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USL announces leadership changes

USLHere’s the report from the league:

The United Soccer League today announced a set of senior leadership changes. Tim Holt has elected to resign as USL President to pursue other professional opportunities. Jake Edwards will succeed Holt as USL President.

“It is with profound sadness that the USL accepts Tim’s resignation,” CEO Alec Papadakis said. “Tim’s career with the USL has spanned more than 16 years. Most recently, he has been one of the key architects in the USL’s six-year-long transformation into the strong and stable organization that it is today. Tim’s unquestionable integrity and strong ethical standards are qualities admired not only by those in our organization, but throughout the soccer industry. His dedication and loyalty to the USL and his contribution to American soccer deserve not only our admiration, but national recognition as well.

“On behalf of Rob Hoskins, the entire USL family, and myself, we want to thank Tim for his service and wish him much success in his new professional endeavors. He will, however, always remain a part of the USL family.”

Edwards has served as Executive Vice President since 2014, overseeing the USL’s recent rebranding and serving an important role in the development of its strategic growth plan.
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Okoli wanted out; Sounders accommodated


Former Sounders homegrown player Sean Okoli of Federal Way clarified today that the trade that he pushed for the trade that sent him to New England, and coach Sigi Schmid later confirmed that.

Okoli will face his old team for the first time on Wednesday, when the Sounders and Revs meet in the third leg of the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Arizona.

Here’s some of what they had to say today.

On the trade:
I had to take a look at my options at the end of the season. When New England came around I was very excited to get a fresh start. I did everything I could to get a trade. So I’m just glad it worked out. I’m happy to be here.

On why he wanted to leave: I just felt like it wasn’t the right spot for me at my time in my career. So I would rather move somewhere else. Maybe things can be different. Read more »


Sounders release regional broadcast plans; Zakuani, Hahnemann join roster of analysts

SoundersTV15Here’s the word from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced its regional broadcast plans for the 2015 Major League Soccer season, with the club unveiling a robust array of regional programming and original content alongside its various partners. Following the strongest regional television ratings in club history that saw a 32-percent increase in year-over-year viewership – and the highest household ratings in MLS throughout 2014 – Sounders FC has extended its relationship with Q13 FOX (KCPQ-Channel 13) and JOEtv (KZJO-Channel 22) to continue as the regional television home of the Rave Green.

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“USL Pro” rebrands into “USL”

USLHere’s the word from the league:

The rising tide of soccer across North America is unstoppable. Never before has the time been more right for the USL to rise to the occasion and be recognized as the new-generation professional league it has become.

Now is our time. Soccer is rising, and so is the USL.

Starting today USL PRO will compete simply as the USL. We have reached a point in our evolution where we can confidently call ourselves United.
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Dempsey on US roster for Chile, Panama

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 23-player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The group will travel to Santiago on Saturday morning in advance of the USA’s opening match of 2015 when it takes on Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Rancagua. Kickoff at Estadio El Teniente is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.

“These guys have put in a lot of

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Hope Solo suspended from USWNT for 30 days after undisclosed incident during camp

ussoccerThis just in from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Soccer has suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. Women’s National Team for 30 days. The suspension is effective immediately.

The suspension stems from an incident that occurred during the current WNT training camp being held in Carson, California.

As a result of the suspension, Solo has been released from training camp and will miss the USA’s matches in Europe on Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.
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Sounders trade up to draft Husky Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC moved up to the 16th selection of the MLS SuperDraft today and selected UW star Cristian Roldan, who slid a long way after being projected as high as No. 2 in the draft.

It’s a turn of events that Roldan hoped for, but seemed resigned to not happening in my draft-preview story today.

Seattle swapped its No. 27 pick and other considerations to RSL for that club’s No. 16 pick.

Here’s a note on Roldan that appeared on the website in advance of the draft:

Cristian Roldan
At this time two years ago,

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