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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 11, 2017) US Soccer Players – Millions of Americans spent this past Sunday watching football. Seven months after the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in dramatic, come-from-behind style, the NFL returned for a new season. While the games featured lots of passing and running, there was also a fair bit of kicking.

Report: Gillette Stadium Selected for 2016 Copa America

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More international soccer at Gillette Stadium? Yes, please.

According to ESPN's Doug McIntyre, Gillette Stadium is on the list of venues for the 2016 Copa America which will be hosted by the United States next summer. An official announment is expected in the coming days per McIntyre's story.

English Premier League

State-of-art Spurs stadium to have unique feature

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur’s new 61,000-seater stadium will boast an historic feature by having the first dividing retractable football pitch, the Premier League side announced Thursday.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has said in the past he is keen to host a London NFL franchise and, with this in mind, there will be a grass surface for football and beneath it an artificial surface for American football.

State-of-art Spurs stadium to have unique feature

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur’s new 61,000-seater stadium will boast an historic feature by having the first dividing retractable football pitch, the Premier League side announced Thursday.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has said in the past he is keen to host a London NFL franchise and, with this in mind, there will be a grass surface for football and beneath it an artificial surface for American football.

The Premier League map

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By J Hutcherson (May 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's been plenty of talk about the pro sports footprint in North America. A league like MLS has spent considerable time trying to expand theirs, but even the bigger leagues with 30 teams have plenty to consider.

The NFL opened the Jacksonville market and moved a team to Nashville and nobody followed.

Stan Kroenke’s fight with St. Louis and the Rams is a warning sign for Arsenal fans

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During the past month, there has been a scramble by three American football franchises to move from their current locations to the U.S.'s second largest city, Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar, LA has been without an NFL franchise since the Rams and Raiders left in 1995; however, with a few franchises seemingly not as lucrative as their peers, the league is taking steps to fill a void in their financial portfolio by placing one or two teams in that market.

Stan Kroenke’s fight with St. Louis and the Rams is a warning sign for Arsenal fans

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During the past month, there has been a scramble by three American football franchises to move from their current locations to the U.S.'s second largest city, Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar, LA has been without an NFL franchise since the Rams and Raiders left in 1995; however, with a few franchises seemingly not as lucrative as their peers, the league is taking steps to fill a void in their financial portfolio by placing one or two teams in that market.

Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane: Tottenham’s New Stadium Will Feature World’s First ‘Dividing Retractable Football Pitch’ (Video)

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Tottenham have announced an exciting new development as work continues apace to turn White Hart Lane inside-out and create a vast new 56,000-capacity stadium upon the footprint of their old ground.

Indeed, the club have proudly revealed that the new White Hart Lane will feature a pioneering playing surface design that will allow the stadium to house both a proper grass football pitch and a synthetic American football pitch all important when chasing that NFL dollar.

Tottenham Hostspur chairman Levy eyes London NFL franchise

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy admits he would like a London NFL franchise to use his club's new stadium as their permanent base.

With building work well underway on the area around Tottenham's current White Hart Lane home as they prepare the new 61,000-seat stadium, Levy has set his sights on a potentially lucrative relationship with American football.

Tottenham Hostspur chairman Levy eyes London NFL franchise

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy admits he would like a London NFL franchise to use his club's new stadium as their permanent base.

With building work well underway on the area around Tottenham's current White Hart Lane home as they prepare the new 61,000-seat stadium, Levy has set his sights on a potentially lucrative relationship with American football.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: Chicharito makes the move to West Ham United

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It's back to England for the Mexican striker. Sue Bird talks about her relationship with ‘Pinoe. Pete Carroll is ready for robot football.

Seattle

Seahawk's coach Pete Carroll is a big proponent of the use of data and analytics in player and team management, and that's not the only technology he'd like to see leveraged for the benefit of the NFL.

Playing with the Chargers

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The LA Galaxy are saying all the right things about sharing their stadium with the NFL's Chargers, but will the bigger league end up in charge?

A Competition is Brewing: The NFL vs. MLS

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Within hours of San Diego losing its American football Chargers, the commissioner of MLS was professing his admiration for San Diego as a destination soccer city metro area. Don Garber, MLS commissioner, has said the same of St. Louis, too, stating that sports teams that leave their hometowns create a vacuum and MLS has a better chance to succeed in those places.

NFL's Chargers to play 2017 in Galaxy's StubHub Center

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In the early days of MLS, some teams opted to play in NFL stadiums while they secured their own soccer-specific venues. Today, in an ironic twist, an NFL team announces they'll be playing in an MLS stadium while their new home is being built.

The National Football League officially announced the relocation of the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and while the Chargers will keep their moniker, with a widely panned new logo, they'll need a temporary home while their shared stadium with the Los Angeles Rams is being built.

