Hope Solo, former USWNT Goalkeeper, has announced her candidacy for USSF President on her Facebook page. She laid out a full written platform in her announcement, as well as talked about her struggles to find the money to pay for youth soccer. She identified a big issue of USSF’s as the focus on profit over progress. She stressed the importance of solving pay-to play, equal pay for the women’s team, and transparency in the organization. She joins a crowded field of Eric Wynalda, Kyle Martino, Michael Winograd, Paul Lapointe, Paul Caligiuri, Steve Gans, Carlos Cordeiro, and Kathy Carter.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine made a statement about the Columbus Crew’s potential move to Austin at the hands of Anthony Precourt (#SaveTheCrew). He refers to a law passed after Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, which says that if a franchise decides to leave, it has to do one of two things if it played in a taxpayer-funded facility. It has to make an agreement with the city to allow it to leave, or it has to give six months of notice and allow the city and local businesses the chance to purchase the team. DeWine said, “As Attorney General, should ownership of the Columbus Crew initiate a move of the team without complying with Ohio law, I am prepared to take the necessary legal action under this law to protect the interests of the State of Ohio and the central Ohio communities which have all invested to make the Columbus Crew a proud part of our Ohio sports tradition and help Mapfre Stadium earn its reputation as ‘Fortress Columbus.’“ Best case scenario here is Precourt sells the team, worst case is that he says Columbus did have the chance (even though he turns down every offer), and moves anyway. Either way, this is a whole new chapter of the #SaveTheCrew saga, and may be the best hope yet for keeping the Crew.
Peru’s captain and all-time leading scorer Paolo Guerrero will miss the World Cup in Russia after being handed a 12-month suspension for testing positive for cocaine. This comes after Peru qualified for their first World Cup since 1982. Guerrero failed an anti-doping test and was suspended by FIFA for the drug, which they classify as a stimulant. Guerrero has 83 caps and 32 goals for Peru, helping the side finish third in the 3011 and 2015 Copa Americas.
Liverpool CEO Peter Moore says there is no crystal ball on the future of Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool. Moore refused to say that Coutinho will not be sold in January, as interest from Barcelona in the winger has picked back up, and it seems as if Coutinho is open to a move out of Anfield like in the summer. Moore insisted that he is focusing on the squad and the success they are having now, and does not know what will happen in January.
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