1. NISA commissioner Bob Watkins has stepped down three months before the league's launch.
The league received Division III sanctioning from
U.S. Soccer is February but information on the teams that will begin play in August remains sketchy at best. Watkins, a former rugby executive, will advise San Diego 1904 FC with which he first became
involved when it sought admission to the NASL. In a statement, NISA announced that John Prutch, managing partner of Club 9 Sports, and other executives would take over management of the league.
2. Ian Harkes started for Dundee United in its 0-0 tie at home against St. Mirren
in the first leg of their Scottish
Premiership promotion-relegation playoff. Dundee United had already disposed of Inverness, 4-0, on aggregate in the promotion series involving the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the Scottish
Championship. 3. U.S. Soccer unveiled its first fan-focused mobile app alongside a new website
, launching the new
digital platforms to better serve and engage fans. The federation worked with AKQA to develop its new website and mobile app.