MLS Will Have to be the Chosen League to Evolve Soccer

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It's hard to believe that not too long ago, there weren't two point conversions in the NFL or three-point shots in the NBA.
As sports fans in the U.S., we have gotten used to our sports evolving. In recent years, each of our major sports have consistently looked for ways to streamline and make their sports better games to watch and fairer to the players playing them.

Major Link Soccer: EPL viewership way down in 2016

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Like the NFL, fewer people are watching the big-time sports this year.

MLS

Brian Schmetzer may not be the best-dressed coach in MLS but he surely tries harder than Sigi. Go vote in MLSsoccer's bracket, at least to make sure Caleb "Smugface" Porter doesn't win.

The Vancouver Whitecaps were a trendy dark-horse MLS Cup candidate headed into the year but the team seems far from competing for silverware outside of Canada.

Sunday doubleheader sets new MLS broadcast viewership record

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Photo by John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer set a new broadcast viewership record on Sunday thanks to some clever programming in partnership with the NFL and FOX.

FOX Sports announced via press release on Tuesday that the split-national MLS broadcast on FOX on Sunday, the 18th, had a total viewership of 1,298,000, the highest the league has ever recorded on any network in 12 years.

Could Younger International Star Players Start Pulling Permanent Double Duty with MLS?

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At what point will a significant soccer superstar from the European leagues negotiate a contract to be able to come to MLS during his off-seasons?

It's possible in the near future that younger players will leave the door open in their contracts for additional loan duty with additional salary in order to play in MLS during their off-season.

Seahawks schedule should mean no football lines during regular season

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CenturyLink Field has a less crowded schedule than in previous years.

When the NFL released the schedule for their 2016 season Seattle Seahawks fans immediately looked at how many prime time games they had (5), how many 10 AM starts they have (2) and were pleased to see that they open at home against the LA Rams.

MLS Missed Thursday, Non-NBA Schedule Opportunity

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Thursday's biggest sports headlines belonged to the NFL. A huge draft board trade involving the number one pick and the newest en vogue NFL team, the L.A. Rams, combined with the upcoming season schedule release for all teams made for compelling sports news.

It could have blown away all the competition, if not for some juicy basketball headlines.

MLS Owners Wish They Could Act Like NFL Owners

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NFL owners met this week to do something that MLS owners can't do. They had their annual rules meeting. Rules were changed for tackle football by the owners to adapt the game to meet its obligation for safety, sportsmanship and entertainment value.

Every year, NFL owners are tackling issues to improve their sport.

MLS SuperDraft is far from super but still serves a purpose

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The drafting of players is not unique to sport in the United States and Canada, but it is an idea that has not traveled very well throughout the rest of the sporting world.

When Major League Soccer came into being, there was never a doubt that a draft process would be put in place, just like the other North American leagues such as NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

MLS SuperDraft is far from super but still serves a purpose

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The drafting of players is not unique to sport in the United States and Canada, but it is an idea that has not traveled very well throughout the rest of the sporting world.

When Major League Soccer came into being, there was never a doubt that a draft process would be put in place, just like the other North American leagues such as NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

Major Link Soccer: Amy Rodriguez to have second child

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She doesn't have to be the bane of my existence for a year...

Seattle

Centurylink Field won't be hosting playoff games this January, but Sounders roommates the Seattle Seahawks are in their fourth-straight playoff run after smashing division rival Arizona Cardinals 36-6. They'll play in the NFL Wild-Card Round at the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday at 10:00 a.

Playing football in LA

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The Los Angeles sports market could quickly have three NFL teams creating a new scenario for the LA Galaxy and eventually LAFC. Read More

Lionel Messi

Barcelona not interested in NFL type fight, says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique compared Espanyol's roughhouse tactics to the NFL after the visitors had two men sent-off in the second bad-tempered Catalan derby in four days as Barca came from behind to win 4-1 in the Copa del Rey.

Hernan Perez and Papakouli Diop were shown red cards in a four-minute spell in the second-half with Barca already leading 3-1 thanks to a Lionel Messi double.

Barcelona not interested in NFL type fight, says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique compared Espanyol's roughhouse tactics to the NFL after the visitors had two men sent-off in the second bad-tempered Catalan derby in four days as Barca came from behind to win 4-1 in the Copa del Rey.

Hernan Perez and Papakouli Diop were shown red cards in a four-minute spell in the second-half with Barca already leading 3-1 thanks to a Lionel Messi double.

Andy Benoit

Women’s soccer doesn’t need male approval or political correctness; By Simon Evans

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There was a predictable uproar on Twitter this week when Andy Benoit, an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated, stated that "Women's sport in general [is] not worth watching."

