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Major League Soccer: FIFA Struggling to find World Cup Sponsors

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Even with the next World Cup fast approaching, corporations remain wary of working with FIFA, at risk of getting caught in another corruption scandal.

The Best FIFA Football Awards Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Seattle:

Cristian Roldan has made a career out of proving his doubters wrong, which can be seen at every level of soccer he has played. His next challenger: the USMNT.

GeekWire has announced the date for their annual Sports Tech Summit, which will feature a pre-game party and tickets to the Sounders- Orlando City match in June.

Huskies broadcasting legend Bob Rondeau is hanging the mic up after the 2017 Washington football season.

The World:

El Clásico rarely disapoints - but Sunday’s 3-2 Barcelona victory was an all-timer.

Although it’s just a little more than a year away, Fifa is struggling to bring in sponsors for the World Cup, with many prospective corporate backers backing away due to corruption concerns.

Eden Hazard had promised he would share the PFA Player of the Year award with N’Golo Kanté should he win it - but luckily, N’Golo won it outright.

The Attack on Borussia Dortmund’s bus was supposedly motivated by a stock-market scheme.

Zlatan Ibrahimović is unlikely to play again this season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL, which puts his contract status with Manchester United further up in the air.

following Bayern Munich’s controversial exit from the tournament, Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti is hoping video technology will be introduced in Champions League play.

This year’s WSL season will be played with 1 less club, with Notts County Ladies announcing their clubs folding on the eve of Spring Series season.

Liverpool central defender Mamadou Sakho is contemplating legal action against WADA for a false-positive drug test - and the larger club may be joining his legal action as well.

Ajax has been working hard to return to its previous greatness,and they’re off to a good start with the dream Europa League run they have conjured after defeating Schalke.

Lyon dominated Manchester City in the UWCL semifinal, winning by a score of 3-1 .

United States:

Orlando had quite a week in the NWSL this week, with the announcement that their stadium will host the 2017 NWSL Championship Game, along with their formal introduction of Brazilian star Marta to the Orlando Pride.

FC Cincinnati has had an impressive start in the USL, and can now add another milestone to the list: outdrawing Cincinnati Reds games.

Orange County SC have brought in a pair of local youngsters in the lead-up to their local match versus Los Angeles Galaxy II.

NWSL partnering with Lifetime was a big step forward for the league, but the go90 streams of matches have left a lot to be desired. The league is trying to change that however, expressing hope that future go90 game streams will be available on the web for U.S. fans in 'a matter of weeks'.

The NFL has agreed to chip in on Tottenham’s new stadium construction, giving the club £10m to help fund Spurs (and the NFL’s) future London home.

The developmental relationship between the Rochester Rhinos and the New England Revolution has been rocky for awhile, but looks to be all but dead now, with Rochester’s head coach denouncing the club’s affiliation entirely.

With its announcement of the formation of an Overwatch team on Thursday, Stephens College is now the first women's college to sponsor a varsity esports program.

MLS:

The LA Chargers released their schedule, which also officially books the StubHub center for the rest of the fall.

The Sounders were ranked 6th in an average of last week’s power rankings - certain to go up following this week’s impressive win at LA.

LAFC have reportedly been in contact with Chicharito about joining their inagural campaign, with the talks rumored to be “advancing”. The Metro looks at his transfer market, along with the Portland Timbers continued search for a center back.

Darlington Nagbe’s talent makes him a must-watch even in Timbers colors, and his amazing goal versus Vancouver this weekend shows why.

Brooks Lennon has been a bright spot for Real Salt Lake this season, and shown a validation of the prospect hype.

LA Galaxy’s U-17 coach Brian Kleiban reflected on the lesson’s he’s learned from leading top youth talent in the Generation Adidas Cup.

American Soccer Analysis takes a look at the ten MLS players that display verticality (progressing forward while on the ball).

Justin Meram is on a tear for the Crew early on this season, but his focus is on keeping that form consistent all year.

One MLS fan has combined his love for Subbuteo and Sporting Kansas City into a very impressive table-top setup.