Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Magic Johnson and Mia Hamm are minority investors in the new Major League Soccer franchise in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Football Club will begin play in 2017 in a new soccer-specific stadium, MLS said in an e-mailed release yesterday. LAFC will replace the disbanded Chivas USA, which the league has owned since February.
- FIFA and players union FIFPro have joined with Interpol to combat match manipulation. The campaign will distribute a 15-minute DVD to participants featuring two players who have been approached by match-fixers as well Frank Lampard, Sone Aluko and Kolo Toure.
- Orlando City SC founder and president Phil Rawlins will unveil his team’s new look at 10 am ET on Wednesday at a facility of the club’s jersey sponsor, Orlando Health, and will be joined by that organization’s CEO, Jamal Hakim, MD.
- Toronto FC set a new club record drawing 375,463 fans to BMO Field, up 30,928 over the previous franchise record of 344,535 set in 2011. This season TFC attracted 15 straight sellouts of 22,591 before attendance at the two final home games dropped to 18,269 and 18,329, respectively.
- Manchester City have become the first Premier League club to launch a dedicated second screen matchday app.
- Andrew Cullen, executive director at English League One club Milton Keynes Dons, has been elected to serve on the board of the Football League.
- North American Soccer League (NASL) expansion team Jacksonville Armada FC have signed a trio of deals ahead of their debut in the league next year.
- Everton’s 2013/14 Annual Report highlights record net profits and turnover breaking through the £100m mark for the first time in the Club’s history.
- UEFA fined both clubs involved in crowd disturbances at an Oct. 23 match in Slovakia. Sparta Prague was fined $100,000 and ordered to play one UEFA competition home match behind closed doors.