Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV), owner of Columbus Crew SC since 2013, announced today that it is exploring strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the Club, including remaining in Columbus at a new stadium or potentially relocating the Club to the city of Austin, Texas.
- Mike Ashley has formally announced his intention to sell Newcastle United. In a statement released on Monday evening, it was announced that owner Mike Ashley was looking to sell the club by Christmas bring to an end his 10 year reign of the club.
- Barcelona’s place in La Liga should not be affected by any moves toward Catalan independence, according to Jaume Roures of Mediapro, current international rights holders for the Spanish league.
- Former Bayern Munich midfielder Niko Kovac paved the way for U.S. international Christian Pulisic’s transfer to Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
- Shrewsbury Town are set to become the first English club to introduce safe standing at their ground after a crowdfunding campaign raised £65,000 to pay for alterations at their Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium.
- The United Soccer League (USL), the second tier of club soccer in the US, has announced a new partnership with sports insurance company Monument Sports Group.
- Top-tier Spanish soccer side Barcelona have entered into a three-year regional partnership with Maybank.