The Pride of Nacogdoches, Clint Dempsey, has had a socccer complex in his hometown in the Piney Woods of east Texas named after him. The Nacogdoches City Council unanimously voted to change the name of the Hoya Soccer Complex.
Seattle Reign and Sounders Women
3 local players have been called up by Canada for its friendly against Korea Republic (South Korea) on October 30th. Melissa Busque of Sounders Women and Seattle Reign's Carmelina Moscato and Emily Zurrer are included in Canada's squad.
Major League Soccer
MLS revealed the playoff dates for this year's postseason yesterday. As expected, there will be a break for November's international dates.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi has quickly become a folk hero in Mexico for his goal that put El Tri in the intercontinental playoff with New Zealand. There is even talk of erecting a statue of Zusi in Mexico City in front of Estadio Azteca.
Even though the league moved quickly to deny the New York Daily News report of a switch to an international schedule, the idea of it isn't appealing to fans in cold weather cities like Denver and Philadelphia.
Columbus Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson opened up about his experiences as a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk last weekend. Lampson was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 18.
For the third time this year, Mexico has fired the manager of its national team. For the second time this year, Victor Vucetich Rojas has been fired from a high profile managerial position in Mexico. Vucetich is replaced by Miguel Herrera of Club America. A Spanish-language radio station presented Zusi with a sombrero and a plaque honoring him as "San Zusi".
There seems to be a controversy brewing between Brazil and Spain over Diego Costa. Costa, who currently leads the top 6 leagues in Europe in scoring this season, was born in Brazil but qualifies to represent Spain. Spain was set to call him up in the final World cup qualifying matches last week before paperwork issues with FIFA prevented him from representing Spain. Brazil manager Luis Felipa Scolari will travel to Madrid to attempt to convince Costa to play for Brazil.
According to USMNT defender Michael Orozco, several Panama players asked the US players to take it easy on them in their match in Panama that eliminated the Panamanians from World Cup qualification.
Jason de Vos doesn't exactly have an optimistic view of the future of the Canadian national team, based on some of the results it has posted in the past year.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas may wind up leaving the club in the January transfer window. Meanwhile, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will reportedly sign a pre-contract agreement with Ligue 1's AS Monaco in January.
With Real Madrid planning on redesigning the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, 4 models of potential designs have emerged.
Newcastle United has announced a reciprocal deal with West Bromwich Albion to reduce ticket prices for away supporters in their Premier League fixtures. The Magpies are also close to a similar deal with Swansea.
Celtic captain Scott Brown has been handed a 3 game suspension by UEFA following his red card against Barcelona on October 1. Brown and Celtic plan on appealing the suspension.
A New York Times short film highlights the rising ticket prices in the Premier League.
Pele's $1700 Book
Pele's new book, titled "1283" for the number of goals scored in his career weighs in at over 30 pounds and will be sold for nearly $1700. Each copy of the 500 page book is signed by Pele. If that wasn't swanky enough, a luxury edition will be available for over $2500.