Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- English Football Association bosses were facing growing calls to quit on Thursday over their “shambolic” handling of the Mark Sampson affair following a damaging grilling from lawmakers.
- Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez has put the Benetton family on the back foot with a stunning 19 billion euros ($22 billion) counterbid for Spanish toll-road giant Abertis Infraestructuras SA.
- If soccer in this country had a holy site – if we cared enough, collectively, to preserve just one stadium ’til the end of time – it would be RFK Stadium.
- Former US national team head coach Bruce Arena tendered his resignation on Friday, October 13 and mere days later the first names have begun to surface of coaches said to be interested in the vacant post.
- The problem isn’t with U.S. Soccer, it’s with soccer in the U.S., said New York City FC sporting director Claudio Reyna, who slammed “arrogant” youth coaches and called for a cultural change after the United States failed to advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- Like most everyone else involved with American soccer, Dan Hunt was crushed by the US men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Unlike most of the rest of us, however, the FC Dallas co-owner and president has the power to make changes.
- Hugo Sanchez’s assertions that a Club America-Monterrey semifinal second leg in Mexico’s first division in 1993 was fixed have been denied by the referee in question.