Football Americas

Chivas USA folds as MLS revamps and sells to new franchise owners

Chivas USABy Ben Nicholson
October 29 - Chivas USA, of the MLS, has officially ceased operations. The MLS will unveil in a press conference today the new ownership group who will take over the club from the MLS.

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CONCACAF Women's summit closes with calls to action

Sonia Bien-Aime3October 27 – CONCACAF completed its first Women's football development summit yesterday with 39 of its 41 member associations present in Philadelphia, coinciding with the finals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at PPL Park in nearby Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Garber says Miami stadium is a must-have if MLS is to grant Becks franchise

don garberOctober 24 - Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says an apparent lack of political will is hindering David Beckham's bid to set up a new franchise in Miami.

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IMG adds MLS and US national teams to its TV sales catalogue

TV camerasBy Paul Nicholson
October 23 - IMG has signed an eight year TV and media representation deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) and the national federation, U.S. Soccer, to sell rights outside the US and Canada, The agreement, starts in 2015 and runs through to 2022.

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CONCACAF ups the stakes in war on match-fixing with 'criminalising' initiative

FEAT-ElSalvador-October2014MatchManipulation 1By Paul Nicholson
October 17 – The fight against match-fixing took the next, and ground breaking, steps in El Salvador this week with meetings to discuss a roadmap that will make match manipulation a crime under the country's laws. The talks in El Salvador are intended to become a blueprint for discussion with government and agencies region-wide.

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Heineken quenches its US soccer thirst with MLS deal, and looks for more

HeinekenBy Ben Nicholson
October 16 – Heineken has become the official beer sponsor of the MLS. The five-year deal is values at approximately $50 million, which includes media and marketing commitments. More than $3 million will be paid annually for rights to the MLS.

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Sacramento's richest back the Californian capital's MLS bid

Sacramento RepublicBy Ben Nicholson
October 14 – Just a fortnight after Sacramento Republic FC won the USL Pro Championship, the second tier of US professional football, the club has added an impressive list of local investors to its shareholder roster. The capital of California is chasing the final MLS expansion spot and the new stakeholders boost the club's financial credentials in terms of local support for their venture.

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Philadelphia venue for landmark women's football seminars

womens footballOctober 10 – CONCACAF has announced it will host a two-day women's football seminar October 25-26, in Philadelphia, coinciding with the semi-finals and final of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

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Red Bulls tax row gets wings as it heads for Supreme Court

Red BullsBy Ben Nicholson
October 10 - The New York Red Bulls have been granted a hearing with the Supreme Court of New Jersey to settle its tax dispute with the Town of Harrison. The club is seeking reimbursement for tax paid on its Red Bull Arena, claiming exemption is statutorily permitted.

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