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Around The Forest: Landon Donovan considering a run for USSF President

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More Columbus to Austin news, the importance of seeding in the playoffs, Neymar to take Mbappe under his wing and more!

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Quick Strikes | Timbers wrap up the regular season against Cascadia foe Vancouver | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers wrap up the 2017 MLS regular season by hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at Providence Park (1pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

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What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course!

This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer.

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

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What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course!

This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer.

World Soccer Talk supports Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC’s case for arbitration against USSF

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Last week, two US-based soccer clubs, Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade FC, filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration on Sport (CAS) to require the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to to follow FIFA’s rules by adopting promotion and relegation within the US Soccer pyramid.

We at World Soccer Talk endorse this move by Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade.

World Soccer Talk supports Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC’s case for arbitration against USSF

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Last week, two US-based soccer clubs, Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade FC, filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration on Sport (CAS) to require the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to to follow FIFA’s rules by adopting promotion and relegation within the US Soccer pyramid.

We at World Soccer Talk endorse this move by Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade.

USL to create Division 3 all over again

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Having spent two years working hard to win promotion from division three status, less than three months after succeeding has the league announced its new D3 entity in a complex gambit to absorb the remnants of NASL?

What might stand in the way of Division 2 sanctioning for the USL?

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If the USL fails in its bid for Division 2 sanctioning, it is the stadium capacity of a significant number of MLS-owned teams that may have been the issue.

What About Promotion 'Without' Relegation for MLS? Part II

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Is this the perfect time for USSF to reorganize 'Division 2' and include a Promotion only tool?

There are new developments and transitions taking place in the minor leagues of pro soccer in the U.S. The NASL is in tumult and its complete demise may not be far away. Its rival, USL, appears ready to take over the mantle of 'Division 2', the highest level of pro soccer below MLS.

Report finds that U.S. is not 'immediately ready' for promotion/relegation

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Ahead of its release on Monday, Deloitte's Sports Business Group's analysis on promotion and relegation in the U.S. was hyped by supporters of the philosophy as groundbreaking. In reality, the release inspired much more mixed feelings.

While confirming the theory that promotion and relegation is economically viable in the U.

Without promotion/relegation, USSF is holding back growth of soccer argues report

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A new report from one of the most respected analyst firms in the world has sent a loud and clear message to the US Soccer Federation —by preventing promotion/relegation from happening in the United States, the USSF is holding back the growth of soccer in this country.

The Deloitte report suggests that as the MLS franchise model reaches maturity, a revised structure can advance the long-term health of the US soccer system.

Without promotion/relegation, USSF is holding back growth of soccer argues report

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A new report from one of the most respected analyst firms in the world has sent a loud and clear message to the US Soccer Federation —by preventing promotion/relegation from happening in the United States, the USSF is holding back the growth of soccer in this country.

The Deloitte report suggests that as the MLS franchise model reaches maturity, a revised structure can advance the long-term health of the US soccer system.

MLS may likely seek to control USSF after 2018

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Last Friday when MLS Commissioner Don Garber prepared to cast the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ballot for FIFA President, Twitter blew up. The election, which was being broadcast live into American homes by both FOX Sports 1 and ESPN, was a major event in terms of soccer coverage in the United States, a landmark day of sorts.

MLS may likely seek to control USSF after 2018

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Last Friday when MLS Commissioner Don Garber prepared to cast the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ballot for FIFA President, Twitter blew up. The election, which was being broadcast live into American homes by both FOX Sports 1 and ESPN, was a major event in terms of soccer coverage in the United States, a landmark day of sorts.

USSF continuing Blazer-era closed-shop due to soccer media giving them a ‘free ride’

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A narrative has emerged from the recent FIFA scandal that while corruption is rife around the sport, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are somehow immune to this disease. Never mind that a large portion of the alleged crimes related to the FIFA scandal happened on American soil and involved multiple figures close to the USSF.

USSF continuing Blazer-era closed-shop due to soccer media giving them a ‘free ride’

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A narrative has emerged from the recent FIFA scandal that while corruption is rife around the sport, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are somehow immune to this disease. Never mind that a large portion of the alleged crimes related to the FIFA scandal happened on American soil and involved multiple figures close to the USSF.

