US preliminary World Cup roster set - MLS takes the next step with $720m tv deal

Jurgen Klinsmann named the 30 man preliminary roster for the upcoming  World Cup. The final roster will be pared down to 23 by June 2. As expected Nick Rimando beat out Sean Johnson for the third ‘keeper spot. Players begin reporting to camp in Palo Alto, California on Wednesday.

Here’s the complete roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (11) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

MLS and USSF ink new tv deal with ESPN, Fox, & Univision

It’s been talked about for months but the deal is finally official. MLS and US Soccer have agreed to an eight-year contract reportedly worth $720 million dollars for the league’s television broadcast rights beginning next season. ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision will televise MLS, USMNT, and USWNT nationally through the 2022 campaign.

One drawback to the deal is that MLS Live will cease to exist as we know it. MLS says digital content will be available on various platforms however.

This agreement dwarfs the current deal for domestic television rights which most pegged at $18 million per year. It’s unclear just how much of the pie will be allocated to US Soccer and how much will go into MLS owner/partner pockets but you can rest assured that the Player’s Union has taken notice. The collective bargaining agreement expires after this season and MLSPU will undoubtedly look for an increase in the cap/budget and a higher minimum wage rate.

This is a significant development towards the growth of the game in the United States and if handled correctly will enable the league to take the next step in it’s evolution. Can MLS 3.0 and additional DP’s be far behind?

Shipp earns honor

Harry Shipp was named MLS Player of the Week for his three goal and one assist break out against the Red Bulls this weekend.

Filed under: 2014 World Cup

Tags: Chicago Fire, USMNT


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  • The TV deal is a sign of progress, but after the league takes its cut, and additional teams enter the league, the amount that individual teams receive will not be huge.

    I wonder how much the expansion to the SE and addition of NYCFC, without guarantees of SSS had to do with ongoing negotiations with TV partners? I think the bet is that those teams add a lot of eyeballs based on their location and the prospect of creating regional rivalries.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    That's a good point. The annual pay out per team isn't staggering so it doesn't mean owners will be rushing out to fill all 3 DP spots.

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    Maybe not huge or staggering by some standards, but probably still pretty huge for MLS.

    Look at it this way. The current deal is supposed to be worth around $90M per year, up from $18M previously. That's $72M in NEW money coming in every year. Let's say they put only half of that towards the teams for salary, with the rest going to US Soccer, league infrastructure, or whatever. $36M divided by 21 teams (in 2015) is an additional $1.7M per team going into salary.

    Again, in the grand scheme of professional sports, $1.7M per team isn't much. But looked at compared to the existing MLS salary cap, it would constitute a 50% increase overnight. That's huge.

  • The Fire's next opponent has a midweek game tonight.

    Sporting should dispatch of Philadelphia before coming to Chicago this weekend.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Uh oh. Philadelphia put the smack on SKC 2-1. Now the FIre will be facing an angry SKC on Sunday.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    They'll be without Zusi and Besler on Sunday. It also looks like Collin will be out as well with an injury.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    SKC still has a loaded attack though, you think our porous defense can handle it?

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