Revolution Newsstand – March 19, 2009

Revolution NewsstandWith the season set to get underway Saturday for the Revolution, Kyle McCarthy talked with defender Chris Tierney about vying for time at left back and Allen Ramsey of Goal.com gives his season preview for New England.

In league wide news, Vancouver lands the 17th franchise in MLS and will join the league in 2011 as highlighted by both Ives Galarcep on ESPNsoccernet and Dylan Butler on MLSnet. Goal.com reports that Portland will likely become the 18th franchise with an announcement coming soon.

The Associated Press gives a preview for tonight’s season opener between Sounders FC and the Red Bulls. On Yahoo! Sports, Martin Rogers looks into the challenges that lie ahead for MLS in the future. And Jeff Bradley of MLSnet gets nostalgic as he reminisces about past season openers.

McCarthy spoke with Chris Tieney about the second-year player potentially seeing some time on the field this weekend with players across the backline being ruled out for the opener. Also noted is news on the possible acquisition of two African players.

Ramsey gives his take on how the Revs fare heading into the season and where he predicts they will finish at season’s end.

Ives Galarcep and Dylan Butler each give their take on why Vancouver was selected as the 17th franchise for MLS.

Portland has a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. PT on Friday where there will be an announcement made about the city’s bid for an MLS franchise. There is still no confirmation yet whether the news will be good or bad for the bid’s supports.

16 months since the announcement that Seattle would be the league’s 15th franchise, it’s finally time for Sounders FC to play. The AP gives a look into the lead-up to Seattle’s opener.

Rogers looks into one of the biggest challenge that faces MLS – more access in the states to international soccer coverage. MLS Commissioner Don Garber only sees it as a good thing because it gets people watching soccer. The thought is that more American sports fan will then watch MLS.

With MLS to kick off it’s 14th season tonight, Bradley takes a look back at some his fondest moments of MLS season openers.

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