The Cali Clasico was a great time this past Saturday at Cashman Field. The Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes 1-0 thanks to a Gyassi Zardes first-half goal from which the Quakes were not able to match. The game itself was decent with both teams still working off their pre-season rust but what made the night fun was the atmosphere. Both the San Jose Ultras and Angel City brigade were in full voice and the constant back and forth singing was a blast to experience. We are even more psyched for the Mobsters season to start!
The 2016 PDL schedule has been released and with the Mountain Division being eliminated and the Mobsters being moved to the newly-created Central Pacific Division, our boys will be putting in a LOT of road miles. Here's the schedule:
5.7 vs San Francisco City FC
5.14 vs Albuquerque Sol FC
5.16 vs BYU Cougars
5.19 at Fresno Fuego
5.21 at Fresno Fuego
5.27 vs Burlingame Dragons
5.29 vs Burlingame Dragons
6.4 at BYU Cougars
6.10 vs OC Blues U23
6.18 vs Fresno Fuego
7.2 at Albuquerque Sol
7.7 at San Francisco City FC
7.9 at San Francisco City FC
7.10 at Burlingame Dragons
So as you can see, we no longer have any easily manageable away games to So Cal. In its place we have crazy-long drives to Northern and Central California. Gonna be a challenge to give proper away-support; we'll do our best though.
We're also mourning the suspension of the Copa Frontera competition for at least 2016. The PDL, in all its infinite wisdom *ahem*, did not schedule the Mobsters vs FC Tucson this year. And since the Copa hinges on us, Tucson, and Albuquerque all playing each other means no 2016 Copa Frontera Competiton. Here's hoping the PDL rectifies this next season.
Lastly, the California Clasico is happening this Saturday, Feb 13th at Cashman Field. If you've never seen the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy play each other, you're in for a treat. The two clubs have one of the greatest rivalries in North American soccer and the matches are almost always intense affairs. Plus, we will be tailgating as per usual. Join us for good food, good drink and what's sure to be a great match!
A few days back word got out the Las Vegas Sands Corporation was looking to build a football stadium on the recently purchased UNLV land on Tropicana Ave. Our first thought was that it's a fantastic idea and hey that could easily house an MLS team. Then we hear the Raiders ownership are looking to maybe move their team here to play in the proposed stadium. Which sounds great as the NFL could potentially bring big bucks into Las Vegas. Then we read this article which states that the stadium financing plan expects the public to fund 780 million dollars of the 1.2 billion dollar stadium. And that's where we started laughing.
When the MLS stadium was proposed, the amount of public money (with no raising of taxes of any kind to the people of Las Vegas, mind you) was microscopic compared to this plan. And the Las Vegas Review-Journal skewered the soccer stadium proposal. Fast forward a year and change and the same newspaper is now saying how this new plan is a "must-do"
Did we mention the man behind this plan is also the man that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal? And is also worth near 25 billion dollars?
Las Vegas can certainly use a venue like this, no question. But the hypocrisy of folks being behind this yet being vehemently against the soccer stadium is just so blatant it's laughable.
Ok, next post will be better, honest. Oh wait, next post is going to be how the new PDL schedule is pure bs for the Mobsters. Alright, the one after that one will be nice. Promise.
Soccer Fans & Las Vegas Transplants