Of the six teams remaining in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, you could argue there are three distinct pairings. You have red-hot traditional sides in DC United and the New York Red Bulls; There are the big-name driven, deep squads from Toronto FC and New York City FC, and finally the two relative unknowns truly deserving of “wildcard” status in the Philadelphia Union Montreal Impact. Sure the table tends to tell us who’s who in the pecking order. It’s hard to bet against the Red Bulls seeing they haven’t lost since July 3, and Frank Lampard has somehow quietly been a wrecking ball thanks to dynamite performances from captain David Villa and world-class maestro Andrea Pirlo. But there
Unlike the senior team, there would be no blown 2-0 lead in a big game for the Baby Bulls. New York Red Bulls II defeated the Swope Park Rangers, 5-1, to win the franchise's first USL championship. NYRB II is the first MLS reserve team to win a USL championship since reserve teams were introduced into the league in 2014 with LA Galaxy II. Regular season leading-scorer Brandon Allen contributed a hat trick, scoring two of his goals in the final 15 minutes to put the game out of reach. NYRB II controlled the game from the opening kickoff, scoring two goals in the first half. Derrick Etienne scored early to give the home side a lead they would never give up. Allen scored the first of his goals late
South American football confederation CONMEBOL said on Monday it is suing American sponsorship partners ISM for $18 million in the continuing fall-out from a world football corruption scandal. "CONMEBOL has opened a process with New York State to cancel its contract with International Soccer Marketing Inc. (ISM) for the exclusive management of Copa Libertadores sponsors and is claiming $18 million," said CONMEBOL in a statement. The move comes after an ISM chief admitted to American prosecutors that the company paid bribes to former CONMEBOL officials to gain the exclusive rights to manage those sponsorship contracts.