My Day At Allianz Field, Or: How Sean Johnson Made All Our Wildest Dreams Come True

Yesterday, I was one of the fortunate 19,796 to witness Minnesota United open Allianz Field in Saint Paul. Ultimately I was very blessed because I got to take part in a spectacular atmosphere, but more so because I got to watch NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson finesse one into his own net.

The match took place at 4:00 p.m. with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees and the sun appearing about as frequently as a Minnesota clean sheet.

All The Scenes From The First Match At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

After four years of construction hamstrung by disputes and delays, Tottenham finally moved into “New White Hart Lane” on Wednesday with all the pomp and razzmatazz of a night that could’ve ended in tragic hubristic downfall against Crystal Palace. But second half goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen sent 62,062 spectators home happy with Spurs climbing back to third in the table, one point above both Arsenal and Chelsea.

The First Renderings Of Sacramento Republic’s Potential MLS Stadium Are Here

With FC Cincinnati joining the fold, the 2019 Major League Soccer season consists of 24 teams. Next year, that number will grow to 26 with the debuts of Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC. By 2022, it’ll be 28 teams with Austin FC already one of the confirmed expansion sides. There are many cities vying for slots 28 and beyond, and the current frontrunners seem to be Sacramento, St. Louis and Detroit.

The 2019 Women's World Cup Posters Are Simply Stunning

As of March 3, it’s now only 96 days until the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 7 with hosts France taking on South Korea at the Parc des Princes in Paris. With the date fast approaching, we can now feast our eyes on the official FIFA tournament posters for each of the nine host cities.

What's Behind The Declining Attendances In Australian Soccer?

The Australian A-League is in the midst of its 14th season, and although there are plans to expand the league by two teams by the start of the 2019-20 campaign (Macarthur South West United and Western United FC), attendance numbers remain a concern. 

8 Soccer-Specific Stadiums Coming To MLS This Season And In The Future

The 2019 MLS season is right around the corner, and the buildup to it has been filled with news of growth: new MLS teams, new exciting young players and the new kits they’ll be wearing.

Mixed with the old and the new of MLS is the stadia. In MLS, a good portion of the league's teams now have their own soccer-specific stadiums. Some clubs are currently going through the process of building a stadium, some are renovating and others are still waiting to leave their baseball fields behind.

Here’s a roundup of new stadiums coming to MLS this year and a few years down the road.

The 45 Best Stadiums From Europe's Lower Divisions

Stadiums are part of a club's identity. They are the embodiment of the history, past and present of any club, contribute to the atmosphere of a match and add an aesthetic value to to the game. 

The stadiums of top level teams are usually the most developed and have the highest capacity. They also get the most love. Stadiums like Old Trafford, the Santiago Bernabeu and the San Siro are world renowned, because some of the best teams play there. 

The Estadio Azteca Pitch Looks Like Total Jack

Next Monday, the Los Angeles Rams are set to “host” the Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL game at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. However, the league is reportedly looking into moving the game back to LA because the field, quite frankly, looks like a case of hellfire diarrhea. 

Last May, the legendary stadium switched its pitch from natural grass to a hybrid surface, but with both Club America and Cruz Azul utilizing the Azteca, the grass has been a constant source of anxiety over the last few months.

Minnesota United’s New Soccer-Specific Stadium Is Looking Glorious

Minnesota United will move into its new soccer-specific digs in Saint Paul to start the 2019 Major League Soccer season, and Allianz Field is looking spectacular alongside highway I-94. The pitch was just recently laid, and the seats, supporters’ section and mesh oval exterior give us a fantastic idea of the atmosphere that’ll reverberate around the 19,400-capacity stadium.