The U.S. first call-up for 17-year-old Reyna will come in March for a pair of European friendlies. Read the whole story
"It will come down to the media deals. I think some of our sponsorships are fantastic, but if we can get some of the media deals to catch up in terms of magnitude, I think we’ll be a league, I
think we’re already a league of choice to a certain extent, but whether we can be a top-five league or a top-three league will really at the end of the day come down to money and our ability to
compete for players.”
-- LAFC owner Larry Berg, speaking at MLS Media Day Wednesday in New York, on what it will take for MLS to become a "league of choice" for players around the world. He said that MLS will surpass MLB and the NHL to become the No. 3 pro sports league in the United States in 10 years and had "tremendous confidence" that his third-year club will be in 25 years "the best team in the best league in the world." Poor TV ratings and low fan interest of legacy teams in many major markets relative to new teams like LAFC are obstacles for MLS, whose current media rights deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision expires after the 2022 season. MLS commissioner Don Garber noted that MLS is "entirely upside down compared to all the other leagues, in that media, as it relates to our revenues, is frankly the smallest piece of the puzzle."
MLS enlisted Hans Zimmer, whose film scores include "The Lion King," "Rain Man" and "Thelma & Louise," to create its new anthem. Read the whole story
"In such a unique situation where all citizens and businesses are required to make sacrifices, Sky would also be willing to make their own."
-- Sky Italia executive vice president Marzio Perrelli on the pay-TV broadcaster offering to broadcast the much-anticipated Juventus-Inter Milan showdown for free. The match is one of six Serie A games to be played behind closed doors this weekend as Italian authorities seek to ward off the spread of the coronavirus. (Sport Business)
NYCFC completed a series sweep with a 1-0 win at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Read the whole story
A 0-0 tie with Saprissa was enough to knock off the Costa Rican club thanks to the 2-2 tie in San Jose. Read the whole story
Wednesday, February 26
Montreal Impact 0 Saprissa (CRC) 0 (Aggregate: 2-2; Montreal Impact wins on away goals).
NYCFC 1 San Carlos (CRC) 0 (Aggregate: 6-3). (Callens 41.)
Tigres (MEX) 4 Alianza (SAL) 2 (Aggregate: 5-4). (Valencia 9, Gignac 17, pen. 23, Guzman 90+4; 33, 42.)
Club America (MEX) 1 Comunicaciones (GUA) 1. (Aggregate: 2-2; 5-3 on PKs) (Aguilera pen. 80; Herrera pen. 60.)
Nahuel Guzman scored on a header off a free kick in the 94th minute to deny El Salvador's Alianza a shock upset. Read the whole story
The USA, after wrapping up group play with a 11-0 win over Honduras, needs three more wins to qualify for the U-20 World Cup. Read the whole story
Mallory Pugh, Tierna Davidson and Casey Short return after missing out on Concacaf Olympic qualifying, Read the whole story
1. SMU has received a $5 million commitment to build a soccer and track & field stadium. The Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium, named after SMU alumnus Ray
Washburne and his wife, Heather, will become the home of men's and women's soccer, replacing Westcott Field, along with the track & field and cross-country teams. It will feature a new
1,000-seat stadium, 400-meter outdoor track and a structure with locker rooms and a team meeting/conference room.
2. NISA has accepted the New Jersey Teamsters to play in the new Division 3 league in 2021. The team, which currently plays in the UPSL and will be based in Bayonne, is owned by Sibrena Stowe-Geraldino, the first female African-American principal owner of a U.S. pro soccer team, and husband Alexsi Geraldino, the first Dominican-American pro soccer club owner in the U.S. ranks.
3. FIU has hired Kyle Russell as its new men's head coach. He spent the past 10 seasons as a member of the Coastal Carolina men's program, the last five as the Chanticleers' associate head coach. Russell replaces Kevin Nylen, who was hired as the new Boston University men's coach.