Kicks of the Week: Columbus Crew owner wants to move team

By Amon Kehr

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

Columbus Crew owner threatens Columbus with a move

(Devin Wilber, O’Colly)

Anthony Precourt, the owner of Columbus Crew, wants to move the team to Austin, Texas. Precourt says the reason for the move is the team needs a new stadium to keep up with the growth of the sport. Mapfre Stadium, where Columbus plays, is 17 years old, but Precourt said that the team is in need of new facility. Precourt said the team would be better suited building a stadium in Austin instead of a new one in Columbus because of the untapped potential of the sports market in the Austin area. Local business leaders in Columbus have approached Precourt about the buyout of half of the ownership of the team, but he has rejected their offers.

The situation is similar to what has been happening in the NFL. For years, owners held cities hostage with the threats of moving the team, usually to Los Angeles. Now the tactic is being used in MLS, with Precourt looking to tear the team from Columbus. The Crew are one of the original teams in MLS, as they have been in the league since the beginning. They are also the first team to build a soccer specific stadium in the United States. They are a historic team that have been integral to the success of the league as well as soccer in the US.

United States under-17 national team knocked out of World Cup

After the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup, a lot of eyes have turned to the U-17 World Cup to watch what could potentially be the future of the United States men’s national team. This is the second U-17 World Cup team which the US has qualified for. In the last World Cup, one of the breakout players was Christian Pulisic, who is now playing for Borussia Dortmund in Germany and starring for the USMNT.

The U.S. came into the tournament with high expectations after a good qualifying campaign. The team finished third in the group stage. In the knock out stage, the team defeated Paraguay 5-0. Timothy Weah, son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George Weah, scored a hat trick. The U.S.’s opponent in the quarter finals was England. The U.S. fell behind early, allowing two goals in the first half. The U.S. eventually pulled one back with a goal from striker Josh Sargent. In the end, the U.S. lost to England 4-1, ending its run in the tournament. This age group of players now move up the U-20 group and will be looking to start their professional careers as well as qualify for the U-20 World Cup in 2019.

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