News of Interest

US Club Soccer has launched a feature to members called the News of Interest, a regular compilation of recent news articles encompassing all levels of our sport. As new editions are added, older news will be replaced. By being included in the News of Interest, US Club Soccer is not necessarily endorsing the views of the writer and/or publication.

July 11:

Boys ECNL Announces Nick Kasper as Boys ECNL Director
http://www.boysecnl.com/2017/07/boys-ecnl-announces-nick-kasper-as-boys-ecnl-director/

Sporting KC principal owner Neal Patterson dies at 67
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/74095/sporting-kc-principal-owner-neal-patterson-dies-at.html?edition=17459

Time is of essence for World Cup 2026 bid committee
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/74066/time-is-of-essence-for-world-cup-2026-bid-committe.html?edition=17448

USA-Panama: No good excuses after disappointing result
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/74092/usa-panama-no-good-excuses-after-disappointing-re.html?edition=17457

Datebook: USWNT will play New Zealand twice
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/74087/datebook-uswnt-will-play-new-zealand-twice.html

U-17 World Cup: USA to face India, Colombia and Ghana
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/74078/u-17-world-cup-usa-to-face-india-colombia-and-gh.html

Red Bull Arena to Host USA-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier, Presented by Volpi Foods, on Sept. 1
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/07/06/17/32/20170706-news-mnt-red-bull-arena-to-host-usa-costa-rica-world-cup-qualifier-on-sept-1

MLS Expansion: Charlotte council will explore plan
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73992/mls-expansion-charlotte-council-will-explore-plan.html?edition=17420

WNT to Play Canada in Vancouver and USA in November
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/06/29/17/09/20170629-news-wnt-to-play-canada-in-vancouver-and-usa-in-november-home-and-home-series

FIFA admits it gave 2026 World Cup to Fox to avoid a lawsuit, knew it would lose money on deal
http://awfulannouncing.com/soccer/fifa-admits-gave-2026-world-cup-fox-avoid-lawsuit-knew-lose-money-deal.html

MLS: Quakes replace Kinnear with Leitch as head coach
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73918/mls-quakes-replace-kinnear-with-leitch-as-head-co.html?edition=17400

USMNT: Four uncapped players named to Gold Cup roster
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73917/usmnt-four-uncapped-players-named-to-gold-cup-ros.html?edition=17400

Soccer world is heartbroken over death of former USWNT coach Tony DiCicco
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/06/tony-dicicco-uswnt-mia-hamm-world-cup

Business: Providence Equity Partners sells SUM interest
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73854/business-providence-equity-partners-sells-sum-int.html?edition=17372

MLS Expansion: San Diego bid ‘jeopardized’ by delay
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73851/mls-expansion-san-diego-bid-jeopardized-by-dela.html?edition=17372

U.S. Soccer: Tracey Kevins named U-15 girls coach
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73830/us-soccer-tracey-kevins-named-u-15-girls-coach.html?edition=17367

The Development Academies: The saga ends
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73806/the-development-academies-the-saga-ends.html?edition=17354

MLS Expansion: Cincinnati eyes stadium of its own
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73819/mls-expansion-cincinnati-eyes-stadium-of-its-own.html?edition=17359

TV: Mexico-USA draws 4.5 million on Univision networks
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73760/tv-mexico-usa-draws-45-million-on-univision-netw.html?edition=17338

MLS Expansion: Setbacks for San Diego and Charlotte
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73766/mls-expansion-setbacks-for-san-diego-and-charlott.html?edition=17340

June 12:

Blank: NCAA recruiting dead period gives coaches much-needed break
http://www.soccerwire.com/blog-posts/blank-ncaa-recruiting-dead-period-gives-coaches-much-needed-break/

In demanding stretch of World Cup qualifiers, U.S. soccer gets the most out of its roster
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/06/12/in-demanding-stretch-of-world-cup-qualifiers-u-s-soccer-gets-the-most-out-of-its-roster/

USA-Mexico: Bruce Arena gets it right at the Azteca
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73748/usa-mexico-bruce-arena-gets-it-right-at-the-aztec.html

Press Goal Lifts USA to 1-0 Away Win vs. Norway
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/06/11/16/50/20170611-recap-wnt-usa-v-norway-1-0-win-sandefjord-international-friendly-june-11-2017

Tab Ramos is bullish on USA after U-20 World Cup performance and DA progress
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73725/tab-ramos-is-bullish-on-usa-after-u-20-world-cup-p.html

Development academies: the saga continues
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73615/development-academies-the-saga-continues.html?edition=17286

Hexagonal: USA moves into third place at midway point
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73718/hexagonal-usa-moves-into-third-place-at-midway-po.html?edition=17322

NISA: Ex-Fire GM Peter Wilt plans launch of D3 league
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73705/nisa-ex-fire-gm-peter-wilt-plans-launch-of-d3-lea.html?edition=17315

Fox plans all-American 2018 World Cup lead broadcast crew: Strong, Donovan, Holden
https://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/06/07/fox-2018-world-cup-announcers-strong-holden-donovan

