Football Americas

Big cities, bigger money. MLS looks set to bust salary cap rules

MLS 2015By Ben Nicholson
July 3 - The MLS is reportedly set to make changes to their existing rules regarding salary caps. The league has allegedly already held a league-wide call about adding, what is essentially, an extra designated player spot, in terms of a "core player" – a player who may earn over the salary cap.

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Fox feeds on World Cup success, closing TV deal with NWSL in US

NWSL and FoxBy Ben Nicholson
July 2 - Whilst the Women's World Cup in Canada is attracting record numbers of spectators, Fox Sports are capitalising on the growing market for women's soccer in North America by securing a broadcasting deal with the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

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CONCACAF brings in specialist to review operations

CONCACAF logoBy Paul Nicholson
July 1 - CONCACAF has called in management consultancy Alvarez & Marsal to review its finances and operations. The confederation that was rocked by the arrest of its president Jeffrey Webb and vice president Eduardo Li, has moved swiftly to establish a review of its procedures already having installed a 'Special Committee' of its three senior north American federation presidents to stabilise the organisation.

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ICSS and OAS link to form big event advisory centre for Americas

Mohammed Hanzab 2 croppedJune 26 - The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have teamed up to launch a joint Centre of Excellence for Major Sporting Events and Sustainable Development.

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Gold Cup ticket sales break records as CONCACAF rebuilds

Gold cup ticket salesBy Paul Nicholson
June 19 – Organisers of the 2015 Gold Cup to be played in the US starting July 7 are reporting ticket sales running at double the level of sales at the same for the 2013 championship. The news will be a relief for CONCACAF's leaders as they battle to maintain confidence and the integrity of region's showcase event for national teams.

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MLS's Minnesota expansion plan snags on shaky foundations

Minnesota UnitedBy Ben Nicholson
June 18 - Minnesota's MLS expansion franchise is in peril as their plans to build a soccer-specific stadium are struggling to receive attention in the State Capitol.

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CONCACAF/Interpol integrity workshop tops 3,350 attendees with Guyana event

CONCACAF logoJune 15 – The confederation may be in turmoil but the battle against match-fixing is on-going. This weekend CONCACAF hosted its Integrity Workshop training session in Guyana for the first time.

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Hoops superstar Anthony to launch NASL team in Puerto Rico

Carmelo AnthonyBy Ben Nicholson
June 15 - New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony has joined the elite club of celebrity athlete owners of football clubs playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL) by creating his own team in his ancestral home of Puerto Rico.

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Gulati hits back as US senator questions selection of Hope Solo

Hope SoloJune 14 - US senator Richard Blumenthal has written to US soccer president Sunil Gulati expressing discontent about Team USA's investigation into the domestic violence charges filed against US goalkeeper, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Hope Solo.

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