Seattle’s expansion effort has gone so well that anything else isn’t the same by comparison, but the Union’s efforts have been sensational too. PPL Park is a great place to watch a soccer game, and the buzz around this team is real. Owner Jay Sugarman may not be very vocal, but CEO Nick Sakiewicz — long one of MLS’ top execs — makes up for it in a way that’s similar to AEG’s Tim Leiweke. On the soccer side, Philly has one of most promising youth development operations in the league. This is a team that’s going places.
Interesting article by Grant Wahl to read as MLS training camps start in upcoming weeks. Not many know more about the league and its business ambitions than Wahl.