Chicago Sting aim for 2017 NASL debut; Peter Wilt involved

Chicago Sting

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Is another NASL heritage club on the verge of resurrection? It certainly looks that way.

The Chicago Sting have long been rumored for a potential revival. Several sources have confirmed the reports to EoS, pulling the curtain back on an operation which aims to find their way to the NASL playing field by 2017.

Club 9 Sports is the organization that is spearheading the Sting’s revival. Club 9 describes themselves as a business that “advises, operates, and invests in sports and media opportunities” and runs as a joint venture between Tobacco Road Capitalists, LLC , a self-described “sports management and sports media advisory company” and Prometheus Capital Partners, LLC, a middle market merchant bank. Jon L. Pritchett, the former CEO of AstroTurf USA, John Prutch, the founder of MERCAP in Chicago and three-time NBA executive of the year Carl Scheer are the driving forces behind the venture capitalist group.

Helping to lead the Sting’s resurrection effort is a name that is very familiar to the Chicago soccer scene — Peter Wilt. Wilt currently serves as the President of Indy Eleven. Much as he did with Indy prior to their arrival in NASL, he has taken on an unpaid consulting role with Club 9 Sports in their efforts to rebuild the Sting, helping in their search for further investors to the potential franchise group.

Wilt is an invaluable piece to the Sting’s revival. Not only does he have experience in the market (he was the Chicago Fire’s first ever President and general manager), he has also been a part of several startup organizations in and around the area from the Chicago Red Stars in the former WPS, the MISL’s Chicago Riot and the MASL’s Milwaukee Wave.

Unlike the Chicago Fire, who call Bridgeview home, the Chicago Sting brain trust hopes to secure a home within the Chicago city limits. That desire has them sizing up the possibility of playing within Chicago’s Soldier Field, which once housed the original Sting and the aforementioned Fire as well. While the 62k seat stadium is not an ideal fit for an NASL side, it does meet their criteria to remain within the borders of Metropolitan Chicago while they seek better accommodations some time down the road.

Recent chatter regarding a potential 2016 NASL debut are unrealistic. However, the group hopes to be up and running by 2017, and aim to secure their full roster of investors by early next year. Wilt’s future role with the organization is up in the air, but both an ownership or upper level management role may be in play.

The Sting name holds a rich history in the original NASL, securing two Soccer Bowl Championships in their decade of operation, making the playoffs in seven of those ten campaigns. If included, they would join fellow heritage clubs New York Cosmos, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies in the modern NASL revival.

 

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slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

Pointless. If MLS couldn’t get a stadium within Chicago city limits why will this minor league team be able to? 2,500 rattling around Soldier Field should make for a great atmosphere. Also, why is this version of NASL so intent on recreating the old NASL? Don’t they remember that that league failed miserably and went out of business?

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Resguard
9 months 29 days ago
These decisions aren’t made by NASL, if an investor expresses interest in joining the NASL they are looked at and examined to see if they have the viability to market a team properly. If it happens that they want to use a brand that existed is their choice. There is a thing called brand recognition, the people of Chicago know the Sting, even if it is an older generation they are still a market that is easy to start with. This isn’t NASL making these choices its the ones making the teams, NASL just makes sure they are viable, that… Read more »
Leo Glickman
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9 months 29 days ago

Applause resguard.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

See if I were Leo I would claim this comment on my post was a sign that Leo is obsessed with me and/or jealous.

Leo Glickman
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9 months 29 days ago

No, if I was googling you and talking about what you do for a living and how your business was going constantly, and monitoring the bottom of Dave’s web site to see when I comment, then if you said I was obsessed you would be acting like me.

The difference between you and me is that you care about me and I don’t care about you, except insofar as what you say on this web site. Stop talking about my law firm and what you saw last about me and I’ll stop sending you contact information for psychiatrists.

Leo Glickman
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9 months 29 days ago

Oh, and following you around in the comments section about teams and leagues I allegedly don’t care about, make sure you mention that to your psych too.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

Leo – as you know, you link to your law firm’s website in your avatar. I don’t need to google you. You clearly want people to visit your firm’s website.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 months 29 days ago

Nothing like MLS or USL employee strategic message.

