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Mexican National Team coach slams Major League Soccer

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Mexican National Team coach slams Major League Soccer

Despite Major League Soccer’s recent growth in on-field quality and player compensation, Juan Carlos Osorio - the manager of Mexico’s national team - does not want his players signing with MLS clubs.
 
At least not for the time being.
 
“[MLS] is for players at the end of their careers, and not for a player who still has a lot to give,” Osorio told Mexican outlet Excélsior in a Spanish-language interview earlier this week.

 
Based on his coaching record, Osorio’s sharp criticism of MLS comes as a bit of a surprise. The Colombian managed the Chicago Fire in 2007, and followed that up with a two-year stint in charge of the New York Red Bulls.

 
Now, Osorio’s statements could be a lethal blow to Major League Soccer’s hopes of landing more players from the Mexican National Team. 
 
Last summer, Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy from Spanish club Villareal. Dos Santos, who starred at the 2014 World Cup, was then left off Mexico’s roster for two World Cup qualifying matches last November — Osorio’s first games in charge of El Tri.
 
At the time, Osorio blamed Dos Santos’ omission on a lingering injury - yet just two weeks prior the 26-year-old was healthy enough to participate in the MLS playoffs.
 
Since Dos Santos’ signing, MLS has been linked to several high-profile Mexican players. Former Manchester United star Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernandez reportedly turned down a huge offer from Orlando City SC last year, while rumors linking popular striker Carlos Vela to Major League Soccer have swirled for months.
 
“I expressed [these sentiments] to Carlos Vela last year when I was in Europe,” Osorio explained in his interview with Excélsior. “I believe the objective of all players is to go to Europe - or at least that’s the primary objective - because [Europe] has the best leagues, best tournaments and the whole world can see you play there.”

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

Edited by Tanner Simkins

In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. Kansas City, here we come. Our “Power of Sports” program heads to Kansas City this month, highlighting community outreach programs, culturally significant sites, and people who have made a difference through sports. This month, host Rick Horrow visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak with President Bob Kendrick about the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues coming up next year and the museum’s role in the celebration and in the community. He also checks in on two of the Kansas City Royals’ youth outreach programs: Royalty Fields grants and a recurring Special Olympics clinic, and hears from James McGinnis, a high school football player from the KC Metro, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and used the Chiefs’ success last season to motivate his recovery. Our Game Changer segment features an interview with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filmed in early October at a Sport Business Handbook contributor symposium hosted by EVERFI at their Washington, DC headquarters.

 

2. The Orlando Magic have "filed an updated master plan” for their downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that is “expected to more than double” the original $200 million project budget. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mixed-use district will be built “starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center.” Magic Chief Communications Officer Joel Glass said the project will now cost “well over” $500 million. The district will “contain nearly 110,000 square feet of retail space, a conference center hotel with 80,000 square feet of event space, offices, apartments and a 2,500-space parking garage.” The updated plan maintains the original concept from 2018 but “increases the number of hotel rooms by 50 and more than doubles the amount of office space from the original 200,000 square feet to 420,000 square feet.” District Director Pat Gallagher said that the office tower “would now rise to 18 stories, which includes the ground-floor retail, multilevel parking structure and commercial office space.” The Sentinel notes the Magic’s new headquarters “would occupy 40,000 square feet in the office tower,” or close to 10%.

 

3. Unsung World Series winner this year:  Palm Beach County, FL.  The most publicized “first” this year involves the visiting team winning every World Series game.  However, maybe one of the most important economic “firsts” is the first time the World Series finalists shared a Spring Training facility:  the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The 7,700-seat stadium also features six practice fields each for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.  The 160-acre site also includes a 1.8-mile public walk trail and other facilities.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission touts the facility as a major economic generator for the county, as it also hosts over 1,400 youth and tournament baseball games each year.  Look for a series of major announcements by the county and sports commission over the next two months.

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.

SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

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