Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami contrata su primer Director de Fútbol

Miami, FL (jueves, 3 de enero de 2019) por Kenneth Russo

El Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami anunció hoy que han contratado Kurt Schmid, un veterano de 10 años de la MLS. Se une al Inter Miami después de una carrera decorada con los LA Galaxy y los Seattle Sounders. Será el primer Director de Fútbol del club.

En su nuevo puesto con Inter Miami CF, Kurt trabajará directamente con el Director Deportivo, Paul McDonough, en todos los aspectos relacionados con el fútbol del primer equipo y la academia, con un enfoque particular en la búsqueda de talento, en un nivel local tanto que internacional para el club.

“Estamos muy contentos de dar la bienvenida a Kurt a la familia de Inter Miami”, dijo el Director Deportivo Paul McDonough. “Sus profundas raíces y conocimiento en el panorama del fútbol nacional, junto con su vasta experiencia como visor de talentos internacionales serán componentes invaluables para nuestro club y nuestro cuerpo técnico.”

La carrera de Kurt en la MLS comenzó en 2009, cuando se unió a los Seattle Sounders en su temporada inicial como Asistente Técnico y visor de talento. Durante sus siete temporadas con los Sounders, los ayudó a cuatro títulos de la U.S. Open Cup (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) y un título de Supporters Shield en 2014. Se nombró Visor en Jefe en 2016. Inmediatamente después de la victoria de la MLS Cup en 2016 fue promovido al puesto de Director de Personal de Jugadores.

Después de su tiempo con los Sounders, Kurt se unió al Galaxy en 2017, donde se desempeñó como Director de Visores y Personal de Jugadores.

Antes de su tiempo en la MLS, Kurt trabajó como asistente técnico en un nivel universitario, primero con Saint Mary’s College y después con la Universidad de California Irvine en 2007-08.

Schmid jugó fútbol en la universidades de Wake Forest y UCLA, ganando un campeonato de la NCAA con UCLA en 2002. Se graduó de la UCLA con una licenciatura en Economía y Negocios.

De Siervo Appointed To Lead Serie A

Miami, 2 Jan. 2019, by Kenneth Russo

Italian Football League Lega Serie A has appointed Italian executive Luigi De Siervo as it’s new CEO, after a vote of members of the league’s general assembly on Thursday, December 20, 2018.  De Siervo received 15 votes out of a possible 20. He will succeed Marco Brunelli, who in turn has been named as the new Director General of the Federazione Italiana di Gioco di Calcio (FIGC).

Gabriele Gravina, President of the FIGC, stated: “I am convinced he is the right person to help actualise the reforms we have started implementing. His curriculum and profound knowledge of professional football will create an extraordinary bridge to strengthen the rapport between FIGC and Lega Serie A.”. 

De Siervo transitions to Serie A having served in the same capacity with Infront Italy, a sports marketing company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. Infront is involved with the distribution of media rights, sponsorship, media production, event operation and digital solutions, with 39 offices in 14 countries. He is also a former CEO of RAI Com SpA, a subsidiary of the Italian broadcaster RAI.

De Siervo will be focussed on closing the gap in revenues between Serie A and the top two European leagues, the Premier League and La Liga. He has stated that Serie A will look “to internationalize” and an integral part of his work will involve reducing piracy.  “The biggest problem in Italian football is piracy,” De Siervo told reporters after his election.  “So far, there has been too much tolerance in Italy. We need to look to the practices used by France and England, so those who break the law must be pursued. The industrial system of content, whether cinematographic, musical or sporting, cannot be the business of organised crime. The system has to be remunerative.”

https://youtu.be/PykiBTpyt70

Interview with new Serie A CEO Luigi De Siervo on December 20, 2018..

Barros Schelotto – El Nuevo Técnico del Los Ángeles Galaxy

Miami, 2 de enero 2019, por Kenneth Russo

El club de la MLS, Los Ángeles Galaxy, presentó hoy el argentino Guillermo Barros Schelotto como su nuevo entrenador. El director técnico de 45 años llegó desde Club Atlético Boca Juniors y firmó un contrato por dos años.

