Football Americas

Tigo dials in for Central American Cup title sponsorship

Copa centroamericana logoBy Paul Nicholson
August 20 - With just two weeks to go before the start of the Central American Cup 2014, telecoms group Tigo have stepped up as title sponsors for the championship which is being played in the US for the first time.

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FC Dallas set to announce USL Pro affiliate team

USL ProAugust 15 – MLS side FC Dallas has decided to delay creating their own USL team until 2016, and are instead seeking an affiliate for 2015. The USL is the second tier of professional soccer in the US.

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Belize's Belmopan Bandits pitched out the CONCACAF Champions League

FFB stadium renovationBy Paul Nicholson
August 13 – The debut of a team from Belize in the CONCACAF Champions League will have to wait for at least another season after confederation inspectors ruled that their pitch was unplayable. Belize Premier League champions Belmopan Bandits will be replaced in the competition by Costa Rica's Club Sport Herediano.

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MLS's Premier League summer forges new alliances and bigger things to come

Jozy AltidoreAugust 12 - Premier League club Sunderland and D.C. United from the MLS have announced a business partnership. Both clubs have agreed to promote one another in their respective markets, whilst sharing coaching and business expertise.

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MLS All-Stars leave Bayern bruised and beaten in annual showcase

MLS All-Star gameBy Ben Nicholson
August 8 – The mid-week MLS All-Star game set another high mark for this summer of US soccer that has seen all records being broken. Bayern Munich were defeated 2-1 in the 19th All-Star game in front 21,733 spectators at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, sponsored by AT&T.

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CONCACAF extends deals with betting watchdogs Sportradar and FIFA EWS

Sportradar monitoringBy Paul Nicholson
August 6 – In the fight against match-fixing CONCACAF has extended its agreements with sports betting monitoring companies Sportradar and FIFA EWS for the 2014-15 competition period.

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MLS calendar confusion as Blatter comments catch league by surprise

MLS calendarBy Andrew Warshaw
August 6 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in what appeared to be a unilateral stance not sanctioned by US soccer officials, says the MLS is to change its calendar to fall into line with Europe and much of the rest of world football.

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MLS plays cagey on Chivas sale as talks on price and stadium ongoing

Chivas USABy Ben Nicholson
August 6 - The speculation surrounding the future of Chivas USA continued this week as the MLS community was gathered in Portland for the MLS All-Star game activities. Deputy commissioner Mark Abbott stressed that the league wants to keep Chivas USA in Los Angeles, suggesting a possible stadium location in downtown LA.

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Costa Rica plan for Rio Olympics with sights set on Russia 2018

Costa Rica World CupBy Andrew Warshaw
August 5 - The World Cup may be a month old but surprise quarterfinalists Costa Rica, with just 4.3 million inhabitants, are far from resting on their laurels after disproving more than a few myths about being one of the underdogs in Brazil.

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