His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, today visited FIFA President Blatter at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.
NEW YORK – The time was right.
According to MLS commissioner Don Garber, the league was primed for a brand overhaul that better aligned with its current identity as well as its vision for the future. That fresh look was unveiled on Thursday at an official presentation in a trendy downtown Manhattan establishment.
HOUSTON (Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014)—The Houston Dash have re-signed defender Stephanie Ochs and goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, the club announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Ochs, 23, appeared in 24 games (19 starts) and tallied two assists for the Dash in the 2014 while making the transition from forward to defender. The University of San Diego product will join Canberra United of the Westfield W-League on loan until Dec. 22. Ochs also spent last fall on loan with the Australian club. She will return to the Dash for the start of the 2015 NWSL season.
Henninger, 23, made five appearances (all starts) in the 2014 NWSL season. The former Santa Clara Bronco was acquired by the Dash in a trade with FC Kansas City in January.
CHESTER, Pa. – Jim Curtin has played in a few finals and has watched even more.
But the Philadelphia Union interim manager has never seen anything quite like the performance Vincent Nogueira put in Tuesday in Philly’s 3-1 extra time loss to the Seattle Sounders in the US Open Cup title game.Read More
Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio's mind isn't made up, but he's leaning towards returning to Italy
MONTREAL – Marco Di Vaio didn’t take an oath, but his words on his future were certainly strong.
The decision is difficult, Di Vaio acknowledged. But asked – again – about the possibilities that he’ll still wear a Montreal Impact uniform next season, Di Vaio said on Thursday that he “thinks” 2014 is his final year in North America.
“It's tough for me to say, but I think I'm going back to Italy [next year],” Di Vaio told reporters.Read More
AMSTERDAM – Everton netminder Tim Howard celebrated his first taste of Europa League action in over four years by putting on a star show to lead the home side past Wolfsburg 4-1 in Thursday's group stage opener.
The Toffees veteran rang up a Europa League record-tying dozen saves and claimed three crosses to thrill the Goodison Park faithful, only losing his shutout on a last-gasp consolation free kick gem by Ricardo Rodriguez. The Wolves fired 27 shots at the Everton goal, with Howard especially dominant after the break.Read More
NEW YORK — MLS has a new logo and Portland fans, unbeknownst to them, had a big hand in it.
New York City FC Designated Player David Villa is settling into life in New York City.
He’s taking English classes and watching plenty of MLS games to prepare for NYCFC’s inaugural season. And even though he said it’s been a bit more of a difficult transition for his kids, he said he’s “lucky to be moving to one of the best cities in the world.”Read More
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (September 18, 2014) - Sky Blue FC announced today that the club has re-signed midfielder Katy Freels for the 2015 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not released.
"I'm so excited to be back with Sky Blue FC for the 2015 NWSL season," Freels said. "I've grown so much as a player and person these last two years and I'm extremely thankful to be a part of this organization going forward."
Freels, 24, played a crucial role as a center midfielder during the 2014 campaign, scoring five goals and tallying four assists in 23 starts. She ranked eighth in the NWSL in minutes played with 2,021.
"I thought we showed a lot of character over the course of last season and finished in really good form," Freels added. "If we can start this upcoming season with that same belief and confidence, it'll be an exciting season for our club and fans."
The Homewood, Alabama, native was a first-round pick by Sky Blue FC in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft. In her first season with the New Jersey club, she led the team in assists with six and also converted one goal.
Prior to her NWSL career, Freels was a member of the 2012 WPSL Elite Western New York Flash and won the league championship that season.
Freels, an Auburn University alum, was drafted 10th overall by the Atlanta Beat in 2012 before the WPS folded.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – For any MLS team, an affiliate with a USL Pro team will become increasingly important with the looming departure of the Reserve League. But for the young, still-developing Colorado Rapids, that relationship is extra-critical.Read More
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