Judging from the reaction, you could be forgiven for thinking that the entire American sports social media world had been waiting in a state of high anticipation for someone, anyone, with a degree of prominence to say something sexist about the Women's World Cup.

Women’s soccer doesn’t need male approval or political correctness; By Simon Evans

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There was a predictable uproar on Twitter this week when Andy Benoit, an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated, stated that "Women's sport in general [is] not worth watching."

Judging from the reaction, you could be forgiven for thinking that the entire American sports social media world had been waiting in a state of high anticipation for someone, anyone, with a degree of prominence to say something sexist about the Women's World Cup.

The Rest

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 5-10, 2017

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Mexico’s September 5th draw away to Costa Rica drew 2.7 million viewers on Telemundo’s networks, beating out Mexico’s Confederations Cup Group Stage match against Portugal to become the most-watched soccer game on Telemundo in 2017. The United States’ match against Honduras drew a combined 531,000 viewers on beIN Sports and NBC Universo.

RFK is falling down

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Barring anything unforeseen, this is the last time the Philadelphia Union will play in RFK Stadium

In 1961, District of Columbia Stadium opened its doors as the primary venue to Washington's NFL team. It would also serve as the primary home of the Washington Senators baseball team from 1962 through 1971 when they moved to Minneapolis to become the Minnesota Twins.

NFL Instability Could Boost MLS, NASL

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The NFL's reputation has taken a hit as some name-brand teams jump locations to try and find greener grass. After three recent franchise venue changes by the Rams, Chargers and Raiders, an argument can be made that the NFL is in a organizational slump. The 49ers didn't change their name, but their venue change two seasons ago to an hour and half south of San Francisco was just as dramatic as the other three teams.

MLS Cup will air on FOX, UniMás

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Yes, over-the-air FOX will carry the MLS Cup and not compete with the NFL. Full playoff schedule also announced.

The last time the MLS Cup was on over-the-air English language network was back in 2008. Sigi Schmid's Columbus Crew. In 2016 FOX will air the Saturday December 10th match (time and venue to be determined).

Soccer legend Brandi Chastain is still impacting the sport, this time with her brain.

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Concussions aren't just an NFL problem, former World Cup star smartly announces she wants to help soccer with her own head.

Sports fans in the US would have to be living under a rock to not know about the ongoing problems the NFL has faced with player safety and concussions. On a seemingly daily basis former players are coming forward to speak about their post-career lives and the mental issues they have faced after playing the contact sport.

Chad Ochocinco Says He Could Make Sporting's Roster Now

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Five years ago, shortly before the 2011 MLS season kicked off, the NFL locked out their players when the owners and the players association could not come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. With the NFL players out of work during the stoppage, wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco had taken to Twitter with jokes about being unemployed.

Andy Najar, Patrick Nyarko, and Didier Drogba: Freedom Kicks for 7 January 2016

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Soccer links are getting to your right before the bell, so let's just get right into it.

Andy Najar makes happy child with leukemia in the United States - Diario Diez: Andy Najar still doing some good work in the DMV.

One Last Assist: A Farewell to Patrick Nyarko - Hot Time In Old Town: Our sister site says farewell to Patrick Nyarko.

Major Link Soccer: Welcome to 2016!

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Lots of looking back and looking forward, US Soccer gets the new year started, the NFL kicks some defenseless children off their youth soccer fields.

Happy New Year!

I'm hoping many of you don't mind how late you're receiving your daily links dose because you were celebrating into the wee hours.

Calendario NFL 2015 vivo la NFL

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JUE, 10 DE SEPHora (ET)TV Pittsburgh en New England08:30 p.m.NBC DOM, 13 DE SEPHora (ET)TV Green Bay en Chicago01:00 p.m.FOX Kansas City en Houston01:00 p.m.CBS Cleveland en NY Jets01:00 p.m.CBS Indianapolis en Buffalo01:00 p.m.CBS Miami en Washington01:00 p.m.CBS Carolina en Jacksonville01:00 p.m.FOX Seattle en St.

Texas A&M’s Mike Matthews on ‘little’ brother Luke of Elkins: ‘He’s going to be the biggest one of us all’

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2015 SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. – Senior center Mike Matthews is the third of the famous Matthews football family to play offensive line for Texas A&M, but he still might not be the last.

Mike, whose older brothers Kevin and Jake already played for A&M before moving on to the NFL, was asked about younger brother Luke on Tuesday at the SEC media days.

[TNP League Cup] Extensive Coverage Expected for This Year's tournament

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A new milestone with TNP sponsor the League Cup
The New Paper League Cup, which will be title-sponsored by the local daily of the same name, held its draw earlier of the day at the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) headquarters at Toa Payoh North.