Big, big money from China has lured plenty of big stars to the Super League this year, and who can blame them? Shanghai Shenghua's Carlos Tevez is now the highest-paid player in the world. But it's not enough to lure the great Cristiano Ronaldo, whose agent confirmed a massive $315 million transfer offer from China. "Money is not everything in life," Jorge Mendes says, and Ronaldo will stay in Spain.
Bob Bradley is out at Swansea, and no one seems to be first in the running to succeed him, but the club has made a different type of move, hiring an American analytics expert to do his 'moneyball' magic as a Transfer Consultant.
When does your soccer scarf collection become more a symbol of 'forever alone'-ness than fandom? The Nutmeg News has Arthur Leavenworth's story.
Attempts at using witchcraft to curse another team or otherwise affect a match have gotten a bit out of hand in Rwanda. Officials have had to ban the practice after Rayon Sport striker Moussa Camara removed a small object from behind his opponents goal post during a match, nearly leading to a brawl. Of course, he scored on that goal a few minutes later.
MLS and other US Soccer
Las Vegas may have missed the mark with their recent bid for the next round of MLS expansion, but they aren't ready to give up yet. The city council is looking into developing another bid from the ground up, with a new marketing plan and funding sources.
Speaking of expansion: Who loves stadium renderings? I do, even though they usually look very little like the eventual built structures. That said, LAFC's latest look very nice. They even threw in a 'March to the Match' as a tribute to the greatest team on Earth.
Philadelphia Union have re-signed Charlie Davies. It's great to see that the 30 year old, who has been through just about everything bad in his career, is still finding minutes in MLS.
The 2017 MLS Superdraft is only weeks away, so it's time for Big Boards. SBI has some Sounders and Seattle connections in the first two rounds.
Fox Sports has ranked the 15 most valuable soccer clubs in the Americas, and it's an interesting mix of American, Mexican and South American teams.
The Liga MX finals between UANL Tigres and Club América attracted 6 million US viewers to Univision, a new record for the network.
The drama surrounding NASL continues, as the group of owners committed to the league appear to be forging a path forward without commissioner Bill Peterson. Keep watching to find out who will receive a rose at the end of the next episode and who will be voted off the island.