Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- As litigation proceeds—NASL owners have filed a pair of lawsuits against the USSF and its board members seeking redress for the loss of the league’s second-division sanctioning—Commisso is trying to bring U.S. Soccer back to the negotiating table.
- Aston Villa F.C. has just signed a kit manufacturing deal with U.S. e-commerce specialist Fanatics Inc.
- Liverpool under-18 coach Steven Gerrard will travel to Glasgow on Monday for more discussions with Rangers about becoming the Scottish Premiership side’s new manager, sources have told ESPN FC.
- Laurent Ciman scored on a free kick in the third minute of stoppage time, and LAFC opened its $350 million Banc of California Stadium with a stunning 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night.
- True Vision and Amarin TV have acquired free-to-air broadcast rights in Thailand to this summer’s Fifa World Cup.
- English soccer club Sunderland, who will play in League One next season after being relegated from the country’s second tier, have been sold to an international consortium led by Stewart Donald.
- Global soccer media company Copa90 has acquired a ten per cent investment from Infront Sports, the marketing group controlled by Dalian Wanda.
- The Premier League and Sky have today announced a significant new partnership that will aim to raise awareness of the environmental issues caused by single-use plastic and inspire Premier League clubs and fans to go single-use plastic free.