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  • Major League Soccer and Apple TV agree 10-year deal

    The Athletic "Major League Soccer has agreed to a new broadcast agreement with Apple that multiple industry sources pegged at 10 years, $2.5 billion. The sources were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the financial terms of the deal. Apple TV+ will broadcast every single..." June 14

  • Chicago Fire rejects Real Madrid’s advances for USMNT's Gaga Slonina

    Clutch Points "Real Madrid has been heavily linked with a move for emerging star goalie, Gaga Slonina. The 18-year-old American currently plays in the MLS for the Chicago Fire, but Los Blancos have been looming over a potential transfer to secure the services of the future USMNT star. According..." June 02

  • Chicago Fire's Xherdan Shaqiri edges LA Galaxy's Javier Hernandez as MLS' highest paid

    ESPN "The Chicago Fire FC's Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer's highest-paid player with a guaranteed compensation of $8.15 million, according to salary data published Tuesday by the MLS Players Association. Shaqiri beat Javier "Chicharito"..." May 17

  • Away from the games, MLS players' lives are defined by monotony: 'I wish I was more interesting'

    ESPN "For Alejandro Bedoya, mornings mean taking the kids to school, taking phone calls and answering emails for his business ventures before beginning training with the Philadelphia Union. LAFC's Maxime Crepeau and Nashville SC's Walker Zimmerman rise..." April 20

  • MLS media rights deal not likely to be a game-changer

    The Athletic "With the window for MLS to hit commissioner Don Garber’s stated goal of finalizing a media rights deal by the end of March rapidly closing, multiple industry sources outlined to The Athletic this week details of the league’s ongoing negotiations for a new agreement that..." March 18

  • In Chicago, Xherdan Shaqiri can rediscover the brilliant if inconsistent form he lost in Lyon

    ESPN "Take it with a pinch of salt, but Xherdan Shaqiri's arrival at the Chicago Fire has already gone better than his start to life in Lyon. "I spoke with him last Saturday and just within the first two to three minutes, you could tell just how much this guy..." March 16

  • MLS announces loan with Black banks in effort to fix racial economic gap

    ESPN "Major League Soccer has announced a partnership with the National Black Bank Foundation (NBBF) that will see the league leverage a $25 million loan with Black banks. "Major League Soccer's partnership with the National Black Bank Foundation is a tangible step in the efforts..." March 10

  • Chicago Fire's Fabian Herbers blasts Gonzalo Higuain's attitude after Miami opener: 'This guy's so pathetic'

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Fire and Inter Miami played to a 0-0 draw to open the MLS season and winger Fabian Herbers had a few things to say when looking back at the match. Speaking on Zee Soccer Podcast, which he shares with Julian Gressle of DC United, Herbers came out firing when asked if he got Gonzolo..." March 05

  • MLS anonymous team executive survey: Best and worst teams, owners, and underrated players around the league

    The Athletic "Major League Soccer is at an important stage in its history. In just the last five years, the league has added eight expansion teams, changed over several existing ownership groups, grown into the global transfer market and increased spending on players. With a new TV deal coming this..." March 03

  • Welcome to MLS, Season 27: Where one key factor could supercharge the next four years

    The Athletic "If demography is destiny, then Major League Soccer probably doesn’t need to worry too much about its long-term game plan. The U.S. and Canada are changing. Younger generations are more into soccer than ever before, with 70 percent of soccer fans in the U.S. either a Millennial..." February 25

  • Which MLS teams are most watchable in 2022?

    The Athletic "Major League Soccer’s 27th season will kick off this weekend with a full slate of matches. The league will do so without much of the fanfare that accompanied its silver anniversary celebrations two years ago; hopefully it’ll do so without the pandemic disruption that swiftly..." February 24

  • One big question for every MLS team on the eve of the 2022 season

    The Athletic "The start of the MLS season always seems to come out of nowhere. The offseason lacks a signature tentpole moment like the NBA and NFL drafts or the MLB’s winter meetings, making the entirety of the winter an amorphous waiting game.  Once preseason starts, games are hard to..." February 24

  • Do's and don'ts of MLS expansion: Lessons Charlotte FC can take from those who've come before

    ESPN "The story of Major League Soccer in recent seasons is one of expansion and growth. Since the beginning of the 2017 campaign, eight teams have been introduced, including a Charlotte FC franchise that kicks off its inaugural campaign against D.C. United on..." February 22

  • Xherdan Shaqiri Forced Lyon Exit Due To Fractured Relationship With Manager Peter Bosz

    Get French Football News "Speaking at his presentation as a Chicago Fire player, former Lyon attacker Xherdan Shaqiri explained he endured a tough relationship with OL coach Peter Bosz which saw him leave the French club after just half a season. “There was something with the coach, tactically and..." February 22

  • MLS 2022 season: Consistency is key for these 5 teams that could win the MLS Cup

    CBS Sports "The offseason has been so busy, it's easy to forget that the games are actually played on the field. New York City FC won the MLS Cup with a victory over the Portland Timbers last season to capture their first trophy since joining the league in 2013. Can they repeat? If there's one..." February 19

  • Chicago Fire signs Atlas midfielder Jairo Torres as Young Designated Player

    ESPN "The Chicago Fire has completed the transfer of Atlas midfielder Jairo Torres as a Young Designated Player, the team announced on Saturday. Torres signed a four-year contract, and will join the Fire for $6 million following the end of the Clausura season in May,..." February 19

  • Top 5 under-the-radar signings of the 2022 MLS offseason

    MLS Soccer "The requirements are very simple: If you were signed as a fresh pick-up by an MLS team during this offseason and that move did not compel widespread fanfare, you qualify for inclusion. Just for the record, exciting newcomers such as Jhon Duran were not eligible for this..." February 18

  • Top 12 most expensive incoming transfers in MLS history

    MLS Soccer "On Wednesday, Atlanta United – for the third time in their brief history – set a new league record for an MLS incoming transfer fee with their $16 million acquisition of Thiago Almada from Velez Sarsfield. It's another new milestone for a league that has..." February 11

  • Xherdan Shaqiri Nearing Deal to Sign With Chicago Fire FC

    MLS Soccer "Chicago Fire FC are nearing a deal to acquire Switzerland international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri from Ligue 1 side Lyon, sources told The deal is at advanced stages but not 100% done yet. One source noted the transfer fee paid to Lyon will be around €6.5..." February 04

  • Unpacking MLS Offseason's Most Intriguing Signing and Trades

    ESPN "It's only been 49 days since the 2021 Major League Soccer season concluded with New York City FC's triumphant MLS Cup win in Portland, and there are still 30 days before the 2022 campaign gets underway, yet it's been an entertaining offseason so far. The..." January 28

  • MLS Next Pro Will Have No Salary Cap, Other Key Differences From MLS Structure

    The Athletic "A new soccer league kicks off in North America this year, as MLS Next Pro looks to begin play in March. The league will operate at the third level of the United States soccer pyramid, with 20 MLS clubs fielding second teams and Rochester New York FC serving as the inaugural..." January 14

  • MLS new side St. Louis names Bradley Carnell as coach

    Ghana Soccernet "MLS expansion side St. Louis City has named Bradley Carnell as manager. Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Major League Soccer expansion club St. Louis City SC has hired former New York Red Bulls assistant coach and former South Africa international defender..." January 05