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Oct 22, 2014

Garber says talk of personal rift with Klinsmann ‘absurd’

BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) – Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said there is no personal rift with Juergen Klinsmann and that he plans to have a discussion with the national team coach about the best way to work together.

Garber reacted strongly last week to Klinsmann’s comments that players who returned from Europe to MLS might suffer a drop in form describing them as “damaging” and “detrimental” to the sport in the U.S.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Garber says talk of personal rift with Klinsmann ‘absurd’

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said there is no personal rift with Juergen Klinsmann and that he plans to have a discussion with the national team coach about the best way to work together.

Garber reacted strongly last week to Klinsmann’s comments that players who returned from Europe to MLS might suffer a drop in form describing them as “damaging” and “detrimental” to the sport in the U.S.

Oct 22, 2014

U.S. needs knockout Cup excitement, says NASL chief

BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) – The excitement and surprises provided by a successful knockout cup competition, similar to England’s F.A Cup, could help massively boost interest in soccer in the United States, the head of the country’s second flight believes.

Bill Peterson, commissioner of the North American Soccer League, which includes teams such as the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies, says the 100 year old U.S. Open Cup could be revamped to play a major role in the growth of the game.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-U.S. needs knockout Cup excitement, says NASL chief

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The excitement and surprises provided by a successful knockout cup competition, similar to England’s F.A Cup, could help massively boost interest in soccer in the United States, the head of the country’s second flight believes.

Bill Peterson, commissioner of the North American Soccer League, which includes teams such as the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies, says the 100 year old U.S. Open Cup could be revamped to play a major role in the growth of the game.

Oct 22, 2014

Trust team doctors over concussion, says MLS medical chief

BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) – FIFA’s new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticized by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer’s medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted.

The proposed protocol from FIFA states that when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee should stop the game for three minutes, allowing a team doctor to make an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has a suspected concussion.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Trust team doctors over concussion, says MLS medical chief

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 21 (Reuters) – FIFA’s new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticised by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer’s medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted.

The proposed protocol from FIFA states that when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee should stop the game for three minutes, allowing a team doctor to make an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has a suspected concussion.

Oct 22, 2014

Third party owner ban would be bad for Brazil- club lawyer

BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) – A leading Brazilian football lawyer believes FIFA’s move to outlaw third-party ownership (TPO) of players could seriously harm the game in South America.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in September that the world body would ban the practise, whereby a player’s rights are owned wholly or partly by a private company or the player himself rather than just the club.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Third party owner ban would be bad for Brazil – club lawyer

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A leading Brazilian football lawyer believes FIFA’s move to outlaw third-party ownership (TPO) of players could seriously harm the game in South America.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in September that the world body would ban the practice, whereby a player’s rights are owned wholly or partly by a private company or the player himself rather than just the club.

Oct 21, 2014

Cricket-W.Indies seek talks with India after legal threat

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will ask for a meeting with their Indian counterparts as they seek to find a way out of the crisis caused by the abandonment of their tour.

Hours after India’s powerful board (BCCI) announced they would take legal action against the WICB and were suspending all planned tours of the Caribbean — moves that could have a devastating financial impact on the West Indies — officials gathered at a beachside hotel to deal with the fallout.

Oct 21, 2014

West Indies board meet for crisis talks after India legal threat

BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) began an emergency meeting on Tuesday as the Caribbean body faced up to the crisis caused by the abandonment of their tour in India.

Just hours after India’s powerful cricket board (BCCI) announced they would take legal action against the WICB and were suspending all planned tours of the Caribbean — moves that could have a devastating financial impact on the West Indies — officials gathered at a beachside hotel to deal with the fall-out.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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