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December 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Checking in around MLS today

Keeping this in perspective, it’s a sad day here in the area as we remember the four deceased Lakewood police officers.
First stop, Philly, where the Union seeks a jersey sponsor. Jeff Gammage from the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests Panasonic or Comcast, “maybe even better,” and writes:

The league’s attendance dropped 2.6 percent this year, and without the blinding success of the expansion Seattle Sounders – who drew an average of 30,897 fans a game – it would have fallen 9 percent. The recession is making teams such as the Union, which will take the field in March, battle for every dollar.

In Toronto, according to the Toronto Star, the artificial turf at BMO Field took eight hours to be removed. That’s it. Writes Daniel Girard:

“Even we were a little surprised at how quickly it came up,” said Bill Searle of NGF Golf, the company in charge of the $3.5 million conversion of the city-owned stadium from Field Turf to Kentucky bluegrass in time for next spring’s home opener for Toronto FC.

The New York Red Bulls introduced Erik Soler, a native of Norway, as its new GM and sporting director, replacing Jeff Agoos, who remained with the club in another capacity.
DC United’s search for a new head coach has “entered the final stages,” writes Steven Goff.

The word is that the club has narrowed its list to two, and although the secret mission has considered a wide range of candidates, the names I have heard mentioned most frequently in recent days are Caleb Porter from the University of Akron and Curt Onalfo, the former U.S. national team assistant and Kansas City head coach.

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