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MLS Referee, Mark Geiger, sends off Impact player for elbowing opponent!

We wanted to highlight one referee’s decision from this past weekend’s MLS game.  In a game between Columbus Crew and Montreal Impact, Mr. Mark Geiger, called a foul on a Montreal Impact player, Jeb Brovsky, for elbowing the opponent.  The infringement occurred roughly in the middle of the field and early on in the game in the 19th minute.  For these reasons, many referees would be inclined to “look the other way” and only caution the offending player.  However, Mr. Geiger correctly sent off the Montreal player who, as replays clearly showed, made no real attempt to play the ball (see video below). 

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The biggest MLS soap opera that was "Brian Ching" comes to an end!

Finally, after months of wrangling, shouting and accusations, Brian Ching is heading back to Houston. The Dynamo and the fans were elated to hear the news. Dominic Kinnear, the Dynamo head coach stated that he was "very happy to have Brian back with the team" and that "[t]his is a very important year for the Dynamo, and if anyone deserves to be involved with the team, it's Brian." The Dynamo wasted no time celebrating Ching's return and displayed the good news on its website's front page (see picture). 

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Major League Soccer salaries on the rise!

When Major League Soccer (MLS) was founded in 1996, the founders of the league organized it as a single entity. The idea was that as a single entity that owns all of the teams and player contracts, the league would be better able to control its costs because the individual team owners would not compete against each other for players' services. However, our analysis of MLS payrolls from 2004 through 2011 brings us to the conclusion that, despite its single-entity model, MLS players' salaries show a very impressive growth.


For example, the lowest guaranteed team payroll rose from $846,765 in 2004 to $2,690,688 in 2011. This represents a gain of over 217% or nearly 18% on an annualized basis in the period at issue (see Chart A).


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Beckham staying with LA GALAXY!

So the long lasting saga of whether he stays or goes is finally over. As reported in this article by MLS, Beckham signed for another two years with the Galaxy. According to the article, Beckham said that he "had many offers from clubs from around the world, however, I'm still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy." Indeed, reports abounded that teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Spurs expressed interest in acquiring services of Beckham at one point or another.

 

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