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.

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

March 20:

U.S. Soccer to end youth residency program in Florida
http://www.espnfc.us/united-states/story/3084402/us-soccer-to-end-youth-residency-program-in-florida

U.S. Soccer Appoints Aloys Wijnker, Tony Lepore to New Sport Development Roles
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/03/16/23/00/20170316-news-us-soccer-appoints-aloys-wijnker-tony-lepore-to-new-sport-development-roles

USMNT: Arena’s roster selections surprising yet telling
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72672/usmnt-arenas-roster-selections-surprising-yet-te.html?edition=16955

Seeded USA gets favorable draw for U-20 World Cup
https://www.socceramerica.com/article/72655/seeded-usa-gets-favorable-draw-for-u-20-world-cup.html?edition=16955

U.S. Soccer Introduces Term Limits, Elects Val Ackerman, Adds Fan Vote to National Council
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/03/05/01/27/20170304-news-agm-us-soccer-adds-term-limits-elects-val-ackerman-adds-fan-vote-to-national-council

France dominates Americans, 3-0, to win SheBelieves Cup; U.S. finishes last
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/03/07/france-dominates-americans-3-0-to-win-shebelieves-cup-u-s-finishes-last/?utm_term=.e7407e7377ea

National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction to be Held March 24 at Avaya Stadium
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/03/03/22/33/20170303-news-hof-national-soccer-hall-of-fame-2016-class-induction-held-march-24-at-avaya-stadium

U.S. Soccer: New national anthem protocol approved
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72542/us-soccer-new-national-anthem-protocol-approved.html?edition=16910

Study Examines Whether Headgear Can Reduce Concussions in Soccer Players
http://www.med.wisc.edu/news-events/study-examines-whether-headgear-can-reduce-concussions-in-soccer-players/47941

MNT to Face Panama, Martinique and Haiti or Nicaragua in 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/03/07/16/47/20170307-news-mnt-to-face-panama-martinique-and-haiti-or-nicaragua-in-2017-concacaf-gold-cup

NWSL: Plush steps down as commissioner after 26 months
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72512/nwsl-plush-steps-down-as-commissioner-after-26-mo.html?edition=16900

NYCFC’s Girls Soccer Development Academy
http://goalnation.com/nycfc-launch-girls-soccer-academy/

U.S. Soccer: U-17 and U-20 women’s coaches to be replaced
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72440/us-soccer-u-17-and-u-20-womens-coaches-to-be-r.html?edition=16871

Turner’s soccer shocker; Wins rights to UEFA Champions League
http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2017/02/20/Media/Turner-UEFA.aspx

Lots of time to get Trump focused on 2026 World Cup
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72351/lots-of-time-to-get-trump-focused-on-2026-world-cu.html?edition=16833

Official: Carli Lloyd joins Man City Women on short-term deal
http://www.soccerwire.com/news/global/official-carli-lloyd-joins-man-city-women-on-short-term-deal/

Soccer history made as DC United stadium finally set to ‘go vertical’
http://www.soccerwire.com/news/pro/mls/soccer-history-made-as-dc-united-stadium-finally-set-to-go-vertical/

Feb. 16:

Girls DA Director Miriam Hickey: Federation is best suited to support clubs and coaches
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72347/girls-da-director-miriam-hickey-federation-is-bes.html

After long wait, D.C. United gets final go-ahead to build new stadium
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/02/16/after-long-wait-d-c-united-gets-final-go-ahead-to-build-new-stadium/

U.S. Soccer Unveils New Red 2017 U.S. National Team Kit
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/02/15/03/25/20170214-news-us-soccer-unveils-new-red-2017-us-national-team-jersey-kit

Anson Dorrance on Girls DA vs. ECNL — and why the focus should be on the youngest ages
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72332/anson-dorrance-on-girls-da-vs-ecnl-and-why-the.html

U.S. Soccer Introduces James Bunce as High Performance Director
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/02/13/15/34/20170213-news-us-soccer-introduces-james-bunce-as-high-performance-director

Houston area pro, youth clubs partner to create youth soccer behemoth
http://www.soccerwire.com/news/clubs/youth-boys/houston-area-pro-youth-clubs-partner-to-create-youth-soccer-behemoth/

Mary Harvey is first Werner Fricker Builder female winner
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72254/mary-harvey-is-first-werner-fricker-builder-female.html?edition=16799

Promotion and relegation in the USA? Sunil Gulati on why it’s not in place
http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/02/07/sunil-gulati-us-soccer-promotion-relegation-mls-pro-rel-usa

