10 Things You Need to Know About the Soccer Industry This Morning

Here’s what’s happening in the soccer industry this morning:

  • Orlando City SC will officially join NYCFC as the 21st and 20th MLS clubs respectively in the 2015 season.
  • Mexico squeaks their way into Brazil with 4-2 victory over New Zealand in Wellington, 9-3 overall on aggregate.
  • Paris Saint Germain signed a deal with Microsoft that will run until the end of the 2013-14 season, which the software giant will use to promote the new gaming console XBOX One and the surface tablet.
  • Struggling Rangers FC have appointed former Manchester City executive Graham Wallace as their new CEO.
  • FIFA has responded to latest reports on the conditions for migrant workers in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup by formalizing a set of worker’s welfare standards, which every contractor must implement.
  • BSkyB CEO stated he is looking to work out a wholesale deal with rival BT Sport, so that it may air some of BT’s channels on its own for key events, like some of the UEFA champions league matches, and vice versa. BT Sport outbid BSkyB for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League exclusive broadcasting rights, starting with the 2015-16 season.
  • The second leg matches of the playoff round for the FIFA 2014 World Cup have concluded. Ghana, Algeria, Croatia, Portugal, France, and Greece join the list of qualifying teams.
  • French National Team boss, Didier Deschamps has earned himself a contract extension through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after qualifying for the tournament yesterday with a 3-0 win over Ukraine.
  • The U.S. Men’s National Team ended a record 16-win calendar year with a 1-0 defeat to Austria in a friendly on Tuesday.
  • Orlando City SC is already looking to land their first Designated Player, and team majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva admitted to fans he would be targeting fellow Brazilian and world football star, Kaka.
Reporting on the business side of the world's game.