And Meanwhile in Major League Soccer

Last night the city of San Jose, CA cleared a hurdle for the San Jose Earthquakes allowing them to move one step closer towards groundbreaking on their new stadium.

The crucial vote passed 6-0 after review and denial of one critical resident’s appeal. More on the story here.

In Houston, the Dynamo and their ownership group Anschutz Entertainment Group and Golden Boy Promotions, secured a stadium sponsor for their new stadium opening in May of 2012. The stadium will be named BBVA Compass Park. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya (BBVA) of Spain is a bank with a global presence. BBVA also sponsors Spain’s La Liga aka Liga BBVA, which is currently the world’s most dominant football (soccer) league. For more on this story click here.

And so it is becoming more and more common for stronger brands to sponsor the league and teams. San Jose’s planning commission got the point. There is growth in all aspects whether its franchises, fan base, or media outreach. This season the MLS arrives on NBC in addition to its usual contracts with Fox, ESPN and Univision.

These examples are more reasons for Santa Ana City Council to be bold in working to acquire, secure and finalize a Chivas USA and MLS move here, and most importantly, look to the future.

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