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Angels Links: City of Nashville approves stadium plan for MLS bid

Another MLS coaching vacancy is filled, and the MLS rookie of the year is announced

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Nashville Metro Council approves funding for potential MLS stadium

The Nashville Metro council approved a financing plan for an MLS stadium on the city’s fairgrounds. The funding is contingent on Nashville’s bid for a team being granted by MLS. Having a soccer-specific stadium or the plans for one is one of the key aspects for any cities looking to get an MLS team. There have been rumors out there that Nashville will be one of the MLS bids that is accepted this December, and this news about the stadium can only help their chances.

Remi Garde is hired as the new coach of the Montreal Impact

Remi Garde was hired as the coach of the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. Garde is a veteran of the Premier League and Ligue 1 as both a player and coach. Garde’s last coaching foray was as coach of Aston Villa in the Premier League back in 2016. Garde also coached Lyon in France, and lead them to a Coupe De France title during his time there. The Impact will truly be starting a new era, after letting go of coach Mauro Biello and the retirement of captain and club legend Patrice Bernier.

Julian Gressel named MLS Rookie of the Year

Atlanta United had a great season, and their high profile stars got most of the attention, Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Hector Villalba, etc. But Atlanta got contributions from many players this year, and one who was not overlooked was Julian Gressel, who won rookie of the year on Wednesday. Gressel was the 8th pick of the MLS SuperDraft, and he had a stellar year this year. Gressel had five goals and nine assists in 32 games this year. Abu Danladi of Minnesota United finished as runner-up for the award.

Kaká and Andrea Pirlo’s time in MLS show the downside of the older DP

Kaká and Andrea Pirlo are two legendary players in their generation (luckily for AC Milan fans they got to enjoy both players in their prime). However their MLS careers left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t even their faults really, Pirlo at his age was a defensive liability in a league that is more physical than Serie A, and Kaká had his bright spots but simply couldn’t stay healthy. Pirlo’s struggles were slightly overshadowed because of the brilliance of his teammate, also an older DP in David Villa. However with the struggles of Pirlo and Kaká, and the success of younger DP’s like the crew at Atlanta United, this might be the beginning of the end of the era with older legends as Designated Players in MLS.

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