Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Business of Soccer had the opportunity to speak with USL president Jake Edwards about the current state of the league and what the division 2 sanctioning means for the future.
- Minnesota United and Surly Brewing announced the debut of Surly’s new beer, United Crushers Pale Ale, at the official MNUFC pre-match party at Surly’s Destination Brewery before the home opener on Sunday, March 12.
- The Scottish Youth Football Association has suspended 20 teams after disclosing that nearly 500 youth coaches have been barred after failing to undergo vetting checks.
- Dutch brewery Amstel has agreed a four-year sponsorship of Conmebol’s Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club soccer tournament.
- German soccer side Werder Bremen have confirmed that they have signed an apparel supply deal with English sportswear manufacturer Umbro.
- As Orlando City SC moves into its new home at Orlando City Stadium, it is transitioning to paperless tickets this season with the launch of the free LionNation mobile app for all of the members and non-members of the Club’s membership program.
- Manager Pep Guardiola says he would like more English players at Manchester City, but has bemoaned their cost.
- On International Women’s Day, former Arsenal and England winger Rachel Yankey explains how views on women in football have changed over the past 15 years and why producing better female coaches is more of a priority than making a breakthrough in the men’s game.