Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- A combined north American soccer league between Canada, Mexico and the United States could be the main legacy of the 2026 World Cup hosted by those nations, the president of the Mexican top-flight division Enrique Bonilla said on Wednesday.
- Cirque du Soleil are to base a new show around the life of Argentina soccer great Lionel Messi, the Montreal-based group of performing artists said on Tuesday.
- Spain’s elite soccer league has rallied behind a streaming channel that defied a decades-old British ban on live Saturday afternoon broadcasts, saying people watch the games on illegal channels and betting websites anyway.
- Anthony Martial’s goal against Newcastle cost Manchester United £8.7 million. A clause in Martial’s transfer agreement from Monaco in 2015 guaranteed the French club an additional payment of €10m if the forward reached 25 league goals before 2019.
- Monaco have sacked manager Leonardo Jardim, the club have announced, and Thierry Henry remains the frontrunner to replace him.
- BC Place, the home stadium of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Vancouver Whitecaps, has become the first venue in North America to possess an app-free in-seat ordering facility.
- Andrea Radrizzani, owner of sports broadcaster Eleven Sports and English second-tier soccer club Leeds United, has led calls for the creation of a ‘Premier League 2’ to help Championship clubs receive more television revenue.
- FIFA wants to double worldwide participation in women’s soccer to 60 million by 2026, the governing body announced in its inaugural ‘global strategy’ for the women’s game.
- A St Louis-based ownership group has revived a bid to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise to the Missouri city. The new proposal, which is operating under the #MLS4THELOU slogan, is being backed by the family behind car rental company Enterprise Holdings and calls for a new stadium to be built primarily with private funding.