Prospects of St. Louis vs Chicago MLS rivalry excites McBride

first_imgMajor League Soccer is headed to St. Louis and Brian McBride is already excited for the prospects of a rivalry between the expansion side and Chicago Fire. The two cities have a long history of sports rivalries, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals sharing a division in Major League Baseball, while the Blackhawks and Blues are both members of the National Hockey League’s Central division. That rivalry will now have the chance to extend to the soccer pitch, with St. Louis set to begin play in 2022 after being awarded a team by MLS on Tuesday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And McBride, who played his college soccer at St. Louis University and made over 100 appearances for the Fire during his professional career, is thrilled by the prospects. “I’m really excited,” former Fulham and Columbus Crew forward McBride said on ESPN. “And not just because St. Louis deserves it, and the history of St. Louis.  “But now you’ve got this rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis. [It] is there in all professional sports that they both have sports in. And now you have it with the Fire and the St. Louis team that’s coming in. It’s going to be really special.”The new outfit in St. Louis will be the 28th team in MLS, but the club will be the first in one regard – with a majority female ownership group, the first of it’s kind in league history and a rarity in top-level professional sports. And those new owners are hoping to continue the proud legacy of sports achievement in the city as they add a soccer club to the roster of professional teams. “The most interesting aspect, and one we are very proud of, is the fact that we are the first female majority led ownership group in MLS history, and one of few in all professional sports,” St. Louis owner Carolyn Kindle Betz at Tuesday’s announcement. “This is truly a historic day for St. Louis.  “I believe it was just a couple months ago we were celebrating our very first Stanley Cup win. So being awarded this MLS team just continues to add to the positive momentum going on in our city.  “We are providing a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people and their love for the game. As we have stated from the beginning, we did not want to take resources away from the city. Our goal has always been overwhelmingly to privately finance a team and stadium that fuel the region’s continued growth, bringing people together and creating a lasting legacy for this city.”last_img read more

Kjelling plans to come back to Norway

Norwegian handball star, Kristian Kjelling (33) is in process of negotiations for the new team after contract with Danish Aalborg ended next summer. Former left back of Spanish team, Ademar Leon and Portland San Antonio is close to back home. Drammen HK wants him but financial potential of Norwegian team isn’t too high for Kjelling’s demands. However everything is still open and Kjelling doesn’t hide that there is a few options:– I have been in dialogue with others. Drammen is one of them – explains Kjelling who already played there from 1998 until 2001. Drammen HKKristian Kjelling ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic stops Montpellier! Next Story → Larvik – Gyor to set new attendance record! read more