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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.

Another return for the NY Cosmos

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The NY Cosmos are back with a new owner and the NASL moves on with an interim commissioner in the soccer news.

The World Cup expansion plot thickens

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It's not just the World Cup that might be changing for 2026 with reports linking FIFA with a move to merge CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifying.

Portland vs the Galaxy in the big club game

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The Portland Timbers and the LA Galaxy get into a big club by MLS standards competition over a coaching rumor in Tuesday's soccer news.

Plan B in MLS

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The Colorado Rapids became the latest team in the 2016 MLS playoffs to look out of ideas when their plan didn't work.

Major League Soccer

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.

Back from travels

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Now that we are back from the lady's first tour of America (and have had a few days to just sleep), I am back on patrol here. I'll drop a few stray opinions on recent soccer happenings now and then kick off a short series of non-soccer top five lists related to food and activities enjoyed during our cross-country jaunt (the already promised L.

The Galaxy begins its rebuild with a familiar face

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The LA Galaxy start their post-Arena era by promoting longtime player and front office staffer Peter Vagenas to general manager.

Playing the DP game for 2017

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The rumors and maneuvering have already started for the MLS teams most likely to spend on designated players for 2017.

Top Posts

Minor league soccer in America

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US Soccer eventually made a decision on lower league designations, naming both the NASL and the USL as official second divisions.

Does the Bundesliga or MLS do a better job with the schedule?

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The Bundesliga might be the model right now for how to run a competitive soccer league, but circumstances can change.

Liverpool beats Everton but style loses

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The Liverpool derby didn't impress on style terms, and that's another example of a larger issue for the Premier League.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

FIFA makes World Cup expansion official

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The FIFA Council voted on Tuesday to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting with the 2026 tournament.