Sooner rather than later, a decision will have to be made on the 16 cities across North America that will serve as host venues. Read the whole story
Group A (Rome, Baku) Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B (Copenhagen, St. Petersburg) Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C (Amsterdam, Bucharest) Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Playoff winner D or A
Group D (London, Glasgow) England, Croatia, Playoff winner C, Czech Republic
Group E (Bilbao, Dublin) Spain, Sweden, Poland, Playoff winner B
Group F (Budapest, Munich) Playoff winner A or D, Portugal, France, Germany
Note: If Romania wins the A playoff, it will be placed in Group C.
ESPN will televise 39 matches, while ESPN2 will air seven and ABC will broadcast five matches. Read the whole story
"The construct historically of rallying behind the league to ride the wave of USWNT success and then abandoning the league is no longer going to be acceptable."
-- Daniel Cohen, senior vice president for Octagon's global media rights division that is advising the NWSL, which is seeking three-year commitments from one or more English- and Spanish-language broadcasters for the 2020-22 seasons. (Morning Consult)
Juarez was initially promoted from assistant coach to interim coach after head coach Mike Petke was fired on Aug. 11. Read the whole story
May 1. Colorado (Anthony Hudson --> Conor Casey, interim --> Robin Fraser)
May 7. FC Cincinnati (Alan Koch --> Yoann Damet, interim --> Ron Jans)
May 9. New England (Brad Friedel --> Mike Lapper, interim --> Bruce Arena)
Aug. 11. Real Salt Lake (Mike Petke --> Freddy Juarez, interim --> Freddy Juarez)
Aug. 13. Houston (Wilmer Cabrera --> Davy Arnaud, interim --> Tab Ramos)
Aug. 21. Montreal (Remi Garde --> Wilmer Cabrera --> Thierry Henry)
Oct. 7. Orlando City (James O'Connor --> Oscar Pareja)
Nov. 8. NYCFC (Domenec Torrent --> TBA)
Nov. 13. Chicago (Veljko Paunovic --> TBA)
Real Salt Lake signed Italian-American Giuseppe Rossi for the 2020 season. Read the whole story
Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Cafu feature in this odd on-board safety video for Qatar Airways. Read the whole story
1. MLS commissioner Don Garber fined Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore for postgame comments regarding the officiating following the Reds' 3-1 loss to Seattle in
MLS Cup. Also fined were Vancouver Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos, who made comments
about the league in an interview published on Nov. 4, and San Jose Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda for postgame comments regarding the officiating during San Jose's match against Atlanta
United on Sept. 21.
2. The Phoenix Rising named Steve Cooke as its first-ever director of soccer development to oversee its new academy. Cooke spent a decade in Arizona as the assistant director of coaching at Sereno Soccer Club and SC Del Sol. He later worked at MLS's Colorado Rapids, where he was interim head coach for the final 12 matches of the 2017 season. Most recently, he was the head coach and technical director for the USL Championship's OKC Energy FC.
3. Mexico's women's national team called up three U.S. collegians in preparation for a trip to Brazil, where it will play two friendlies. The players are Sofia Alvarado (TCU), Jimena Lopez (Texas A&M) and Kim Rodriguez (Oklahoma State). Also called up were a pair of players from the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars: Maria Sanchez and Katy Johnson.
On the latest books by Britain's most prolific and widely read soccer authors, David Goldblatt and Jonathon Wilson Read the whole story