Ron
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Ron
9 months 29 days ago

Perfect. Can’t wait. I will NOT be renewing my Fire tickets.

ty
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ty
9 months 29 days ago

The Chicago Fire are a lost franchise the attendance is in decline they were actually in better shape in ’98 then now.

Huh?
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Huh?
9 months 29 days ago

Lotta people jumping into NASL or at least talking about it.
How does one explain this?

I can’t imagine pro/rel is on the table, but they are behaving like it might be.
Lawsuit? Platini? Crazy optimism?

I don’t see it

Ulrich
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Ulrich
9 months 29 days ago

It’s about the Buy-in amount to join the league and yearly dues to stay in it. Much cheaper to join the NASL than MLS. Smaller risk & smaller reward.

ty
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ty
9 months 29 days ago

Solider Field is actually excellent for footy. WOW.

johnny99
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johnny99
9 months 29 days ago

Soldier Field must not be that great for soccer from a business perspective, or the Fire would still be there.

Jake
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Jake
9 months 29 days ago

It is also horrible for soccer from a field condition standpoint once the bears start holding preseason games. I hope that their search for a stadium in the 5k range makes it easier to find a home that is suitable. Also, in the 10 years that have passed since the Fire attempted this, there is more undeveloped land that does not currently have a housing or redevelopment proposal pending. So a big monied investor could definitely put together a development plan with a stadium as a component of a high density transit oriented housing & retail project.

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

Soldier field is expensive to rent out, think 100k to 200K a game. If they go that route and only get 4 to 5k you’ll last only a few years.

Downtown Dave
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Downtown Dave
9 months 26 days ago
I bleed red & blue out here on the south side of Chicago, and I’ll even admit it. I’m also one of the few people who can honestly call themselves a “soccer realist,” pretty much anywhere, as near as I can tell. (i.e. I DON’T go around saying MLS will be EPL in ten years, and I DON’T go around insisting that if we just instituted pro/rel with NASL “everything would be fixed.”) That said, this certainly a curious move. The Fire is obviously in a state of abject disarray right now, i.e. a “soft spot” for NASL to “take… Read more »
Leo Glickman
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9 months 29 days ago

IT’s supposed to be the most exciting time of year for MLS and instead of talking about the games and their favorite franchises, they’re over here talking about an NASL team that won’t start until 2017.

It’s amazing. the people who have made money and see NASL as a good potential investment device, they are the morons and the people on here who follow other teams and other leagues but who have nothing better to do except anonymously troll Dave’s web site, they’re the geniuses.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

Typical tactic of someone who doesn’t have the facts on his side – attack the people, rather than the arguments they’re making.

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

It’s interesting soccer news and beside the Red Bulls don’t play until NEXT week so its a slow news day. IF this team comes to pass it’ll be an uphill battle from the start, I think they’d need to build their own stadium IN the city somewhere for them to be a success. Putting the team in Naperville or Aurora or anywhere else in the burbs is a no go.

johnny99
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johnny99
9 months 29 days ago

Do you consider anyone with an opinion that you don’t agree to be a troll?

Anyway, there’s 24 hours in a day, plenty of time to support my team and read/comment about other soccer issues.

Leo Glickman
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9 months 29 days ago

No.

Eric
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Eric
9 months 29 days ago
The whole point of playing at soldier field instead Wish stadium (DePaul) or flames field (uic) is because the NASL is still pushing to be a D1 league. Hence why they even want to come back to Chicago. Some of the perameters include having a stadium with 10k plus capacity and if I’m not mistaken being in the metro area of a 1,000,000 people. I don’t know why US cellular field wouldn’t be an option due to its proximity to public transportation and the fact that the sox could use the money to offset what the state has to pay… Read more »
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago
Another NASL related article w/more comments than any mls article will see all year. Guess people really don’t care about #bushleaguemls . I love how DangerMan know the cost to rent Soldier Field, damn #bushleaguemlsbots know everything. . Slow, FYI, no one gives a sh@t about b.s. playoffs – check the tv ratings, oh yeah, and saw some great pics of the attendance at DC United yesterday, literally 1s of people there. True, that many for the mighty mighty league that has been around for 20 years. Amazing success. . mls is a joke, waste of 20 years of US… Read more »
DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

I know the cost because the other Chicago (Fire) team stated as one of the reason they left by the way that figure also closely matches what the Metrostars used to pay to rent out old Giants stadium so I would think the new team would pay something along those lines. So just because you know very little doesn’t mean everyone else does.

johnny99
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johnny99
9 months 29 days ago

Well, my local NASL club is a page in the portfolio of a Saudi Arabian marketing company.

