1. MLS expansion team Austin FC secured the largest number of membership deposits
ever placed in a single day in MLS history on Wednesday
when its application system went live. (Its website at one point crashed because of what Austin FC president Andy Loughnane termed “unprecedented traffic.”) Fans can reserve up to
eight seats per account for $50 (general seating and supporter section) or $100 (premium seating), both refundable. Austin FC received zoning approvals last week for its 20,500-seat stadium from the
Austin city council and is expected to break ground on the stadium in September. 2. Fiorentina, recently purchased by
American Rocco Commisso, will replace Roma
in the 2019 International Champions Cup after Roma was forced to withdrew from the summer tournament due to its early entrance in UEFA Europa
League qualifying. Fiorentina's three matches will be played July 16 against Guadalajara in Bridgeview, Illinois, July 20 against Arsenal in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Benfica on July 24 in
Harrison, New Jersey. The Benfica match will be a homecoming of sorts for Commisso, the Mediacom founder and New York Cosmos owner who was born in Italy but grew up in the New York area and played
soccer at Columbia. 3. Real Salt Lake has named Englishman Tom Spall as the new director of the RSL Academy.
familiar with the U.S. academy system because of his work for Double PASS as an auditor. Double PASS, an offshoot of the University of Brussels' Department of Sport Management, was hired in 2015 to
evaluate MLS and non-MLS programs in the Development Academy.