Football Americas

Mexican backlash as politician scores own goal with Ronaldinho ape tweet

Ronaldinho at QueretaBy Ben Nicholson
September 17 - Carlos Treviño, a Mexican politician, who was Secretary of Social Development in Querétaro from 2006-2009, has successfully damaged his hopes as a spokesperson for the people by making racist comments about Ronaldinho via Twitter. Feeling aggrieved about sitting in traffic that was caused by the hysteria surrounding Ronaldinho's presentation to the fans at his new Mexican club, Quarétero, he expressed his malcontent by referring to Ronaldinho as an ape.

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MLS close in on $100m sale of Chivas' LA franchise

MLS and ChivasBy Ben Nicholson
September 17 - The MLS is making progress with the sale of Chivas USA, but likely at the expense of the team's absence in the 2015 season. The parties involved have been kept discrete, but it is thought that a combination of a wealthy American executive and a Mexican businessman will form the ownership structure of the LA-based club.

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Central America's finest gladiators rock The Coliseum

Copacentroamericano2014By Paul Nicholson in Los Angeles
September 15 - A piece of Central America came to Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night with the finals of the Central American Cup played out in front of a passionate and vocal Latino crowd approaching 50,000.

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Garber signs up for five more years as MLS continues expansion

Don Garber signs 5-year extensionBy Ben Nicholson
September 12 - Don Garber has signed a contract to continue on as MLS Commissioner for another five years. The deal will keep him as the head of US's premier professional league until 2018, which would mark his twentieth year in the job.

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ESSA and CONCACAF combine their integrity assault on match-fixers

ESSA and ConcacafBy Paul Nicholson
September 11 – Betting industry integrity body ESSA has signed an information sharing agreement with CONCACAF, the only hook-up for the online sportsbook organisation with a football confederation. ESSA already has agreements with FIFA and a number of national federations including the English FA and Germany's DFB.

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CFU qualifiers progress to second round in race for Jamaican finals

CFU CupSeptember 11 – The race is hotting up in the Caribbean for qualifying places at the CFU Caribbean Cup finals in Jamaica this November. The finals will not only crown the Caribbean champions but will also provide the region's qualifiers for the CONCACAF 2015 Gold Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centennario, both to be played in the US.

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FIFA ask Canover Watson for more information over arrest

Canover WatsonSeptember 9 - FIFA has contacted Cayman Islander Canover Watson for more information regarding his arrest in connection with an alleged corruption and money laundering investigation.

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Vancouver Whitecaps in deadline crunch over adding USL franchise

USL ProSeptember 9 – MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps are still in the process of discussing plans for a USL Pro team with the local community, despite their intention to start play in the 2015 season. The club signed a memorandum of understanding with New Westminster (part of the Greater Vancouver district) in July but have yet to finalise stadium plans.

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Women's draw emphasises progress being made in the CONCACAF region

CONCACAF Womens World Cup drawBy Paul Nicholson in Miami
December 8 – CONCACAF has completed the final draw for the CONCACAF Women's Championship 2014. The eight team finals, to be played this October, will not only crown a CONCACAF champion but will also qualify three teams for the finals next year in Canada (Canada qualify automatically as hosts) with a fourth team getting a play-off against the third-placed CONMEBOL team.

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