Under-20 World Cup: USA meets its match in Venezuela
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73646/under-20-world-cup-usa-meets-its-match-in-venezue.html?edition=17297

Alphabet soup of leagues only increasing youth soccer’s travel problem
https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/youth-club-soccer-travel-problem-too-far-much-ecnl

MLS: Hinchey will leave Rapids for swimming
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73628/mls-hinchey-will-leave-rapids-for-swimming.html?edition=17288

Report: Earthquakes name new club president
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73599/report-earthquakes-name-new-club-president.html?edition=17283

Under-20 World Cup: USA cruises with record-tying win
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73610/under-20-world-cup-usa-cruises-with-record-tying.html?edition=17283

NWSL: ‘Crazy’ heat conditions send Daly to hospital
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73557/nwsl-crazy-heat-conditions-send-daly-to-hospita.html?edition=17267

2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Nominees Announced (including Kevin Payne as nominee for “Builder” category)
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/05/24/18/29/20170524-hof-national-soccer-hall-of-fame-class-of-2017-nominees-announced

MLS Expansion: San Diego initiative passes first hurdle
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73504/mls-expansion-san-diego-initiative-passes-first-h.html?edition=17248

The Development Academy — is it time for more than one division?
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73440/the-development-academy-is-it-time-for-more-tha.html?edition=17225

U.S. Soccer Appoints First Group of Girls’ Development Academy Technical Advisors
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/05/22/20/31/20170522-news-da-us-soccer-appoints-first-group-of-girls-development-academy-technical-advisors

MLS Expansion: Leiweke makes pitch for Miami stadium
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73437/mls-expansion-leiweke-makes-pitch-for-miami-stadi.html?edition=17223

MLS Expansion: Opposition to San Diego plan mounts
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73436/mls-expansion-opposition-to-san-diego-plan-mounts.html?edition=17223

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati might have a challenger in 2018 election
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/05/15/u-s-soccer-president-sunil-gulati-might-have-a-challenger-in-2018-election/

FIFA Watchdogs Quit in Protest, Sparking New Soccer Crisis
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-17/more-fifa-watchdogs-quit-in-protest-sparking-new-soccer-crisis

Soccer community rallies behind Terry Vaughn’s battle with Huntington’s
https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/05/16/soccer-community-rallies-behind-terry-vaughns-battle-huntingtons

NWSL: Players take first step toward union recognition
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73391/nwsl-players-take-first-step-toward-union-recogni.html?edition=17213

Five Things to Know About the Expedited Bid Window for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/05/11/14/57/20170511-feat-five-things-to-know-expedited-window-2026-world-cup-bid-usa-mexico-canada

Ousted FIFA ethics prosecutor: ‘Several 100 cases’ ongoing
https://apnews.com/19f5eb144b42441dbaf5fff6b08cbdc7

May 15:

NWSL: Pugh signing is ‘monumental moment’
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73381/nwsl-pugh-signing-is-monumental-moment.html?edition=17208

World Cup 2026: What fast-tracked bid process means?
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73366/world-cup-2026-what-fast-tracked-bid-process-mean.html?edition=17200

NWSL: Barcelona approves plan to launch women’s team
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73367/nwsl-barcelona-approves-plan-to-launch-womens-te.html?edition=17200

Datebook: U.S. women to host new international tourney
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73343/datebook-us-women-to-host-new-international-tou.html?edition=17196

NASL expands to Southern California
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73342/nasl-expands-to-southern-california.html?edition=17196

FIFA’s chief ethics investigator and ethics judge replaced
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-fifa-ethics-idUKKBN18525Y

Girls ECNL expands to include U13 Division
http://www.soccerwire.com/news/clubs/youth-girls/girls-ecnl-expands-to-include-u13-division/

Report: Beckham Miami land deal gains momentum
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73337/report-beckham-miami-land-deal-gains-momentum.html?edition=17192

U.S. Soccer Selects Orlando to Host USA-Panama World Cup Qualifier, Presented by Volpi Foods
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/05/08/14/58/20170508-news-mnt-us-soccer-orlando-host-home-fifa-world-cup-qualifier-final-round-panama-october-6

This U.S. loss to Mexico for U-17 Concacaf crown ‘stings’
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73296/this-us-loss-to-mexico-for-u-17-concacaf-crown.html?edition=17179

U-17 MNT Falls to Mexico 5-4 in Penalty Kicks After 1-1 Draw in CONCACAF Championship Final
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/05/07/18/51/20170507-recap-u17mnt-falls-to-mexico-5-4-penalty-kicks-in-2017-concacaf-championship-final

FIFA kingpin quits in fallout from latest federal plea
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73232/fifa-kingpin-quits-in-fallout-from-latest-bribery.html?edition=17152

USA youth teams are on a roll
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73231/usa-youth-teams-are-on-a-roll.html?edition=17156

MLS announces continued partnership with FFF for academy coaches education
https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/04/28/mls-announces-continued-partnership-fff-academy-coaches-education

FIFA suspends audit official, opens probe into Caribbean head
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-fifa-lai-afc-idUKKBN17U1DC

They’re back! FIFA scandals enter new territory
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73192/theyre-back-fifa-scandals-enter-new-territory.html?edition=17138

