PRO may be in some legal trouble, as the union that represents referees in the USA and Canada, the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA), is claiming that PRO violated their CBA by privately negotiating greater compensation with current MLS Referee of the Year Alan Kelly out of fear that he could leave the US and return home to Ireland. Also revealed is that the maximum annual salary - excluding game fees - for a PSRA referee is $74,000.
Following the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando night club on Saturday, Orlando City SC released this heartfelt letter to its fans and the city.
Alejandro Bedoya has become the vital glue that keeps the USMNT cohesive. Often taking on simple, thankless roles, Bedoya has become a Brad Evans-esque player that's necessary for every team to be successful.
In 2015, former NBA-star Carmelo Anthony purchased NASL-side Puerto Rico FC instead of investing in an MLS club. He has a lot of interesting thoughts on the trade-offs (noting MLS' single-entity structure as a sticking point), as well as the future of American soccer and a nuanced understanding of the promotion/relegation debate.
A Russian official praised Russian fans for fighting English fans at their Euro match in Marseille over the weekend, placing blame instead on local police and organizing officials. Meanwhile, some English fans are facing charges for their behavior. This first-hand account of the conflict places blame on both sides while urging English fans to realize that their "passive hooliganism" in major European cities is provocation.
An accidental death was reported in Nice following the Northern Ireland-Poland match on Monday, as a Northern Ireland fan fell from the Promenade des Anglais after a night of drinking.
After Brazil's shocking loss to Peru sealed their early exit from the Copa, second-time-around manager Dunga is almost certainly done with the Brazilian national team.
You haven't heard the last of Esports; Manchester United are reportedly interested in an Overwatch Esports team. Just the latest in a growing line of European clubs seeing the potential in owning a piece of the Esports pie, Man U represent the largest club to venture into the sports gaming industry, joining Wolfsburg, Schalke, Besiktas, Valencia, and West Ham.
Former FIFA President and black hole of corruption Sepp Blatter is still out there speaking to the media, this time reasserting his "clear conscience" and claiming that television drawings have been rigged in the past through the use of cold and hot balls.
Soccer to Watch Tuesday, June 14th:
9:00am Austria vs Hungary (ESPN, ESPN Deportes TV)
12:00pm Portugal vs Iceland (ESPN, ESPN Deportes TV)
5:00pm Chile vs Panama (Fox Sports 1, Univision)
7:00pm Argentina vs Bolivia (Fox Sports 1, Univision)