Saturday morning: What's in the news ...

1. FC Cincinnati hired Larry Sunderland away from the Portland Timbers to serve as its first director of player development. Sunderland has served as the Timbers' youth technical director since December 2015. He previously worked for the Chicago Fire. At FC Cincinnati, Sunderland will oversee the launch of FC Cincinnati's academy and manage FCC’s relationship with the USL. He just returned from the Czech Republic, where he served as the head coach of the U.S. under-16 boys national team that won the 2019 UEFA Development Tournament.

2. New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso is finalizing the purchase of Italian Serie A club Fiorentina, the New York Times reported. The Italian-born Commisso is the founder and chairman of the cable provider Mediacom. His bid to buy AC Milan last year fell through. Commisso bought the Cosmos in 2017 when they played in the NASL. After the NASL's Division II sanctioning request for 2018 was turned down by U.S. Soccer, Commisso spearheaded an antitrust suit against U.S. Soccer. MLS was later added as a defendant in the case that is in the discovery phase in Federal court.

3. D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola had a game added to his one-game suspension for his red card picked up in the 2-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo last Saturday. After he stepped on Houston left back Adam Lundqvist, Arriola was initially given a yellow card but that was turned to red after Video Review.
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