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Why does the MLS Players Union release salary information? A Q&A with Bob Foose

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's become something of a biannual holiday among hardcore fans and other MLS observers, and it arrived this week: The MLS Players Union's public release of its members' salary information.

"The salary drop," as it's informally dubbed, spawns a litany of chatter and media content.

With Drogba, Phoenix makes its MLS intentions clear

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The battle for one of the four - or maybe five - available expansion spots in Major League Soccer is largely about the financial clout of the ownership group. That includes building a soccer stadium. Those two factors will guide the league's choices more than anything else.

Lessons from another MLS failure in the Champion League

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - After Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph, much analysis centered on the program's long, methodical climb. It started after their humiliating three-and-out performance at Euro 2000. One cycle removed from winning the 1996 edition of the tournament, a proud soccer nation got a stinging slap.

Ibrahimovic in MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Let's start with what we know. Nothing indicates an imminent MLS arrival for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite a few sporadic reports to the contrary, the solid reporting says that the striker's future remains uncertain. Maybe Ibrahimovic will sign a new contract with Manchester United.

Real Salt Lake “dismisses” their coach

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to go.

China is the wrong example to push MLS in the transfer market

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Andrea Pirlo is many things. Fashion icon. Wine connoisseur. New Yorker. Soccer legend. What he is not is an expert on the business of Major League Soccer, or how the way MLS operates affects its ability to compete in the larger soccer world.

What’s the MLS metric?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's tough in professional club soccer, especially in North America. Nobody is turning off Major League Baseball because the Japanese, Korean, Mexican, or Dominican league is so much better. Nobody is choosing the Kontinental Hockey League over the National Hockey League.

Jesse Fioranelli tries something different in San Jose

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wasn't a typical choice for the job when his new club hired him to replace John Doyle in January. Fioranelli joined the Quakes from Roma, where he was part of management team that oversaw player scouting, player development, match analysis, and recruitment.

DC United breaks ground

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DC United held the groundbreaking ceremony for Audi Field, finally getting their own soccer-specific stadium.

What haunts MLS?

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Major League Soccer's successes run alongside an obvious issue the league has had difficulty improving.

Is Atlanta United about to become the MLS team of the South?

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Atlanta United announced a regional TV deal that will potentially put them in homes all across the South.

Is Atlanta United about to become the MLS team of the South?

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Atlanta United announced a regional TV deal that will potentially put them in homes all across the South.

San Diego’s MLS expansion bid is more than a stadium

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San Diego aims big with an MLS expansion bid that makes the stadium the focus of a large mixed-use development.

San Diego’s MLS expansion bid is more than a stadium

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San Diego aims big with an MLS expansion bid that makes the stadium the focus of a large mixed-use development.

The Red Bulls can’t avoid drama

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Once again, the Red Bulls work through a scenario that calls their approach into question. Once again, it's drama that's self-imposed.

The MLS expansion countdown continues

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MLS will pick from 11 cities to continue towards the next round of expansion, but their short window brings with it good and bad.

What does Red Bull mean for American soccer?

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The rumors that New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch was moving to Salzburg ended quickly, but it raises an interesting scenario.

That MLS expansion list

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Major League Soccer's expansion deadline is looming and for St Louis that's an issue without public money for their stadium plan.

News Update

Serious issues for English clubs

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When the tax authorities come calling to seize information and make arrests, it's never a good day at the office. That was the scenario for West Ham United and Newcastle United yesterday, calling into question how both clubs conduct their businesses.

The Independent's Jack de Menzes has some of the details on the accusations the clubs now face.

Eintracht takes their place in the DFB Pokal final

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht advancing to the DFB Pokal final. Eintracht knocked out Borussia Gladbach on penalties. Eintracht took the lead on the road when Taleb Tawatha scored in the 15th minute. Jonas Hofmann equalized for Gladbach in first-half stoppage time.