Cosmo
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Cosmo
9 months 29 days ago
I have said this before and say it again, if NASL recruit rich ownership groups from Mexico or Europe and make a farm team or some money making team in NASL, then MLS might face real competition but for now, it’s all mystery. Mexico has a lot if billionaires and they take NASL seriously and make an NASL team in the city with the right stadium location, then we talking. As for Chicago, what a disgrace, they can be another Seattle but they like more being a rapid of fc Dallas. The Qatar group should buy Chicago instead of red… Read more »
DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

If you can get those types of owners then I say have a go and I think they’ll succeed but if not then I’d rather have a crowd of 10K in say Hartford or Detroit then 4K in Chicago.

Cosmo
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Cosmo
9 months 29 days ago

I don’t know what MLS is waiting for, but they should definitely plan for an MLS2 by recruiting USL and NASL teams that are not own by MLS teams.
Anyway, Is there any possibility in the next 10 to 8 years fc Dallas, rapids, fire, move into a better stadium location.
Those 3 cities have a fast growing downtown with a lot of young rich people.

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

What’s the incentive? MLS currently has reserve teams in USL and USL almost certainly get D2 status by 2017 so there’s no need to create a second MLS division. The good teams from the NASL (Minn Utd) and USL (Sac. Rep.) will just be accepted as expansion teams. Once the league get to 28 teams THEN you might have a discussion about an MLS2.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Have you stopped pretending you’re a Cosmos fan yet?

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

What did I say that was “anti-Cosmos” in my talk of Chicago?

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Who is a higher ranking bot – you or Slow?

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

What, in your mind is a bot? Someone who blindly follows something regardless of the facts? Because if that is the case then you are the biggest bot of all. Take a bow you deserve it!

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Bot pointing fingers, typical bush league maneuver.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

He got you good there. You are the biggest bot known to man. I have no problem criticizing MLS when I think it’s warranted.

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

Awww are you mad bro? Listen it’s okay just keep telling yourself you’re a big boy now and nothing anyone says will change your mind like the good little bot you are. Also its about time you took your meds. Remember to eat something with your anti depressants

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

This guys a peach, first mocking people that work at McDonalds, now people with mental health issues. Wow, you’re a real stand up guy there DangerMan.
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I think Slow is the higher ranking bot, he seems the more intelligent of the two – granted, the bar is low.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 months 29 days ago

I agree affordable price point to own a club in USA from overseas investors compared to MLS $100 million makes for unlimeted potential NASL growth. Will see more of this to come ?

EnglishRBNY
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EnglishRBNY
9 months 29 days ago
“Club 9 Sports is the organization that is spearheading the Sting’s revival. Club 9 describes themselves as a business that “advises, operates, and invests in sports and media opportunities” and runs as a joint venture between Tobacco Road Capitalists, LLC , a self-described “sports management and sports media advisory company” and Prometheus Capital Partners, LLC, a middle market merchant bank. Jon L. Pritchett, the former CEO of AstroTurf USA, John Prutch, the founder of MERCAP in Chicago and three-time NBA executive of the year Carl Scheer are the driving forces behind the venture capitalist group.” And the he says… “Support… Read more »
REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Thanks appreciate the recognition!
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Support your local independent soccer clubs!
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#bushleaguemls is the enemy of soccer in the US!

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

He’s making fun of you idiot.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

What? are you accusing a #bushleaguemls fan of being disingenuous – how dare you!

Jspech
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Jspech
9 months 29 days ago

Be gentle w/Bots. We don’t want grown folks crying on EOS.

jimmy j
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jimmy j
9 months 29 days ago

yeah, like the original “people who have made money” who started the 1st nasl, they were really smart people, right?…

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

I love #bushleaguemls fans, someone says mls blows, and it does, and bots attack a league that started 50 years but never defend the sh@t show that is the current #bushleaguemls!
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It’s like debating Daniel Webster.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

What league started 50 years ago?

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Why is #bushleaguemls so horrible to watch after 20 years?

