Football Americas

US Soccer faces NASL antitrust lawsuit over new rules 'protecting' MLS

Sunil GulatiBy Ben Nicholson
September 3 - The North American Soccer League (NASL) is challenging the legality of the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) criteria change to Division 1 sanctioning. The new requirements allegedly serve as a "bait and switch" that gives preferential treatment to Major League Soccer (MLS) in violation of antitrust laws, which are laws that regulate the conduct and organisation of business corporations that seek to promote fair competition.

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Caribbean storm brews in Cayman over claims of rigged elections and suspicious cash transfers

Bruce BlakeBy Paul Nicholson
September 2 – The Cayman Islands have been plunged into new football controversy and allegations of election rigging and financial irregularities. With Cayman Islands and former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb currently being held in the US on corruption charges, back in Cayman the process of healing has been derailed.

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While Beckham still seeks stadium, Maldini puts Nesta in at Miami FC

Alessandro NestaSeptember 1 - While David Beckham continues to attempt to finalise a deal to set up his new MLS team in Miami, the city's other professional side Miami FC, due to join the second-tier NASL, has appointed former Italian international Alessandro Nesta, who made 78 appearances for his country, as its head coach.

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La Liga joins US Club Soccer Players First initiative as tech partner

US Club SoccerBy Paul Nicholson
August 21 – US Club Soccer, the 500,000 member organisation that launched its Players First initiative for youth clubs earlier this month, has officially launched its technical partnership with Spain's LaLiga.

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Forbes doubles MLS club values, with Seattle at top of the pile

Seattle SoundersBy Ben Nicholson
August 21 - Forbes has published estimated values of MLS teams, showing an average increase in value of around 50% since 2013.

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Turf wars: Soccer v Football in America's back yard

soccer vs footballBy Mark Baber
August 19 - As the NFL inches gradually towards possibly setting up a franchise in the UK with the official support of the ruling Conservative Party, a set of data-points drawn together by Texas-based data specialists UMBEL give an insight into how soccer is rapidly becoming a mainstream sport in the USA.

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US Club Soccer pushes for culture change with 'Players First' launch

Kevin Payne 2By Paul Nicholson
August 19 - US Club Soccer, one of the largest and certainly most influential youth soccer organisations in the US with more than 500,000 members, has launched an amibitious 'Players First' initiative that will give its members a suite of tools to better manage their soccer experience.

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US prepares to host men's and women's 2016 Olympic qualifiers

Mexico Olympic championsAugust 18 – Focus has turned to the Olympic 2016 qualifying in the CONCACAF region, which in 2012 in London took both Gold medals with Mexico taking the men's title and the US winning the women's with Canada taking the bronze.

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New MLS franchise Minnesota Utd switches site as deadlines missed

Minnesota UtdBy Ben Nicholson
August 18 – Newly awarded MLS franchise Minnesota United looks to have stumbled on its route to securing a stadium to begin play in the 2018 season, having missed an MLS July deadline to submit a state subsidy financial package, and with confusion over whether the team will play in Minneapolis or neighbouring St Paul.

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