News Roundup

Wednesday Roundup — August 15, 2018


News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in The Beautiful Game.

Here’s what you may have missed and what is still developing. And, as always, here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game. 

Philadelphia Union

Najem Called Up to Afghanistan National Team

Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Adam Najem received his first-ever international call-up on Tuesday, with an offer to from the Afghanistan Football Federation to represent the country in an upcoming international friendly.


Najem, 23, will travel to the Afghan capital of Kabul later this week. There, the Union player will suit up for Afghanistan in a friendly, which is to be played on Sunday, August 19 against the territory of Palestine.

Najem has featured and started in 14 games for Steel FC this season, scoring and assisting twice. He becomes the 13th player from the Union to receive an international call-up.

Major League Soccer

MLS: Wahlberg’s Comments “Nothing Substantive” 

Major League Soccer was quick to respond to the comments made by actor Mark Wahlberg on Monday, which indicated that the star was interested in purchasing Columbus Crew SC.

Wahlberg has recently described himself as a “huge” soccer fan following the 2018 World Cup, and was asked by ABC6 and FOX28 whether the actor would be interested in buying Crew SC.

“Actually, you know what, I certainly would,” Wahlberg replied. “My dear friend Bob Kraft has not only [owns] the [New England] Patriots, but he owns the New England Revolution as well. I have a bunch of people who are involved. I think that may be something we need to discuss.”

A spokesperson for the league called the actor’s comments “not substantive.”

Columbus’ owners, Precourt Sports Ventures, have been working on moving the Crew to Austin, Texas for the last 10 months. Perhaps substantive, it is expected that the Austin City Council will vote on a term sheet today, outlining details for a proposed $200 million, 20,000-seat stadium in North Austin, Texas.

U.S. Soccer

Cameron Set to Leave Stoke 

United States Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron is expected to leave English club team Stoke City FC by the end of this month, with several European teams reportedly interested in the American.

Cameron, 33, has spent the last six seasons with the Potters, making over 160 Premier League appearances for the club, which was relegated to the English Championship division last season.

Since Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League, Cameron has been searching for greener pastures, with European outfits Odense BK (Denmark), Werder Bremen (Germany), and Rayo Vallecano (Spain) all reported destinations for the former Houston Dynamo star.

Cameron has a $9.5 million release clause in his contract with the Potters. It has not been activated as of today, and it remains to be seen whether Stoke will sell the American international for less than that.


Usmanov: Everton Investment a “Possibility”

Last week, Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov agreed to sell his 30 percent stake in Arsenal to majority owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Rams.

This week, Usmanov has told Bloomberg that he would consider the “right proposal or possibility” to purchase a stake in Liverpool-based club and Premier League side Everton.

Usmanov is a friend of Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, and the Russian’s company, USM Holdings, is a major sponsor of the Toffees’ Finch Farm Training Ground.

Ronaldo Returns to EA Sports FIFA 19 Cover

Returning to the cover of EA Sports FIFA 19 video game is global football icon Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be joined this year by Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.


Last year, Ronaldo and rival Lionel Messi traded places as the face of the EA Sports football game, with the Portuguese star signing a lucrative agreement with the Canadian-based game developer.

FIFA 19 will now feature Ronaldo and Neymar, with No. 7 donning the black and white of his new club team, Juventus. Neymar isn’t the only debutant, with the UEFA Champions League also making a first cameo in the latest installment of the popular game.

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