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

What league started 50 years ago?

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Why is #bushleaguemls so horrible to watch after 20 years?

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

Angry bill – I am trying to understand what league you are talking about that started 50 years ago. What league is it?

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

I’m trying to understand why you continue to blindly support a league that is still unwatchable after 20 years of no competition and USSF subsidies?

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

Well, while I acknowledge there are better soccer leagues in other countries, I live in the US so if I want to watch live soccer, MLS is as good as it gets without booking a flight abroad.

So, what league are you talking about that started 50 years ago?

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

But if you want pro/rel, as you have stated, how do you support a league that has continually said it refuses to allow it in the country you live in?
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Side q, do bots live? Ru like a real boy?
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Not my fault u can’t reading comprehend, reread the thread.

Marco
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Marco
9 months 29 days ago

Karl Heintz Granitza coaching, Willy Roy as President and Brett Hall as the GM!!

Unfortunately, Chicago will not support this or any soccer team – it’s a waste

Kevin
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Kevin
9 months 29 days ago

2500 rattling around soldier field should be a great atmosphere? Come on Slow did u watch that playoff game last night between DC and the Revolution thete couldn’t have been more then 10000 people there and that’s pushing it by a couple of thousand. I think it’s great about the Sting coming up it just makes the NASL a bit more interesting

DanGerman
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DanGerman
9 months 29 days ago

More competition is good but the Chicago owners will need to go hard or go home. I’m talking more then Cosmos level of spending on that team for them to make any impact in that market.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Party foul, #bushleaguemlsbots can’t endorse competition.
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Support your local independent soccer clubs!

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

RFK is a complete dump, no question about it. Supposedly they’ll have a new stadium in 2018. We’ll see. RFK is hardly indicative of the level of stadium in MLS though. It’s easily the worst one.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Talking about the stadium but not the quality of play – that gets you a #bushleaguemls star. Good work sucker!

johnny99
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johnny99
9 months 29 days ago

I know you’re just having some fun here, but given the NASL’s Open Cup record vs. MLS teams, I wouldn’t be knocking the quality of play in MLS.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

I guess you’re holding the 20 year old division 1 league in the country to the same standard as the 4 year old division 2 league w/half the number of teams. Interesting approach when comparing quality of play.

johnny99
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johnny99
9 months 29 days ago

Wait, I thought you said earlier that the NASL started 50 years ago?

Anyway, the age of the NASL doesn’t change my point – MLS is a higher quality league, as evidenced by the Open Cup results. You can dream, hope and pray that maybe, possibly, someday the NASL might be a better league, but that’s not the reality today (and it likely will never be the reality). So my original point stands: if you’re trying to promote the NASL, knocking the quality of MLS isn’t too smart.

NY empire sc
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NY empire sc
9 months 29 days ago

any news on beckham selling his miami bid to the qatar group of psg or to the nasl miami fc.
any news on that.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

Did I mention this already has more comments than any articles on #bushleaguemls
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#bushleaguemls is like a poor Halloween costume of a soccer league.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 29 days ago

Because 90% of the comments are from you and Leo.

REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
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REAL OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers
9 months 29 days ago

I think you and DangerMan

Leo Glickman
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9 months 28 days ago

11 comments from slowleftarm, a red bull franchise fan and MLS bot. 6 from me. You’re the biggest loser!!!

11 Comments is more comments than any of the last 24 red bull articles. What does that mean? Some Red bull fans are bored with their team.

slowleftarm
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slowleftarm
9 months 28 days ago

Just means there isn’t much more to add to another Supporters Shield winning season. On the other hand, it’s easy and fun to rebut Cosmos fanboys claiming their team is the biggest in the universe.

Clifford Peache
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Clifford Peache
9 months 29 days ago

I literally can’t stop farting- the whole room smells of egg-
Rotten egg, that is. Someone please help me. I need a hug. And some comfort.

Larry is a Simpleton
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Larry is a Simpleton
9 months 29 days ago

Now, you’re talking my language buddy. Time to Pac Rim if you get my drift!

Hubba Hubba!

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Leo Glickman
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9 months 28 days ago

Red Bulls win the supporters Shield article! 7 comments. Chicago Sting? 70. Red Bull must be so boring.

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