A soccer cathedral grows: Providence Park to add approximately 4,000 new seats in modern expansion
http://www.timbers.com/post/2017/04/26/soccer-cathedral-grows-providence-park-add-approximately-4000-new-seats-modern

Report: Miami Beckham United adds new investor
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73187/report-miami-beckham-united-adds-new-investor.html?edition=17136

USA makes history with win over Mexico in U-17 qualifying
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73188/usa-makes-history-with-win-over-mexico-in-u-17-qua.html?edition=17136

Orlando City Stadium to host 2017 NWSL Championship
http://www.nwslsoccer.com/news#orlando-city-stadium-to-host-2017-nwsl-championship

Fallen FIFA boss Blatter says met U.S. lawyers, but is not a suspect
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-fifa-blatter-idUKKBN17N1UZ

CONCACAF sues 2 ex-officials charged in FIFA bribery scandal
https://apnews.com/6781f518c2864193b876ccbf91f87f20

U.S. Soccer names new women’s youth national team coaches — Kacey White and Keri Sarver
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73120/us-soccer-names-new-womens-youth-national-team.html?edition=17113

Fallen FIFA boss Blatter says met U.S. lawyers, but is not a suspect
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-fifa-blatter-idUKKBN17N1UZ

April 20:

North American bid for 2026 World Cup backed by Oceania
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/north-american-bid-2026-world-cup-backed-oceania-134108745–sow.html

TV Report: NWSL opener on Lifetime averages 82,000
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73073/tv-report-nwsl-opener-on-lifetime-averages-82000.html?edition=17098

LAFC sets out to create the MLS 3.0 standard
https://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/04/19/lafc-mls-expansion-2018-penn-thorrington-stadium-standard

Salt Lake City to Host World Cup Qualifying Warm-up on June 3 against Venezuela
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/04/17/17/27/20170417-news-mnt-salt-lake-city-to-host-world-cup-qualifying-warmup-on-june-3-against-venezuela

U.S., Mexico and Canada formally announce joint bid for 2026 World Cup
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/04/10/u-s-mexico-and-canada-formally-announce-joint-bid-for-2026-world-cup/

CONCACAF to ask FIFA to fast-track U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid — sources
http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/story/3101103/us-led-2026-world-cup-bid-to-ask-fifa-for-approval-this-year-sources

World Cup 2026 bid: What we know and don’t know
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72969/world-cup-2026-bid-what-we-know-and-dont-know.html

United States, Canada and Mexico joint bid will be favored to land 2026 World Cup
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/04/09/united-states-canada-and-mexico-joint-bid-will-be-favored-to-land-2026-world-cup/

FIFA sees widening losses this year after corruption scandal
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-fifa-finance-idUKKBN17926H

FIFA VP wants guaranteed World Cup entry for all co-hosts
https://apnews.com/d86f9a96bead4687a577232948f7e3d3/FIFA-VP-wants-guaranteed-World-Cup-entry-for-all-co-hosts

Long Days, Google Docs and Anonymous Surveys: How the U.S. Soccer Team Forged a Deal
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/sports/soccer/uswnt-us-soccer-labor-deal-contract.html?mtrref=undefined&_r=0

U.S. Soccer and U.S. women find labor peace
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72918/us-soccer-and-us-women-find-labor-peace.html?edition=17048

How FIFA rules hurt immigrant children in the USA
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72935/how-fifa-rules-hurt-immigrant-children-in-the-usa.html?edition=17054

Jitka Klimkova, Mark Carr named head coaches of U.S. U-20, U-17 WNTs
http://www.soccerwire.com/news/nt/international-women/jitka-klimkova-mark-carr-named-head-coaches-of-u-s-u-20-u-17-wnts/

USA Blanks Russia 4-0 Before Sellout Crowd in Frisco
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/04/07/01/52/20170406-recap-wnt-defeats-russia-in-friendly-in-frisco-texas

MLS Expansion: St. Louis voters say ‘no’
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72913/mls-expansion-st-louis-voters-say-no.html?edition=17040

Budget axe falls on rising men’s college program
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72897/budget-axe-falls-on-rising-mens-college-program.html?edition=17036

Datebook: USA-T&T will be played at DSGP
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72886/datebook-usa-tt-will-be-played-at-dsgp.html?edition=17032

USL: A new Division III league in works for 2019
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72857/usl-a-new-division-iii-league-in-works-for-2019.html

Lawsuit by youth clubs against MLS Players Union dismissed
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72854/lawsuit-by-youth-clubs-against-mls-players-union-d.html

Concacaf will get six teams (as many as eight) in new World Cup format
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72859/concacaf-will-get-six-teams-as-many-as-eight-in.html

Clint Dempsey’s hat trick powers U.S. to 6-0 rout of Honduras in World Cup qualifier
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/03/25/clint-dempseys-hat-trick-powers-u-s-to-6-0-rout-of-honduras-in-world-cup-qualifier/

Fire acquire German star Bastian Schweinsteiger from Manchester United
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/ct-bastian-schweinsteiger-chicago-fire-20170321-story.html