1. The LA Galaxy's home stadium will be renamed Dignity Health Sports Park, beginning in 2019.
It will be the third name for the
stadium opened in 2003 in Carson, California, after Home Deport Center and StubHub Center. Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, will also be the Galaxy's official
health care partner and work with its charitable arm. 2. Ned Grabavoy has been appointed the Portland Timbers' technical director.
He joined Portland’s technical staff ahead of the 2017 season after a 13-year playing career in MLS, including one season with the Timbers. He will continue to be in charge of scouting and
player evaluations and oversee pathways for players between the first team, T2 and the academy. 3. The USL Championship's
conference alignment for the league’s 36 teams competing in the 2019 regular season has been set.
The seven new teams will be divided between the Eastern Conference (Birmingham Legion,
Hartford Athletic, Loudoun United and Memphis 901) and Western Conference (Austin Bold, El Paso Locomotive and New Mexico United). Saint Louis FC and the Swope Park Rangers will move to the Eastern
Conference to balance the two conferences. (Four Eastern Conference teams aren't returning in 2019.)