After some quiet times in the American soccer world during the holiday season, things are ready to accelerate over the next few weeks. The Combine is less than two weeks away and the MLS Superdraft is also around the corner. The draft is scheduled for a three hour time block on ESPNNews (the days of an hour on one of the bigger networks has come and gone), and the 2014 MLS preseason will soon follow. Transfer windows are open and American fans are always interested to see what American talent makes the switch across the pond. As always, we will be tracking these moves, the draft and Combine over the coming weeks.
Portuguese soccer star Eusebio passed away over the weekend. He was a generational player, but his passing is notable in American soccer circles because of his connection to the New England Revolution. He played in the NASL of the late 1970s. In 2006, perhaps in an effort to connect with an enormous Portuguese population in New England, the Revs installed a statue of Eusebio at Gillette Stadium. The decision drew some derision from Revs fans, but did establish a connection with the local Portuguese community. Unfortunately, the team never cemented the connection by signing a Portuguese star.
Finally, MLSSoccer is running a 20% off the 2014 season price for MLSLive. The streaming service is increasingly popular and the league is working to try and lock in fans with pricing and great offseason content.