1. MLS's Chicago Fire has changed from “soccer” to “football,”
taking the name Chicago Fire Football Club ahead of
its move back to Soldier Field in 2020. As part of the rebranding, the Fire also introduced a new badge featuring flames inverted to become a crown and an oval shape, the first in MLS.
2. Philadelphia Union investor Richie Graham has formed a soccer investment firm
, For Soccer Ventures, comprised of two platforms: The
Soccer Collective, a new media house celebrating American soccer culture and fan experiences through storytelling, experiences and brand content development, and the Soccer Alliance, which will expand
Graham’s existing network of youth soccer properties with the goal of improving the on-field experience for players and the American soccer family.