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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Gloves off, CONCACAF federations show their election colours

concacaf logo3By Paul Nicholson in the Bahamas
April 16 – If there was any lingering confusion as to where the CONCACAF federation votes were heading, in bulk, at the May election for FIFA president, no-one was left in any doubt after an extraordinary show of support from the floor for Sepp Blatter at the confederation's congress in the Bahamas today.

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Blatter holds court and backs CONCACAF for 4th World Cup berth

Webb and BlatterBy Paul Nicholson in the Bahamas
April 16 - Speaking at the opening of the CONCACAF Congress in the Bahamas today (Thursday) FIFA president Sepp Blatter told his audience of national federations their confederation should have four automatic places at the FIFA World Cup.

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Caribbean federations have a hot day in the FIFA political sun

CFU CongressBy Paul Nicholson in the Bahamas
April 16 – For anyone taking the global annual football confederation congress tour, the Caribbean is the current stop on the schedule which will end in Zurich in May with the main event of the election of the FIFA president. And as in previous elections, the Caribbean is having its day in the FIFA political sun.

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CFU Club Championship kicks off with Champions League as the prize

CFU club championship logoApril 16 – While their federation presidents were in the Bahamas at the CONCACAF Congress, 15 clubs from nine Caribbean Football Union (CFU) member associations were starting their quest for qualification to the CONCACAF Champions League for the 2015/16 next season.

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FIFA takes its 2016 Congress to Mexico

Justino CompeanJanuary 7 – Mexico will host the 2016 FIFA Congress in a year which is increasingly becoming of huge importance for the country and its regional confederation CONCACAF.

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Red Stripe commits to further five seasons of Jamaican league sponsorship

Red Stripe logoSeptember 5 - The Jamaican Premier League launched this week with the announcement that Red Stripe has committed to the sponsorship of the competition for the next five seasons.

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Klinsmann grumbles for a longer MLS season in the 'national interest'

Jurgen KlinsmannBy Ben Nicholson
September 3 - Jürgen Klinsmann (pictured) has again voiced his discontent with the MLS calendar, stating categorically that the structure is "not working anymore". His wish is for the MLS to "extend the season. Obviously you get 21 teams next year. Start earlier, finish later, but open these slots for the national team program."

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MLS calendar confusion as Blatter comments catch league by surprise

MLS calendarBy Andrew Warshaw
August 6 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in what appeared to be a unilateral stance not sanctioned by US soccer officials, says the MLS is to change its calendar to fall into line with Europe and much of the rest of world football.

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