USSF fails to rein in predatory practices of pro leagues

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On Monday, the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) officially suspended operations for the 2016 season, and likely beyond. The Silverbacks' suspension continues a pattern of instability in the US and Canada's second tier. For this coming season, the NASL will have dropped two teams, Atlanta and San Antonio ,while adding teams in Miami and Oklahoma City.

USSF fails to rein in predatory practices of pro leagues

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On Monday, the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League (NASL) officially suspended operations for the 2016 season, and likely beyond. The Silverbacks' suspension continues a pattern of instability in the US and Canada's second tier. For this coming season, the NASL will have dropped two teams, Atlanta and San Antonio ,while adding teams in Miami and Oklahoma City.

Does Klinsman Have Anything to Do With the #USMNT Loss to Mexico?

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Fabian Johnson challenged by Oribe Peralta during USMNT vs Mexico match Saturday(via BostonHerald.com)

After the U.S. did not make the Gold Cup final earlier this year, it's clear that Jurgen Klinsman had been given a longer leash than previous National Team coaches like Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena.

Why US Soccer should consider eliminating designations for D1, D2 and D3

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The continuing battle being waged publicly over the value of Division 1 sanctioning within the US Soccer pyramid has the making of the start of another "soccer war," which the sport in North America can scarcely afford. While many fans of the game in the United States and Canada simply watch foreign leagues on their TVs or computers, others are deeply invested in community-based soccer projects and local professional clubs.

Why US Soccer should consider eliminating designations for D1, D2 and D3

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The continuing battle being waged publicly over the value of Division 1 sanctioning within the US Soccer pyramid has the making of the start of another "soccer war," which the sport in North America can scarcely afford. While many fans of the game in the United States and Canada simply watch foreign leagues on their TVs or computers, others are deeply invested in community-based soccer projects and local professional clubs.

American soccer has a stadium problem; By Steve Davis

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American soccer fans, we need to talk. We have issues ... with our stadiums. We need to sort this out.

At very least, we need to our feelings on the table: American soccer must find some peace in its conflicted relationship with the stadiums where our matches play out. It's working for now .

U.S. Women's National Team

News roundup: Pontius breaks through, no Almiron, NYCFC stadium bid, USSF drama, more

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Chris Pontius finally scores, Miguel Almiron will be out for Atlanta versus the Union, and a whole bunch of hubbub from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

5 top female soccer players accuse USSF of wage bias

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Five members of the US National Women's Team said Thursday they have filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation alleging wage discrimination, insisting they should be paid the same as their male counterparts.

"I think that we've proven our worth over the years. Just coming off of a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large.

5 top female soccer players accuse USSF of wage bias

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Five members of the US National Women's Team said Thursday they have filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation alleging wage discrimination, insisting they should be paid the same as their male counterparts.

"I think that we've proven our worth over the years. Just coming off of a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large.

The Bold and The Not-So-Beautiful

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OTF's Joe Maskivish takes a look at the atrocity Nike and the USSF released upon the world...

One Nation. One Team. has been the marketing slogan for the United States Soccer Federation since the last World Cup cycle. Produced on official press releases and within stadium signage, the USSF is urging the faithful in Stars and Stripes to rally behind the men and women of the national teams (all while the Mexican national team often plays "home" games in the United States, to much larger crowds.

The Bold and The Not-So-Beautiful

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OTF's Joe Maskivish takes a look at the atrocity Nike and the USSF released upon the world...

One Nation. One Team. has been the marketing slogan for the United States Soccer Federation since the last World Cup cycle. Produced on official press releases and within stadium signage, the USSF is urging the faithful in Stars and Stripes to rally behind the men and women of the national teams (all while the Mexican national team often plays "home" games in the United States, to much larger crowds.

Update on USSF Lawsuit versus U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association

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The United States Soccer Federation ("USSF") and the United States Women's National Soccer Team Players' Association ("Union") have decided to play nice with each other and have agreed to short schedule to conduct discovery and ask a federal court to decide whether the parties have agreed to abide by a "no strike" provision.

