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MLS Ticker: Rapids’ Brown completes transfer; Sounders sign 10-year stadium lease; and more

DeShorn Brown (AP)

By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Deshorn Brown is on the move.

The Colorado Rapids announced Tuesday that the striker has been sent to Valerenga IF in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

“Growing up, it was my aim to explore, get to different countries, different environments, have experiences and just travel all over the world,” Brown told ESPNFC. “Other players have gone before me and watching them over the years was a big motivation for me. Now, I’m following in their footsteps and trying to reach higher.”

The 24-year-old Jamaican led the Rapids in scoring during his first two years in MLS, tallying 10 goals each season.

Brown’s move leaves the Rapids thin up top, with Gabriel Torres, who scored three goals in 23 appearances last season, and 2015 MLS SuperDraft fourth-round pick Dominique Badji, as the best remaining options up top.

“Although we are sad to see him go, this move is an opportunity Deshorn wanted and, on the club side, gives us the flexibility to continue strengthening the squad as we move forward,” Paul Bravo, the Rapids’ VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director, said in a statement.

Here are some other notes from around MLS:

SOUNDERS SIGN 10-YEAR LEASE EXTENSION WITH CENTURYLINK FIELD

CenturyLink Field has become one of the best environments in MLS and the Seattle Sounders won’t be leaving their home stadium any time soon.

On Monday, the club announced that it has signed a 10-year lease extension with the stadium, which also houses the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

“CenturyLink Field is a premier facility that gives our players, fans and partners a first-class experience,” Sounders owner Joe Roth said in a statement. “For these reasons and more, we are pleased to call CenturyLink our long-term home, as Sounders FC continues to set the standard for our sport on and off the field.”

ORLANDO CITY INKS STATEWIDE BROADCAST DEAL

Fans across the Sunshine State will be able to watch Orlando City matches.

The club announced on Monday that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports. As a result, Orlando City’s regionally broadcast matches will be available throughout the state of Florida. Those matches will also be available on the FOX Sports GO app.

“As the television home for Florida sports, FOX Sports Florida is proud to welcome the Orlando City Soccer Club to our programming line-up,” said Tim Ivy, Director of Programming for FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, said in a statement. “Sports fans of all ages throughout Florida have shown an affinity for soccer and we look forward to bringing Major League Soccer and the Orlando City brand to viewers statewide.”

EARTHQUAKES HIT 12,000 SEASON TICKETS

New stadiums have been known to give MLS teams a boost. So far, it looks like that may be the case once again when the San Jose Earthquakes christen their new home.

The Earthquakes have already played a preseason match at Avaya Stadium, but the first meaningful game in their new home will take place against the Chicago Fire on Sunday. In advance of the occasion, the club announced Monday that it had reached 12,000 season tickets sold.

In turn, the Earthquakes have opted to cap season-ticket sales for the 18,000-seat building, though fans can still have their name placed on the waiting list.

QUICK KICKS

The Montreal Impact have re-acquired Kristian Nicht on another short-term loan to provide cover at goalkeeper in the CONCACAF Champions League. (REPORT)

The Red Bulls have signed Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence. (REPORT)

Columbus Crew waived their second-round pick from the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, forward Sagi Lev-Ari. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? What do you think of Brown’s potential move? How do you feel about the Sounders staying at CenturyLink Field? What do you make of Orlando City’s new TV deal?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Let’s not forget that given the climate in the Northwest, grass fields are simply not a good investment. Seattle makes London seem dry in comparison.

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  2. There are so many double standards when it comes to MLS stadiums I don’t know where to start. Maybe calling them #quadruplestandards would be a start. There should be two unbreakable rules when it comes to stadiums – much be grass and must be soccer specific. How Miami can’t play without a stadium and NYCFC can is ridiculous. I know there are a ton of politics involved and yes, I know all the details, but it just goes to show that the only real rule MLS follows is there is no rule.

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    • So you, as a commissioner, when the Sounders came to you to say, “we are ready for MLS now”, would have saaaaaiiiid ?

