The Equalizer: Major League Soccer, say hello to Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late arrival to the MLS — it’s been a move more than three years in the making — took just over 48 hours to reverberate around the U.S. sports landscape. He flew into LA on a Thursday, participated in a light training session that drew more press than a newborn panda at the zoo on Friday and, after […]

The Equalizer: Is MLS anticompetitive?

Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber in 2014 announced that he wanted the league “to become one of the top leagues in the world by 2022.” It was an ambitious goal in 2014, and in 2017, the MLS still appears far off the mark. Ironically, the very structure of the MLS conflicts with this short term goal. […]

Inside the MLS | 21st season of Major League Soccer kicks off Sunday

It was the type of drama befitting a major sports league. The Portland Timbers’ 2-1 title-winning victory away against Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium at the end of last season won the Timbers their first league title. The Timbers, the quintessential hipster team (think Portlandia with soccer), brought their workmanlike ethic and star players […]