“Estoy emocionado, esta es una tremenda oportunidad para mí”, dijo el entrenador.

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“Esto es ungran paso para mi.” Barros Schelotto es oficialmente el nuevo DT

Declaración de Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Schelotto acabó de completar su tercera temporada con Boca Juniors, donde llevó el club famoso a ganar dos campeonatos de la Primera División Argentina. Dijo el nuevo técnico: “Me siento honrado de ser el director técnico del club más ganador de Major League Soccer. Esta es una tremenda oportunidad para mí y estoy emocionado por comenzar a trabajar. El LA Galaxy ha sido durante mucho tiempo el referente en la MLS y estoy listo para llevar al club a lo más alto.”

El Gerente General del Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese, por su parte, estaba muy satisfecho con el anuncio, y declaró: “Después de una extensa búsqueda, nacional e internacional, creemos que Guillermo será un fichaje emblemático para este club. Guillermo es un técnico ganador que tiene experiencia como entrenador, jugador y ganador en grandes clubes. Esperamos que el estilo de Guillermo y la familiaridad con la MLS traerá trofeos y campeonatos a los aficionados del LA Galaxy y a la ciudad de Los Ángeles.”

Antes de ser el entrenador de Boca Juniors, se pasó cuatro temporadas con el club argentino Lanús. En marzo del 2016, Schelotto fue nombrado director técnico de Boca Juniors. En su primera temporada con Boca, se ganó el campeonato de la Primera División Argentina. Logró hacerlo de nuevo durante el torneo 2017-18.

Schelotto también fue un jugador. Su carera comenzó en el club de su infancia, (nació en La Plata, Argentina) Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, en 1991. Pasó cinco años con Gimnasia antes de ser fichado por Boca Juniors, donde llegó a acumular más de 300 partidos jugados y 80 goles marcados como un delantero.

En 2007, Schelotto se fue de Argentina para fichar con el Columbus Crew, y se convirtió en el primer jugador franquicia del Crew. Durante la temporada 2008 de la MLS, Schelotto sumó 7 goles y 19 asistencias y fue nombrado Jugador Más Valioso de la MLS. Llevó al Crew a ganar el trofeo Supporters’ Shield y la primera Copa MLS del Crew en la misma temporada. Fue nombrado Jugador Más Valioso de la Copa MLS 2008, por sus tres asistencias en la victoria 3-1 sobre el New York Red Bulls. Un año después, en 2009, Schelotto llevó Columbus a ganar otra vez el Supporters’ Shield.

En la temporada 2011, Schelotto regresó a su primer club, Gimnasia y Esgrima, y se retiró del fútbol profesional.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto

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Overview of USL; Revised USL Brand Identity & Ownership Criteria

BRAND IDENTITY

Ownership of USL

The United Soccer League is owned by NuRock Soccer Holdings, LLC, a Florida LLC with its principal business address in Tampa. NuRock controls 99%. The other 1 % is held by Robert Hoskins.

Rebrand

In 2018, the USL announced a rebranding, which took effect immediately at the close of the 2018 season. The rebranded USL will be modeled after a recognized and respected international structure – one central brand, three leagues. Unlike Major League Soccer (“MLS”), which operates under the single entity, limited liability legal structure, the USL operates a pure franchise model which is highly centralized and top-down in its execution.

Looking to the future, the league aims to bring stability to the turbulent world of lower division soccer in the US. It seeks to strengthen its contribution to U.S. Soccer’s efforts toward becoming a world powerhouse and its pursuit of winning a World Cup.

