Messi back in training, role undefined vs. Monterrey

Inter Miami head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino confirmed Lionel Messi’s role remains undefined ahead of the first leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup quarterfinal clash against Liga MX’s CF Monterrey Wednesday at Chase Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “We’ll define [his role] tomorrow. Today I don’t know, but he trained. We’re still defining it, we … Read more

Unrest at Reading, protest plans, consortium quits talks and training ground sold to Wycombe – Fan Banter

Unrest grows at Reading, with more protest plans, a consortium quits talks and the club’s training ground has been sold to Wycombe. Reading’s Bearwood Park training facility is reportedly set to be sold to league rivals Wycombe Wanderers, as reported by The Athletic on Wednesday night. Reports of a deal come just days after Dai … Read more

Spring Training at Coachella: Can the M.L.S. Cash In on Its Preseason?

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Dan Perkin and Scott Bissmeyer, work buddies on vacation, sat on metal bleachers watching the Portland Timbers play the San Jose Earthquakes in the first of four preseason Major League Soccer games that day. They had spent $125 each on V.I.P. day passes, which included food, drink and access to … Read more

MLS is ready to take off its financial training wheels

The arrival of Lionel Messi has sparked a renewed push for the MLS to ditch financial restrictions in order to allow the league to blossom into one of the best in the world. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images) The unseen evolution steering MLS through adolescence is a function of technology, money and necessity. The league’s … Read more