1. Atlanta United got the green light to expand its training facility in suburban Marietta.
The Marietta city council approved the sale of
17 acres to Atlanta United for $9.6 million to allow for an expansion of its training operations next to the existing training facility Atlanta United built at a cost of $60 million on land it leases
from the city of Marietta. That lease of 33 acres was extended for another five years. 2. Mexico's first two international
games of the year on UniMas and UDN averaged 1.65 million viewers
: 1.7 million for Tuesday's Paraguay match and 1.6 million for Friday's Chile match. They are the No. 1 and No. 2 rated soccer
telecasts of the year on any network, regardless of language. By contrast, the U.S. men's national team has averaged 542,000 viewers for four games, and the U.S. women's national team has averaged
346,600 for five games (English-language telecasts only). 3. FC Cincinnati have hired long-time Manchester United
sports performance expert Gary Walker
as its first director of sports performance. He will oversee all aspects of the club’s health and wellness initiatives, including athletic training,
nutrition, strength and conditioning and physical therapy and its medical relationship with Mercy Health. Walker spent 11 years at Manchester United, beginning as its lead sports scientist and
strength and conditioning coach under Alex Ferguson. He joined the team’s technical staff as the first team’s fitness coach for the 2014-15 season.