      Please enlighten us. You would have said, we have standards. Do I have that correct ?

      ps. as I said above it should be grass

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    • One more thing, and I have read your comments since day one, when I had a different name, like reading them.

      MLS does have a rule. It is the same rule we all have, make money.
      The line to be defined is, what do you do to make money.

      The Sounders were a no-brainer. MLS wanted them in from day one. They were ready, done. Turf wasn’t going to stop it, and doubtful that bigger time soccer would have reversed having turf at that point ( seeing as the Sounders had been playing on it for almost 10 years )

      I would contend NYCFC was a no-brainer too. The Don agrees with me. Many disagree. But time will tell, they already are setting mechandise records and the other NY team has seen a big bump from it too. Not to mention bigger TV contracts, etc.

      So they have to play in a baseball stadium. Some of my favorite games were the Chicago Sting at Wrigley. Right now that stadium what can handle the demand and the cost. Also loved the lower camera angle for the game on Sunday. Really felt I was in the game.

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  3. Century Link Field may well be a premier facility but the field is still turf. I wonder how long into those ten years we will be till someone files a lawsuit, claiming their career was shortened by playing on that.

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    • I think such a lawsuit will get filed on the first of never because it would be totally meritless. There will be plenty of whining about it from fans though right through the 2028 season at least.

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    • Quite possibly the worst field in the entire league and they’re not even examining the possibility of finding a soccer specific stadium? I don’t get it. What am I missing here? They’re content playing on awful turf forever?

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      • What you’re missing is that Sounders fans are bonkers for this team and will continue to show up despite the turf. In fact most don’t even care. The stadium is in downtown Seattle and seats hoards of people. The stadium was a coup for the Seahawks who took Sounders FC under their wing (no pun intended) so there’s not going to be a lot public interest to build a SSS elsewhere for a number of years.

        It’s fans of other teams that concern themselves with the turf.

      • The stadium was built for the Sounders ( it was voted on as a grass stadium ) and Seahawks.

        Just because the NFL is more popular, it doesn’t change that fact.

        Why would they leave their own home ? The wouldn’t, they didn’t….it still should be grass.

      • Wow! I had no idea, I thought that stadium was a lot older than that. It is the perfect location and a great stadium, except for that one tiny little detail…

      • This statement is totally false and is an example of the ridiculous false information some Sounders fans (mostly new ones) have come to believe about their club. The Sounders were a USL club drawing about 2,000 per match at Memorial Stadium when the Seahawks started pushing for the new stadium. The stadium was not going to pass (especially after the Mariners ramrodded their stadium through, capitalizing on the hype of a playoff run). In an effort to push the stadium over the top the Seahawks advertised that the stadium would be constructed with soccer sight lines in mind so as to attract international soccer matches, potential World Cup matches, and a possible MLS team. I don’t see Seattle having any interest in public funds to support a SSS for the Sounders so a new stadium would have to be nearly completely funded by the club. Seattle is not into publicly funding stadiums which is one of several contributors as to why the Sonics are no longer here. Clink is in a great location and is top class. The field is horrible (and probably dangerous) but there is really no business reason to change.

      • What you’re missing is the people of Seattle do not have an appetite to fund more stadiums at the moment. They let a team (Sonics) with far more history walk because they refused to spend hundreds of millions for a billionaire owner. They are still paying off Safeco, Centurylink and the Kingdome I believe (though we may finally be done with that). Also I am not sure where the land would be in Seattle for a new stadium and the majority of people would rather see the team play on turf in downtown Seattle than grass in the suburbs. The suburbs have proven repeatedly around the league to not be a good strategy for stadiums.

      • All true Reignman. The only site better than Century Link would be the site of Memorial Stadium but I don’t see the school district allowing that to happen. For some reason they protect that place like it’s gold.

      • I just looked it up because I was curious, Seattle is set to payoff the Kingdome in 2016, 40 years after it was built and 16 years after it was demolished.

    • I’m anti turf. Don’t get me wrong but the turf on that field is exceptionally bad.
      Too bad. 10 more years of watching balls played on the ground bounce, bounce, bounce.

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