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RSL eyes new stadium plan for USL’s Real Monarchs

One week after yanking a long-standing stadium plan, RSL’s Real Monarchs have a new potential home lined up.

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Preview: USWNT looks to find its groove at Algarve Cup

The U.S. Women’s National Team returns to the Algarve Cup, a key stop on the road to the World Cup. But are they ready?

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Wednesday Kickoff: CONMEBOL backing Blatter; Inzaghi on the hot seat; and more

CONMEBOL are set to back Sepp Blatter in the upcoming FIFA presidential elections, while AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi could be fired as soon as this weekend.

RSL eyes new stadium plan for USL’s Real Monarchs

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A week after yanking their first proposal for a USL-specific stadium, Real Salt Lake’s owner Dell Loy Hansen has found a new solution.

Hansen and the Real Monarchs, RSL’s reserve team that will play in USL, have signed a letter of intent to build a new 8,000-seat stadium in West Valley City, a suburb just outside Salt Lake City.

The new venue would cost upwards of $20 million and an exact stadium site has not been selected yet. Hansen is seeking to lease land from West Valley City on a 40-year term with potential extensions, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

When the Monarchs were announced in September, RSL immediately unveiled a plan for an $18-million venue at the Utah state fair grounds. But last week Hansen rescinded the proposal, saying “the timing and process involved with this project no longer make the venue a viable option.”

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Preview: USWNT looks to find its groove at Algarve Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Ever since March of last year, if anyone mentioned the Algarve Cup and the U.S. Women’s National Team together, it was probably wasn’t much to do with the tournament itself. It was probably about the trajectory the team has taken since then: a coach fired, the first drop in FIFA rankings in six years and swirling doubts about whether the dominant U.S. team can live up to its high expectations.

As the Americans return to the site of a historically bad performance that set off alarm bells in 2014, all eyes will be on whether the USWNT can look like a team ready to compete in a Women’s World Cup, which is less than 100 days away.

The USWNT looked sorely out of sync at the last Algarve Cup and some in the USWNT circle blamed then-coach Tom Sermanni’s constant lineup changes. But replacement Jill Ellis has taken a different approach since taking the helm, and now, with the World Cup around the corner, a core group will lead the Americans through the Algarve Cup.

“We’re pretty close to a starting lineup,” Ellis told SBI from Portugal. “But I’ve said from day one that we need to have players that are comfortable starting so we have depth heading into a World Cup, where it takes seven games to win it. The Algarve Cup is a physically taxing tournament with four games in eight days, so there will be some slightly different lineups. But we’re really focusing on the partnership piece between the positions on the field.”

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Must-See Goal: Cameron Porter

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Wednesday Kickoff: CONMEBOL backing Blatter; Inzaghi on the hot seat; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter has already secured the support of one of the world’s major confederations.

Reuters reported Wednesday that the South American confederation (CONMEBOL) will support Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president in May. Blatter flew in to Paraguay on Tuesday and recently had lunch with Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes as well as several members of CONMEBOL’s member nations.

CONMEBOL is currently holding the confederation’s congress, which will see its president, Paraguayan Juan Angel Napout, handed another four-year term.

South America has historically been a friendly region for Blatter, and the confederation is expected to back proposals for a winter World Cup. Blatter is currently running against Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, former Portugal star Luis Figo and FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

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Report: MLS and Players Union inch closer to CBA deal, negotiations still ongoing

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By ALAN CONDON

No deal is done yet, but MLS officials and the MLS Players Union remained locked in negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement late into Tuesday evening in Washington.

MLS and the MLSPU are holding labor negotiations in an effort to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement after the previous agreement expired on January 31. Players say that without a new one, they will refuse to take the field when the new season commences.

According to a report by ESPN, the current offer on the table from MLS would allow players who are 28 years and older, and have played in MLS at least a total of eight years, with the opportunity to choose which MLS team they play for once they are out of contract.

A source close to the current negotiations told ESPN that while players would be able to change teams if they meet the aforementioned requirements, they would only be able to secure a nominal salary increase. A stipulation that would keep MLS teams from bidding against each other for the services of specific players, which was a key concern of MLS owners.

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Cameron Porter scores stoppage-time winner to lead Impact past Pachuca

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By AARON CRANFORD

Cameron Porter only signed a professional contract in February, but his name will forever be known in Montreal Impact folklore with his last-minute, game-tying goal against Pachuca.

The Impact advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals over Pachuca on the away-goals rule with an aggregate score of 3-3. Montreal are just the third MLS team to advance over a Mexican club in two legs of CCL play.

For a majority of the match, the 21-year-old forward, selected in the third round of the 2015 MLS Draft, was highly unlikely to see playing time, but being down a goal, Klopas sent the rookie on with five minutes remaining plus stoppage time.

Cringeworthy defense from Laurent Ciman allowed Pachuca to take the lead from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, silencing the crowd of more than 30,000 in the Olympic Stadium. But one spectacular run from a rookie and one perfect pass from Calum Mallace saw the MLS advance. Continue reading »

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