Update on USSF Lawsuit versus U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association

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The United States Soccer Federation ("USSF") and the United States Women's National Soccer Team Players' Association ("Union") have decided to play nice with each other and have agreed to short schedule to conduct discovery and ask a federal court to decide whether the parties have agreed to abide by a "no strike" provision.

US Soccer Federation sues World Cup-winning US Women’s National Team

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Fearing a possible walkout on the Rio Olympics by its Women's World Cup championship side, the US Soccer Federation has filed a lawsuit against its women's players union.

The move, made late Wednesday in US District Court at Chicago, asked the court to confirm the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has been in place since 2013 and is set to expire at the end of this year.

US Soccer Federation sues World Cup-winning US Women’s National Team

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Fearing a possible walkout on the Rio Olympics by its Women's World Cup championship side, the US Soccer Federation has filed a lawsuit against its women's players union.

The move, made late Wednesday in US District Court at Chicago, asked the court to confirm the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that has been in place since 2013 and is set to expire at the end of this year.

World Cup

Sun Clasico Tomorrow

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4 years ago we had Costa Rica and the Snow Clasico. Tomorrow night we'll have Trinidad & Tobago and apparently the Sun Clasico with temps in the mid 80s at kickoff.

Kickoff is at 5:50pm on FOX Sports 1, with the pregame being broadcast live from inside the stadium. Both the official U.

DSG Park To Host USA-T&T World Cup Qualifier

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After being long-rumored the USSF made it official today. DSG Park will host the 5th round World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday June 8th. Kickoff will be at 5:50pm. This will be a long trip for Mekeil Williams who will have to walk to the visitor locker room instead of the Rapids locker room.

Slow ticket sales for Copa America could hurt USA’s World Cup 2026 chances

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Usually when major soccer tournaments come to new regions, one of the barometers of success is in the form of ticket sales. One of the pillars of a future US World Cup would be that major ticket sales would fill up gigantic stadiums across the country.

Slow ticket sales for Copa America could hurt USA’s World Cup 2026 chances

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Usually when major soccer tournaments come to new regions, one of the barometers of success is in the form of ticket sales. One of the pillars of a future US World Cup would be that major ticket sales would fill up gigantic stadiums across the country.

US-Mexico joint World Cup bid is a terrible gamble for US Soccer

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FIFA has a moneyproblem. After years of scandals coming to the forefront of people's attentions and assets being seized in criminal investigations, the organization is finally being hit where it hurts. According to the Associated Press, FIFA's latest financials showed a loss of $122 million last year, and the organization now has had trouble finding new sponsors in the wake of seemingly repeated misappropriation of funds.

US-Mexico joint World Cup bid is a terrible gamble for US Soccer

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FIFA has a moneyproblem. After years of scandals coming to the forefront of people's attentions and assets being seized in criminal investigations, the organization is finally being hit where it hurts. According to the Associated Press, FIFA's latest financials showed a loss of $122 million last year, and the organization now has had trouble finding new sponsors in the wake of seemingly repeated misappropriation of funds.

The Rest

USA to face Portugal in soccer friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – The United States will face Portugal next month in the team’s first game since their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced Monday.

A statement said the USA, who were sensationally dumped out of World Cup contention last week following a loss to Trinidad & Tobago, will face Portugal on November 14 in Faro.

NWSL releases full schedule

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It's happening, it's finally happening.

NWSL has finally released its full schedule, weeks after its usual schedule release date, which in past seasons has been in early-to-mid February.

Please play this while you peruse the schedule and figure out if your team is going to have a hell season or not:

You can see the league is definitely breaking for two FIFA windows From June 5 - 13 and September 11 - 19, but not for the July 16 - August 6 Euro window.

NASL facing grim future as rumored club exits, financial woes loom

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Troubling times could lie ahead for the NASL, as reports of multiple teams possibly preparing for exits could leave the league contracting severely or ceasing to exist entirely.

The departure of Minnesota United to MLS has been locked in for some time. The NASL was set to replace the teamthis season by adding the San Francisco Deltas as the league's first west coast competitors, but it appears that might not be enough with several other departures rumored to be gaining traction.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

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As the Union prepare to host their second US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country's oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.