Football Americas

Kaka breaks MLS salary record as huge gaps open between big names and the rest

Kaka at Orlando CityBy Ben Nicholson
October 1 - The MLS Players Union has released its annual review of salaries for each of the league's players. The list reveals a league record in the form of Kaka's impending $7.17 million to play for the new MLS team Orlando City SC, usurping David Beckham's previous high salary mark by a rough half million.

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Date overlap as FIFA makes 2016 blockbuster events official

copa america centenario2By Paul Nicholson
September 29 – After a longer than anticipated wait, the Centennial Cup America has been officially added to the 2016 FIFA events calendar. The dates mean that the oldest international cup competition in the world will overlap with UEFA's revamped 24-team Euro 2016 championships for 16 days.

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MLS infrastructure: clubs build their stadium bases

MLSBy Ben Nicholson
September 29 - With new MLS teams cropping up around the US, and existing teams rejuvenating, the creation and expansion of stadiums has been in the forefront of minds and proposals all round country. Here is an update on the current happenings.

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US Soccer and Nike stand by Hope Solo, despite domestic violence charges.

imageBy Mark Baber
September 24 - U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play in the period up to her November 4 trial on domestic violence charges. Nike have also said they will stick by the player.

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NYC FC targets Queens for life after Yankee Stadium

aqueduct casinoBy Ben Nicholson
September 22 - The upcoming MLS expansion team NYC FC has targeted a new site for its soccer-specific stadium in the parking lot south of the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. Manchester City owned NYC FC will play its inaugural season, 2015, inside The Yankee Stadium - a baseball arena owned by the New York Yankees, who also own a fraction of NYC FC.

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MLS rebrands with new logo for its 'best days ahead'

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 06.27.13September 22 - The MLS has unveiled a new logo ahead of its twentieth season, to go along with its rebranding and rejuvenated aspirations to become a leading league in world soccer. Discarding the old boot and ball in black and white, the league has gone for the classic crest template normally seen as club logos.

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Brazilians swoop for Strikers while Miami still waits for Becks

Fort Laudedale Strikers ownersSeptember 22 - When Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a North American Soccer League (NASL) club, announced on its website that a major announcement was to be made on September 19, rumors started flying that David Beckham, whose group had suggested they had some announcements to make shortly too, may have had a change in strategy. However, the truth is that three Brazilians are the ones rocking this boat.

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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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