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U.S. Soccer Federation, Foundation reach agreement after lawsuit

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The U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation look to have put their struggles behind them for now.

The foundation was suing the federation after the latter asked the former to stop using its name and logo. The not-for-profit foundation was started in 1994 with the funds leftover after the United States hosted the World Cup.

The parties issued a joint statement on Friday, agreeing to a settlement.

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From USSoccer.com:

We have come to an agreement that we believe is in the best interest for the sport in the United States. As we move forward, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will work together to provide access and opportunities for all soccer players across the country, particularly those in low-income communities and others in need.

Being sued by, essentially, its own foundation was one of myriad terrible looks for a stuck-in-the-mud U.S. Soccer Federation over the past couple of years.

New leadership has found a much-needed victory in settling the suit as the federation battles a precarious financial situation made worse by another in-family lawsuit from the USWNT. It’s already canceled the development academy, giving MLS a front-row seat in the youth soccer arena.

Hopefully they’ll work with the foundation to truly take care of the underserved soccer community, away from the pay-to-play model.

New York City Soccer Initiative to bring public fields to NYC

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A new project called the New York City Soccer Initiative was unveiled by NYC mayor Bill De Blasio on Tuesday.

The initiative will bring 50 new soccer fields to “underserved” soccer neighborhoods in New York, the first eight spread between Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan.

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Four partners — New York City, MLS, Adidas and the U.S. Soccer Foundation — will spend a combined $3 million on the project.

A New York Times article on the initiative also gave an update on NYCFC’s quest for a non-Yankee Stadium home:

Jon Patricof, the president of New York City F.C., said the team was continuing its search for a location in the five boroughs. He added that the team’s participation in the partnership with the city was not about attracting new fans, but about a broader goal of having an impact on the community.

“For us, this is not about what happens on our match days,” Patricof said. “For us, this is about our commitment to the sport and all the positive things soccer can do for kids and their families.”

These sorts of projects are more important to building soccer players in this country than coaching badges or five-figure club memberships. Cheers to NYCFC and its partners for it.