Daily news roundups

News roundup: Charlotte is 30th MLS team, Zac MacMath off to RSL, Reading United not in Open Cup

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Philadelphia Union

FC Cincinnati looks at the Union’s academy programs.

There’s a Medford Messi, but where’s our Radnor Ronaldo?


Reading United declines U.S. Open Cup berth.

David Horst, who defended for the Portland Timbers, is the new Director of Coaching for the RV Timbers.

Zack Steffen gains a mentor in Tim Howard.


Charlotte gets MLS’ 30th franchise for record $325 million.

The Whitecaps traded Zac MacMath to Real Salt Lake for $50K in TAM.

NYCFC will host four games next year at Citi Field. You stay classy, Pigeons.

Ben Olsen will return as D.C. United’s head coach.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic “is arrogant and narcissistic, some of which is an act. But he can also be brutally honest,” writes the L.A. Times‘ Kevin Baxter.

Missouri officials say $30 million in public money is too much for Saint Louis‘ stadium.


No longer interim, Freya Coombe is now officially Sky Blue’s head coach.

The Washington Spirit signed two players as it closes in on three others.

Around the globe

Dortmund squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Leipzig.

Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel suspended four games for his kung-fu kick.

Serie A’s CEO apologized for the widely criticized, ill-advised anti-racism campaign that featured paintings of monkeys.

U-17 players of Mexico’s America club were sanctioned for mocking a feminist song.


  1. I almost wonder if Serie A is actually trying to outdo and exceed every blunder in what is becoming an ever increasing string of blunders – and then they’re going to turn around and say it was all part of an intentional plan to draw more attention to the problem of racism (which announcement they’ll no doubt televise live from a gorilla enclosure)
    No organization can really be that stupid, can they?

  2. So NYCFC now not only plays on the worst pitch in the league, they now play in the two worst pitches?

    • In Tanner We Trust says:

      If I recall, Citi Field is willing to move the pitcher’s mound. If the dimensions are the same, then yes it’s annoying. If they use actual soccer dimensions, it’s maybe a step forward. Pigeons gonna Pigeon though.

  3. John O'Donnell Jr says:

    Amazing that the Union were now the first team that doubled the size of the league in ten years. What’s more amazing is the growth of USL now. Hmm

  4. $325 million to open a franchise. Wow. And Philly paid $30. I wonder what will happen to the value of all MLS franchises once the league decides it’s “full.” I also wonder where those franchise fee dollars go. Do they fund player salaries across the league? DPs? TAMs and GAMs? Hmmmm.

    • John O'Donnell Jr says:

      Well Sugarman paid 30 million and stated they had a ten million dollar budget for players. Some how they’ve built infrastructure to go with the franchise. Do you think he’s paying out of pocket? Hmm

  5. Our Radnor Ronaldo plays U14 and was already stolen from the Union Academy and plays for Bayern! A top prospect there. Family picked up and moved to Germany for the opportunity. Btw, Formerly with LMSC

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