Kathy Carter

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New security measures at Talen, vote Blake, Ayuk named to USL Team of the Week, more

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Search wands and bag restrictions at Talen Energy Stadium beginning on Saturday. Blake up for Save of the Week (again). Ayuk earns Team of the Week honors. More news.

Hackworth: “Play without fear,” more news

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Philadelphia Union

John Hackworth spoke at Wednesday's press conference about life as a the Union's new head coach. "The days have been long, but I enjoy the work. The group of guys that we are working with and the whole staff has been fantastic...but there is a lot of work to be done and it's the type of work anyone in my shoes would like to do.

Major League Soccer

MLS and the soccer community support #KeepHerInTheGame

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#KeepHerInTheGame That's the hashtag the Women's Sports Foundation is pushing throughout the weekend to raise awareness of two key issues:

  • The 40th Anniversary of Title IX (June 23, 1972)
  • By age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys.

WSF is working to mobilize the sporting community to support girls and young women to continue playing, because, "when they walk away from sport, they walk away from their potential.

Know Your MLS Bigwigs

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All y'all MLS nerds aka My People should find out more about Kathy Carter and Mark Abbott. From the outside looking in you get the impression that The Don runs the show solo for dolo but the man has some help...they just don't get much ink.

Brian Struas nabbed MLS President Mark Abbott earlier in the week and ESPNW just threw something up on Kathy Carter, President of SUM, this morning.

The soccer marketing shakeup

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Two days ago MLS announced it had hired J. Russell Findlay to the newly created postion of Chief Marketing Officer of Soccer United Marketing and Major League Soccer. Findlay will be responsible for all "marketing, branding and consumer understanding initiatives."

Yeah, I think that last one sounds stupid, too.

Soccer United Marketing revenue around $100 million annually

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So while researching another story, I came across this photo touting Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter as one of the most powerful women in sports. Helpfully buried in the caption was the following:

Carter is the Executive Vice President of Soccer United Marketing, helping accumulate $100 million in annual revenue.

Let’s make some deals! More news

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Union

While there has still been no official announcement that Faryd Mondragon will be joining the Union, this news from Germany seems to be another unofficial confirmation: former FC Köln keeper Markus Proll is on trial with the club to see if he is a suitable replacement for Mondragon.

Prost Amerika tabs Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Juan Pablo Angel as the top choices in today's second round of the Re-Entry Draft.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Fri Mar 9, 2012

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NOTICE

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87 teams in our league so far. Lets have at least 100! Come On!

COUNTDOWN TO MLS 2012 - SEASON 17

It all begins tomorrow.

Chicago Fire and Quaker Oats Roll Out New Jerseys & New Partnership

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Thursday's big event at Quaker Plaza, 555 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL marked the first live presentation of the partnership between Quaker Oats and the Chicago Fire. Chicago Fire Soccer Club owner Andrew Hauptman, Chicago Fire players, Quaker Foods and Snacks North America president Jose Luis Prado and Quaker Oats Company employees were all on hand in addition to some other civic leaders, curious fans, and members of the media.