MLS Ticker: Pfeffer reportedly added to Homegrown Game; Red Bulls vs. Arsenal to be nationally televised; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

Zach Pfeffer is reportedly heading to Portland for this year’s All-Star festivities.

According to a report from Philly.com, Pfeffer is going to be added to the roster for the first MLS Homegrown Game on Aug. 4. Pfeffer was not on the original list of 20 players named last week, but appears set to be added to join the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Harry Shipp as they face the Portland Timbers Under-23 team at Providence Park.

The 19-year-old Philadelphia Union midfielder has seen limited time with the senior squad since making his MLS debut in 2011, but has been an up-and-coming star with the Under-20 U.S. team. In a week-long tournament in Carson, Calif. with the U.S., Pfeffer has already tallied two goals and an assist in two matches against Chile and Bermuda.

The MLS Homegrown Game is set for Aug. 4 at 10:00 p.m at Providence Park.

Here are some more news and notes from around MLS:

RED BULLS VS. ARSENAL TO AIR NATIONALLY 

The New York Red Bulls’ friendly against Arsenal will play host to more than the expected sellout crowd at Red Bull Arena.

On Thursday, the MLS side announced that the exhibition match on July 26 will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (5 p.m. ET).

The match will follow two games on July 23 featuring MLS teams and major European clubs. Sporting Kansas City will host English Premier League champions Manchester City at Sporting Park on ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET), while the LA Galaxy will take on Manchester United at the Rose Bowl on Fox Sports 1 (10:30 p.m. ET).

ORLANDO CITY BOOST 2015 MLS SEASON TICKET SALES DURING WORLD CUP

The buzz around Orlando City SC’s first season in MLS appears to be growing rapidly.

The club has sold ”just shy” of 7,500 season tickets for the 2015 MLS season, according to Lions president Phil Rawlins, and 5,000 came in the first week of ticket availability. The team has capped season tickets at 14,000.

“We’re over 50 percent of the target within a month. To say it’s a tremendous start is an understatement,” Rawlins told the Orlando Sentinel. “It shows the tremendous interest soccer is generating in the community, and it shows the appetite for soccer in the community. Orlando has shown it’s the soccer capital of south with the World Cup television viewing numbers and the ticket sales.”

Orlando City’s month-long World Cup season-ticket promotion concluded Tuesday night as club representatives handled phone calls until midnight.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIES MLS STADIUM EXPERIENCE

Several of college football’s most notable conferences have turned to MLS to study issues relating to fan engagement.

Schools in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), PAC 12, and Big 12 have reportedly traveled to Kansas City, Kan., to analyze how Sporting Kansas City continually fills the seats of Sporting Park while the universities struggle to fill massive stadiums in some of college football’s best atmospheres.

“They’re all dealing with the same issues: ticket sales going down and a difficulty getting students to come early and stay late,” Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman told the Wall Street Journal.

Representatives from Florida and Oklahoma State University have made the trip to study Sporting Park and Sporting Innovations. The latter school joined officials from the Pac 12 as groups at the NCAA-D1 level to sign deals with Sporting Innovations to better fan experience.

Sporting KC currently holds a streak of 45 consecutive MLS sellouts, which will likely improve to 46 on Saturday when the team hosts the LA Galaxy in a match set to be aired on ESPN.

FORMER WHITECAPS MANAGER LANDS NEW DEAL

Martin Rennie has landed a new managerial position on the other side of the globe.

The former Vancouver Whitecaps manager has been announced as the first manager for Eland FC of the K-League in South Korea. The deal is set for three years for an undisclosed amount.

Rennie coached the Whitecaps during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In his first year in Vancouver, Rennie helped the Whitecaps reach the playoffs after a dismal 2011 season. The 39-year-old manager also helped Vancouver capture the 2013 Cascadia Cup.

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What do you make of Pfeffer reportedly being added to the Homegrown roster? Will you be tuning in for Red Bulls vs. Arsenal? Is college football smart for looking into the MLS fan experience? Is South Korea a good fit for Rennie?

Share your thoughts below.

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18 Responses to MLS Ticker: Pfeffer reportedly added to Homegrown Game; Red Bulls vs. Arsenal to be nationally televised; and more

  1. Hi Ho says:

    I would much rather watch a MLS U-23 all-star match then a Homegrown match. There would be some homegrown’ s on the U-23 teams anyway but he overall quality of the U-23s would be more intriguing and entertaining to watch

    • Elber Galarga says:

      A homegrown vs US U-23 or U-20 would have been better. Potential MLSers vs potential NTers would definitely be worth watching. Homegrowns vs Portland U-23, sounds pretty lame. I’ll pass.

      • Andrew says:

        I’d watch that. And it would have been easy to do this season, seeing as the U-20s are playing a tournament in Carson right now and could travel straight to Portland afterward without changing time zones.

  2. Byob el paso tx says:

    do football fans from college or nfl, urderstand soccer is a whole different sport and the future sport of the US.
    soccer has no commercials, no time outs, no field goals, no cheating with some 30 coaches lookingat video or print out plays.
    once mls gets 24 teams with their stadium higher quality, higher salary cap and 4 dps,other leagues like nba or nhl will be scared of mls.
    by the way, the nba reminds me of mls, each team has like a designated player. from miami to charlotte and even the trail blazers.

    • lando says:

      Right on! I laughed when I read that. Watching gridiron has become so difficult. I just cannot handle the commercial breaks. The break between the TD the PAT the Kickoff and then the next possession kills me. KILLS ME.

    • Sean says:

      God, I hope that the fan experience in soccer doesn’t translate to Gridiron. My guess is that it would be hard to sustain the singing for up to four hours and through the breaks when not much is happening. But, the passion for the sport is there. I just pray it doesn’t happen… dear lord.

  3. Brain Guy says:

    I hope RBNY don’t put up another stinker like they did in their nationally televised game in Philadelphia.

  4. Jon. says:

    Rennie didn’t coach the Whitecaps in 2011 – that was their inaugural season in MLS. Teitur Thordarson started the season as coach, and Tommy Soehn took over as interim coach when TT was fired. Rennie was hired at the end of 2011 and coached the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

  5. SingularityCup says:

    If I remember correctly any player on the All-Star team that is also in the Home grown game will not be playing in said Home grown game. So Yedlin is likely not to play in that Home grown game

  6. SingularityCup says:

    Also it would have been much cooler if that Homgrown game was against Bayern Munich’s U-23 team.

    • Broadsthooligans says:

      Yea not sure it makes any sense to play an MLS clubs youth team in any event you want to be a spotlight for the league. A Bayern 23 would’ve been a great idea. Maybe next year.

  7. DudeBro says:

    Austria treated the Red Bulls open cup match against the Cosmos as if it were an irritating inconvenience.

    You wanna bet how much they emphasize this meaningless mid-season friendly against Arsenal.

    God, I wish Petke would throw out reserve players for this

    • slowleftarm says:

      I don’t think this will be taken that seriously. Unfortunately though, the lineup will be better than the Cosmos match.

    • beto says:

      +1 soccer has made it in the US when real games, like open cup, ccl & regular season, qre a bigger deal than preseason friendlies

    • Brain Guy says:

      In-season friendlies are an embarrassment to MLS. They shout to its fans and to the whole world, “We’re second-class! We will carve out precious time in the middle of our packed regular-season schedule to provide lucrative scrimmages for the grown-ups!”

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