Football Americas

Fluminense and Sporting KC sign for player trading and youth partnership

Thiago SilvaSeptember 1 - MLS' Sporting KC has announced a formal partnership with Brazil's Fluminense FC. The two clubs will share philosophies, marketing strategies, business practices, and players too.

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IMG pick up international TV rights to 2015 Gold Cup and Women's Championship

Gold cupAugust 31 – IMG has picked up international TV sales distribution rights to a package of CONCACAF championships in 2015, including the Gold Cup and the Champions' League. The deal will see IMG sell the rights in all territories outside of the CONCACAF region.

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NWSL agrees to mid-season break for 2015 Women's World Cup

NWSL logoAugust 28 - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has announced its new schedule format for the 2015 season. The fixtures will begin in April and finish in September, adding in a two-week break for the group stages of the Women's World Cup.

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Vegas puts its cash on the table for MLS bid and earmarks stadium site

Welcome to VegasBy Ben Nicholson
August 28 - Las Vegas' MLS expansion bid has taken a step forward by having the city and developers sign a term sheet outlining the project. $200 million has been assigned to develop a 24,000-seater stadium, $100 million for expansion fees, and a further $100 million for interest on the bonds issued by the city.

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Bimbo bakes new 5-year $11m deal with Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union and BimboAugust 22 - MLS' Philadelphia Union has renewed their deal with kit sponsor Bimbo Bakeries. The Bimbo logo will continue to appear on the front of their official shirts for the next five years, in a deal worth $11 million.

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Atlanta fans reserve 14,000 season tickets: first match...2017

Arthur BlankBy Ben Nicholson
August 21 - MLS' Atlanta expansion team has received more than 14,000 season ticket applications, three years in advance. The team is yet to possess a squad, manager, even a name, and won't play a game until 2017. However, this has not prevented the local community showing their excitement.

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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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