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News in Brief: Sunil’s Challenger, Englishmen in the US, and More

by on 14 September 2017

Steve Gans to run for U.S. Soccer Federation presidency

Boston area attorney Steve Gans intends to run against Sunil Gulati for President of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Gulati has not yet indicated his intentions to run again for a fourth term. However, many expect Gulati to run given the current campaign to bring the FIFA World Cup to North America in 2026. Election of USSF’s next president will take place in Orlando in February 2018 during the federation’s annual general meeting.

English soccer players kick-starting their careers in the United States

While MLS has previously been seen as a kind of early retirement for some of England’s top soccer stars, a movement of young players playing professionally in the United States seems to be growing. The likes of Jack Harrison of NYCFC and Portland’s Jack Barmby have made the trip across the pond to begin their careers. Even former Minnesota United midfielder Jack Blake, now with NASL side Jacksonville Armada, made the tough choice to play stateside. Others like Philadelphia Union’s Aaron Jones are making the jump into college soccer before going pro.

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  • nomadic loon

    Today is the last day of operations for Midway Bowl. I think if creative minds persist, both the stadium and the alley can be neighbors. The fact that this bowling alley is underground and a bit north of the stadium site plan, I encourage support to find a way to save Midway Bowl. It’s a positive asset to the neighborhood and provides ACTIVE activity all day, year round. Soccer is very popular and the Loons will do well at this location but going to watch games (of any sport) is a PASSIVE activity for 17 home games a year. Unlike Rainbow and the other top-surface structures, Midway Bowl can co-exist and complement the new stadium block. What an awesome challenge it could be for MNUFC to make this a temporary closing until the stadium is built and a classy entrance to Midway Bowl can be developed. What a great way for the Loons to start off as a good neighbor.