Friday's soccer news starts with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho talking to FIFA.com. As expected, the manager who may once again take his title as "the special one" doesn't stick to the script. That starts with him questioning individual awards in soccer. It's probably worth pointing out that he's talking to FIFA about their individual awards.
"Honestly, I’m not too big a fan of individual awards," Mourinho said. "Football is a team sport. Teams win matches, and players are not as important as teams. Media and fans love it, managers not so much because there is some contradiction between what we work for and the individual award. However, media and fans are very important in the game, so I am not against the individual awards."
Moving on, there's expansion news from some of the cities on the MLS not-so-short list. WSOC TV is reporting that the Charlotte bid is seeking public funding for their stadium plan. A league down, SI.com's Brian Straus reports that US Soccer could decide on sanctioning for the NASL and USL as early as Friday. News OK's James Poling has the USL point of view on the delay in announcing sanctioning. Big Apple Soccer's Michael Lewis explains the importance the decision has on the future of the NASL and the revival of the NY Cosmos.
FourFourTwo's Kristan Heneage lists a dozen players who made the right decision in leaving major clubs. The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke explains the route Ademola Lookman took to make Everton's first team. BBC Sport reports that the Chinese Super League spending spree may already be coming to an end. AP has a quick end to the legal challenge filed against FIFA over the 2022 World Cup.
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