FIFA submits its corruption report

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At least $30m dollars, 1300 pages, and almost two years later, FIFA submitted its internal corruption report. Shocked looks all around, the contents are confidential in FIFA's opinion due to ongoing legal proceedings. The report is now in the hands of Swiss prosecutors and eventually the US Department of Justice who continue to prosecute former members of world soccer's governing body.

UEFA and the super clubs

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The soccer news starts with UEFA noticing how their soccer clubs spend their money. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is talking luxury tax, squad limits, and the transfer market, in an attempt to curb the payrolls of the super clubs. Fair enough in theory, but it's worth asking how the clubs are going to respond to UEFA attempting to impose limits.

Year one of Infantino’s FIFA

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Gianni Infantino has a year in as FIFA president with the organization still facing criticism for not doing enough to enact reforms.

Is this the season for a shakeup in the CONCACAF Champions League?

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The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals begin in the final season under the current format with Liga MX clubs always the favorites.

Selling Liga MX in English

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Starting on Saturday, Liga MX will be available in English on Facebook Live in its latest attempt to expand its already large audience.

UEFA pushes reforms, more DFB Pokal results

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UEFA's reform process moves to a final vote and more good performances from USMNT players in Germany's DFB Pokal in the soccer news.

MLS makes the expansion news

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MLS received 12 applications for expansion with the league publicly committed to expanding to 28 teams. Also in the news, the U-20s in camp.

MLS adds another city to its expansion list

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Indianapolis is now a potential expansion market for MLS according to media reports and another example of economic promotion in the soccer news.

The 2017 money league

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Manchester United is now the club making the most money in world soccer with Real Madrid falling to 3rd-place in the annual ranking.

Juventus designs

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Juventus has a new logo that isn't getting a warm embrace by the public, but that's only part of the point with their rebrand.

Is the Chinese Super League spending spree already over?

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With government scrutiny already happening, the Chinese Football Association is also addressing their clubs spending lots of money.

It’s SuperDraft Friday

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The MLS SuperDraft regularly produces players that will make an immediate difference for their clubs.

English Premier League

Spending Premier League money

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By J Hutcherson (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's a long tradition in professional sports in trying to figure out how the owners make their money. In America, the focus shifted from owners solely committed to their club to entrepreneurs and corporations with a variety of interests.

Are the super clubs playing a losing game?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's almost too easy with an underachieving super club. Laugh along as they spend too much not to win. There are plenty of handy metrics to show just how badly a club like Manchester City is underachieving in the Champions League.

The Rest

Playing the lower division soccer game in the USA

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Nature abhors a vacuum. So, it seems, do American soccer's ample supply of investors and opportunists.

By virtue of US Soccer's decision to sanction both the USL and NASL as Division II for the 2017 season, there is now a vacuum at the third level of the American soccer pyramid.

Bastian Schweinsteiger in the new era of the MLS Designated Player

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 10, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was a decade ago that David Beckham left Real Madrid and signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, ushering in the era of the Designated Player for MLS. The move shown a global spotlight on Major League Soccer at the time, while sparking a surge in jersey sales and unprecedented growth in attendance.

Is FIFA’s expanded World Cup ruining the future for international soccer?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - The picture for the expanded 48-team World Cup is starting to come into focus. FIFA released their proposal for dividing the places for the tournament on Thursday. The increase in the number of participants means some confederations stand to see a significant bump in representation in 11 years time.

The International Champions Cup is on for 2017

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the announcement for this summer's International Champions Cup. The 2017 edition brings Juventus, Spurs, Roma, Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, and Barcelona to NFL stadiums, Orlando's Camping World Stadium, and Red Bull Arena. It's yet another chance to see the giants of European soccer without having to sit through an eight-hour plane ride.

Can European soccer handle disruption?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you pay enough attention to European soccer, there's the feeling that they're as surprised as anyone the game is so popular. Take any league or any tournament, and the growth charts in a way that wasn't predictable. Those in charge don't do themselves any favors with their plans to make things even better.

Peter Wilt’s case for promotion and relegation

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Soccer executive Peter Wilt makes a lengthy argument for promotion and relegation, perhaps resetting a contentious conversation.