FC Dallas to unveil new stadium name Tuesday


After over a year and a half without a sponsor, FC Dallas Stadium will receive a new naming partner on Tuesday, the club announced on Thursday. Hunt Sports Group chairman Clark Hunt and vice president Dan Hunt will be on hand to present the new sponsor at the stadium.

When it opened in 2005, the venue was known as Pizza Hut Park, sponsored by the national chain that has its headquarters in nearby Plano, Texas. The stadium played host to the 2005 MLS Cup final, where the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution, 1-0 in overtime, and the 2006 final, which ended 4-3 in penalty kicks for the Houston Dynamo over the Revs after a 1-1 tie.

FC Dallas’ headquarters are located on the stadium property, which also includes 17 other full-size fields for the academy that have hosted tournaments such as Dallas Cup, and the Olympic Development Program and U.S. Youth Soccer national championships.

Marseille director’s son becomes latest tragic murder in yearlong killing spree


Gangland violence touched the soccer world on Thursday, as Olympique Marseille sporting director José Anigo’s 30-year-old son, Adrien, was shot down in the street in southern France. His is the 15th similar killing in the French city this year and the second in the same day.

Adrien Anigo was murdered as he got out of his car in a rough area of Marseille, the BBC reporting that he was shot several times at point-blank range, at least once in the head, before the suspects fled the area on motorcycles. The Agence France-Presse also reported that he had been arrested once before in connection with a series of armed robberies, but he was released after a “procedural error” in his case.

Marseille police say most of the 15 similar killings have been related to drug trafficking.

Controversial English midfielder Joey Barton, who was on loan last year at Marseille from Queens Park Rangers, took to Twitter to offer José Anigo and the club his condolences:

John Herdman to lead Canada women until 2020

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After leading the Canadian women’s national team to a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, head coach John Herdman signed a contract extension on Thursday that will see him in charge of the team until 2020. It ensures he will be coaching when Canada hosts the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.

“I am thrilled to know that I have the support from the Canadian Soccer Association to not only build a strong women’s program but also to have the opportunity to implement it and see it through after the Canada 2015,” Herdman said in a federation release. “We now have the clarity to move forward, focus on our performances and put in place the stepping stones to truly leaving a lasting legacy for women’s football in Canada.”

Herdman’s deal was set to expire after the 2016 Olympics, but after an unexpectedly positive showing in London, where Canada took the United States to extra time in the semifinals, he has re-upped his deal for a further four years.

“Just like it was the case when we initially announced him as our new women’s head coach two years ago almost to the day, we continue to believe that John has the leadership and vision to develop the clear pathway this country needs to grow women’s football in addition to world class performances on the pitch,” federation general secretary Peter Montopoli said.

Canada’s next match is Oct. 30 against South Korea at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., followed by a matchup against Mexico on Nov. 24 at B.C. Place in Vancouver, B.C., which will also host the 2015 World Cup final.

MLS Preview: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire

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• The Chicago Fire is 0-4-3 all-time in Major League Soccer matches against Seattle Sounders FC, including a 0-2-1 record in the Northwest.

• The Sounders are 7-1-3 at home this season, while the Fire is 2-6-3 on the road.

• Chicago’s Joel Lindpere (Estonia) and Arévalo Ríos (Uruguay) and Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson (United States) will be on international duty. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Brad Evans and Obafemi Martins are fighting through injuries.

The upstart Seattle Sounders FC, in the quest for Major League Soccer’s Supporters’ Shield with six wins in seven games, hosts the Chicago Fire on Saturday (10 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Chicago is just two points behind the playoff field in the Eastern Conference after conceding a 90th-minute goal to the Houston Dynamo last week in a disappointing 1-1 tie.

Meanwhile, Seattle went away to Columbus last Saturday, and despite losing defender Leo González to a seventh-minute red card, the Sounders beat the Crew 1-0. Then on Wednesday, they found another narrow 1-0 win, at home over Chivas USA.

Seattle is starting to look like a team that can get a result every time it steps on the field, in stark contrast to earlier in the season, when it would seemingly alternate between dominant 4-0 and 4-2 wins over the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas and 4-0 and 2-0 losses to the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

Despite Obafemi Martins missing Wednesday due to injury and Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson on international duty, the Sounders got a solid showing from goal-scorer Lamar Neagle (pictured). It was the Sounders’ 10th straight match unbeaten at home, a run that started after a surprising opening-day 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact.

With its 2013 road woes, Chicago will likely find it difficult to snap the streak. The last time the Fire won on the road before Aug. 3 at Philadelphia Union was June 22 at Columbus, and those are the only two away wins on the season for Chicago.

In a long MLS season, experienced teams and coaches often put their emphasis on peaking at the right times. The Houston Dynamo made a late push into the 2012 playoffs and ended up making it to the MLS Cup final. The Los Angeles Galaxy won the competition after making it as a No. 4 seed in the West.

Both Chicago and Seattle are heating up, but one is hotter than the other. A Chicago win on Saturday would even the situation out a bit, but Seattle still has two games in hand on the first-place RSL in the West.

What they’re saying

Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid on what he expects out of the Fire: “They’re a team that is in desperate need for points. They want to stay in the hunt in the East. So for them, it’s a very important game. I think it’s a team that’s going to play pretty tight to the vest in terms of opening themselves up defensively. … You have to be sharp and alert and be prepared for a lot of place changing [among players].”


Seattle is on a roll, especially at home, and Chicago is still struggling to find consistent results on the road. Even though the Sounders are missing a few national team players, Chicago will likely feel its two losses more, and Seattle has enough quality and depth to step up and beat the Fire at home.

Portland Timbers acquire Brad Ring, announce Ryan Miller’s season over


After announcing that Ryan Miller suffered a stress fracture in his left tibia that would require season-ending surgery, the Portland Timbers traded their lowest 2014 draft pick to the San Jose Earthquakes for midfielder Brad Ring.

Head coach Caleb Porter previously worked with Ring at University of Indiana, where Porter was an assistant coach during Ring’s 2005 freshman year.

Ring has played 37 games over the last three seasons in San Jose, but he has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks. He has started three matches in the 2013 season, the latest of which came on July 3 at Chicago Fire and July 6 at New England Revolution.

Miller signed for the Timbers before the 2013 season, having played the last four years in Sweden after stints with D.C. United and the Columbus Crew. His injury is another setback in a wave of Timbers’ medical troubles.