Category: Soccer

Report: Hope Solo Domestic Violence Case Dismissed

Note: You can read my previous piece, The State (of Washington Versus) Hope Solo, to get some context. It appears that the four-year saga of the Hope Solo domestic violence criminal case is about to come to an end. Reports are surfacing that the City of Kirkland prosecutors will move to dismiss this matter, if it hasn't ...

Ohio Potpourri: A SaveTheCrew Procedural Update; Explanation for Delay in FC Cincinnati Expansion Announcement?

It's an all-Ohio update today. Let's start off with the procedural stuff. SaveTheCrew: I outlined this on Twitter, but for those who don't use that platform, I'll go over it here. We've got confirmation that the lower court record has been transmitted to the Appeals Court. That consists of any pleadings, orders, exhibits, transcripts and ...

What’s In a Name? Prospective MLS Franchise in Detroit Learns the Hard Way

When you're starting a professional sports team, there are a number of things you need. Three of the more important ones are: An actual team, a place to play, and a name. At the moment Dan Gilbert, Tom Gores and the Ford Family's (GGF, we'll call them) prospective Detroit's MLS franchise only has one of ...

Deadline for David Beckham to Extend Right to Close on Overtown Property is Just About Up

David Beckham can't seem to do more to signal that he no longer wants anything to do with building his MLS stadium in Overtown. Ever since he reached a deal on the land purchase nearly a year ago, the site has been plagued with one headache after another. From lawsuits, to local opposition to Beckham's ...

Proposed Community Benefits Agreement Between Port and FC Cincinnati Provides Insight into Expansion Future

It's been a long, strange road in the expansion travels of FC Cincinnati. The history of the club is well-known to any soccer fan who has been paying attention. The club broke on the scene in 2016, with record and enthusiastic crowds that have yet to dissipate. Almost immediately, talk of expansion to MLS started, ...

Legal Linkage

There are a couple of things I wanted to briefly comment on (but don't necessarily warrant a full post at this time): GAMBLING: Chief among them, is the ruling from the Supreme Court this morning which has overturned the federal law on sports gambling. You can read the ruling here, but the tl;dr summary is: if the ...

The State of (Washington Versus) Hope Solo: Part I

This is a story I've been waiting to write for long time. A long, long time. The documentation and legal pleadings have been nigh impossible to track down online, which made writing the story from a legal perspective quite difficult. I'm not particularly interested in rehashing the facts of the alleged assault; you can read ...

The $500,000,000 (Soccer) Pyramid

Out of the ashes of the scorched-earth legal proceedings involving the North American Soccer League, the United States Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer comes a glimmer of a path forward. I shouldn't overstate this; it barely qualifies as spark at this point. But as first reported by Brian Straus and Graham Parker and later released by the New ...

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Pint After Podcast

Enjoyed being on the Pint After Podcast show with the guys. We took a break from discussing the #SaveTheCrew matters to get caught up on the USSF/NASL happenings (the USSF/MLS motion to dismiss is due today). Fun conversation; give it a listen! https://soundcloud.com/thepintafter/into-the-coutroom-with-miki-turner

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Site Redesign

So I think I've decided on a template that works for the type of site I want to run. This is of course primarily a written blog, so it's not especially graphics-intensive. But I obviously do post a lot of illustrations by way of photos and screen-grabs of documents. So I think this is a ...

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A Fun Night Hanging With Sonarfeed

Always a good time spending 90+ minutes chatting about, well, just about everything. Had a good discussion about the #SaveTheCrew happenings, D.C. United being sold (with a $500 million valuation; I'll have more to say about *that* later), as well as our depression over the start to the Sounders season. The alcohol helped, that's for sure ...

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A Quick Miami Update on the Overtown Lawsuit, for Anyone Still Paying Attention

Image from Aaron Davidson/Getty Images. Sigh, I guess I can't quit you Matheson v. David Beckham/Miami-Dade County. Even though Miami Beckham United (MBU) haven't expressed any real interest in continuing to build their stadium in Overtown, there is the small matter of the ongoing lawsuit. Last I wrote, Beckham and the City hadn't even filed their responses ...

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NASL v. USSF (NY): Federation Looks to End Case Before it Starts (PART II)

Note: You can read Part I here. Continuing the discussion on the U.S. Soccer Federation's motion to dismiss the complaint filed by the North American Soccer League in New York alleging breach of fiduciary duty, I left off summarizing what the USSF had to say about the facts alleged in that case. We'll focus on the ...

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NASL v. USSF (NY): Federation Looks to End Case Before it Starts (PART I)

Note: I'm going to end up breaking this up into two parts: The Facts (Part I) and the Law (Part II).  There are seemingly more lawsuits than professional leagues in the United States right now, but US Soccer is looking to reduce that number by at least one. As I noted in my earlier post, the USSF ...

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Wednesday Night Fun

I decided that reading 400 pages of legal documents wasn't a fun use of my evening. So: Wednesday night soccer! The great thing about lower division soccer is not being subject to some of the stringent rules you have to deal with at MLS games. Such as: SMOKE! Unfortunately, we didn't score, so no smoke ...

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NASL v. USSF (NY): The Federation Strikes Back

Well, that's the last time I mock soccer and/or legal gods. The deadline was today for the US Soccer Federation to file their responsive documents in the New York State lawsuit filed by the North American Soccer League, in which they alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the USSF board members. Well, they did so in emphatic fashion. ...

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US Open Cup 2018: Cosmos (B), Miami FC (2) Face Tough Road to Participate, But All Isn’t Lost (Yet)

It seems we can't go more than a few days without drama in United States Soccer. With prospective cities dropping out of the running left and right to be hosts for the 2026 World Cup, we got word a couple of weeks ago that the three teams (effectively) remaining in the North American Soccer League would not be ...

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USA/Canada/Mexico World Cup 2026 Bid Book is Out

I'm not going through the entire thing, but since I'm a Seattle guy, I filtered out the major Seattle portions of the bid book. No word if the bid includes the waiver of various human rights, as well as every parent giving up their first born child. Seattle Bid Book [PDF]

NASL Amends Anti-Trust Complaint Part II: Professional League Standards and Practices

You can read Part I here. There's likely to be a lot of news coming out this week in Lawsuit Land, so before I get overloaded between my actual work and whatever else happens, I figured it would be a good time to continue the story on the amended NASL complaint, which added MLS as a ...

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Business Metrics 2: Eww

Yeah, this isn't good MLS, and can't totally be explained by bad weather or a march.

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