On the subject of promotion and relegation, which is a staple in world club soccer but is nowhere to be found in the United States, MLS commissioner Don Garber has a firm opinion. Garber doesn't want the practice adopted by the American soccer structure, and he took a shot at little old Chattanooga FC to prove his point.
"If you're investing billions and billions of dollars, which we are now at about $3.5 billion invested [in MLS] in 20 years, to build something in Kansas City and they have a shitty season, to think they might be playing in Chattanooga in a stadium of 4,000 people on a crappy field with no fans, makes no sense."
As Twice a Cosmo points out, Chattanooga played in front of 18,000 fans for the NPSL final, and by the looks of this video, the atmosphere compared favorably to many MLS game days. Why do you hate Chattanooga, Don? What happened to you in Rock City?
Security measures increased across Europe in light of Paris attacks [AP]
Following terrorism in France and more threats in Germany, security will be on high alert as domestic leagues return to action this weekend.
Report: Belgian international Radja Nainggolan mistaken for terrorist [SI]
After the Belgian national team's friendly against France was canceled Wednesday, Belgium and Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan was identified as a possible terrorist at his hotel. Despite the ridiculous racism on the part of those who called police on Nainggolan, he kept a cool head and eventually posed for photos with the cops who recognized him.
El Clásico in a post-Messi vs. Ronaldo world [SBN]
What will Spain's biggest rivalry be like when the game's two biggest stars are gone?
What's happening in The A?
The Braves are reportedly "shopping everyone owed money." If general manager John Coppolella could field a Double-A team at Turner Field in 2016, best believe he would.
Sir Foster is the best damn organist in the NBA. This is what Hawks game day is like for him.