U.S. Soccer announces massive DA expansion
https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/us-soccer-announces-massive-da-expansion_aid41418

TV Report: NWSL-A+E deal is ‘transformational’
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72194/tv-report-nwsl-ae-deal-is-transformational.html?edition=16774

Minnesota United announces academy launch
https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/minnesota-united-announces-academy-launch_aid41424

MLS Expansion: Detroit group makes offer for jail site
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72233/mls-expansion-detroit-group-makes-offer-for-jail.html?edition=16791

Loudoun Soccer, FC Virginia announce Development Academy partnership
http://www.soccerwire.com/news/clubs/youth-boys/loudoun-soccer-fc-virginia-announce-development-academy-partnership/

Datebook: Gold Cup final headed to Levi’s Stadium
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72177/datebook-gold-cup-final-headed-to-levis-stadium.html?edition=16769

LAFC name former MLS executive Will Kuntz vice president, assistant GM
http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/01/27/lafc-name-former-mls-executive-will-kuntz-vice-president-assistant-gm

MLS expansion: An in-depth look at the many bids for the league’s next four clubs
http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/mls-expansion-prospective-cities-bids-28-teams

U.S. Soccer Selects San Jose to Host USA-Honduras World Cup Qualifier on March 24
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/01/29/18/41/20170129-news-mnt-us-soccer-selects-san-jose-to-host-usa-honduras-world-cup-qualifier-on-march-24

Christian Pulisic extends his Borussia Dortmund contract
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72061/christian-pulisic-extends-his-borussia-dortmund-co.html?edition=16727

MLS Moves: ‘Boro confirms Guzan is Atlanta-bound
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72099/mls-moves-boro-confirms-guzan-is-atlanta-bound.html?edition=16738

Soccer Business: Capelli gets Rochester stadium rights
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72091/soccer-business-capelli-gets-rochester-stadium-ri.html?edition=16734

Obituary: Pioneer Earl Foreman did it all in soccer
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72085/obituary-pioneer-earl-foreman-did-it-all-in-socce.html?edition=16734

McLean Youth Soccer hires D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno as Advisor
http://www.soccerwire.com/notes/mclean-youth-soccer-hires-d-c-united-legend-jaime-moreno-as-advisor/

Tim Howard: Lack of passion in U.S. team wasn’t just from dual nationals
http://www.espnfc.us/united-states/story/3041387/tim-howard-lack-of-passion-in-us-team-wasnt-just-from-dual-nationals

NASL: Bill Peterson steps down as commissioner
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71899/nasl-bill-peterson-steps-down-as-commissioner.html?edition=16666

Tab Ramos on new rules, U.S. progress, MLS and youth clubs
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71911/tab-ramos-on-new-rules-us-progress-mls-and-you.html?edition=16685

Boys Development Academy expands again — adds U-15 division
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71918/boys-development-academy-expands-again-adds-u-1.html

U.S. Soccer to Host Second SheBelieves Cup Featuring USA, England, France and Germany
http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/01/11/14/52/20170111-news-wnt-us-soccer-host-second-shebelieves-cup-usa-england-france-germany

Lloyd repeats as the Best FIFA Women’s Player
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71905/lloyd-repeats-as-the-best-fifa-womens-player.html?edition=16664

Q&A with U.S. Soccer’s top coach educator Nico Romeijn: On teaching the coaches
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71898/qa-with-us-soccers-top-coach-educator-nico-rom.html

NASL is off life support — but major questions linger
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71890/nasl-is-off-life-support-but-major-questions-li.html?edition=16662

U.S. Soccer grants provisional division two sanctioning to both NASL, USL
http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/01/06/us-soccer-division-two-sanctioning-usl-nasl

Where will U.S. men’s soccer team play this year? Venues are taking shape.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/01/19/where-will-u-s-mens-soccer-team-play-this-year-venues-are-taking-shape/

Ryan Martin named as new D.C. United Academy Director
http://www.soccerwire.com/notes/ryan-martin-named-as-new-d-c-united-academy-director/

Report: NWSL champion Flash relocating to Carolina
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71875/report-nwsl-champion-flash-relocating-to-carolina.html?edition=16651

USL owners frustrated with USSF sanctioning delay
http://newsok.com/article/5533300

MLS Moves: Fioranelli hiring ends Quakes’ long GM search
http://www.socceramerica.com/article/71872/mls-moves-fioranelli-hiring-ends-quakes-long-gm.html?edition=16651