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

1. Houston Dynamo owners Jake Silverstein and Ben Guill have committed to create 15 mini-pitches across the Greater Houston area over the next five years. They will each include lights to extend the hours of play and will be open for the entire community to enjoy. The first three mini-pitches are expected to open beginning in spring 2020. The U.S. Soccer Foundation will work to identify underserved areas where there is currently limited access to safe places to play.

2. The Philadelphia Union won the U-12 Generation adidas Cup involving MLS teams when it beat LAFC, 4-1, in the final. The Union and LAFC advanced to the final with wins over host Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals, respectively. The Union won the Concacaf U-13 championship earlier in the year. The MLS Affiliate Division was won by Real Salt Lake-Arizona with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Catalyst Program.

3. The College of Charleston has promoted alumnus Keith Wiggans to head men’s coach, replacing Ralph Lundy, who retired this fall after his 33rd year as the head coach of the Cougars and 44th as a college head coach. Wiggans recently completed his 11th season with the Cougars and his second as associate head coach under Lundy.
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