The Three Leagues

USL CHAMPIONSHIP ( 2nd tier of US Soccer)

In 2017, the USL was given provisional accreditation as a DII league. In 2018, the USL was sanctioned as the sole DII league in the United States. The fee in 2018 to buy a franchise is believed to be $7 million. That fee can be expected to rise, given the historical rise in franchise fees in both USL and MLS over the past several years. According to USL documentation, the current expected initial investment by a new team is at least $10.6 million (including the aforementioned $7 million expansion fee)

Currently, the USL has 33 teams, divided into two sides (called conferences) ‘East’ and ‘West’. Teams play 34-games from in a fixture that runs from March through October. Like MLS, the USL also ends the season with playoffs. The USL Championship is a fully professional league and all players are paid.

Affiliation with MLS: Some of the teams are affiliated with MLS clubs, as the current rules permit MLS clubs to field reserve teams in USL or affiliate with USL clubs. In fact most MLS clubs have either an affiliation or field reserve teams. This agreement is subject to change in the future.

Note: Many of the early USL clubs signed a five-year franchise agreement with the league. That five-year term, depending on the club, may expire at the end of 2018 or 2019. The USL has recognized this potential difficulty and in 2016, took measures to incentivize owners to remain in the league. An increased expansion fees was one, while another is a smaller fee of $10,000 to renew membership for another term. This time, the new term is for 10 years.

USL LEAGUE ONE (3rd tier of US Soccer – as of 14 Dec 2018)

During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, US Soccer had no third division. That gap is now filled with the arrival of USL One. USL applied for Third Division status for its League One in August 2018; the USSF granted a provisional third division status on December 14, 2018.

Employing the successful methodology utilized by the USL to establish the largest professional soccer league in North America, the USL League One expansion efforts center on markets that meet the following criteria:

    Strong local ownership
    Primary owner with a net worth in excess of $10 million and 35% or greater share of the potential franchise
    Soccer-specific stadia
    Seating Capacity: 3,500
    Pitch Size: 110 yards x 70 yards
    Viable market size and support
    Markets with a population between 150,000 to one million and a strong corporate and fan base for support.

The expansion fee for USL D3 teams is believed to be $500,000, and teams are expected to spend between $2.4 million and $5.1 million during their first season of play. USL One is also regarded as a professional league.

For the 2019 season, there will be ten teams competing (9 from the US plus Toronto FC II) in a 28 fixture season. Expansion clubs for 2020 include the Rochester Rhinos and Harrisburg, PA side Penn FC. The latter club is in the process of finding a suitable home stadium and opted to sit out the 2019 season.

USL LEAGUE TWO (4th tier -unofficial)

(f/k/a Premier Development League “PDL”)

USL League Two continues the mission of the PDL, the leader in pre-professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada. The League holds a vital role as it continues to provide the elite platform for those pursuing professional careers domestically and internationally.

League Two aims to be more than the leading national U23 league: League Two bills itself as “the defined and proven pathway for players to progress to the professional ranks of soccer while becoming a staple within the community in which the team operates.”

League Two clubs have partnerships with MLS and USL Championship Clubs. At present, there are 74 clubs in League Two.

USL League Two is divided into 4 conferences: Eastern, Southern, Central and Western.

The USL League Two regular season takes place during the summer from early May to mid-July. Each team plays a 14-fixture season against their respective divisional opponents, seven games at home and seven away. Following the conclusion of the regular season, playoffs occur. The playoffs take place in late July, with each conference champion advancing to the national semifinals and the winners of those matches advancing to the League Two Championship match in early August.

A note about division sanctioning: The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) promulgated criteria and sanctions the first three divisions of soccer in the US. Below the three official divisions as designated by USSF, there are other active leagues; some of these are intrastate competitions or independent leagues. Most, though not all, of these are sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Sources:

1. USL website

2. https://www.soctakes.com/2018/07/30/usl-franchise-fees-shepard-tone-or-progress/

3. Florida Secretary of State, Division of Corporations. http://search.sunbiz.org

4. https://league-one.com/2018/12/14/usl-league-one-granted-provisional-ussf-sanctioning/

5. independent research