Tuesday's soccer news starts with MLS expansion. MLS might have interested parties in bringing a team to their cities, but that doesn't necessarily obligate local governments. That was the story a few months ago in St Louis, and it's a scenario playing out in San Diego and Charlotte.
San Diego's city council isn't interested in holding special elections for ballot measures this year, according to a report by The San Diego Union Tribune's David Garrick. That means a delay in a potential approval for the Soccer City project that could last until November 2018.
The Charlotte Observer's Steve Harrison, Katherine Peralta, and Jim Morrill report that the county of Mecklenburg is now hesitant to spend on an MLS stadium due to lack of support from the city council. That could see the public financing for the Charlotte MLS stadium fall apart by an August deadline set by the county. The Charlotte Business Journal's Erik Spanberg explains the importance of the city and county working together.
In contrast, St Petersburg, Florida has already held a special election paid for by Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to allow revamping Al Lang Stadium. The St Pete vote was as close to a sure thing as possible since the Edwards bid plans to finance the stadium themselves.
Also in the soccer news, the US Open Cup Fourth Round starts later tonight. The Oregonian's Jamie Goldberg reports that the Timbers won't be using their best at Seattle. Philly Voice's Kevin Kinkead has Philadelphia wondering why they always have to play the same teams.
Fox Soccer's Ryan Rosenblatt makes the case for USMNT coach Bruce Arena as the best in American soccer history. The NY Times' Ben Shpigel with another look at Arena's World Cup qualifying strategy. MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle has three things from the USMNT drawing with Mexico. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens on the importance of generations in international soccer and for the USMNT.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden looks at the transfer market and what a lack of outside options means for the elite Premier League clubs. AFP explains why Nantes needed permission to hire Claudio Ranieri as their new coach.
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