Friday's soccer news starts with a suggestion. If you really want to understand how contemporary soccer operates, you should spend some time with two books. Neither of them has anything to do with the game on the field. No histories of tactics or attempts to quantify what might happen over the next 90 minutes through the creative application of statistical modeling.
Red Card by Ken Bensinger is the story of the FIFA corruption that centers on Concacaf and Conmebol. Bensinger's book explains what happened with rights, third parties, and tournaments in North and South America over the last couple of decades that led to the arrests and prosecutions of soccer officials.
Football Leaks by Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger is European focused, based on the data dumps of contracts. That information made the role of agents in European soccer abundantly clear, explaining the game behind the game as transfer fees continue to escalate. What you'll learn from both is how ridiculous the professional game has gotten.
The NY Times' Tariq Panja reports on a FIFA proposal to remake the transfer market. Included in that is an attempt to limit agent fees and cap transfer amounts.
What FIFA's document doesn't address is the big picture question, one that's seemed obvious for decades. Why is a transfer system where clubs buy and sell players allowed at all?
On the field, Omar Gonzalez's Atlas lost 3-2 at Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Jefferson Duque scored for Atlas in the 30th minute with Zacatepec equalizing in the 42nd. Duque scored again in the 45th. Atlas went a man down with a red card to Jairo Torres in the 65th minute. Zacatepec equalized in the 83rd and converted a penalty in the 86th.
MLSsoccer.com's Charles Boehm looks at what Chris Armas is doing with the New York Red Bulls. Pro Soccer USA's Jordan Culver with the 2019 MLS All-Star game announcement in Orlando. BBC Sport reports that Tim Howard is now part-owner of Conference club Dagenham & Redbridge.
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