Football Americas

Watson charged as Caribbean paradise turns into political inferno

Canover WatsonBy Paul Nicholson
November 21 – Canover Watson, a member of FIFA's audit committee and vice president of CONCACAF, has been charged in the Cayman Islands of five corruption and money laundering offenses. The charges were brought by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Anti-Corruption Unit. He will appear in Summary Court next Tuesday.

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Etihad add New York connection to City Football Group portfolio

NYCFC kitNovember 17 - New MLS franchise New York City FC, which joins the league in 2015, has announced Etihad Airways as its shirt sponsor. The club has also announced a kit deal with Adidas and will play in the same light blue colour - with the same sponsor - as sister club Manchester City.

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Stadium analysis puts D.C. United at heart of regeneration plan

D.C.UnitedBy Ben Nicholson
November 10 – A report has been published in the US detailing a cost-benefit analysis of Washington-based MLS club D.C. United's proposed soccer specific stadium development. The 406-page report suggests that the benefits will outweigh the costs.

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MLS TV viewing figures show rise on 2013, with new TV deal set to kick in

MLS tvBy Ben Nicholson
November 5 - MLS 2014 season TV viewership figures for ESPN show a slight rise from 2013, following the trend of increased attendance figures. However, excepting 2013, each year since 2006 has recorded more viewers than 2014, proving there is still much to do in terms of popularising the MLS on television.

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MLS attendances hit new record highs

MLS crowdBy Ben Nicholson
November 3 - The MLS has broken its season long attendance record, averaging 19,147 fans per game. Eleven teams saw an increase in attendance figures, whilst eight teams suffered drops in attendance.

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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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