The Sonics Arena Investment Group have released their own financing letter for their SoDo Arena plan, highlighting the lack of public money required to advance their plan compared to the KeyArena proposal.
In case you missed the news, the Sounders have rescheduled a few matches, so plan accordingly.
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In very disturbing news, a player in the Whitecaps youth residency program was allegedly sexually assaulted by his teammates following a training session. The Whitecaps were quick to suspend those involved indefinitely and involve the authorities, who have confirmed that two youths have been charged with sexual assault.
Orlando City striker Cyle Larin was arrested and charged with DUI early Thursday morning after he was stopped while driving the wrong direction on a street in Orlando (and did not acquit himself well in the ensuing conversation). Luckily no one was hurt. Larin will presumably miss at least a few games as he completes MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program and the internal MLS investigation is completed.
Herculez Gomez is throwing a little more fuel on the Guardado to LAFC rumors:
Andres Guardado to play for @LAFC next year.. 4 year deal per @espnsutcliffe on Fútbol Picante. #MLS #LAFC— herculez gomez (@herculezg) June 16, 2017
Once again, the RSL Soapbox power ranking averages are here to remind us that Toronto FC are still on top, but also that the Sounders have climbed up one spot after being stuck the last few weeks.
The US Soccer Development Academy will host its Summer Showcase and playoffs from June 20-26 in Westfield, Indiana. The event always draws lots of interest from college and professional team scouts.
Over at Big D soccer, read the account of a fan who visited Mexico City and Azteca to witness the recent 1-1 draw with Mexico from the stands with family instead of in the designated US fans section.
US Soccer published some of their tax information, so we get to see how much Jurgen Klinsmann made last fiscal year (a lot), and how much less all the USWNT players made, even in a World Cup year.
These NCAA maps show what percentages of boys and girls soccer players are recruited by Division I school, by state.
With VAR starting to be involved in meaningful games, we might forget that there are many other rule changes and adjustments under consideration by IFAB. This fanpost by ubelmann provides a thorough rundown.