FC Cincinnati won't begin play in MLS until 2019 but it has already started to spend the money it will be allocated. Read the whole story
"I wasn’t part of the Qatari bid, I never spoke to the Qatari bid team. If they had contacted me, I would’ve said their bid was even stupider than the U.S. bid."
-- UMBC professor Dennis Coates, the president of the Association of Sports Economists, after it was revealed by the Sunday Times he was paid $9,000 to write a report -- containing, he says, nothing different than he had written before -- that questioned the economic benefits of the 2022 World Cup being held in the United States. Qatar, which won the 20222 hostings rights, is accused of employing a New York-based p.r. firm to smear the campaigns of rival bids – charges the Qataris deny. (ITV News)
Following the decision of Zlatan Ibrahimovic not to fly to Atlanta, NYCFC's David Villa (recovering from knee injury) also withdrew. Read the whole story
"What is clear is that 25 or 30 years ago [coaching Colombia] was a dream. Now, it is a professional objective. The big difference between the dream and the objective is that the objective has an
action plan which I am carrying out."
-- Colombian-born Juan Carlos Osorio, who said he and his advisers have received numerous coaching offers since he stepped down as Mexican national team coach but Colombia was not among them. Colombian national team coach Jose Pekerman's contract is set to expire. (Caracol Radio via Xinhua)
The 30-year-old Texan struck fiercely from outside the penalty area for the gamewinner in Puebla's 2-1 win over Toluca. Read the whole story