02 May 2020 - 11:07 AM

Any chanced they are using all this slack in the transit system to expedite completion of the PATH work?  

#1364937 The name thing, again

Posted by RedBullScouse on 22 April 2020 - 08:55 AM

What do you think prevents this team from having an organic and enthusiastic, stadium-packing fan culture around it, like SKC or Portland?


Where would you rank "Red Bull New York" among the best and worst names/identities/logos of all the pro sports teams in NY & NJ?

let me put on my Long Island Medium wig and make a guess....  I'm getting a sense that you believe the RB name/identity and logo is  the reason we don't have an organic and enthusiastic, stadium-packing fan culture.     How'd I do? 

#1364856 MLS Cup is now an MMA tournament, each team chooses one fighter

Posted by RedBullScouse on 17 April 2020 - 10:58 AM


MLS Cup is now an MMA tournament, each team chooses one fighter. Who's our guy? 

Is anyone but Parker a consideration, assuming we can't re-sign Rodgers?

#1364756 Soccertown USA documentary

Posted by RedBullScouse on 15 April 2020 - 08:49 AM


This may require a thread split 


Your reference to time without soccer moms caused me to think - there were plenty of soccer moms at the kearny games - just not prototypical soccer moms.  (not saying the below was done by anyone from Kearny)


- What was the most outrageous thing:


1) you have seen a soccer Mom do?


My displeasure with soccer moms isn't really about that stuff.   There have always been assholes.  Its about the culture of these kids being coddled, and playing the game because its made so easy for them to, not because they actually love it.    I couldn't imagine ever, for example, going to a game and forgetting my cleats or shin pads and having my mom bring them to me.   That happened all the time with kids I coached.  First off, I would never forget that stuff - my head was thinking about nothing else all day except practice or the game.  My mom didn't even know I was at practice or had a game most of the time.     I went to Pele soccer camp the summer before my freshman year.   My cleats  were worn down pretty bad (hand me downs  to begin with, and I had worn them almost a full year already) and I was slipping all over the place.   The coach told me I needed new cleats or couldn't play.    Did  I call my mom and ask her to buy me a new pair and bring them to me?  Of course not.   I did the right thing and stole a pair off some kid.    This is why our  current World Cup teams suck.  /End old man rant

#1364748 Podcast with Chris Armas on Changing the Game

Posted by RedBullScouse on 15 April 2020 - 07:29 AM




#162 Chris Armas, NY Red Bulls Head Coach, “Every Player Has a Fire Inside Them, it is our Job to Stoke It”


Clearly, he never met Khano Smith

#1364747 Soccertown USA documentary

Posted by RedBullScouse on 15 April 2020 - 07:24 AM

Great to watch...I loved the flashback to a time without soccer moms.   I played on a travelling team in Bergen County the 70's.   We weren't one of those "rich kid" teams they talked about.   We were a mostly blue collar team with the same kind of chip on our shoulder, and were very good, almost dominant, relative to our "rich kid" competition.   Our coach thought it would be a good idea to scrimmage the Scots, who played in a different league.   After 5 minutes, they were  up by 3 and played the rest of the game with 9 or 10 guys, and stuck some field player in goal,  just to keep it interesting.  Pretty sure the final score was double digits for them, and maybe we scored one.

#1364276 Metro Mount Rushmore

Posted by RedBullScouse on 28 March 2020 - 12:48 PM



During the EDE, I'd  probably go with Luke Rodgers

#1363998 All coronavirus-related arguing

Posted by RedBullScouse on 20 March 2020 - 11:12 AM

The elephant in the room that is going to become harder to ignore is that the virus just isn't that deadly, despite the government hysteria and doomsday predictions from those in academia that everyone seems to be accepting with any critical thinking.

When I say that I'm not in any way trying to trivialize those who have lost their lives because of coronavirus. May they rest in peace.

Yet the number of positive cases is far outpacing the number of deaths. Cuomo has single-handedly destroyed the economy in New York (the state that has the most cases) over a virus that currently has a .007% mortality rate there. And that rate is only going to drop as more people come back with positive tests but escape death.

I'm anticipating the national narrative to shift in the next two weeks to quarantining the elderly and those at risk and letting everyone go back to basically their normal lives. The severity just isn't there to continue shutting things down and running the country like this.

You are only doing half the math.   Yes, few of the people who get it die from it.  The problem is, so many people get it (when these guidelines aren't in place).   The thing spreads far more quickly than anything like it.   Its not as deadly as the flu, the flu doesn't spread very easily.   This spreads more quickly and easily than (insert reference to something that spreads very, very quickly and easily).

#1363568 MLS, Red Bulls and Coronavirus

Posted by RedBullScouse on 12 March 2020 - 10:27 AM

Undefeated!  Woo hoo!