Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- D.C. United on Wednesday morning announced that “Audi Field” will be the name of the club’s new soccer stadium set to open in 2018 as a result of a partnership between the club and Audi of America on a stadium naming rights deal.
- Atlanta United FC have sold more than 40,000 tickets for their inaugural MLS match on March 5 against the New York Red Bulls at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
- Bayern Munich received an offer of more than €100 million from Manchester United for Thomas Muller in 2015 but did not consider it, chief financial officer Jan-Christian Dreesen has told Sport Bild.
- The United States national women’s and men’s football teams launched a new kit for 2017 on Valentine’s Day.
- Social video posted by Premier League clubs last season was worth £88m in kit supplier brand value according to research by social video intelligence company Burst Insights.
- Airdrie Football Club are to become the first in Scotland with a sensory room allowing children with Sensory Process Disorders such as autism to attend matches in comfort.
- Mark Warburton has called on Rangers to answer questions put to them by the League Managers Association (LMA) as he reiterated his position that he did not resign from the club.
- In a stunning twist to the Millwall CPO debacle, newly released documents show that Lewisham council and its offshore-registered developer Renewal admitted making a series of false claims on “funding pledges” which it described as “jumping the gun” while securing a £20m grant from the mayor of London to implement the land-grab scheme.
- Italian soccer side AS Roma have announced a major new partnership with Fnatic, the world’s leading eSports organisation.