More than nine years after the infamous meeting of the FIFA executive meeting in Zurich, prosecutors made charges against five executives. Read the whole story
Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez are accused of using "loyalty" secured in Copa Libertadores bribery schemes to obtain confidential information. Read the whole story
"I'm friends with Sunil Gulati today, and I have a lot of respect for him. He did a lot for the league and was very influential. But one of the jokes around the league in that first year was
that MLS stood for 'More or Less Sunil.' Sunil was the deputy commissioner, and you lived and died with what Sunil gave you. You'd make trades, and he could kill them. Honestly, a lot of the rules
seemed to be rules that were flexible and convenient. They would make decisions what they felt were best for the league, and Sunil was in charge of that area. There were trades that were blocked,
trades that were encouraged. I think there was a lot of involvement from the league -- no other way to put it. You know they felt that the best way to fix a team was to either help them with players
or help them with the manager.
-- Relevent Sports executive chairman Charlie Stillitano, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars' first general manager (1996-99), on the influence of deputy commissioner Sunil Gulati, who was instrumental in the signing of many players for the league's launch in 1996. (ESPN FC)
Social-distancing rules were enforced as players parked their cars, changed into their gear and worked in small groups. Read the whole story
"I thought having a quarantine birthday would be a bit of a bummer however for some reason this year I have received the most birthday texts ever. I'm just going to pretend it's not because people
are bored out of their minds but rather they just like me!"
-- U.S. national team star Julie Ertz, who turned 28 on Monday. (@julieertz)
Marcello Nicci, the head of Italy's referees association, wants to know what protections video assistants will receive. Read the whole story